This unit has originated from a desire to give students an inspirational and highly engaging educational experience. It is infused with real-world examples and will provide a connection to industry professionals. The unit is designed to prepare students for their studies and work. Innovative Business Practice focuses on self-awareness, the development of a professional identity, communication and the development of effective teamwork skills. The role of innovation and how it can be leveraged to effectively achieve organisational objectives and positive social impact is a core theme with students encouraged to use curiosity and creativity to explore opportunities and to evaluate these, whilst displaying awareness of organisational and societal needs.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Apply innovation frameworks and tools to evaluate a need and/or problem
  • Demonstrate creativity, originality and forward thinking in problem solving
  • Self-reflect to identify their personal strengths so that they may begin to develop a personal and professional brand and identity
  • Demonstrate professional skills, including written, verbal, and presentation, in order to effectively articulate an idea and convince others of its merit
  • Work collaboratively and effectively in a multidisciplinary team to derive innovative outcomes

Teaching methods

Open University Australia

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
10.50 12 weeks 126
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
10.50 12 weeks 126


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentGroup 30 - 50% 1,2,4,5 
PortfolioIndividual 50 - 70% 1,2,3,4 


  • Discovering self
  • Discovering teams
  • Discovering opportunities
  • Formulating value propositions
  • The art of pitching
  • Future planning

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.