University of Technology Sydney

94671 Innovation Capstone: Realisation and Transformation

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

Requisite(s): 94678 Innovation Capstone: Research and Development
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


In this second of two capstone subjects, students put their ideas into practice in a way that is appropriate for the type of project being undertaken, building on the experience and ideas developed in the first capstone subject. Students take the project to a proof-of-concept stage through developmental iterations, test their proposed initiative, product or service in live contexts and assess the value created for a range of stakeholders. In doing this, students critically interrogate the outcomes of the project and outline ideas for future development, including strategies for making their initiative sustainable.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Build on research and exploration to develop a proposed technological initiative, product or service.
2. Iterate and develop a project or initiative towards a proof-of-concept stage.
3. Engage ethically with stakeholders to devise responses that are sensitive to the values of particular communities, organisations or cultures.
4. Assess and evaluate the proposed solution from multiple perspectives.
5. Critically analyse and map the proposed technological innovation in a complex system to explore the potential implications of its implementation.
6. Anticipate future developments and develop a strategy for the sustainability of an initiative in organisational or entrepreneurial contexts.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Develop models and prototype using appropriate digital techniques, tools and technologies (1.5)
  • Integrate findings from research and problem/ stakeholder/data analysis in creative and useful ways to generate technological ideas (2.4)
  • Critically examine, test, appreciate and articulate the speculative or actual value of technological outcomes for different stakeholders, whether at a societal, organisational, community or individual level (2.5)
  • Critically explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires (4.5)
  • Make technological decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and sensitively to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures (5.4)
  • Exercise good judgment in knowing when to take a leadership role, and when to enable leadership by others to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through technological innovation (5.5)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The subject provides opportunities for you as a student to draw on diverse disciplinary perspectives through self-directed and collaborative enquiry to apply abstraction and test your project initiatives when interrogating your problem solving strategies. You will test a range of methodologies and frameworks by designing initiatives that drive change and innovation. You will consider constraints and opportunities, and the availability of resources when reviewing design choices against time, quality and cost. You will assemble a team and engage stakeholders to tackle real-world problems. Finally, you will develop agency to act creatively, technologically and ethically when designing for different cultural contexts and appreciate your ethical responsibilities.

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

  • GA1: Technological fluency and computational thinking
  • GA2: Create value in problem solving and inquiry
  • GA4: Resilient practices within complex systems
  • GA5: Imaginative and ethical citizenship

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is project-based and will involve students in developing their own approaches for taking a self-initiated project to a proof of concept stage. Students will proactively devise their own learning strategies and approaches suitable to the challenge at hand guided by academic mentors and supported by peers. Learning will take place in an immersive, experiential, studio-based environment. Feedback will be given regularly at designated checkpoints throughout the semester by staff, peers and industry or community stakeholders.

Content (topics)

  • Stakeholder Ecosystems and Communities
  • Startup vs Changemaker
  • Examination of Intended and Unintended Consequences
  • Public report writing
  • Project outcomes as a professional portfolio artefact


Assessment task 1: Realisation of Concept


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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

1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 4.5, 5.4 and 5.5

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 60%

6,000 words in total

Assessment task 2: Strategy for Future Directions


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

3, 4, 5 and 6

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

2.5, 4.5, 5.4 and 5.5

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 40%

1,200 words & visual

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 FTDi FYI 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

No required texts. Readings and other resources will be provided online.