Course Outline

BUS705 Innovation Management and Professional Development

Course Coordinator:Margarietha Scheepers ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2024Session 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course examines innovation’s role in making firms future ready. You will develop innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills to identify opportunities and propose a compelling business case to pursue these within an existing organisational context. The innovation process skills you learn in this course will assist you to develop solutions applicable to industry problems, digital transformation and sustainability challenges, linked to the SDGs. The course will also equip you with knowledge and skills to maximise your potential for career progression and employment outcomes.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 2hrs Week 1 6 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 4hrs Week 1 6 times
Information session – Assessment task information and Q&A sessions 1hr Refer to Format 2 times
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 2hrs Week 1 6 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled online workshops (Recorded). 4hrs Week 1 6 times
Information session – Assessment task information and Q&A sessions 1hr Refer to Format 2 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction to innovation and its relevance for business in addressing sustainability and digital challenges
  • Innovation Trends: Future of work and career implications
  • Personal leadership and employability: The post-graduate business professional
  • Corporate entrepreneurship and team innovation processes
  • Innovation strategy and Organisational innovation model
  • Leading for innovation
  • Creative problem-solving applied to business
  • Innovation opportunities shaped by digital technologies and sustainability challenges
  • Organisation culture and climate’s influence on firm innovation
  • Organisational renewal and structuring for innovation
  • Open innovation and intellectual property protection
  • Disruptive business models and design thinking

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
1 Demonstrate career adaptability awareness required to develop your career as a proactive, innovative business postgraduate. Empowered
PC6, PC6.1
2 Analyse the processes for making efficient and effective business decisions for the optimum path forward. Knowledgeable
PC3, PC3.1, PC6.1
3 Problem solve and apply creative thinking skills to make innovative and sustainable business decisions under conditions of rapid change and high levels of ambiguity. Creative and critical thinker
PC3, PC3.1
4 Identify and apply processes for decision-making about the optimal way to manage innovation. Engaged
PC3, PC3.1

* Competencies by Professional Body

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
PC3 Creative and Critical Thinking
PC3.1 Problem Solving
PC6 Career-adaptive
PC6.1 Adaptability

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in any PGRD Program


Not applicable


MBA701 or EMB751

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

You will gain early feedback on your progress by completing formative learning activities and actively participating in the workshops and asynchronous discussions.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 45%
2500 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Report Individual 55%
3,000 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Case study and professional development reflection.
To demonstrate your ability to apply the theory, critically analyse a case study and develop a professional development artefact.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
This is an individual task (2500 words), where you are required to demonstrate your ability to adapt to changing career demands and apply innovation theory to practice. Details of this assessment will be provided on Canvas.
This task is used to measure assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Learning Objectives will be assessed:
PLO6.1: Career Readiness: Graduates are adaptive, responsible, self-managing and career ready.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
classifying innovation concepts in the case study;
analysing the innovation dilemma using relevant innovation frameworks;
generating and proposing solutions.
identifying the portfolio of skills required for career progression
explaining professional development options
explaining the professional requirements and career trends
All - Assessment Task 2:Innovation Report
Propose a leading-edge innovation to address a sustainability, digital, or organisational challenge and develop an innovation action plan.
Product: Report
This is an individual task (3,000 words) where you demonstrate your ability to propose an innovation to address a customer-focused sustainability / digital / organisational challenge, by drawing on the relevant material in this course. 
Details of this assessment will be provided on Canvas and in class.
This task is used to measure assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Learning Objectives will be assessed:
PLO3.1: Critical and creative thinking
Demonstrate critical and creative thinking to identify and solve complex business problems and arrive at innovative solutions.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
define the sustainability/company challenge in need of an innovation response.
demonstrate how sources of ideas influence the development of alternatives in formulating the innovation and creative solution.
problem solve and apply creative thinking skills using the strategic innovation model
consider the most appropriate leadership approach for the innovation response proposed.
formulate an innovation implementation approach that would give this innovation response the best chance of succeeding
well-presented, with convincing arguments, supported by relevant evidence.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required De Villiers, Scheepers & Burgess 2024 BUS705 Learning Guide (available via Canvas) n/a UniSC SBCI

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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