This unit extends learnings from DDD80012 DFM Toolbox: Innovation & Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1 and aims to provide students the opportunity to collaborate with fundamentally different disciplines to design innovative, research-led solutions for complex, real-world problems. Applying critical thinking to solve research problems provided by external partners, student teams will work under supervision of academic staff. Students are expected to operate with high levels of self-direction, personal responsibility and commitment to inclusive teamwork philosophies.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
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:

  • Rationalise and apply theoretical concepts and research methods relevant to understand, re-frame and inform creative problem solving for a complex problem
  • Apply judgement to synthesise different prototyping innovation techniques to develop design solutions that balance technical, human and economic considerations
  • Support an innovation culture through inclusive decision making, open mind-set and empathetic approaches to collaboration activities
  • Curate tangible design proposals within time constraints and rationalise the value and innovation of the response to a research problem
  • Justify project outcomes effectively at different stages of project development using a range of communication techniques
  • Rationalise and implement appropriate project management and communication tools for collaboration
  • Critique and engage relevant stakeholder management techniques

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
5.00 12 weeks 60
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
4.50 12 weeks 54


Type Task Weighting ULO's
ProjectGroup 50% 1,2,4,5,7 
Project PresentationGroup 20% 4,5,7 
ReflectionGroup 30% 3,6 


  • Innovation culture, low hierarchy, mind-set and language
  • Prototyping techniques for creative problem solving
  • Divergent and convergent thinking
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork and self-awareness
  • Innovation tools and design thinking processes
  • Co-creation, empathy and inclusive collaboration approaches
  • Iterative design development and user testing processes
  • Low hierarchy and project management practices
  • Value proposition and business model canvas tools
  • Ethical and responsible conduct
  • Design research strategies
  • Professional project documentation and presentation techniques
  • Stakeholder management techniques

Study resources

Reading materials

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