Unit: Ideation

***Applications for this unit are currently closed. Check out our other 2019 units to see which one is right for you.***

Ideation will be held at SSE’s campus in Ultimo, Sydney. It is a combination of online learning and a single block of four face-to-face sessions.

Information2019 Dates 
Applications close30 April 2019
Unit durationApril to July 2019
Start of unit (online)22 April 2019
Intensive block10-13 May 2019

Tackle the unknown

This unit provides a grounded understanding of the process of creatively transforming problems into compelling and impactful opportunities.

Ideation is a ten week, blended unit consisting of online learning and face-to-face sessions. It is open to all students enrolled in 11 New South Wales universities and TAFE NSW colleges, from all locations, disciplines and interests.

The core element of ideation is novelty. The mystery and ambiguity of the unknown is the cornerstone of innovation. Embracing novelty implies comfort with uncertainty and the courage to explore creative new paths in situations where detailed roadmaps are not available. Overall, this unit will equip you with the insight and confidence to create novelty in any organisational context.

A full unit outline will be published shortly, visit our FAQs for more information.

We are not your typical school

Our units are dynamic, collaborative and real world focused – you’ll be working hands-on and in small groups to exchange ideas, complete projects and learn by doing. The workload should feel about the same as one of your degree or diploma courses but is designed to fit comfortably around your schedule.

You will have the chance to understand the context within which new ideas are expected to take hold. This is an essential starting point for discovering insights. Creating something “new” implies a reaction to something that already exists. This discovery process relies on a framework that moves from “what is” (context) to “what if” (possibilities) to “what wows” (concepts) to “what works” (launch).

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Articulate, investigate and reframe “problems” into “opportunities”
  2. Contextualize opportunity
  3. Develop solutions through the creative process of ideation
  4. Apply design thinking principles in practice
  5. Demonstrate confidence in story-telling and communicating with impact
  6. Visualize and evaluate potential solutions

The change-maker community

You will become a lifetime member of the diverse SSE community. This means making those unlikely friendships that provide the collaborative spirit for true entrepreneurial successes. It means sharing information, discussing ideas and staying connected with SSE’s activities and industry partners.

You will broaden your mindset and skills by working in inter-institutional, cross-disciplinary teams of like-minded peers from right across NSW. The unit is facilitated by UON academics.

We’ve got you covered

We believe in making opportunity accessible. SSE charges no fees for this unit. If you are from outside Sydney, SSE will provide a mobility scholarship to cover travel and accommodation costs.

For credit or co-curricular?

Ideation is accredited by University of Newcastle (UON) and open for cross-institutional study. This means you can study Ideation for credit towards any NSW university degree or TAFE NSW program. This will incur a course fee and require some administrative steps at both your home institution and UON. 

Cross-institutional study application process

Please apply before Monday 8 April via the following link, using course code MNGT2007 Ideation in Enterprises. If you undertake this unit for credit, note that final results won’t be released until 20 August 2019.

You’re also welcome to study Ideation as a co-curricular activity (not for credit). No additional fees apply for co-curricular students. All students who complete Ideation will receive a certificate of completion.

Who can apply?

No matter what you’re studying or where you live in NSW, if you are a student currently enrolled at an SSE member institution, you are eligible to apply.

SSE members are Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, University of New England, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University.

How are successful applications chosen?

SSE will select a diverse cohort representing all 12 members, locations, disciplines and gender. Academic merit is important, but it’s your entrepreneurial spirit that counts.

How can I find out more?

Just ask! You can reach us via email at info@sse.edu.au or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SSENSW.

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