Foundations of Innovation

Deakin stackable short courses | 100% online

Foster strategic innovation

This short course investigates the fundamental theories of, and catalysts for, innovation, including economic and social motivations. You’ll develop the skills required to identify and analyse current and future opportunities for innovation.

  • Start date
    29 Nov 21
  • Duration
    6 weeks
  • Study mode
  • Investment
    $1000 (inc. GST)

Job skills outcome

After completion of the short course, you will be able to apply these skills immediately in your workplace:

  • Build problem-solving capability by identifying challenges, and defining and applying frameworks.
  • Distinguish 'wicked problems' and analyse risk in an organisational context.
  • Apply future thinking and problem-solving tools and methodologies, such as the Possibility Frontier and Disruption S Curve.
  • Communicate the drivers and reasons for innovation.

Co-designed with industry

This industry-led stackable short course is co-designed with the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University; Cathryn Nolan, Senior Knowledge Lawyer at Hall & Willcox; and W3. Digital.   Together, we’ve designed a course where you’ll gain skills that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Meet the experts

Cathryn Nolan provides legal consultancy at a leading Australian law firm and offers independent services to a select client base, specialising in 'virtual' in-house counsel services to startups and emerging enterprises. Cathryn is respected for developing and delivering unique, elegant and workable solutions in legal, education, governance and commercial situations.

Mark Cameron, CEO of W3. Digital, has been in the digital strategy and transformation space since the late-90s and has worked with companies such as SAP North America, GSK, Australia Post and Telstra. Mark has worked on a vast array of digital and customer-focused projects, including political elections, global brand strategy, innovation strategy, transformation initiatives and digital product development.

Meet the organisation

W3. Digital is a consultancy that specialises in enabling and leading digital transformation initiatives.

Reshaping university education

An innovative learning structure delivered by a leading university. With more than 40 years’ experience in distance and online education, we’re proud to be adding this unique study format to our repertoire and providing more choice for your learning experience.

Course overview

How you'll learn

Go at your own pace with support from your educator and fellow learners during online learning activities and discussions. Complete your course within 6 weeks, including the assessment, or take extra time and use the regular assessment submission windows to complete within 20–26 weeks of your enrolment.

What you’ll learn

During the short course you’ll:

  • explore the multifaceted and complex nature of innovation
  • learn about the economic and social motives that drive innovation in organisations
  • identify and analyse opportunities for innovation.

How you’re assessed

Your assessment task requires you to develop a written response (2000 words) to two supplied videos and a short video (approximately 3 minutes) based on a potential or actual situation related to your own professional context.

Entry requirements

To be successful we recommend you are proficient in English and have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a related field or significant work experience.

Stackable or standalone short course

Complete one stackable short course as a standalone credential or stack multiple related short courses and build towards a full postgraduate degree at Deakin.

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    Stackable short course

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  • Innovation and Leadership

    Stackable short course

    This short course helps you to lead strategic innovation internally in your organisation – and manage resistance to change.

  • Innovation and Organisational Change

    Stackable short course

    This short course enables you to diagnose the need for organisational change and to develop a change program using a business plan for strategic change management, communication and validation.

  • Graduate Certificate of Business Administration

    Postgraduate degree*

    Covering topics relating to organisational management, learn how to be a more effective business leader and expand your career options.

  • Master of Business Administration

    Postgraduate degree*

    Deakin’s MBA reflects the trends and challenges of modern business. Develop key management and leadership skills, and its flexibility allows you to tailor studies to your career needs.

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*Subject to successful completion of the short course and meeting Deakin’s award course admission and selection requirements, including English language proficiency requirements.

Complete a maximum of four stackable short courses (earning 2 Deakin credit points) for the Master of Business Administration and two courses (earning 1 Deakin credit point) for the Graduate Certificate.