Course Title: Integrated Perspectives on Business Problems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Perspectives on Business Problems

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Jessica Helmi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0264

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the accelerating relationship between government, business, law and the not-for-profit sector to deliver social (including environmental) value in communities and the way in which this drives social innovation.

In this course, you are given the skills to start to develop the ability to investigate and analyse complex situations, innovate, problem solve, manage projects and communicate effectively, including foundational research skills.

The course covers fundamental concepts and key developments in what has become a complex social purpose eco-system. The course introduces an understanding of changes across what was formerly seen as a distinct social sector to examine the cross-sectoral social purpose developments that includes traditional organisational structures of Charities and Not For-Profits, Business and Government, but also new and emerging 'hybrid' structures and programs.

The course will further explore how social, economic and environmental problems embedded in society are being addressed through social innovation in business entrepreneurship, enterprises and cross-sector collaboration. It looks at why the traditional boundaries between government, business and the social sector have become blurred and fluid and what that means for the capacity to deliver new forms of social impact.

In this course, you learn through problem-based learning: solving an authentic business problem, including identifying an audience for their project, developing a project plan and considering solutions.

This is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project course that integrates industry problem/s, perspectives and feedback into the curriculum and provides you with authentic, real world learning experiences.

This course will also introduce and begin to embed practices relating to the Business Graduate Folio, an e-portfolio that is integrated throughout the Bachelor of Business curriculum and a requirement for the capstone close of the program. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Integrate and apply foundational multi-disciplinary theory, frameworks, skills and techniques to define and address a problem or an opportunity.

CLO2: Demonstrate research and problem-solving skills in the context of solving an authentic business problem.

CLO3: Work collaboratively to identify stakeholders and to position the proposed research in relation to the field of expertise or practice.

CLO4: Reflect and document personal strengths so as to begin to develop a personal and professional brand and identity.

CLO5: Identify the optimal mode or forum of delivery and communicate integrated business perspectives in coherent and compelling ways.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you are encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various learning activities. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, research and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. You have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Business Problem Discovery Report (Individual - WIL), 20%,

CLO 2,3,4

Assessment Task 2: Progress Written Report (Group - WIL), 40%,

CLO 1,2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: Final Solution Pitch (Group - WIL), 40%,

CLO 1, 2 ,3, 4, 5