ems5aei advanced engineering innovation




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject addresses innovation and commercial thinking to: discover/define problems; capture primary research, generate ideas, design, evaluate, and analyse ideas using the case teaching method. Students will develop detailed knowledge of the product design process through case studies and will be actively engaged by a range of expert case studies in the field of innovation within academia and industry while taking consideration of the societal, legal and environmental impacts. Working in teams students learn how to best leverage from individual strengths by embracing marketing principles and stakeholder engagement through presentations and case studies reviews. Students will engage with and receive feedback from professional experiences from industry and academia in dealing with the challenges in bringing innovative solutions into market.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEddie Custovic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following: SMENC, SMENCB, SMENE, SMENEB, SMENM or SMENMB.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Investigate and apply understanding of current and future key areas of innovation in Australia and worldwide.

Using the case study teaching method, including face to face lectures and workshops, students will study previous successful innovations and the steps that were taken for to get there. This will form the foundation of undertaking case studies that students will be required to demonstrate later in their portfolio.

02. Identify and critically analyse problems that require innovative thinking to improve business potential.

Students will be introduced to various techniques for identifying and analysing past problems that engineering businesses have faces - as well as methods on identifying protentional future hurdles business may face. Students will apply these techniques in sections of their portfolios and be able to identify which methods are best used in different situations in quizzes.

03. Analyse comprehensive market research and primary research data to derive realistic project and business objectives.

Students will learn and apply methods of data analytics based on case studies to understand how innovative ideas progressed through the project development stages. Student will demonstrate this through their group and individual reports and also present their methods and reasoning from the reports during the oral activity. Students will also be assessed in quizzes on which methods are suited for different dataset types.

04. Conduct high level brainstorming methodology and selection methods to unravel numerous potential solutions to identified complex problems.

Students will be introduced to different techniques for documenting and brainstorming ideas and selecting potential ideas lectures and workshops. Students will be required to demonstrate these techniques in their portfolio, with an idea database, evidence of selection method and justification of decisions. The workshop will include a session on brainstorming and selection. This will be assessed in the workshop, portfolio and quiz.

05. Comprehensively investigate and report on the impact of technical, financial, societal, legal and environmental impact and viability of innovations and ideas.

Student will learn about the issues that need to be considered when developing innovative solutions; including the technical, financial, societal, legal and environmental impact and viability of projects. Students will need to demonstrate this in their reports by investigating the impact of ideas for different case studies. The workshops will include a session on varying techniques to identify issues and considerations, as well as case studies.

06. Effectively communicate innovative solutions from a developed portfolio, presenting technical and non-technical information.

Students write individual reports, write as part of a team a portfolio, as well as short answer questions in workshops. These assessments will require students to develop their writing skills, especially in providing evidence to back their perspective. Students will also be required to give a short pitch, in which they will need to present the methods and techniques used in their workshop. This task will require students to demonstrate an ability to be creative and commercially effective in their presentation skills.

07. Engage with and liaise with the class, mastering the art of reporting, analysis and outcome delivery with regards to innovative product/service solutions.

In the process of developing and presenting a group portfolio and innovation report, students will be required to develop the skills needed to approach relevant external client/s whether they be industry, industrial or government organisations. This task will require students to demonstrate an ability to be personally engaging, creative and commercially effective in their business development and presentation skills.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEddie Custovic

Class requirements

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture every three weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Online quizzes (equivalent total 500 words)Quizzes provide regular feedback to students ensuring that they are staying on top of topic content. This is essential in blended learning. These questions will test conceptual understanding and fundamental problem solving approaches1502, 04, 05
One group portfolio + innovation report (equivalent to 1,250 words per student)Students are required to develop a comprehensive report in groups of 5. The report reflects on the innovation findings and must demonstrate an ability to write concisely.3002, 04, 05, 06, 07
One individual reflection report on contribution to innovation portfolio (equivalent to 750 words) The written reflective journal is utilised to examine the individual student learnings during the team work in the innovation assignment.1501, 02, 04, 06
One, 5 minute concise innovation presentation to industry in week 11 (equivalent to 500 words)Students will present their innovation to the industry they are working with. This demonstrates a culmination of research as well as ability to help the audience understand the innovative solution.1006, 07
Online test taken in class on an individual case study in week 10 (1500 words)This test reflects the case study element of the subject.3001, 02, 03, 04