Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Foundations of Innovation

Identify challenges and apply frameworks to understand and foster innovation.

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Foster strategic innovation

Investigate the fundamental theories of, and catalysts for, innovation, including economic and social motivations. You’ll develop the skills required to identify and analyse current and future opportunities for innovation.

What you’ll learn

In this stackable short course (microcredential), you’ll:

  • explore the multifaceted and complex nature of innovation
  • learn about the economic and social motives that drive innovation in organisations
  • identify and analyse opportunities for innovation.

How you’re assessed

Your assessment task requires you to develop a written response (2000 words) to two supplied videos and a short video (approximately 3 minutes) based on a potential or actual situation related to your own professional context.

Co-designed with industry

This microcredential is co-designed with the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University; Cathryn Nolan, Senior Knowledge Lawyer at Hall & Willcox; and Mark Cameron CEO of W3. Digital. Together, we’ve designed a course where you’ll gain skills that you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Stackable or standalone

This microcredential can be completed to receive a standalone credential or stacked together with related stackable microcredentials to build towards a full postgraduate Deakin degree later.

What skills will you learn?

  • Understand innovation drivers
  • Identify challenges
  • Define problems
  • Apply frameworks
  • Select tools and methodologies
  • Analyse organisational risk
  • Solve complex problems

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • describe the multifaceted and complex nature of innovation
  • identify and explain underlying motives for innovation engagement by both individuals and organisations
  • demonstrate an understanding of institutional context that conditions innovative behaviours

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To be successful we recommend you are proficient in English and have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a related field or significant work experience.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is for managers or leaders in senior positions dealing with major change and/or innovation in an organisation.

This microcredential can be stacked together with related Deakin stackable short courses (microcredentials) to build towards full postgraduate Deakin degrees:

  • Graduate Certificate of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration

To claim credit towards a degree at Deakin University, you must pass the assessment and meet all entry requirements relevant for the course you’re applying to, including English language proficiency.

Syllabus

What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You will have access to the welcome area to introduce yourself and familiarise yourself with the microcredential structure

  • Course

    From 29 Nov 2021

    Foundations of innovation

    HCDI01 Foundations of innovation - Development

    6 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Upon successful completion, you will receive a statement of completion from FutureLearn and a digital certificate from Deakin University

What you will receive

0.5 Deakin Credit Points at Postgraduate level from Deakin University

Please see the details for use of credit at the end of the page.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Digital Certificate and Badge from Deakin University and Credly

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Additional benefits

Complete your course within 6 weeks, including the assessment, or take extra time and use the regular assessment submission windows to complete within 20–26 weeks of your enrolment.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

    1974
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Delivered by experts

Dr Cuc Nguyen is a lecturer in Marketing and Management disciplines at Deakin University since 2011. She has also started up and operated several small businesses, both overseas and in Melbourne.

Mark Cameron is the CEO of W3.Digital, and an expert in complex digital transformation strategy and delivery. Mark is a member and contributor to the Forbes Technology Council.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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When would you like to start?

We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Join on the date that suits you or register to hear about future runs and updates.

  • Join by 13 Jan 2022 at 00:00This microcredential started 29 Nov 2021

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FAQ

We can accept payments made by card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or PayPal via our online system.

You will have 7 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

This microcredential can be stacked together with related Deakin stackable short courses (micro-credentials):

to build towards full postgraduate Deakin degrees:

  • Graduate Certificate of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration.

Subject to successful completion of microcredentials and meeting Deakin’s award course admission and selection requirements, including English language proficiency requirements.

Complete a maximum of four stackable microcredentials (earning 2 Deakin credit points) for the Master of Business Administration and two courses (earning 1 Deakin credit point) for the Graduate Certificate.

This microcredential has been developed by Deakin University at an AQF9 (Masters level) standard and provides Credit into a range of degrees.

As there is no standard for credit in Australia, at Deakin University this credential equates to half a point of academic credit, equal to half a unit of postgraduate study.

Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.