Innovation and Ideation

Deakin stackable short courses | 100% online

Move your business ideas forward

This short course helps you to foster an environment that values and nurtures creativity. Investigate frameworks and approaches, learn how to use tools, and develop the skills to ideate, prototype and test new products and services – or modify and enhance existing products and services.

  • 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.

  • Identify and articulate ideas and potential solutions using various ideation processes and frameworks.
  • Apply models and tools, such as Mintzberg’s Crafting Strategy and PESTLE Analysis, for creativity and rigour when developing new ideas.
  • Analyse and select approaches to prototyping and testing solutions for new or enhanced products and services.
  • Make informed decisions about how to ideate 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 start-ups 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:

  • investigate a range of strategic frameworks and lenses to formulate an approach to ideation and innovation
  • learn how to apply design thinking approaches to propose human-centred approaches to problem-solving
  • evaluate the merits of different ideation strategies within the context of innovation.

How you’re assessed

Write a 2500-word wicked problem analysis report and recommendation that illustrates connections between ideation and problem framing, using the different tools and insights gained from the course. You must attend all online sessions to receive a pass mark.

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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  • 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.

A maximum of four stackable short courses can be used as credit (2 credit points) towards the Master of Business Administration; and two stackable short courses can be used as credit (1 credit point) towards the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration.