MGMT20142 - Contemporary Issues in Social Innovation
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

Social innovation includes effective, efficient, sustainable solutions to social problems and aims to improve social wellbeing for society as a whole. This unit will use design thinking and collaboration to develop social empathy that create solutions for social benefit. The unit will include social, environmental and economic sustainability problems. With a focus on action learning and case study analysis, students will develop the ability to assess and design solutions for global social issues. The unit will develop problem-solving skills using critical analysis business models for social innovation and real-life local issues and will equip students with the necessary tools to create a strategy and business model for social innovation projects.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 50%
2. Portfolio 15%
3. Practical Assessment 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
.A recommendation for further/changed resources Previous unit co-ordinator and informal student feedback. A course 'textbook' is being compiled to provide additional resources for student, with the content aimed specifically at addressing the changed curriculum of the course. Other additional resources are being added to the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop a capacity to define and investigate social change, and to identify a potential social change project.
  2. Use design-thinking and collaborative processes to consult with stakeholders and develop a social change innovation for a social change project.
  3. Research using academic and practical sources to assess the need for social change and the complexities of the social problem.
  4. Critically analyse and formulate a social innovation change strategy using business models to develop a social change project
  5. Develop a business case for implementation of your social change problem

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Group Work      
2 - Portfolio    
3 - Practical Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge  
2. Communication      
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills      
4. Research          
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Group Work
2 - Portfolio    
3 - Practical Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note: A reading list of appropriate texts, many of which are freely available on the internet, will be provided upon enrollment.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorOlav Muurlink (o.muurlink@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Module 1. Social innovation...what is it? Introduction to the unit, resources, and definitions.

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Module 1. Social innovation...what is it? Introduction to the unit, resources, and definitions.

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Module 2: The nature of social problems and why they exist.

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Module 2: The nature of social problems and why they exist.

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Module 3: Traditional methods of enacting social change.

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Module 3: Module 3: Traditional methods of enacting social change.

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Assignment 1 due, Friday.

Social innovation group assignment: The pitch Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 09:30 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Module 4: New methods of change. How new does new have to be, in order to be 'new'?

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Module 4: New methods of change. How new does new have to be, in order to be 'new'?

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Module 5: Measuring success. What does success in social innovation look like?

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Module 5: Measuring success. What does success in social innovation look like?

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Module 6: The human side of social innovation. The nature of social innovators - is there one?

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Assignment 2 due, Friday.

Social Innovation Portfolio Due Friday (29 Sep 17) 09:30 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Module 6: The human side of social innovation. The nature of social innovators - is there one?

Range of readings and audio-visual material supplied.

Assignment 3 due, Sunday.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Practical assessment: Mapping a personal challenge Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 09:30 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

There is no exam in this unit.

1 Group Work

Assessment Title Social innovation group assignment: The pitch
Task Description

Working in a group, with a minimum of two members, you need to complete a pitch about a social issue of concern to you. This assignment helps you to demonstrate your understanding of the characteristics of social problems. You are also asked to explain traditional approaches to solving this problem, and how social innovation approaches might differ. This will require you to engage with the specialist literature in the area of your challenge/problem, and the social innovation literature (both scholarly and applied). You will create either an 10 minute online video or a podcast, with the course providing resources that enable you to do so.

The objective of this first assessment item is to identify an issue, determine what is currently being done to address the issue (‘the intervention/s”), evaluate the efficacy of this intervention(s); and compare that overall impact with a possible social innovation approach.

Information on referencing and resources for this assignment will be provided on the Moodle site. To succeed in this unit you will need to interact with the discussion board, follow forums, and communicate with your peers, read the recommended cases, listen/watch/read the materials provided.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 09:30 PM AEST
Submit online in moodle assignment link
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017)
We anticipate returning assignments/feedback during Week 8 or earlier.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess the Assignment:

Insight. To what degree have you explored the problem and its underlying causes? Is this insight linked to evidence drawn from quality sources?

Critical insight/thinking. Have you identified the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence, and your solutions? Have you demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of your scholarly and applied sources?

Presentation and communication. Is the way you’ve summed up the problem clear and compelling? Does it show good communication skills?

