Hone your skills in multidisciplinary team collaboration or apply your new skills to solve a client’s complex challenge. You may even want to explore the skills required to be an entrepreneur. If you’d like to know more about the subjects on offer, read through the below and check out UTS Transdisciplinary Innovation

Important: If you decide to withdraw from a spring session subject, you will not be able to re-enrol. Please consider this as the summer session class may already be full.

All subjects available.

These subjects will broaden your academic experience and are generally available as electives in your course.Use these subjects to broaden your academic experience. Refer to the UTS handbook for more information.  

Usually available as electives in your course, internships and industry work opportunities are a great way to gain valuable experience and develop your skills while you’re studying. Please check the availability of internship subjects in your course listing in the handbook.

Work experience subjects are a compulsory part of your course. Find out what it’s like to work in your industry whilst gaining relevant knowledge throughout your UTS course.

These subjects have been developed to assist you in improving upon your current skills in various areas that are relevant to your studies. These subjects do not hold a credit point value.

Consider giving your degree a real international edge. Going on Exchange will enhance your understanding of language, culture and context of your chosen country.

HELPS provides non-credit point English language and academic literacy support to UTS undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Learn competencies that will assist you on your career path. Short Courses do not contribute to your current degree, but will provide you with professional skills that can be applied to the real world.

Creative Practice and Methods (81512)

This subject focuses students on understanding how creative practices, processes and methods lead to innovation. Students create propositions in a collaborative environment, shape processes of discovery and exploration, generate solutions, develop visual literacy in dealing with complexity, and create frameworks for criticising and judging propositions. Built on values such as risk-taking and inquisitiveness, students’ research, analytical and creative practices are supported by their development of skills for effective communication of concepts and ideas. Students challenge their own ideas for building and running a creative practice through undertaking a central project for an external partner.

Data Science Communication Project (36112)

The subject is an extension of Assessment Task 3 and provides specialist training for students wishing to develop their professional showcase and profile on top of their capstone project work. In this subject, students have the opportunity to form writing syndicates to support the exchange of ideas as they produce a publishable outcome that extends work completed as part of their iLab project. Students will develop writing and research skills and exchange ideas in a group environment, building on their iLab outputs to further define and enhance their data science leadership profile.

Frame Innovation (81538)

This subject centres on frame creation, a design-based approach to networked problem solving, developed and used in the UTS Design Innovation Research Centre. Working with the multidisciplinary staff from the centre, participants in this subject engage with the question of how to ‘solve the unsolvable’ – the open, complex, dynamic and networked problems facing society today. Participants learn the theory behind the nine-step frame creation methodology, putting into practice and testing its associated methods and tools. Through first-hand experience of the power of frame creation, participants create new approaches to problems that have confounded conventional problem-solving practices. They then shift towards the broader practices of frame innovation – the skills, knowledge and mentality required to drive frame creation in an organisation and society.

Impossibilities to Possibilities (81539)

In this subject, participants engage in a creative series of practical activities that bring them to a broad understanding of creative intelligence and innovation as a field of practice. Through exploring what first seem to be impossibilities, they begin to investigate and reframe complex challenges, and experiment with new opportunities. Participants are challenged to analyse problem situations from multiple perspectives and to integrate these findings in ways that lead to new possibilities. Their first-hand experience in this subject of the nature of today’s open, complex, dynamic and networked problems inspires them to experiment and hone their skills in multidisciplinary team collaboration, visualisation, representation and presentation.

Initiatives and Entrepreneurship (81516)

This subject explores the traits and skills that are required to be ‘entrepreneurial’ in different professional contexts, ranging from tech- or social-start-ups, to intrapreneuring in public or private sector organisations, and academic, arts and/or science contexts. This subject takes students on an entrepreneurial journey, and results in high quality initiatives that provide value for different stakeholders (investors, customers and the broader community, etc.) while aligning with students’ personal drivers, talents and values.
The journey includes shaping initiatives, experimenting, and communicating potential value to different stakeholders in the ‘playing field’, in order to get feedback, and make decisions about whether to pivot, persevere or abandon entrepreneurial ideas. Furthermore, in this subject students reflect on the role and impact of entrepreneurial initiatives within the playing field and the broader social and economical systems, including considerations about ethics, idea ownership and impact.

Technology, Methods and Creative Practice (81540)

This subject focuses on understanding how technology, methods and creative practice can provoke innovation. Participants’ own ideas for building and running a creative practice in the context of undertaking a central project for an external partner are challenged. Faced with that partner’s complex challenge, participants create propositions in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment, shape processes of discovery and exploration, generate solutions, develop visual literacy in dealing with complexity, and create frameworks for critiquing and judging proposals. The subject builds on values such as risk-taking and inquisitiveness, supporting participants’ research, and analytical and creative practice through developing compelling ways of communicating their concepts and ideas.

Transdisciplinary Project Development and Research (94661)

In this subject, participants collaborate in small teams and as a cohort on a selected field of study to develop and research a (small-scale) transdisciplinary initiative, using and extending the knowledge and practices they have developed in preceding subjects in the course. As part of that process they also design and produce an artefact or ‘boundary object’ (in some form related to transdisciplinary practice and drawing on earlier ideas) for testing in that initiative.
Alongside their development project, participants conduct and report on a small empirical study which trials their project; to examine the value that results from it, for example. They argue a case for their inquiry, explore and justify its methodology, and report their findings and implications in creative ways and to different stakeholders.