This unit aims to develop students' capability to identify opportunities for new innovations appropriate for market adoption five+ years into the future. These new innovations may be objects, systems, services, experiences, built environments, practices or business ideas. Techniques for opportunity exploration will feature global megatrends, big science, deep-technology and strategic foresight tools. New innovation ideas will consider technology needs, timeframes, market transformation, roadmaps, societal impacts, stakeholder needs and value creation. Students will develop a portfolio of innovation opportunities that may relate to their passions, disciplinary interests or other industry sector needs in preparation for the capstone units.


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:

  • Explore and define opportunities for new products using technology-driven ideation methods
  • Use big science and/or deep-technology as a launching pad to ideate new innovation opportunities
  • Use global trends and future scenarios to inform new ideas
  • Identify multiple innovation project opportunities for market adoption five+ years into the future
  • Align technological capabilities with relevant societal needs to create value
  • Review technology commercialisation and/or market transformation of ideas
  • Apply roadmaps to communicate vision of innovation ideas to potential users and/or stakeholders

Teaching methods


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


Type Task Weighting ULO's
PortfolioIndividual/Group 100% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 


This unit may include: 

  • Technology-driven design methods 

  • Diegetic prototyping to test ideas for the future 

  • Future scenarios and forecasting 

  • Implementation strategies and roadmaps 

  • Frameworks for value creation 

  • Impact models  

  • Transformative innovation 

  • Communicating design intent and value propositions  

  • Social and environmental responsibility 

  • Technology transfer, spin-offs and licensing 

  • Commercialisation and intellectual property

Study resources

Reading materials

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