Innovative Business Practice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual and Group (25-35%) , Assignment 2 - Group (40-50%) - Learn more

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Domestic 2,893.00
Domestic continuing 1,383.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 3,143.00
International continuing 1,633.00

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This unit has originated from a desire to give students an inspirational and highly engaging educational experience at the commencement of their Business degrees. It is infused with real-world examples and will feature senior industry personalities and top academic presenters. The unit is designed to prepare students for their studies and work. Innovative Business Practice focuses on self-awareness, development of a professional identity and a personal development plan. The vision of the unit is to enable our students to:

·   Develop a strong passion for business and learning;

·   Develop the ability to be original, creative and forward thinking;

·   Establish and propagate their own brand and identity;

·   Become increasingly self-aware; and

·   Develop foundational communication, team and leadership skills.

This unit will focus on the role of innovation and how it can be leveraged to effectively achieve organisational objectives and positive social impact. Students will be encouraged to use curiosity and creativity to explore opportunities and to evaluate these, whilst displaying awareness of organisational and societal needs.

Students will also learn a range of tools and techniques to enable them to embrace and thrive in uncertainty and to manage themselves when things do not go to plan. They will achieve this through increased self-awareness, an understanding of emotional intelligence and by acquiring the skills necessary to become adaptable and resilient.

On Successful completion of this unit, students will be able to :

  1. Apply innovation frameworks and tools to evaluate a need and/or problem.
  2. Demonstrate creativity, originality and forward thinking in problem solving.
  3. Self-reflect to identify their personal strengths so that they may begin to develop a personal and professional brand and identity
  4. Demonstrate professional skills, including written, verbal, and presentation, in order to effectively articulate an idea and convince others of its merit.
  5. Work collaboratively and effectively in a multidisciplinary team to derive innovative outcomes.
  • Assignment 1 — Individual and Group (25-35%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (40-50%)
  • Journal — Individual (25-35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Discovering self
2Discovering teams
3Discovering opportunities
4Formulating value propositions
5The art of pitching
6Future planning

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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.

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