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

submit online on moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Research using academic and practical sources to assess the need for social change and the complexities of the social problem.

4. Critically analyse and formulate a social innovation change strategy using business models to develop a social change project

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Social Innovation Portfolio
Task Description

This assignment, due at the end of the delivery of the six modules, is a portfolio of brief reflective pieces on each of the modules, for which readings and audio-visual sources are provided in Moodle. The aim is to complete this task as you do your weekly readings.

In these one page reflective pieces I want you to critically reflect upon one or more ideas, concepts, issues or matters raised in the module that you found particularly interesting, perplexing, confusing, illuminating or otherwise significant. In discussing a reading from each module, you will be asked to source and use at least one additional scholarly reference to illustrate your point or points.

Your reflection should not only record your own thoughts and responses but also demonstrate that you have sought out further information and undertaken some research to confirm, challenge or otherwise elaborate on whatever area you choose to focus on for each module.

Word length: 1800 words +/- 10%

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017) 09:30 PM AEST
Submit online in Moodle assignment link
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Returned in Moodle during exam week PRIOR to finalisation of grades.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be applied to this assessment:

Insight and reflection. To what degree have you reflected on the topic?

Imagination. Are your reflections/thoughts about the issue you’ve raised original and incisive?

Research. Are you able to demonstrate some relevant further reading on the topic? Are your sources good quality/credible? Have you used a minimum of one additional resource per module to reinforce your reflections?

Presentation and communication. Is the way you’ve summed up the your responses to the topic in a clear, concise way? Is your referencing accurate (using APA style)?

You will be asked to define key terms and concepts related to social innovation, and demonstrate a breadth and depth of research into social innovation.

Note in relation to assessment for this unit in general: As Masters students you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered. 1. Students need to demonstrate "a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice, and 2. Students must demonstrate "knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.

Each module in the unit has a number of readings in terms of academic texts, journals and other publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications. As Masters students you are expected to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies to demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research.

Your attention is drawn to the University's stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment).

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Use design-thinking and collaborative processes to consult with stakeholders and develop a social change innovation for a social change project.

4. Critically analyse and formulate a social innovation change strategy using business models to develop a social change project

5. Develop a business case for implementation of your social change problem

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical assessment: Mapping a personal challenge
Task Description

For this assignment you are required to take a personal or work-related issue and visually map both the problem and solution. This assignment involves a three stage process:

Thinking. For this stage of the assignment, you have to select a ‘problem’, understand it’s root causes, engineer a solution, see the shortcomings of that solution, and then address (where possible) those shortcomings.

Mapping. Keep notes on the thinking stage, and then create a visual ‘mind map’ of how you think the problem and its solution (including its possible hurdles) would pan out. How would you measure 'success'?

Rethinking: Refining the original plan to ensure that you’ve dealt with as many of the possible hurdles as possible.

The Moodle site offers further tools and advice on how to create visual maps of problems, and advice on choosing a topic.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 09:30 PM AEST
Submit online in Moodle assignment link
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Assignment will be returned after finalisation of grades.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

We’ll be measuring the success of your Map on the following five criteria:

Insight. To what degree have you explored the underlying causes of the problem? Is it really a problem? Or are you/others looking at it the wrong way?

Critical insight/thinking. Have you identified the weaknesses of your solutions? Have you thought through how these secondary problems could be overcome?

Imagination. Have you come up with an innovative solution to the problem—something that cuts across normal ways of responding to a problem…that makes change inevitable, or offers positive side-effects while delivering the target change?

Realism. Are you able to demonstrate your solutions are realistic? Like Assignment 1, we aren’t looking for formal academic referencing here, but clear, tidy, consistent indications of your sources. Again remember, we, like everyone in the real world, is interested in the quality of your sources. So find some way to indicate on your infographic (perhaps in fine print in one corner) where you got your information/evidence from.

Presentation and communication. Is the way you’ve summed up the problem and the solution clear and compelling? Does it show good communication skills?

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

submit online on moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop a capacity to define and investigate social change, and to identify a potential social change project.

3. Research using academic and practical sources to assess the need for social change and the complexities of the social problem.

4. Critically analyse and formulate a social innovation change strategy using business models to develop a social change project

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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