Course Title: Impact Academy 1a

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Impact Academy 1a

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


610P BUS Portfolio Office


Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Simon Thornton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9313

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B080 F6 R029

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Impact Academy 1a is designed to act as an introduction to direct industry engagement activity. This course offers an industry approach with tools and theory from innovation and design thinking, applied in a lean and agile way.

Students in the Impact Academy courses work with RMIT’s Activator program to develop their ability to ideate, innovate, and create business opportunities. Representatives from industry partners present current challenges and check in with student teams weekly to discuss any questions you have with regards to the project/problem you're working to resolve. Individual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with course leaders and wider group coaching all happens on a weekly basis.  This course is delivered in intensive mode, with three weeks of academy involvement where you work directly with industry, encompassed within a broader timeline that includes independent learning and submission of assessments (approx. 6 weeks in total).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Analyse how businesses operate based on elements such as stakeholder needs, motivations, perceptions and attitudes.

CLO2: Apply human centred and design thinking methodologies within a business context.

CLO3: Utilise contemporary digital communication tools to solve the real-world industry challenges.   

CLO4: Undertake reflective praxis regarding your professional development and produce authentic artefacts that can be included in your professional portfolio. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Impact Academy 1 is predominantly delivered online with some in person sessions e.g. industry partner visits possible, team meeting facilitated where possible.

Learning will be supported with practical tasks; seeking and providing peer feedback; and reflective praxis. In addition, personal research and development activities and recommended readings will cement knowledge gained. 

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: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3,

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on progress, outcomes and approaches, and by individual consultation.