1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour workshop weekly
1 x 4-hour project work weekly
1 Admission into DIPDT-Diploma of Digital Technologies
1a Admission into BENGMCH-Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours)
1b Admission into BENGTAMDD-Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Adv Manufacturing and Digital Design)
1c Admission into DIPDTS-Diploma of Digital Technologies (Submarines)
1d Admission into UCE-Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering
1e Admission into BENGEEH-Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Honours)
1f Admission into BENGEEHFP-Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Honours) - City Campus
1g Admission into BENGEEHMEM-B Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Hons), M Engineering (Mechanical)
1h Admission into BENEEHMENM-B Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Honrs), M Engineering Management
1i Admission into BENGMCHFP-Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) - City Campus
1j Admission into BENMCHMENM-B Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), M Engineering Management
1k Admission into BSCCS-Bachelor of Science (Chemical Sciences)
1l Admission into BSCHCS-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Chemical Sciences)
1m Admission into BSCPS-Bachelor of Science (Physics)
1n Admission into BSCHPS-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Physics)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n))
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR8901 has been successfully completed
Assignment, Oral presentation, Work ePortfolio
Topic description

Innovation is needed to successfully introduce Industry 4.0 in the workplace.

This topic introduces students to innovative thinking, the process of innovation and the interplay with industry 4.0. Digital transformation has radically impacted on the way organisations innovate, the processes to manage such innovation, the changing capabilities, skills and structures needed to capitalize on opportunities, the partnerships needed, technologies to support the process, and policies to accelerate the diffusion of industry 4.0 in the transition to advanced manufacturing.

Industry 4.0 is not just about technology. People are key. The successful application of industry 4.0 approaches in organisations is only possible if people use the technology and can innovate.

The topic focuses on understanding human and institutional factors in the introduction of new technologies such as industry 4.0, innovation, change management, trust in technology, industry 4.0 for supply chain competitiveness and the process of innovation in an organisation.

Educational aims

This topic aims to explore innovation and its interplay with Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. Advances in technology along with the merging of automation and digitalization technologies are changing the fundamentals of manufacturing and service provision and the way organisations innovate. This unit will equip students with innovative thinking, an understanding of Industry 4.0 readiness in organisations, innovation capabilities and industry 4.0 in the supply chain.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand innovation and apply innovative thinking
  2. Understand key factors in innovation management including culture, leadership, partnerships, workplace structures, rewards and systems
  3. Identify how Industry 4.0 is being implemented from both an international and national perspective
  4. Define the organisation problem to be solved and undertake a benefits analysis
  5. Identify change management considerations by evaluating the level of Industry 4.0 readiness in an organisation, including the human factors influencing trust and the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies
  6. Explore the applicability of Industry 4.0 in the supply chain
  7. Develop professional skills including communication, teamwork, innovation, self-management, self-awareness, critical thinking and problem solving