Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Innovative thinking is one of the key attributes global businesses look for in employees. In this subject you will be challenged to identify and analyse problems from multiple disciplinary perspectives and synthesise these findings in ways that suggest new ideas. You will develop a set of creative thinking skills to employ in the process of idea generation and refinement. You will learn how to conduct research to explore a challenge and the potential of ideas to address it. In the process, you will develop communication and interpersonal skills through working in multidisciplinary, multicultural teams. This is the first of a three-subject core of the Bachelor of Commerce, along with Evaluate and Negotiate and Execute and Manage Change. On completion of these subjects, as a Bachelor of Commerce graduate you will be able to analyse a problem, creatively think outside the box to define a solution, negotiate the terms of that solution with a diverse range of stakeholders, and manage the implementation of that solution in an existing business or one you will create for yourself.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorVanessa Ratten

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesDraft a problem statement, face-to-face and on-line class activities, prototype development, group presentation, written peer evaluation of teamwork process.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites This subject is restricted to students enrolled in LBCOM, LZCOMA, LZCA, LZCIR, LZCOML, LWCOML, LZCOMS, LZCCS, LZCAG, LZCBM, LZCHS, LZCP, SZCYC


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify, describe and explore a range of challenges in order to discern opportunities to create value.
02. Develop a set of qualitative and quantitative empathy to uncover needs and insights that can suggest innovative ideas.
03. Develop a clear process and set of techniques to synthesise insights from the analysis into a clear problem statements.
04. Select, test and evaluate different disciplinary methods for gaining insights into complex problems.
05. Utilise rapid experimentation techniques to quickly visualize innovative ideas and generate options for future development and evaluation.
06. Articulate and explain the thinking behind particular selections of ideas, strategies, findings and interpretations.
07. Engage members of a multidisciplinary team to define or contextualise a problem differently and be able to synthesis the ideas generated.
08. Utilise digital technologies to identify, source, analyse and communicate information and ideas.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorVanessa Ratten

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.00 hour lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
Lectures to be delivered in Weeks 31, 33, 35, 37, 39 and 42.

Problem Based LearningWeek: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.00 hours problem based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
PBL classes will run in Weeks 31, 33, 35, 37, 39 and 42.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Two Group Presentations (5 minutes per member) This will be allocated 30% for the group tasks and 10% for individual grading of presentation skills.

N/AOral presentationGroupNo40 SILO6, SILO7

Individual 2,000-word Options Paper

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO8

Peer evaluation of teamwork 5% for evaluation of others, 5% for evaluation by others 1,000-word equivalent

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO7