Creativity and Innovation - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Poster, Essay or Presentation (30%) , Assessments - Problem-solving and Teamwork (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit will help you develop knowledge and skills for finding creative solutions to problems and for successful innovation.

You will learn the benefits of adopting and applying diverse perspectives and problem-solving tools, especially within interdisciplinary teams, to produce better ideas.

Examples of creative and innovative thinking will be taken from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including science, engineering, media, philosophy, law, business and indigenous studies.

On completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of :

1.     The range of knowledges and skills required to achieve successful innovation

2.     The range of knowledges and skills required for effective creative collaboration

3.     Theoretical and disciplinary approaches to understanding creativity and innovation

On completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate the following skills effectively :

4.     How to work collaboratively with specialists from other disciplines to solve complex problems ethically using the CPS process.

5.     Creative competency and how to encourage the development of creative dispositions

6.     How to use a range of creative thinking tools to generate ideas by bridging disciplines boundaries and the value of interdisciplinary teams in finding creative solutions to problems

On completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice by:

7.     Applying appropriate knowledge and providing effective processes that show a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry, proficiency with generating and refining ideas, critical self-reflection, and an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary diversity.

8.     Using interpersonal and collaborative skills toquestion and listen, and to act ethically; tolerate ambiguity, embrace openness, curiosity and intellectual risk-taking; to work effectively within team environments by communicating effectively, respecting the thoughts and opinions of others and managing time and resources efficiently.

  • Assessment — Poster, Essay or Presentation (30%)
  • Assessments — Problem-solving and Teamwork (20%)
  • Presentation — Oral Presentation (10%)
  • Project — Major Project (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Creativity and Innovation
2Understanding the Process of Creativity and where new ideas come from
3Understanding the Process of Innovation and the impact of innovation on society
4Recognising the value of diversity
5The Creative Problem-Solving Process
6A Neuroscience approach to Understanding Creativity
7Business and Entrepreneurship: Protecting your IP, and Protocols
8Creativity, Innovation and Ethics
9Creative Industries and the impact of Digital Technology
10Complexity Theory ¿ links with diversity, creative teamwork and how new ideas emerge
11Cultural Policy and Creative Cities

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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