This unit focusses students on developing a foresight approach to innovation and design, adding a range of foresight tools and methodologies to existing innovation and design processes. The unit therefore aims to extend the students’ thinking in terms of creating solutions to design briefs that go beyond the traditional boundaries considered. The unit encompasses the societal and commercial/business aspects of innovation and design in a foresight context


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 knowledge of research methods and design to plan and execute a piece of research on an enterprise problem using relevant design methods
  • Apply problem solving methodology to develop an enterprise innovation response for a new or existing organisation
  • Apply problem solving, design and decision making methodologies to construct a response to an enterprise challenge that both meets the brief and takes into account broader issues and demonstrates critical thinking

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
6.00 6 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.14 14 weeks 114

Swinburne Online

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


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 30 - 40% 1,3 
Assignment 2Individual 20 - 30% 2,3 
Assignment 3Individual 30 - 50% 1,2,3 


  • The design process
  • Models and theories of design
  • The innovation process
  • Future Action Model
  • Group working, networking and creating sparks

Study resources

Reading materials

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