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COVID-19 update: July domestic intensives and Semester 2 projects moved to online delivery, global intensives cancelled

Student safety is our priority and due to the impacts of COVID-19, our July intensives and Semester 2 ICPUs will be delivered in an online format, primarily through Zoom video conferencing.

As with face-to-face delivery, you will still work collaboratively in interdisciplinary groups to solve a complex problem set by an industry partner. The partner will virtually engage and provide guidance throughout the project.

All 2020 July global intensives have been cancelled. We will be increasing the number of July domestic projects on offer to make sure we have enough projects for students.

The following projects are 3000 level units. If you’re studying in a Bachelor of Advanced Studies, see information on our 4000 level projects

Because industry and community projects are run in collaboration with partners outside of the University, project partners and topics are subject to change prior to the start of teaching.

Availability of projects

Places in each project are limited so we encourage you to register early to avoid missing out. 

You will only see projects that are available for your enrolled shell unit and still have places available. If you can’t see a project when you register, you will need to select a different project. Project availability is subject to change.

February intensives

February intensives take place over 4 weeks from the 28 January to the 21 February and are based in Sydney or Melbourne.

For intensive projects, students are expected to attend class Monday to Friday for the full day (exact timing to be determined by your project supervisor).

Find out how to enrol in an ICPU.

Deloitte – Workplace disruption: how do you want to work?

Globalisation, changes in communication and rapid environmental, technological and social change has disrupted the nature of the workplace and the traditional 'office'. The 'office' does not have to be a physical place where people come to meet and work, but only a place where people can access information, communicate with colleagues and share ideas. However, meeting with people face-to-face and building relationships is an important part of creating and maintaining organisational culture. The term 'virtual office' may sound like a far off, futuristic possibility, however; the truth is that today, more than 50% of Deloitte staff are working from 'somewhere else'. In this project, you will work in interdisciplinary groups to understand the diverse workforce and their unique requirements to create solutions for what Deloitte should strategically be doing to best position themselves to prepare for workplace disruption and the future of 'the office'.

28 – 31 January: on campus
3 – 14 February: at Deloitte offices on George Street
17 – 21 February: a combination of self-directed and on campus learning to be advised by the project supervisor

KPMG, Australian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, GS1 & other consortia partners - Food for thought: rethinking food systems for better health and sustainability

Food is central to family, cultural and community identity. It is essential to sustain life and food-related activities provide income and livelihoods for billions of people. With the continuing rise in global food production and manufacturing to meet increasing demand, there is a pressing need to rethink food systems. In this project, student teams representing unique mixes of disciplines will explore questions such as, how can we influence mass consumer food behaviours? What will be the role of growers, manufacturers, retailers and regulators in the future? Which technologies and innovations (e.g. smart foods, alternative proteins, and personalised nutrition) will be required to transform the food industry? What role can the health and allied professionals play? Through research into these areas, students will provide solutions on how we can rethink food for better health and sustainability. Students will be exposed to the Australian food industry through visits to farms, food processors, manufacturers and markets.

This project will be run in conjunction with Padova University (Italy) and the class will be made up of half University of Sydney students and half Padova University students.

28 January – 14 February: on campus with visits to Australian food industry businesses, farms, food processors, manufacturers and markets.
17 – 21 February: a combination of self-directed and on campus learning to be advised by the project supervisor.

Schroders Sydney – Environmental challenges in the investment sector

Climate change is emerging as an important but complex new variable in decision-making around investment portfolio design and management. Taking into account the environmental impacts of investing, demands for transparency in evaluation of climate risk and the imperative to achieve maximum investment returns creates challenging, and often competing, obligations for investment managers. With $805.9 billion of assets managed globally, a key challenge for Schroders is identifying sustainable strategies, particularly for long-term investors. We need to develop a multi-dimensional understanding of how environmental issues are influencing the investment management sector in order to determine the best advice to clients. Interdisciplinary insights will help us map the ethical, political, economic, legal, social and technological factors that animate a new climate-conscious investment landscape.

28 – 31 January: on campus
3 – 14 February: at Schroders offices on Pitt Street
17 – 21 February: a combination of self-directed and on campus learning to be advised by the project supervisor

University of Sydney & Industry Experts – Creating student centred spaces

In Australia and globally, higher education is undergoing a period of radical transformation in terms of the diversification of student cohorts and, as with other sectors of the Australian economy, digital disruption. Paradoxically, mounting calls to move our teaching and learning online come at a time when an increasing number of young Australians and university students are reporting feelings of social isolation and exclusion. University of Sydney students are asking for more fit-for-purpose physical spaces that encourage social activity and collaboration. In this project, you will explore the role of place and belonging in higher education from multiple perspectives in order to reimagine the social fabric of higher education and propose innovative approaches for the redevelopment of university campuses.

