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SIEN5001: Foundation in Strategy, Innovation and Mgmt

This unit introduces students to essential knowledge, frameworks and tools to manage strategically and innovatively. The unit begins by providing students with a mindsets framework for managing responsibly and sustainably. The core concepts and central frameworks of strategic management are introduced and applied to current case studies. Students are then introduced to the complexity of innovation processes and models for assessing and maximising value for innovation. The concepts and frameworks from across the unit are then brought together as students explore the challenges of managing ethically and responsibly in complex environments.


Academic unit Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Unit code SIEN5001
Unit name Foundation in Strategy, Innovation and Mgmt
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal evening
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

IBUS5002 or WORK6002
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Paul Finn,
Lecturer(s) Leanne Rose Cutcher ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Critical reflection
Reflective essay
25% Formal exam period 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Participation Workshop participation
10% Progressive Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Assignment Case Study Report
Written report
30% Week 07
Due date: 19 Apr 2021 at 14:26

Closing date: 03 May 2021
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO2
Assignment group assignment Innovation Framework Applications, Analysis and Evaluation
Presentation and report
35% Week 12
Due date: 28 May 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 11 Jun 2021
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Case study assignment: Students will adopt the role of external advisor to prepare a detailed case analysis and recommendation of an organization. Students will be assessed on their ability to judiciously applying strategy concepts, tools and frameworks from the unit of study to conduct a strategic analysis of the organisation and formulate coherent recommendations. Feedback will take the form of (a) individualised written feedback on case study reports submitted through turnitin and (b) general, high-level feedback in class.

Innovation Framework Application and Assessment: In small groups students would apply the ‘Real Win Worth It Framework” to analyse management, strategy and innovation issues in a designated organization to ascertain if an innovation project is real, if the company can win, and if the innovation is worth pursuing worth doing. Groups will receive written feedback on their analysis. Students will receive individual peer feedback from their group members on their contribution to the group innovation feedback assessment.

Seminar participation: Students will be given feedback on your tutorial participation during the semester.

Final exam: This exam will consist of a take home task which involves writing a critical reflection drawing on core concepts they have engaged with during the unit.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

All assessments are compulsory. Late assessments attract penalties – 5% for everyday or part thereof up to and including ten days after the due date. For work submitted more than 10 days after the due date a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to managing, strategizing and innovating. Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 02 Managing: Managerial mindsets Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Week 03 Managing: Principles for responsible management and corporate social responsibility Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 04 Strategizing: External analysis Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Strategizing: Internal analysis Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Strategizing: Business and Corporate Level Strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Strategizing: Implementing Strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Innovating: Routine, disruptive and radical innovation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 09 Innovating: Open innovation and innovation eco-systems Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Innovating: Assessing the context for innovation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Innovating: Stable and volatile processes of innovation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Managing in turbulent times by strategizing and innovating Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Course review Lecture and tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Please see the CANVAS website for the full set of course readings.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. Evaluate and synthesise advanced disciplinary frameworks and principles in a range of complex business contexts.
  • LO2. Communicate persuasively and professionally to diverse stakeholder groups via the appropriate communication and presentation approach suitable to differing business contexts.
  • LO3. Evaluate new opportunities and ideas in ambiguous business contexts, using innovative and creative strategies.
  • LO4. Collaborate effectively with others from diverse backgrounds and integrate social and cultural perspectives in decision making.
  • LO5. Apply inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives to effectively respond to changing and complex business environments.
  • LO6. Integrate ethical perspectives with personal and professional values in decision making.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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