University of Technology Sydney

81531 Industry Innovation Project

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UTS: Creative Intelligence and Innovation: Transdisciplinary Innovation
Credit points: 12 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


In this subject student teams apply transdisciplinary innovation methods and practices to a complex brief presented by a real industry partner. Once the project set-up is accepted, students transition into a research and concept development stage, followed by an experimentation and realisation stage which leads to a proof-of-concept of their proposed innovation. This includes a critical understanding of the conditions required for industry transformation and strategies for ensuring the sustainability of the initiative in an industry context, as well as a vision of the new possibilities attendant implementation of the innovation.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Draw on various disciplinary perspectives, knowledge and methods to initiate and shape a discovery process for innovation in an industry context
2. Devise and carry out exploratory, generative, experimental, adaptive and analytical processes that are appropriate for a specific challenge and/or context to determine an original proof-of-concept for selected initiatives, products or services
3. Contribute to a transdisciplinary community in ways that support innovation culture
4. Evaluate the transformative value and sustainability of the proposed initiatives, products or services for stakeholders and the broader system from different perspectives
5. Generate insights about transdisciplinary innovation processes and practices in an industry sector/system
6. Argue persuasively for your proposed initiative or innovation to relevant stakeholders

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:

  • Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems (CII.1.4)
  • Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes (CII.2.5)
  • Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts (CII.3.3)
  • Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive (CII.3.5)
  • Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them (CII.4.1)
  • Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact (CII.5.4)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The subject provides opportunities for you as a student to identify how innovation takes place within the context of a complex industry challenge. In this subject you will refine your capacity to design and undertake a project using a range of methods, tools and approaches as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will be able to hone your ability to evaluate the outcomes of your initiatives for stakeholders or the broader system. In doing this, you will have opportunities to generate insights about transdisciplinary innovation processes and practices across sectors and to communicate your recommendations and influence stakeholders/decision-makers. Finally, the subject challenges you to contribute your knowledge, skills and experiences to a transdisciplinary innovation community to which you belong.

So your experiences as a student in this subject support you to develop the following graduate attributes (GA):

• GA 1 Complex systems thinking
• GA 2 Create value in problem-solving and enquiry
• GA 3 Inter- and trans-disciplinary practices
• GA 4 Imaginative and ethical citizenship
• GA 5 Entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills

Teaching and learning strategies

Learning takes place in a collaborative, immersive, experiential, studio-based environment. Subject information and materials are made available to students via UTS Online for preparatory work. This subject is project-based and uses learning strategies that help students to progress their ideas developed in response to industry challenges. Structured tutorials and peer learning activities, as well as regular interactions and mentoring with industry partners supports students in the development of their projects. Feedback is given regularly at designated checkpoints throughout the semester by staff, peers and industry or community stakeholders.

Content (topics)

  • Project initiation and management
  • Exploration and examining a problem space
  • Ethics and engagement with stakeholders
  • Prototyping, experimentation and proof-of-concept
  • Value creation
  • Managing the self and internal/external relationships in an innovation process
  • Articulating project outcomes


Assessment task 1: Innovation Discovery Journey Checkpoint


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1 and 2

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

CII.3.3 and CII.4.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 20%

Assessment task 2: Industry Innovation Report


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 4, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

CII.1.4, CII.2.5, CII.3.3 and CII.5.4

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 50%

Assessment task 3: Your contribution is your currency


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:


This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):


Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%

Minimum requirements

Students must attempt each assessment task and achieve an overall pass mark in order to pass this subject.

Late penalties apply to all assessment tasks as outlined in the FTDiFYI student booklet. Please consult this booklet for other useful information including Special Consideration, Plagiarism, Extension, and Student Support Services.

A minimum of 80% of attendance of classes (as outlined in the timetable) is required.

Required texts

There is a vast potential reading list for this subject, depending on the type of project you are running and your interests. You can share the reading(s) you have chosen to undertake - and present your research findings to your peers - as part of Assessment 3.

Please see UTSOnline for a list of recommended readings.