28 January – 14 February: on campus
17 – 21 February: a combination of self-directed and on campus learning to be advised by the project supervisor

Unfortunately, due to low numbers we have had to cancel Melbourne projects for 2020. If you have any questions, contact Imogen.barwick@sydney.edu.au

July intensives - online delivery

July intensives take place over 4 weeks from the 29 June to the 24 July and will be delivered online, primarily through Zoom video conferencing.

Students are expected to be available for a mix of independent and structured learning activities on a full-time basis, Monday to Friday. See our sample schedule for an example of how our online ICPU intensives will be run. The exact daily schedule for each project will be determined by your project supervisor.

Find out how to enrol in an ICPU.

Coles - Improving consumer confidence and traceability

Public concern over food safety is increasing, boosted by recent outbreaks of food-driven viruses such as COVID-19. The traceability of the food sector is essential to provide transparency and security to consumers. Modern traceability systems can assist in providing additional assurances to consumers by allowing them to understand the movement of a product through specified stages of the supply chain. Businesses face a number of challenges in this area including the globalisation of the food supply chain, changing industry processes and changing consumer preferences. Students in this project will research and provide recommendations on strategic traceability initiatives that Coles can implement to mitigate risk and strengthen brand confidence for its exported products, with a particular focus on China.

DIPEx International - Healthcare in a post-COVID-19 world

Approximately 16% (4 million) of Australia’s population is over 65 years of age, and this proportion is projected to increase steadily over the coming decades, as acknowledged in Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan. Currently, approximately 50% of all Australians have a long-term health condition, such as type 2 diabetes, mental illness, cardiovascular disease or cancer, and as Australians age their chances of developing one of these conditions significantly increases. Older Australians are also particularly at risk of developing COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for most Australians and, how the future looks post-COVID is uncertain. Will we be able to return to our pre-pandemic lifestyle when the virus is under control? Will models of healthcare delivery change? What impacts will a post COVID-19 world have on older Australians? Using the Healthtalk Australia Ageing module as a launching point, students are encouraged to explore the questions - what is important to older people in a post-COVID world? And what can we learn from older people that can help us improve the healthcare system? In interdisciplinary groups, students will investigate the current models of health care delivery and changes that have resulted from the COVID-19 crisis and provide recommendations for how the Australian healthcare system can meet the needs of older Australians in the future.

Elizabeth Broderick & Co - Women's rights in situations of crisis and insecurity

It is estimated that 59.5 million people are currently displaced by crisis globally, the highest since the Second World War. Natural disasters now affect 200 million people a year, and the number of countries with violent conflicts is the highest in the last 30 years. In the context of crisis, women and girls’ unequal status means that they are disproportionately disadvantaged and less prepared or empowered to survive or recover. In particular, there is growing evidence that in times of crisis and insecurity around the world - women’s and girl’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are particularly at risk and not adequately supported or recognised. This results in higher risks of unplanned pregnancy and death during childbirth, increased rates of child, early and forced marriage and increased vulnerability to sexual and other forms of violence and exploitation. Against this background, this project will examine the factors that put women’s sexual and reproductive health at risk in conflict and emergency settings and will attempt to set out new standards and good practices needed to protect women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health rights in a crisis-prone world.

KPMG - Data security and the future of privacy

Privacy is a fundamental human right, and yet each year Australia is faced with thousands of data breaches whereby confidential or sensitive information is accessed without authorisation or is lost. In 2019, security concerns and data breaches have influenced multiple government departments, social media platforms, banks, retailers and universities. The world is changing, and how we interact is changing and evolving; the advent of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the growth of digital platforms threatens the individual’s right to privacy and raises fundamental questions about the appropriateness of the current privacy framework. In this project, your group may look at the impact of emerging technologies on the privacy rights of business, consumers and other priority groups, or alternatively explore the current state of privacy law, policy or regulation to ascertain if they are fit for purpose. Your interdisciplinary team should work together to advocate for a privacy policy framework that will stimulate the responsible collection, use and management of data in Australia.

TAD Sydney – Using assistive technology to change lives

You are young, fit and in the prime of your life. One day at sports practice, you are doing a drill you have done a thousand times before. This time though, you slip and fall. This is what happened to Mark, a rugby league player seven years ago. In an instant, Mark’s life was changed forever; he was paralysed from the neck down. TAD changes the lives of people just like Mark living with a disability by providing personalised technology, equipment and services. TAD has over 100 volunteers who dedicate their time, skills and energy to produce life-changing solutions. New technologies such as microcontrollers, 3D printing and the internet are rapidly transforming solutions for people living with disabilities. TAD is working towards being a provider of innovative technology-based solutions; however, the majority of their volunteer workforce are inexperienced in this area. In this project, you will explore what new and emerging technologies will have the greatest impact on people living with a disability and explore how the changing nature of the volunteering industry can help to produce these solutions.

The University of Sydney – A connected university culture

The University of Sydney is a large and complex institution: it has 60,000 students and more than 10,000 staff. The University has made it a strategic priority to build a culture across the different parts of the institution, built on the values of courage and creativity, respect and integrity, openness and engagement, and diversity and inclusion. One key challenge is to break down the barriers that exist, for example, those between academic staff, professional staff, and students. Within an institution that is so vast in size, there is a need to conduct initiatives that can build stronger human relationships and a sense that people belong to a University community. Students in this project will work with the Culture Strategy office at the University to identify and develop initiatives to create positive cultural change relating to values, people and purpose.

WPP AUNZ – The kids are online: control vs capitalism

Parents worry greatly about their children’s online behaviour and believe they should vet children’s profiles while they are under the age of 18. As many as eight in ten* Australian parents agree that if their child created a digital profile they would force their child to remove their profile. Also, more than six in ten* parents believe that they own their child’s digital footprint until their child turns 18. Interestingly, six in ten* Australian parents would be perfectly fine if their child (under 18) wanted to make money from their own blog or social media channel. Does this reveal a double standard? If a social media channel can lead to income, does it reduce the nervousness parents feel in relation to their child’s digital footprint? In this project, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to research the complex relationship between parent, child and social media. They will examine this issue in the context of the radical disruption that COVID-19 has produced, with social media use continuing to alarm many parents on the one hand, while also offering potentially legitimate solutions for online learning, 'socially connecting' and income generation. In this project, students will consider the forms of 'capital', social media can deliver in relation to the shifting landscape of parental 'control'.

*All research conducted with YouGov March 2020. Sample size 5,031 Australians aged 18+

Student safety is our priority and due to current travel restrictions caused by coronavirus infection (Covid-19), all 2020 July global intensives have been cancelled. We will be increasing the number of domestic projects on offer to make sure we have enough projects for students. These will be available for registration in May.

Semester-long projects

Semester 2 projects will be delivered online and will take place over the course of the semester, commencing 24 August.

Find out how to enrol in an ICPU.

Accenture – Demand for higher education

Australians will spend 33% more time on education and training across their lifetime by 2030, creating significant potential for Australian universities. This coupled with rising demand driven by population growth and overseas students will put significant pressure on a system already under stress. How will the HE sector respond to this demand? In addition, what will the effect be on our workforce over the years and decades to come? In this project, students will work in interdisciplinary groups to examine the trends influencing the scale and scope of service delivery by the HE sector, and deliver recommendations on how the sector will need to transform to respond to this scale and scope.

9am – 12pm, Monday

Allianz – Mental health and well-being at work

Employee mental health and well-being is imperative for Allianz. As the next generation enters the workforce, a key enterprise-wide focus is on the various factors that affect employee mental health and their well-being at work. Traditionally, mental health focused on individuals and their immediate social, family and environmental sphere of influence. However, the ways in which young people connect, communicate and engage with the world around them has undergone rapid change. Furthermore, current and future generations of young people face increasing socio‐economic, political and environmental uncertainty on a global level. Students in this project will work in interdisciplinary teams to explore a wide range of influences on the next generation’s mental health at work and work to develop a future enterprise-wide strategy for Allianz that will administer a positive impact on the mental health and well-being of the next generation entering the workplace.

