BM7106: Innovation and Change through Design

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BM7106: Innovation and Change through Design

Module Title Innovation and Change through Design
Module Code BM7106
Module Tutor Vassil Rachkov
School School of Business and Technology
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module explores innovation and change in organizations using examples drawn from the small business, corporate, co-operative and social enterprise sectors. Learners will experience the process of managing innovation and change through engagement with real world situations faced by organizations in these sectors and by applying the principles of design thinking: generating and taking ideas from inception through to implementation through a design based approach. They will be required to engage actively in class through individual/group presentations and other learning activities, and to conduct high quality action research activities outside.

Indicative Syllabus

Innovation and Change through transformational design:

  1.  Management of Innovation
  2.  Management of Change
  3.  Change and Innovation as a design process
  4.  New Product and Service Design
  5.  Principles of design thinking:
  6.  Wicked problems and the need to combine analytical and intuitive thinking
  7.  Idea generation – empathy with customers/clients/stakeholders visualizing ideas, abductive thinking.
  8.  Interactive skills - collaborative working
  9.  Testing ideas through rapid prototyping
  10.  Reflective practice and renewal
  11.  Consultancy project
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Critically assess the importance of ‘design thinking’ to Innovation and Change to  individual businesses, the wider economy and society;
  2. Plan  for and deliver change and innovation through the application of design thinking principles
  3. Critically examine innovation, the management of innovation and the links between innovation and business enterprise;
  4. Critically debate the practice and various unique challenges of Innovation and Change through Design in a broad context that includes the small business, corporate, public and social innovation sectors;
  5. Develop possible sustainable responses to these unique challenges from a practical management and leadership by design perspective; 
  6. Apply design thinking skills to a variety of different situations and empirical tools to Innovation and Change scenarios;
  7. Communicate effectively both as an individual and as part of a team.  
Learning and Teaching Activities

Approximately 150 hours total study time:

Staff / student contact: 30 hrs (lectures and seminars) Student directed learning: 120 hrs

Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 65% Coursework: Group work, standard, written: Standard: 2000 words
002: 35% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Standard: 1000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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