INOV200-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Opportunities: Here, There and Everywhere

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Students are introduced to the entrepreneurial worldview that opportunities for innovation can be found across geographic, socioeconomic, industry, and cultural boundaries. Students must demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset through which they constantly seek to recognize innovation opportunities, across multiple contexts. Students are required to identify innovation opportunities that are local, national, and international in scope.

Innovation courses focus on equipping students with five core competencies (critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, opportunity recognition, and communication) they need to be competitive in a dynamic global marketplace. This course will provide students with a people centric, collaborative, optimistic and experimental way of working to identify and create opportunities to help solve complex problems. It is a pragmatic approach that aims to nurture deep curiosity about an issue, unleash creativity in how to approach it, and ensure clarity when it comes to implementing a solution.

Relationship to other courses
This course is a core component of the B.Com major in Innovation, as well as an option in other B.Com (and potentially other) undergraduate majors. It contributes to a B.Com degree by highlighting the centrality of a user centric opportunity focus for the well-being of business, organisations, and individuals. Within the Innovation major it sits alongside three other 200-level innovation courses, INOV201, INOV202 and INOV290. It is followed at 300-level by INOV300, INOV301 and INOV390.

Lectures 24 hours
Lecture preparation and weekly journal 24 hours
Critical analysis 22 hours
Applied group project 55 hours
Examination and preparation 25 hours

Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
1) Describe and apply a user centred process for opportunity recognition, creation and development.
2) Identify opportunities found across multiple contexts including geographical, socioeconomic, industry and cultural boundaries.
3) Demonstrate a range of user centred discovery and understanding tools to develop insight into an opportunity.
4) Create and evaluate a range of innovative solutions in response to areas of opportunity.
5) Construct and deliver a compelling message, both written and verbally, in order to build support for an innovative solution.

BCom Graduate Profile
1.1.1. Students can demonstrate an understanding of theory, concepts, models or reasoning from their selected subject major to a problem/issue/context.
The course provides essential foundations in the subject areas of opportunity identification and creation, along with a user centred innovation process and tools for developing innovative solutions in response to opportunities. Students demonstrate their understanding through a critical analysis, a group project and final exam.

2.1.1. Students can apply subject specific knowledge and tools to analyse, propose a solution to and/or address a given problem or issue. Innovative approaches and solutions are encouraged.
The group project develops and applies these skills to meeting an identified innovation opportunity.

2.1.4. Students can write a report/essay on a problem/issue/situation/scenario that incorporates content at an appropriate level of detail, is logically structured, and is presented professionally using correct English, referencing and appropriate resources.

2.1.5. Students can work effectively in a team in order to reach a common goal.

This course develops these skills through the group work for the project, the project presentation, and preparation of the written project report.

Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Critical analysis 15%
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their degree; Biculturally competent and confident.

Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 5
Weekly journal submissions 15%
Employable, innovative and enterprising; Biculturally competent and confident.

Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 5
Applied Group Project 35%
Employable, innovative and enterprising; Biculturally competent and confident; Engaged with the community.

Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4
Final Exam 35%
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their degree; Biculturally competent and confident.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


Any 60 points

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Nadeera Ranabahu


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Critical Analysis 15% Critical Analysis (week 5-18th March before 5:00pm)
Weekly reflective journal submissions 15% Weekly reflective journal submissions (weeks 3-10)
Applied Group Project 35% Applied Group Project (week 12)
Final Examination 35% Final Examination

Assessment Details:
Assessment in this course is designed to encourage and measure critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, opportunity recognition, and communication which are all essential skills and characteristics of successful innovators.

Critical analysis (week 5- 18th March before 5.00 pm) 15%  
Using the desirability, viability, feasibility framework, students will critically analyse an opportunity case and provide a professional report concluding with recommendations for future action.

Weekly Journal Submissions (7 weeks) 15%
Individuals will submit week-by-week, to the relevant forum on Learn, their reflections on a particular action learning activity (e.g., individual creative thinking exercise, data collection technique, group project work). These activities are conducted during the class and related to the course material for that week. Details of what is required for these submissions each week will be posted in a document available on Learn and discussed in detail in class each week.

Each submission will be graded on a scale from 0 to 2. A bonus point will be given to the reflection submitted on the week of the compulsory field visit.

Applied Group Project 35%  
In week 6, each student will be required to pitch a problem/opportunity area they are interested in for consideration for group projects. Small groups of students will then be formed around the most promising areas as voted for by the class. The groups will then explore the opportunity further using the process introduced in the course and ultimately create, test and implement an innovation based on this by the end of the course.

In week 12 the group will provide a pitch/presentation on their opportunity development (10%) and produce a professional report outlining their process to date (25%). Individual contribution forms will be completed by each student to assess the involvement of each team member.

Final Exam 35%
This will be held during the Examinations Period and will be a closed book exam lasting 2 hours. It will relate to the whole course and will consist of two parts:

Part A: Multiple choice questions testing understanding of the course content.
Part B: Written short answer questions based on interpreting a provided opportunity case demonstrating an ability to analyse and apply a range of knowledge from the course.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class.  Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep.  The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $3,688.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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