9am – 12pm, Wednesday

ANZ Bank – Digital identities

With the rise of online banking, social media, e-commerce and peer-to-peer services, a verified digital identity is a crucial ingredient for any digital platform. Your digital identify allows you to prove who you are when interacting online with businesses, including when making online payments. Banking is one of the areas where the ability to verify one’s identity in a secure manner is a prerequisite to access basic services. In this project, students will work in interdisciplinary groups to provide ANZ with new opportunities for digital identity services including ways to reduce fraud, improve the convenience and security of online interactions and enhance privacy and data security. Students can research the ethical, social, technological and legal aspects of digital identities including ways in which biometrics, geolocation and block chain can be used to enhance the authentication process.

3 – 6pm, Friday

Bauer Media Group - The future of media

From the first printing press to 5G, the media landscape has changed at an accelerating pace. Bauer Media is Australia’s leading multi-platform publisher, with a portfolio of magazines, digital and live experiences. What is the future of content creation, and what role will humans have vs AI? How do we cover important issues like domestic violence and climate change while ensuring business viability in the short and long term? What are the implications of technological developments like 5G for media companies? What print media might young people want to consume in the future? In this project, students will explore a range of technical, social, economic and editorial solutions to provide recommendations for what Bauer Media should be doing to prepare for the future of media.

12 – 3pm, Monday

City of Sydney – The war on waste

Australian’s generate nearly 67 million tonnes of waste every year. While some of that waste is recovered, much of the plastic, paper, glass, food, and other materials end up in landfill. Worst still is the large amount of waste that ends up on our land and ocean environments. This problem is seen most acutely in our cities where business and retail activities are concentrated. What can be done to reduce the amount of waste produced here in Sydney? How can we improve our recycling efforts? What opportunities are there to shift activities in the city away from the traditional use and dispose approach, and move towards a circular economy approach? Our partner for this project is the City of Sydney who works with some of Sydney’s biggest buildings and businesses to improve their sustainability and reduce waste production. In this project, you will work in a group with other students to develop innovative solutions to real life waste problems, ultimately pitching them to the City of Sydney.

12 – 3pm, Wednesday

DXC Technology – The digital university of the future

Higher education is facing disruptive trends and market forces which will create significant change on what, how and where we learn. Online learning, access to cheaper education, globalisation, industry engagement, increased student expectation for their campus experience, and bespoke courses are just some of the drivers for change. Organisations who are able to move quickly and embrace digital transformation to evolve their business model will become the new Industry leaders. In this project, students will research higher education industry trends and market forces and provide insights into potential opportunities available through transformation of university business models and digital transformation. Students can explore a broad range of categories such as curriculum, learning experience, student success, employability, the physical campus and the digital campus of the future.

3 – 6pm, Wednesday

Ernst & Young – Emergence of the smart consumer

EY’s research suggests that changes in how consumers eat, work, play, stay healthy, shop, live, move and use technology all give shape to an emerging ‘smart consumer’. This fast-changing consumer landscape presents a range of complex questions. For example: Do Millennials ‘play’ differently to Gen X?  What are the implications of increasing demands for personalisation on conventional manufacturing systems and supply chain logistics? Are traditional ‘shop-fronts’ still relevant or do we need new approaches to the built-business-environment? What are the ethical limits for delivering to ‘smart consumers’? And, how do geo-political tensions, international trade conditions and wider demographic shifts impact the development of new business strategies? In this project, interdisciplinary teams are asked to identify opportunities and risks for Australian F&B (Food and Beverage) businesses building their brand in the Asia Pacific region. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in emerging consumer realities and will draw on multiple disciplines to design and visualise future-focussed solutions.  

9am – 12pm, Thursday

KYUP Project – Future of domestic violence prevention

Family and Domestic Violence is a serious issue that does not discriminate against ethnicity, socio-economic status or geography. Australia has a long and shameful history of domestic violence, ABS Personal Safety Survey reports 40% of women have experienced violence since the age of 15 and family and domestic violence is still the leading cause of preventable death for females aged 15 to 44. If the past is showing us that the intergenerational cycle of violence is strong, what does the future hold?  In this project, you will explore what the future holds for domestic violence prevention in Australia and the different ways in which the Australian government, communities, businesses and individuals can help break the cycle of domestic violence.

9am – 12pm, Tuesday

MS Research Living well with MS

People living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can control and potentially minimise the impact of MS on their lives, which can provide a sense of empowerment and hope. Research shows that there are a number of risk factors that influence the onset of MS, including smoking, UV light exposure, and weight, and that these can be modified through lifestyle changes. However, the role that modifiable lifestyle factors may play in reducing disease activity and disability progression in MS is not well understood. In this project, students are asked to develop an evidence-based, customised, self-management program that integrates key healthy behaviours relevant to the progression of MS that is adaptable to account for individual abilities and symptoms. A key outcome of the program is to support uptake of and adherence to healthy lifestyle behaviours in people with MS.

