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MGMT20142 - Contemporary Issues in Social Innovation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Social innovation includes effective, efficient, sustainable solutions to social problems and aims to improve social wellbeing for society as a whole. This unit will use design thinking and collaboration to develop social empathy that create solutions for social benefit. The unit will include social, environmental and economic sustainability problems. With a focus on action learning and case study analysis, students will develop the ability to assess and design solutions for global social issues. The unit will develop problem-solving skills using critical analysis business models for social innovation and real-life local issues and will equip students with the necessary tools to create a strategy and business model for social innovation projects.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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 3 - 2018

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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 Postgraduate 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. Group Work 50%
2. Portfolio 15%
3. Practical Assessment 35%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20% response rate.

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: Student feedback during Zoom sessions.
Substantial readings with students unsure which to prioritise.
Improve on the structure of the unit, so that the content is less an organic guided set of readings, and has a clearer 'curriculum'
Action Taken
Fewer readings were included in the main Moodle site, with more guides to additional reading offered on an ad hoc basis through the News Forum section to reduce student sense of load.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a capacity to define and investigate social change, and to identify a potential social change project.
  2. Use design-thinking and collaborative processes to consult with stakeholders and develop a social change innovation for a social change project.
  3. Research using academic and practical sources to assess the need for social change and the complexities of the social problem.
  4. Critically analyse and formulate a social innovation change strategy using business models to develop a social change project
  5. Develop a business case for implementation of your social change problem

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Group Work
2 - Portfolio
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Group Work
2 - Portfolio
3 - Practical Assessment