Course Title: Innovation Ecosystem and the Future of Work

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Innovation Ecosystem and the Future of Work

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023


City Campus


175H Computing Technologies


Sem 1 2024


Bundoora Campus


175H Computing Technologies


Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Prof. Margaret Hamilton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399252939

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You are an innovator in study, work and life. This course will broaden and strengthen your innovation effectiveness. You will discover how technology, society, governments, and global trends drive change in the future of work over the span of your career. You will gain a holistic view of innovation - of self, others, and the task. Understand how bringing people and project together in innovation ecosystems brings new ideas to life, strategically delivering an innovation's true value into the hands of adopters.

Your course is richly illustrated with fast paced interactive learning activities and topics. Concepts will be brought to life through stories from alumni students, STEM industry leaders both locally and international. The engaging workshops, serious games and assessment will bring the topics together and provide you with the opportunity to apply your discipline insight as you build your skills and knowledge.

Whether you are a collaborator or leader in innovation, both the skills and an innovator’s mindset are highly valued by industry. Yet, you may find that it’s of more significant personal value as a strategy for a resilient, vibrant, and fulfilling career in a future of accelerating change.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

A basic understanding of innovation ecosystems as applied in contemporary health, science, technology, engineering, and math workplaces and future trends in applications from an inter-disciplinary perspective.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify strategies for managing the STEM innovations trends impacting on the student's future of work.
  2. Examine how a systems approach changes managing people and projects in innovation ecosystems.
  3. Describe how the creative and pragmatic processes determine innovation outcomes.
  4. Formulate and communicate a commercialisation strategy to connect innovation with adopters.
  5. Reflect how the innovation process is applied to a discipline/industry.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in an integrated suite of modules comprising immersive online learning experiences and activities to develop your understanding of the future of work in an innovation ecosystem within the context of science, computing, engineering, and health.

The learning activities will develop your understanding of the following topics:

Module 1: Future of work in the digital economy, resilience and wellbeing, lifelong learning
Module 2: Systems theory, people management, project management
Module 3: Innovation process, design thinking, entrepreneurial self
Module 4: Global connectivity, Intellectual property. commercialisation

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course. You will be actively engaged in a mix of self-directed online and timetabled learning activities (workshops and interactive lectorials). Prior to attending the timetabled sessions you will be expected to have completed the specified online activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

There are no hurdle requirements in this course.

The Assessments are submitted through Canvas. Feedback is provided through Canvas.

Learning outcomes are equivalent across all RMIT campus locations and equivalent assessments are completed in each campus. Mode of delivery is the same in each location.

Assessment Task 1: SWOT Report
Weighting 25% This assessment task supports CLO 1 and 5

Assessment Task 2: Business plan and reflection
Weighting 25% This assessment task supports CLO 2 and 5

Assessment Task 3: Innovation development report/presentation
Weighting: 25% This assessment task supports CLOs 3 and 5

Assessment Task 4: Business Pitch and reflection
Weighting 25% This assessment task supports CLOs 4 and 5

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.