3 – 6pm, Wednesday

NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp) – Reimagining social housing

Demand for social housing is on the rise. An increasingly unaffordable rental market, responses to homelessness and fewer social housing vacancies has driven growth in the social housing waiting list, which has now reached 60,000 households. In 2016, the NSW Government launched a 10-year strategy to transform the social housing system called Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW. What is the best way to achieve the government’s vision for social housing transformation? Social housing is a complex problem that sits at the intersection of numerous factors and stakeholder interests. A unique opportunity exists to optimise the rollout of Future Directions through interdisciplinary research to develop innovative, sustainable, ethical, financially viable and client-focused social housing models. Students could explore the social housing planning and consultation process, design fit for purpose social housing infrastructure or research solutions that ensure a healthy and social environment for tenants.

12 – 3pm, Friday

PTW Architects - Is the world big enough for our growing population?

Inaction on climate change poses significant threats to how we live. It is responsible for the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters and is expected to cause unprecedented poverty, famine and mass migration. Our built environment - our homes, our schools, our places of work - and the villages, towns and cities of which they are a part of are contributing to this climate crisis. PTW Architects have joined a worldwide effort to mitigate climate change through sustainable design. In this project, you will examine the role of architecture in developing the cities of the future. You may choose to identify local, regional or global environmental challenges and their impact on European and Asian cities, examine trends in sustainable design, propose a just transition plan, examine the technological advancements that will bring us closer to harmonious solutions or consider the legal and regulatory barriers that prevent more radical change to our built environments.

3 – 6pm, Tuesday

PwC – The Future of Healthcare

The Australian health system is underpinned by a commitment to universal care. Significant services are provided by the private sector that play a large role in improving the wellbeing of the community through the provision of direct medical care (e.g. private hospitals), allied health care in the community (e.g. physio, podiatry, dietitians, etc.), pharmaceuticals and therapeutic devices and other related industries (such as pathology and laboratory services). Public and private sectors are concerned with the efficient use of resources and need to consider the nature of investments to ensure optimal return on economic investment, balanced with excellent health outcomes from health care expenditure whilst addressing issues pertaining to universal access and affordability. This project will seek to generate perspectives on what you consider to be the main issues impacting the health of Australians over the next 2-5 years and seek your views on where the private sector should invest to address the health concerns of the community as part of Australia’s mixed public-private health system.

9am – 12pm, Tuesday

Qantas – Minimising Customer Disruption

In aviation disruption to the flight schedule is normal, global unpredictable events require a real time and decisive approach to minimise the customer impact during the day of operations. Recovering customers to ensure they reach their final destination as soon as possible is an optimisation problem where prioritisation accounting for a variety of competing factors is required to determine the optimal result. In this project, you will design principles, rationale and methodology to solve customer disruptions. You will be considering ethical, customer experience, commercial and operational factors in tandem with potential technical approaches to present a possible solution.

9am – 12pm, Friday

Subaru Automotive – How will we buy cars in 2030?

Today, everything is available at our fingertips. We can get entertainment, fashion, and food without leaving the couch. Why then, would we continue to visit a ‘car dealership’ on the fringe of town every 4 - 5 years to make one of the most expensive purchases in our lives? The automotive industry has remained relatively unchanged since the early 1900’s. However, industry transformation is now underway and accelerating. In this era of change, it is important to reconsider all assumptions and recreate the industry in ways that truly serve the consumer. In this project, students will explore the impact of technology, user experience, environmental design, shopper behaviour, ecommerce and importance of brand as a signifier of self. Student groups are asked the question “How can the buying needs of the future family consumer be best served when it comes to buying their new car while bringing the essence of the Subaru brand to life to help navigate this period of change?”

9am – 12pm, Wednesday

Telstra – The Future of Working Remotely

Working from home offers many benefits and with rapidly changing technology, it is now even easier for employees to work remotely from virtually anywhere in the world.  Greater employee flexibility comes with its own limitations and difficulties. For example, there have been reports that people who regularly work from home experience professional and social isolation, with a lack of collaboration between colleagues. How do we know if working from home is really working? How can employers measure the productivity of their staff? How can employers improve collaboration between colleagues working in multiple different locations? In this project, students will explore technological, social and environmental factors and offer solutions as to how Telstra can best support their employees to create a productive, collaborative, efficient and effective workforce, no matter where they are working.

12 – 3pm, Tuesday

Westmead Redevelopment, NSW Health and WSLHD - Cultural Competence around Health

Historically, the Australian health care system has failed to provide safe and high quality health care for Aboriginal people. Western Sydney Local Health district recognises the right for Aboriginal people to feel culturally welcome, safe and connected when accessing and receiving care. The Westmead Redevelopment Project provides an opportunity to build the cultural competency of Westmead Precinct staff, ensuring our staff have capability to consider the cultural needs, deliver appropriate, safe and quality health care for Aboriginal people leading to improved health outcomes and better experiences of care. One-off training is seen as a starting point but cultural safety is a process that requires ongoing learning. This project aims to develop a cultural competency approach that could be implemented in the orientation plan and sustained throughout the organisation.

2 – 5pm, Monday

This project will be based at the Westmead campus.

Westpac – The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Banking

The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence is both exciting and intimidating. In shifting conventional computing paradigms, can innovations led by AI provide new and lucrative opportunities for businesses across all sectors? A number of clear potential applications for AI already exist for the banking sector: customer service interactions, providing financial advice, mitigating risk and decision-making. In this project, you will work in mixed disciplinary groups to explore solutions that takes advantage of artificial intelligence on banking.

9am – 12pm, Friday

Accenture – Unlearning Higher Education: The University after COVID-19

The COVID -19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on all aspects of Australian society, and the university sector is no exception. The peak body, Universities Australia, forecasts that Australian universities will lose between AUS$3 billion to AUS$4.6 billion in revenue this year alone. Massive decreases in international student enrolments, coupled with pre-existing pressures on the sector, have forced the question: What will a sustainable operating model for the post-COVID-19 university look like? In this project, students will work in interdisciplinary groups to examine the broad implications of the pandemic for Australian universities and will develop novel, student-led recommendations to help reimagine a sustainable, viable, and productive future for the sector.

Adobe – Closing the digital skills gap

Technology is rapidly growing and transforming on a daily basis and organisations have been forced to be more dynamic, agile, and adaptable to survive in this changing environment. Much of this survival is hinged upon employing a versatile workforce with the necessary skills and experience required to address this technological revolution. However, industry is struggling to find talent with these required digital skills. How might this skills shortage be addressed and who is responsible for closing the digital skills gap? In this project, you will investigate the future of education and look to formulate creative and innovative ways that businesses, schools, universities, and governments can tackle industry skills shortages. You are encouraged to find tangible solutions that address the future of education so that human talent aligns with technological advancement.

AGL – Creating a renewable energy future

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges our planet faces. What needs to change to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions? Currently two-thirds of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from our electricity and transport sectors. So how do we ensure our energy systems meet the needs of society whilst not being reliant on fossil fuels? What energy projects may be possible in the future, that were once thought science fiction? Will current electricity and transport infrastructure meet our future needs? What planning needs to happen to ensure industries and communities reliant on existing energy supply chains are not left behind? Working in groups with students from different faculties and backgrounds, you will design your own project to help make a renewable energy future a reality.

ANZ Bank – Governance for good: data privacy and design

The COVIDSafe app is a watershed moment in the widespread adoption of digital technologies by the Australian public. Millions of users downloaded the app in the weeks following its release. Yet experts were quick to examine the privacy and security risks associated with the app. Despite being designed with “Privacy By Design” principles and in compliance with the Privacy Act (1988), the app nevertheless asks us to reflect on data privacy. Long after Forbes declared that privacy was “completely and utterly dead”, citizens, including corporate citizens like ANZ, have privacy and the ethical use of data front of mind. In this project, your group will examine the corporate governance requirements of ANZ and propose principles for data ethics, as well as supporting processes and artefacts to create a Data Ethics framework that has the potential to do good. This would need to fit into an overarching enterprise data governance framework. As part of developing a data ethics framework, interdisciplinary teams can examine how ANZ can implement a data strategy that will avoid causing harm, increase freedom and equality, preserve individual rights and participate meaningfully in the democratic process.

Bauer Media – The future of media

From the first printing press to 5G, the media landscape has changed at an accelerating pace. Bauer Media is Australia’s leading multi-platform publisher, with a portfolio of magazines, digital and live experiences. What is the future of content creation and what role will humans have vs AI? In this current pandemic environment what will live experiences and events such as the Logies look like? How do we cover important issues like domestic violence and climate change while ensuring business viability in the short and long term? What are the implications of technological developments like 5G for media companies? What print media might young people want to consume in the future? In this project, students will explore a range of technical, social, economic and editorial solutions to provide recommendations for what Bauer Media should be doing to prepare for the future of media.

City of Sydney – The war on waste

Australian’s generate nearly 67 million tonnes of waste every year. While some of that waste is recovered, much of the plastic, paper, glass, food, and other materials end up in landfill. Worst still is the large amount of waste that ends up on our land and ocean environments. This problem is seen most acutely in our cities where business and retail activities are concentrated. What can be done to reduce the amount of waste produced here in Sydney? How can we improve our recycling efforts? What opportunities are there to shift activities in the city away from the traditional use and dispose approach, and move towards a circular economy approach? Our partner for this project is the City of Sydney who works with some of Sydney’s biggest buildings and businesses to improve their sustainability and reduce waste production. In this project, you will work in a group with other students to develop innovative solutions to real life waste problems, ultimately pitching them to the City of Sydney.

DXC Technology – Is private healthcare dying a slow death or can it be resuscitated?

Is private healthcare dying a slow death or can it be resuscitated? Is the current private health insurance model sustainable and meeting the needs of young Australians? Many young people complain that premiums are too high or that they do not feel they get value for money from their private health insurance. This industry project sets out to tackle this wicked problem and create viable solutions that can help Australian health insurers to deliver better value. You will learn skills in design thinking while working in interdisciplinary teams. If you care about the health of young Australians, the DxC technology team would love to see what innovative ideas students can create.

Elizabeth Broderick & Co - The role of young people in building a gender equality movement

Young people today live in a world with intensifying environmental degradation, rapidly evolving technology and deepening inequalities. As a result, young women are increasingly at the forefront of economic, social and environmental justice movements that call for systemic change. Young women have been mobilising on unprecedented scales around the world: from the School Strike 4 Climate, to the ‘March for our Lives’ protests and the global #metoo movement. There is much to learn from the ways in which these young women work across silos and strive to advance human rights. In this project, students will explore the ways in which gender relations, norms and vulnerabilities shape young women and girls’ engagement in social movements. You are encouraged to research past gender equality activism and explore how youth movements for gender equality overlap with activism related to issues such as environmental and economic justice, and migrant and LGBTQI+ rights.

Ernst & Young – Resurgence: what world will we be creating in the next few years?

The Covid-19 pandemic has had immediate impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives. We have seen entire cities in lockdown, industries come to a halt and significant changes to the way we live our lives. This unforeseen event has forced governments, businesses and individuals to rethink how we operate. As we shift away from recovery efforts to a focus on resurgence; assessing and adapting for the long term in the ‘New Normal’ will be key to success. In this project, students will identify the considerations that governments, industries and businesses will need to navigate in line with emerging needs and demands over the next few years. You can explore many industries such as Transport, Airlines, Health, Education – you can decide how the workforce you will be entering can be shaped or how changing customer needs will be fulfilled.

KPMG - Corporate crime and misconduct: the intersection between crime and technology

In an age of extensive technological advancement, the world has seen new forms of criminal activity emerge alongside new ways of doing business. As digital marketplaces, and the fintech that supports them, develop and expand, so too does illegal activity - producing new forms of technology-driven crime including online theft, money laundering, bribery and fraud. When dealing with these new forms of misconduct, regulators are required in turn, to develop technological tools to help identify the new forms of crime and the people behind it. They must also develop new methods to monitor the compliance of organisations that play a key role in the fight against corporate crime. In this project, students are asked to focus on the intersection between crime and technology in corporate crime, including cyber, fraud, money laundering and bribery. Identify the ways in which criminal activity has been facilitated or prevented by new technology and suggest how technology can facilitate or prevent different forms of corporate crime.

