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INFC7000: Inventing the Future

This is an interdisciplinary unit, is jointly run by the faculties of Science, Engineering, Business, Architecture, Design and Planning. It is aimed at high achieving post-graduate students from these faculties, to provide them with high level skills in research translation, design and innovation. Student teams are a given a real product brief, of social and economic importance, and aligned with areas of university research. They must respond to this brief, producing a working prototype product and business case.

Code INFC7000
Academic unit Science Faculty
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Students are expected to be experienced in their own discipline at a postgraduate level

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. At the end of this unit students will understand how to work in an interdisciplinary team, and be able to project manage the work
  • LO2. Students will learn the techniques of ideation and be able to apply them to both identifying a problem, and developing a solution
  • LO3. Students will learn and be able to apply the principles of design thinking
  • LO4. Students will learn, and be able to apply, the basics of systems thinking, including developing a systems map for their project
  • LO5. Students will learn and be able to apply business principles, such as the business model canvas
  • LO6. Students will understand different types of intellectual property, and how they are relevant to innovation
  • LO7. Students will learn how to prototype and test their product or service. This could include low fidelity prototyping, or a basic working prototype. Depending on the product, this may involve different techniques, including 3D printing, virtual reality, physical computing, etc.
  • LO8. Students will learn presentation skills, and be able to apply them to a pitch (in person or video).