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Inventive Problem-solving with TRIZ

Strengthen your problem-solving skills with this introduction to TRIZ (the theory of inventive problem solving), an established inventive problem-solving methodology. Its systematic approach allows you to understand complex problems in depth, overcome technical and cognitive barriers and develop inventive solutions.

About this microcredential

Solving complex problems and developing innovative solutions are central in every organisation today. In trying to solve complex problems and develop innovative ideas, we often come up against one or more problems, frequently involving a contradiction or a dilemma. To reach a solution, we need to take a structured approach to consider the problem in depth and then work systematically to consider different options.

TRIZ is one approach used to tackle complex problems and open the door to possible solutions. It’s a method used by leading companies to solve complex problems and develop novel products. TRIZ was developed 70 years ago, when researchers identified patterns in the way new inventions came about, realising that the majority of inventions were based on a small number of solution principles.

This microcredential is an ideal way to immerse yourself in this novel way of problem solving. It will change the way you approach issues in life - wherever you are, whatever you are doing. It will strengthen your problem-solving skills, allowing you to systematically analyse your problem and create innovative solution ideas.         

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to equip participants to:

  • Learn to use a framework to get a deep understanding and ability to solve complex problems in engineering and innovation
  • Analyse real-world engineering problems to identify product strengths, shortcomings, and technical contradictions
  • Complete as a self-contained course, or as a potential pathway to future postgraduate study.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Inventive Problem-Solving with TRIZ (42825) in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (C11298), Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (C06136), Master of Professional Practice (C04404), Graduate Certificate in Technology (C11301), Graduate Diploma in Technology (C06137) and Master of Technology (C04406).

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.       

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is designed for professionals involved in any field where complex problem solving is a challenge – it may be particularly relevant to individuals or teams working in engineering, product development, consulting, innovation, or R&D, among other fields.


Full price: $1,595 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

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Additional course information

Course outline

The content of this microcredential is structured into three modules:

Module 1 - Systemically innovate your problems

  • Understanding and solving complex engineering problems
  • Introduction to TRIZ as a problem-solving approach
  • The issue of innovation barriers and how to overcome them.

Module 2 - Understand your problem in depth

  • Basic TRIZ function analysis, including component and interaction analyses
  • Enhanced function analysis; relationship-oriented function analysis
  • Identifying key issues of a technical problem.

Module 3 - Identify and solve contradictions

  • Identifying technical contradictions
  • Ideating to overcome technical contradictions.

Course learning objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this microcredential you will be able to analyse real-world engineering problems to create function models that identify the product/problem’s strengths, shortcomings, and technical contradictions
  • You will be able to develop conceptual solutions to solve the selected contradictions.


Assignments with practical exercises will help participants gauge their progress through the course and provide timely feedback on their TRIZ competency. By focusing on solving practical tasks, the assessments are geared to evaluate skills and subject-related problem-solving competencies rather than just recall of theoretical knowledge. The exercises scaffold to an individual problem-based assessment.

The final microcredential mark comes from a combination of two assignments.

Assignment 1 - TRIZ Exercises (individually marked - 35% of total grade)

  • Demonstrate understanding of function modelling and skill in identifying and solving technical contradictions

Assignment 2 - TRIZ Design Project (individually marked: 65% of total grade)

  • Demonstrate self-evaluation of competency in solving technical problems using TRIZ function modelling for solving technical contradictions.



  • To complete this online course you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access, web conferencing capability and an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.


  • As participants require a broad and coherent body of knowledge and the ability to understand the underlying principles and concepts around TRIZ, this microcredential is designed for participants with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.


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