KYUP Project - future of domestic violence prevention

Family and Domestic Violence is a serious issue that does not discriminate against ethnicity, socio-economic status or geography. Australia has a long and shameful history of domestic violence, ABS Personal Safety Survey reports 40% of women have experienced violence since the age of 15 and family and domestic violence is still the leading cause of preventable death for females aged 15 to 44. If the past is showing us that the intergenerational cycle of violence is strong, what does the future hold? In this project, you will explore what the future holds for domestic violence prevention in Australia and the different ways in which the Australian government, communities, businesses and individuals can help break the cycle of domestic violence.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment – Saving koalas

Koalas are perhaps the most recognisable and loved of Australia’s wildlife. They are also emblematic of the impact that humans have had on Australia’s environment in the last two centuries. Once inhabiting much of eastern Australia, koalas are now considered a threatened species. Populations in NSW are estimated to have dropped by 26% over the last 15-21 years. The major impacts on koalas include habitat loss, vehicle strike, domestic dog attacks, disease, drought, and urban expansion. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment (DPIE) is the primary organisation responsible for threatened species conservation in NSW. Koala conservation is guided by the Saving our Species (SoS) Program and the NSW Koala Strategy. In this project, you will work with students from different disciplines on projects that create recommendations to save NSW’s Koala population.

PTW Architects – Climate change and the cities of the future

Inaction on climate change poses significant threats to how we live. It is responsible for the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters and is expected to cause unprecedented poverty, famine and mass migration. Our built environment - our homes, our schools, our places of work - and the villages, towns and cities of which they are a part of are contributing to this climate crisis. PTW Architects have joined a worldwide effort to mitigate climate change through sustainable design. In this project, you will examine the role of architecture in developing the cities of the future. You may choose to identify local, regional or global environmental challenges and their impact on European and Asian cities, examine trends in sustainable design, propose a transition plan, examine the technological advancements that will bring us closer to harmonious solutions or consider the legal and regulatory barriers that prevent more radical change to our built environments.

Randstad – Using AI to transform the recruitment process

AI has the potential to deliver tremendous benefits, as well as new challenges for the recruitment sector. Today, investment in, development and use of AI has skyrocketed and enabled automation of many steps in the recruitment process. At the same time, concerns about AI-powered solutions and their implications for privacy, job security, control and trust have grown. Research shows that the human factor in automation is often overlooked. Will we allow our social media profiles, our psychometric tests, and behavioural predictions to reduce us to a series of data points and run them through a potentially biased system? What are the ethical questions on using a machine to match people into a job?What happens to the role of the recruiter? In what part of the process is the human touch still key? How can AI or Machine learning improve our clients and job seekers experience? In this project, you will explore and present recommendations on the future of recruitment considering what parts of the process can be automated using AI or ML and where human value is needed.

Water NSW – Sydney’s water future

The 2017-2020 drought triggered the most rapid drawdown of Sydney’s bulk water supply on record. Sydney’s drought ended abruptly in March 2020, when a 1 in 30 year ‘rain bomb’ saturated our fire-ravaged catchment. An increase in such climatic variability is just one of many global megatrends that will significantly affect Sydney’s water supply system into the future. How might these megatrends translate on a regional scale and what are the implications for Sydney’s water catchments and supply systems? What tools and indicators are required to monitor these changes and their effect on the quantity and quality of water available to supply a rapidly growing Sydney? Are there any opportunities to build the resilience of our physical and social water management systems to better cope with the challenges of tomorrow? In this project, students will collaborate with WaterNSW to provide innovative recommendations on Sydney’s water future.

Westmead Redevelopment, NSW Health and WSLHD – Digital technologies to support health professionals

Health professionals working in busy clinical areas want their education and training to be accessible, relevant and engaging. Traditional clinical education tends to be didactic in-service sessions, bedside teaching, pre-reading and handouts. Whilst in some contexts this is appropriate and effective, the rapid acceleration and development of innovative technologies has created the possibility to expand traditional methods of clinical education. To expand the educational capacity, clinical educators must be equipped with the best possible tools to address identified educational deficits. These could include but are not limited to Gamification, Virtual/Augmented Reality and E-Learning. However, the number of available technologies, limited clinical time for development and limited funding availability can create a barrier to the effective implementation of potential solutions. Students in this project will explore innovative educational technologies, with consideration made to cost-effectiveness, usability and implementation in the context of clinical education.

Westpac - The impact of artificial intelligence on banking

The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence is both exciting and intimidating. In shifting conventional computing paradigms, can innovations led by AI provide new and lucrative opportunities for businesses across all sectors? A number of clear potential applications for AI already exist for the banking sector: customer service interactions, providing financial advice, mitigating risk and decision-making. In this project, you will work in mixed disciplinary groups to explore solutions that takes advantage of artificial intelligence on banking.

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