University of Technology Sydney

94760 Studio A

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UTS: Transdisciplinary Innovation
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade, no marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


In a MCISI Studio subject, participants collectively take on a complex real-world challenge provided by a partner organization or network. In that context of a shared public challenge, participants apply, trial and experiment with the concrete methods and tools they have gained through undertaking the Foundation, Key Enabling Methodologies and Elective subjects.

Across the Studios in the program, a variety of specific project challenges are offered by public and private sector partnerships. All of these possible challenges are tackled in the context of the changing global environment (for example, global trends, UN Sustainable Development Goals) and as whole-industry/ system transformation challenges.

The emphasis of the studios varies depending on the subject matter at hand (between the project level vs strategic level, internal initiatives vs a broader innovation ecosystem, small scale vs global, etc.). Studios have two streams: one centers on Creative Intelligence with its focus on a project to create new ways forward in the problem situation; the second on Strategic Innovation with a focus on new processes, structures, networks and ecosystems.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Conceptualise approaches for strategic interventions within organisations and professional fields as dynamic and complex systems (1.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

This Studio subject is offered in hybrid mode through a mix of online preparation a block mode, face-to-face interactive workshop mode. Learning involves trailing new knowledge and developing reflective insights generated in Foundation and KEM and Elective subjects.

Learners playfully experiment with ideas by working collectively on a complex cross-sector challenge with other participants and organisations. During the Studio, you will enjoy the support, inspiration and cross-fertilisation of ideas within a professional cohort and receive feedback from academic researchers and industry mentors.

The subject concludes with a presentation, pitch of proposed responses or a creative intervention to an invited audience of industry and network experts for feedback to provoke possibilities for taking the ideas further.

Content (topics)

  • Developing a plan for CISI learning in a bespoke studio setting.
  • Visioning strategic and bold, future oriented directions for transforming challenge.
  • Work on tailored, context specific approaches by drawing diversevocational practices.
  • Designing experiments through developing iterative projects anddocumenting to insights.
  • Catalyse discussion about innovation practices in action.
  • Developing and sustaining your innovation ecology by working withpeers, academics, industry mentors and colleagues to generate feedback as part on ongoing innovation loops.
  • Identify and mobilsing structure and networks that support thriving innovation ecosystems.


Assessment task 1: Research plan


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


Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

Assessment task 2: Sharing your findings


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


Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 60%

Minimum requirements

To pass this subject students must make a reasonable attempt to meet the expectations outlined in the brief of each assessment task, and achieve an overall pass grade for the subject.

Other resources

Readings curated with subject coordinator relative to bespoke setting/ context.