Skip to main content
Unit outline_

SIEN6600: Strategy, Innovation and Management Capstone

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit serves as the capstone unit for the Strategy, Innovation and Management Specialisation. The unit provides synthesis of essential theories and concepts in the domains of strategy, innovation and management. Each domain is presented in a block of three lectures supplemented with case-based tutorials. Topics covered include business models, user and disruptive innovation, value chain and ecosystem analysis. Theories and concepts are further tested in the real-life business projects offered by participating partner organisations. The emphasis of the unit is made on understanding the complexity of the innovation process and learning how to navigate the business environment to maximise the value from innovation.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Credit points 6
Completion of 24 credit points of units towards the Strategy, Innovation and Management specialisation (including SIEN5001)
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Maria Rumyantseva,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Knowledge quizzes
Knowledge quizzes on Canvas.
20% Multiple weeks N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Participation Participation and Contribution
Tutorial participation and group work contribution.
20% Progressive N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Individual Assignment
Individual report as part of the company project.
30% Week 07 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Presentation group assignment Group Presentation
Group verbal presentation as part of the company project.
10% Week 12 10-minute Presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group Assignment
Group report as part of the company project.
20% Week 12 5000 words group report
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Individual Assignment: Students will use element/s of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) to analyse the innovation challenge faced by the project company. This assignment feeds directly into the group assignment. 

Group Assignment: The group assignment brings together and builds on each team member's individual assignment. For the group assignment students will use the complete BMC to outline potential solution/s to an innovation challenge faced by the project company. 

Presentation: Students will present their results from the group report to the company founders. This assessment is focused on development of collaboration and communications skills. There is also a peer evaluation component to practice giving and receiving constructive feedback - a crucial skill for success at work.

Knowledge Quiz: This is a multiple choice question based on the concepts and examples from online modules to test understanding of theory. 

Participation: This assessment includes weekly project updates and contributions to discussions in tutorials.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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.

For more information see guide to grades.

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

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.

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. Apply theoretical concepts and practical knowledge acquired through real-life company projects to critically evaluate business challenges.
  • LO2. Generate solutions to business challenges applying both theoretical concepts and first-hand experience gained through company projects.
  • LO3. Practice communication skills, including clear and concise delivery of complex concepts, through on-going interactions in the groups and in class as well as with business partners.
  • LO4. Practice organisational and time management skills while collaborating on group projects and interacting with business partners.
  • LO5. Reflect on ethical and socially responsible practices and behaviours of the participating companies and suggest ways for their refinement.

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Adding ULOs and assessments as endorsed by Committees


The University reserves the right to amend units of study or no longer offer certain units, including where there are low enrolment numbers.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.