BEX5810 - Sustainable business and innovation - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Gitanjali Bedi

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


Students must be enrolled in course B6006, B6009, B6010, B6018, or be granted permission by the Chief Examiner to undertake this unit.


Sustainability is a growing concern internationally and a strategic priority for leading companies in every sector. Global issues such as climate change, widening inequality, food security and ecosystem decline are introducing greater levels of complexity into business strategy and operations. Corporations are increasingly required to take into consideration and effectively manage the environmental, social, economic and ethical impacts of their business and rethink value creation.

This unit provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate a broad knowledge of global sustainable development challenges and understand the role of business globally and locally in contributing to innovation and entrepreneurial solutions that address these challenges.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of global sustainable development challenges
  2. research and analyse innovative solutions to sustainable development challenges in global contexts
  3. acquire practical skills and knowledge for supporting strategic change within a business towards sustainable practice
  4. apply a sustainability impact assessment framework with a business and evaluate the findings
  5. critically reflect on the role of business in contributing to sustainable development innovation and solutions
  6. evaluate personal learning and personal development in contributing to the organisational change process.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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