Course Syllabus

Welcome to BUS604: Innovation and Sustainability

Specific information about this graduate-level course and its requirements can be found below. For more general information about taking Saylor Academy courses, including information about Community and Academic Codes of Conduct, please read the Student Handbook.


Course Description

Learn how businesses can use sustainability to benefit themselves and the long-term well-being of their stakeholders, including society and the natural environment. Discover the need for businesses to learn from and adapt to evolving demands from people and the planet while being profitable and responsible.


Course Introduction

Businesses and societies are experiencing significant challenges in ensuring that stakeholders, which can include owners, employees, customers, suppliers, community members, peer organizations, and other interest groups, achieve and maintain well-being into the uncertain future. These challenges, which can be economic, environmental, and social, can also be seen as opportunities to achieve and maintain both internal and external success and satisfaction.

Sustainability issues such as climate change, social equity, biodiversity preservation, and poverty elimination are becoming critical with time. Businesses and other societal groups need to continuously adopt and apply innovative approaches to effectively address these issues. Dematerialization, product stewardship, renewable energy generation, biomimicry, and circular economy are a few examples of how businesses are turning challenges into opportunities for future well-being. This course identifies a wide range of strategies and illustrates how businesses and other organizations can effectively implement sustainable innovation approaches.

This course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: Definitions and Concepts
  • Unit 2: Sustainability Policies, Practices, and Leadership
  • Unit 3: Integrating Entrepreneurship with Innovation and Sustainability


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify the key components of innovation and sustainability and their connection to one another;
  • assess issues related to innovation and sustainability by identifying the pros and cons of certain courses of action and the ethical and values-based roots of those issues;
  • analyze cultural, ideological, and practical perspectives on innovation and sustainability and ways individuals, communities, and organizations express these perspectives and put them into practice; and
  • incorporate elements of innovative sustainability into a specific business or sector by developing a hypothetical entrepreneurial startup organization.

Throughout this course, you will also see learning outcomes in each unit. You can use those learning outcomes to help organize your studies and gauge your progress.


Course Materials

This course's primary learning materials are articles, lectures, and videos.

All course materials are free to access and can be found in each unit of the course. Pay close attention to the notes that accompany these course materials, as they will tell you what to focus on in each resource, and will help you to understand how the learning materials fit into the course as a whole. You can also see a list of all the learning materials in this course by clicking on Resources in the navigation bar.


Evaluation and Minimum Passing Score

Only the final exam is considered when awarding you a grade for this course. To pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be calculated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first try, you may take it again as many times as you want, with a 7-day waiting period between each attempt. Once you have successfully passed the final exam you will be awarded a free Course Completion Certificate.

There are also end-of-unit assessments in this course. These are designed to help you study, and do not factor into your final course grade. You can take these as many times as you want until you understand the concepts and material covered. You can see all of these assessments by clicking on Quizzes in the course's navigation bar.


Tips for Success

BUS604: Innovation and Sustainability is a self-paced course, which means that you can decide when you will start and when you will complete the course. There is no instructor or an assigned schedule to follow. We estimate that the "average" student will take 45 hours to complete this course. We recommend that you work through the course at a comfortable pace that allows you to make regular progress. It's also a good idea to schedule your study time in advance and try to stick to that schedule as best as you can.

Learning new material can be challenging, so we've compiled a few study strategies to help you succeed:

  • Take notes on the various terms, practices, and theories that you come across. This can help you put each concept into context and will create a refresher that you can use as you study later on.
  • As you work through the materials, take some time to test yourself on what you remember and how well you understand the concepts. Reflecting on what you've learned is important for your long-term memory and will make you more likely to retain information over time.


Technical Requirements

This course is delivered entirely online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and attempt any auto-graded course assessments and the final exam.

  • To access the full course, including assessments and the final exam, you will need to be logged into your Saylor Academy account and enrolled in the course. If you do not already have an account, you may create one for free here. Although you can access some of the course without logging in to your account, you should log in to maximize your course experience. For example, you cannot take assessments or track your progress unless you are logged in.

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This course is entirely free to enroll in and to access. Everything linked in the course, including textbooks, videos, webpages, and activities, is available for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.

Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2023, 11:54 AM