Course Title: Wicked problems: innovative solutions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Wicked problems: innovative solutions

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication



Course Coordinator: Kerin Elsum

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2346

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Wicked problems are complicated, interconnected social issues, like poverty, political instability, sustainability and wellbeing. Solutions to wicked problems require innovation and multidisciplinarity. In this course industry partners pose real world problems. Working with an industry brief and a multidisciplinary team you will scope the problem and generate solutions that are people centred.

This elective will give you the opportunity to experience the real world application of your discipline and make a difference to the community. You will experience different professions working together to achieve a common goal.   

To be successful in the course, you will bring your enthusiasm, interest in working with a diverse group of students and an interest in developing professional skills and knowledge. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.

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

  1. Identify and discuss different professional perspectives and approaches across project disciplines.
  2. Explain and apply principles and strategies for working in multidisciplinary project teams.
  3. Apply the knowledge and skills of your discipline within multidisciplinary teams.
  4. Critically reflect on and discuss your role in projects, the process of working in multidisciplinary teams and the impact on your future practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be involved in a range of learning activities centred around the development and completion of collaborative projects. The learning activities may include seminars, presentations, guest speakers, workshops, design thinking sessions, individual and group based reflection, receiving and providing feedback.

The success of the project will depend on your regular contributions in classes and collaborative group meetings where you will report and reflect upon individual and group progress on a regular basis, provide and receive constructive evaluation and engage in discussion of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary issues.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

In this course you will be working on a range of projects and accessing resources specific to project work in your discipline. You will also investigate other disciplines and may need to access academic and industry resources relevant to those disciplines for example AV equipment and facilities, general and specialised computer labs.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

This course has 3 assessments.

  • Assessment 1: Individual Learning Contract 20% CLO 1, 2

  • Assessment 2: Multidisciplinary Team Presentation 50% CLO 1, 2, 3

  • Assessment 3: Employment Pitch (applying your learning) 30% CLO 4

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment