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MGMT11167 - Foundations of Social Innovation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Social innovation is the development and implementation of innovative, transformative, and sustainable solutions to social problems. The challenges facing our world such as poverty, disease, and climate change are more complex than ever before. Sustainable, effective solutions require interdisciplinary thinking and cross-sector collaboration. This unit will develop your understanding of social empathy and provide you with foundational skills to diagnose structural inequalities that contribute to social problems. You will apply action learning and case study analysis to examine social, environmental and economic sustainability challenges. Finally you will examine some of the solutions that have already been implemented as organisations, communities and individuals consider ways to benefit society and improve lives.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%
3. Portfolio 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Both in Have Your Say and email feedback.
Changes in Moodle set up to allow smoother student-to-student interaction in discussion board
Add Blog functionality to Moodle site.
Action Taken
This has been implemented.
Source: Have Your Say survey and in class
Greater clarity in Assignment 2 requirements
Clarify requirements in relation to word count.
Action Taken
The assignment requirements have been updated to clarify that the presentation requires ten minutes of oral presentation, and that word count is not relevant.
Source: Student survey
Presence of a free textbook is greatly appreciated by students.
Maintain practice of providing free core text, and continue to update text as required.
Action Taken
Source: Student survey
Feedback on first assignment was too slow, with students wishing to gain benefit of that feedback in preparing assignment 2.
Improve speed of feedback on Assignment 1, or alter timing of Assignment 2.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse and describe the contexts for social innovation and identify the changing global environments that drive social change.
  2. Identify and analyse the systems, processes and resources required to diagnose structural inequalities and social disparities.
  3. Apply action learning principals to examine and critique social, economic and environmental sustainability challenges.
  4. Investigate the range of social innovation business models and emerging capitalisation strategies implemented to solve contemporary social challenges.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio