Course Title: Build and sustain an innovative work environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: BUSM6221C

Course Title: Build and sustain an innovative work environment

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6087 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Janis Lesinskis
Phone: 03 9925 4982
Email: janis.lesinskis@rmit.edu.au

 

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conceptualise and establish innovate work environments in the screen and media production industry.

This course is co delivered and assessed with BSBCRT601A Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity and BSBINN501A Establish systems that support innovation.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBINN502A Build and sustain an innovative work environment

Element:

1. Lead innovation by Example

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Make innovation an integral part of leadership and management activities
1.2 Demonstrate positive reception of ideas from others and provide constructive advice
1.3 Establish and maintain relationships based on mutual respect and trust
1.4 Take considered risks to open up opportunities for innovation
1.5 Regularly evaluate own approaches for consistency with the wider organisational or project context

Element:

2. Establish work practices that support innovation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Consult on and establish working conditions that reflect and encourage innovative practice
2.2 Introduce and maintain workplace procedures that foster innovation and allow for rigorous evaluation of innovative ideas
2.3 Facilitate and participate in collaborative work arrangements to foster innovation
2.4 Build and lead teams to work in ways that maximise opportunities for innovation

Element:

3. Promote innovation

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Acknowledge suggestions, improvements and innovations from all colleagues
3.2 Find appropriate ways of celebrating and promoting innovation
3.3 Promote and reinforce the value of innovation according to the vision and objectives of the organisation or project
3.4 Promote and support the evaluation of innovative ideas within the wider organisational or project context

Element:

4. Create a physical environment which supports innovation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate the impact of the physical environment in relation to innovation
4.2 Collaborate with colleagues about ideas for enhancing the physical work environment before taking action
4.3 Consider potential for supporting innovation when selecting physical resources and equipment
4.4 Design, fit-out and decorate workspaces to encourage creative mindsets, collaborative working and the development of positive workplace relationships

Element:

5. Provide learning opportunities

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Pro-actively share relevant information, knowledge and skills with colleagues
5.2 Provide or encourage formal and informal learning opportunities to help develop the skills needed for innovation
5.3 Create opportunities in which individuals can learn from the experience of others


Learning Outcomes


 Upon successful completion of this course, you will have developed skills and knowledge required to build and sustain an innovative work environment in the screen and media production industry.


Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
lectures
group discussion
teacher directed group activities/projects
workshops

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
online research, online publication of projects, learning activities and outcomes.
Independent project based work


Teaching Schedule

 Week Content Summary Assessment Task Elements
 1 Overview of current development, production and distribution systems and shifts in industry practices.  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5,
 2 Systems design: flexible communications in virtual workspaces. 1. Plog survey report and design summary 2.1, 2.2, 2.3,
 3 Systems and environment building. 2. Plog construction. 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
 4 Establishment of trial system.   2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4,
 5 Systems and work environment update  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4,
 6 Systems and work environment update.  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7
 7 Work environment and systems review. online vlog presentations 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 8 Communications review. online vlog presentations 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 9 Ongoing systems and workplace update and review 3.Establishment of work system and environment: online vlog presentations 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 10 Sustaining an innovative work environment. 3.Establishment of work system and environment: online vlog presentations 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 11 Integration of innovation into system and work environment reviewed.  3.Establishment of work system and environment: online vlog presentations 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 12 Multiplicity of function reviewed 3.Establishment of work system and environment: online vlog presentation 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 13 Workplace integration reviewed. 3.Establishment of work system and environment: online vlog presentation 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 14 Multiplicity of function reviewed.  2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 15 Optimisation of web presence reviewed. 4. System and work environment evaluation 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 16 System modification and expansion.  2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
 17 Strategies reviewed.  2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
Teaching schedule
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Csíkszentmihályi, Mihályi. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, 1996

De Bono, Edward. Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step, 1970

Buzan, Tony. Use Your Head

Boden, Margaret. Précis of The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms 1994


Other Resources

Access to the internet may be required for some research tasks. Please check facilities offered by RMIT (eg library access to the WWW.)

Web sites to visit will be suggested in class.

Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)
www.ted.com

This website offers many short talks (video files) by noted presenters on various topics that relate to innovation and creativity.
Eg:
Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity (technology and networks)
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/larry_lessig_says_the_law_is_strangling_creativity.html

WordPress.org
(example of blogging tools)
http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons
Provides lessons in use of WordPress.
WordPress is an open source blogging application. It is free to use and is not a proprietary product of any particular company.


Overview of Assessment

A range of assessments will be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. You will participate in a range of classes and workshops aimed at familiarizing you with key concepts, theories and strategies relating to creative practices, particularly as they relate to screen production projects.
Establishing a web presence as an innovative, functional, sustainable extension of your screen production work environment is integral to assessment.
 


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete all the following tasks for assessment to a satisfactory standard.

ASSESSMENT TASKS:


Formative assessment tasks

1. Production plog (production log) survey and design statement.
You will investigate current examples of blogging / vlogging incorporated into specific screen productions.
Report on two examples of web presence that directly involve screen production practice. One of these should be from the examples distributed through course materials provided.
a) Define what you see as their key purposes (virtual workplace,
b) Note what media tools they have used (eg: WordPress, Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, or something else.)
c) summarise your own design intentions for the production log you will run on the web in conjunction with your major screen production. Briefly clarify:
- how it will be accessed, and by whom,
- how you intend your collaborators (department heads, crew, cast &/or wider community or audience) to use your plog,
- name the headings of the links you will use in your own plog,
- how you intend this to build and sustain creative and innovative practices beyond traditional face to face production meetings.

Presentation in class Due: Week 2.

Summative assessment tasks

2. Establishment of innovative work environment.
You will establish, sustain and build a work environment that incorporates an online presence. This web based work space should augments or drives the communication, concept development, collaboration, management and/or publicity of your creative screen production project.
Online evidence of this will be due week 7. (Published by you in your own plog.)
50%

3. System and work environment evaluation
You will send feedback to two others in your cohort on their attempts to systematically foster innovation in their production.
You will report your experience and evaluation of your own plog in context of innovative work system and environment for your screen production project. Clearly comment on the aims, successes and failures of your plog in relation to each of the following:

1. Concept discussion including your intentions for both face-to-face and virtual work environments in your production project
2. Links to resources that foster innovative approaches to your project
3. Collaborations with key personnel, artists
4. Pro-active sharing of information
5. Production management
6. Access to camera tests / auditions / VFX test results or other media
7. Pre-production briefings
8. Feedback received from people within your cohort or production team.
9. Promotion of collaborators and/or sponsors
10. Potential for promotion to future audiences
11. Changes you would make to your plog in the future
12. Building a professional web presence for key personnel

To be submitted on paper (1 – 3 pages) due: Week 15.
50%

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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