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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Introduces students to contemporary theories in innovation and design and the factors that influence the diffusion of innovations. Students develop, produce and document an innovative and creative solution to meet a specific need or opportunity. Students demonstrate principles of environmental sustainability and iterative evaluations throughout the development of a designed solution.

Unit content

Topic 1: Contemporary theories of innovation, creativity and design
Topic 2: The innovation process and factors that influence entrepreneurial activity
Topic 3: Factors influencing success, agencies and entrepreneurial activity
Topic 4: Creativity and problem solving techniques
Topic 5: Market research and marketing
Topic 6: Manufacturing and production processes, techniques and methods
Topic 7: Project design and risk management documentation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss contemporary theories related to innovation and design
2 critically analyse the factors which influence the diffusion of innovations
3 develop, produce and document an innovative and creative solution to meet a specific need or opportunity
4 demonstrate innovation and creativity in design and problem solving skills
5 apply principles of market research and processes in marketing
6 apply sustainable processes, techniques and methods used in manufacturing and production for a design solution
7 demonstrate principles of environmental sustainability and iterative evaluations throughout the development of a designed solution.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss contemporary theories related to innovation and design
    • GA1:
  2. critically analyse the factors which influence the diffusion of innovations
    • GA1:
  3. develop, produce and document an innovative and creative solution to meet a specific need or opportunity
    • GA2:
  4. demonstrate innovation and creativity in design and problem solving skills
    • GA2:
  5. apply principles of market research and processes in marketing
    • GA2:
  6. apply sustainable processes, techniques and methods used in manufacturing and production for a design solution
    • GA3:
  7. demonstrate principles of environmental sustainability and iterative evaluations throughout the development of a designed solution.
    • GA3: