Course Title: Wicked Problems: Innovative Solutions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Wicked Problems: Innovative Solutions

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:  

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


PGRDFlex18 (B219)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


PGRDFx2020 (M249)

Course Coordinator: Dr Lukas Parker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5007

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 4

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

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


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

  1. Critically discuss different professional perspectives and approaches across project disciplines.
  2. Critically analyse 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. 

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

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 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 Equitable Learning Services 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

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes (CLO).

Assessment 1: Individual Learning Contract 20%

CLO: 1, 2

Assessment 2: Multidisciplinary Team Presentation 50%

CLO: 1, 2, 3

Assessment 3: Critical reflection and Employment Pitch (applying your learning) 30%

CLO: 4