MSc Design Innovation Management

Institute for Design Innovation

You will be provided with concepts and skills for a variety of consumer, commercial, national and international markets across industry sectors.

How can the innovation process support the development of new products and services? This programme opens up the processes of design and innovation and allows you to evaluate and test your ideas through a series of individual and group projects designed to develop innovative designers.

Through the process you will respond to briefs from industry partners, develop products and business concepts. This programme was developed jointly with the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development.

Programme Aims

a) To enhance design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application individually and in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams

b) Develop collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time

c) To enable graduates to develop their critical thinking and insight to improve their effectiveness as designers

d) To enable graduates to develop their analytical and research skills through undertaking a substantial innovation management design and evaluation project

e) Develop the critical analysis skills required to evaluate and reflect on the innovation process and the behaviours required to manage innovation in the design process

Programme Structure

To complete the MSc Design Innovation Management students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules (4 in the first semester and 4 in the second semester). All modules are compulsory. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

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Duration

1 year full-time or up to 4 years part-time

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams.

Students will be asked to produce project briefs, concept drawings, user scenarios, storyboards, project blogs and multimedia documentation.

Entry qualifications

Minimum of a lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) in Design, Innovation, Business, Media, Technology or related subjects. Applicants from non-Design backgrounds require 55% and above in their final year.

English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent. See www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/.

Career prospects

The programme enables you to pursue a broad range of management careers in the private and public sector. In particular, we aim to enhance your career prospects and prepare you for roles in innovation management. On completion, you might expect to gain senior management roles in a range of functions including marketing, new product development, innovation, research and development, and technology.

Fees and Funding

£10,000 (UK/EU) / £22,650 (International)

Click here to see our available scholarships for 2017 entry.

Compulsory modules

Design Thinking

Module Description

This module will enhance students’ ability to use design approaches and tools for identifying and implementing human-centred innovation opportunities. Students are expected to deploy knowledge learned in this module into the parallel Collaborative Project module.

Intended Learning Outcomes

This module will introduce students to a systematic design-based approach aimed at identifying and implementing user-centred innovation opportunities.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (108 hours)

Supervised time in studio (30 hours)

Lectures (8 hours)

Tutorials (4 hours)

Assessment

Written report (80%)

Peer feedback (20%)

Reflection and Action

Module Description

This module will enable students to start planning for their major project by focusing first on generating a suitable topic to be explored. The goal is for the students to arrive at a feasible, agreed major project plan. Students will consolidate their prior learning and use it to develop a learning plan to complete their chosen study pathway.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research and advanced scholarship and display evidence of understanding the requirements of focusing research ideas

b) Develop a feasible research project plan

c) Plan and generate a suitable major project proposal

d) Identify and agree a major project plan

e) Engage in a sustained piece of individual, academic research on a chosen topic

f) Articulate a feasible major project plan

g) Manage their time and resources effectively

h) Use initiative and take responsibility

i) Develop skills in research project planning

j) Display evidence of independent research skills

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 2

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (110 hours)

Tutorials (24 hours)

Lectures (12 hours)

Supervised time in studio (4 hours)

Assessment

Project plan (70%)

Peer feedback (30%)

Meaning Making in Design

Module Description

Building on concepts introduced in the Identity, Culture and Communication module, the Meaning Making in Design module aims to locate design within broader cultural issues and practices of creativity and innovation. This module will use the Circuit of Culture and its five interrelated categories (i.e. Identity, Representation, Regulation, Production and Consumption) as framework to explore processes of meaning making. Students are expected collect and analyse data from the International Project module to be used for the case study assignment.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Through analyses of processes between geographically distributed collaborative project teams the students should demonstrate their understanding of how their practices are interwoven with elements of production and consumption of culture.

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Understand the cultural processes which form the culture of circuit

b) Understand the interplay of elements within the culture of circuit in construction of meaning

c) Understand the relation between design and culture

d) Explain the key concepts of `culture¿, cultural formation and production in relation design

e) Analyse complex cultural issues and evaluate design processes and products

f) Collect data and analyse these using the key concepts discussed in the module

g) Provide peer feedback

h) Respond to peer feedback

i) Develop understanding of culture as non-essential

j) Understand the interplay of elements in construction of meaning

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 2

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (110 hours)

Tutorials (24 hours)

Lectures (12 hours)

Supervised time in studio (4 hours)

Assessment

Case study (80%)

Peer feedback (20%)

Innovation Management

Module Description

This module aims to equip students with an in depth knowledge of the innovation process, its importance to the economy and an understanding of the factors affecting its success.

Intended Learning Outcomes

This module covers the complexity of the innovation process, the types and patterns of innovation and the interrelationship between an organisation’s environment and its innovative capability.

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Understand the complexity of the innovation process

b) understand the types and patterns of innovation

c) Understand the interrelationship between an organisation¿s environment and its innovative capability

d) Relate innovation theory to the performance of organisations

e) Interpret company performance in relation to the dynamic environment in which it operates

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (123 hours)

Lectures (18 hours)

Tutorials (9 hours)

Assessment

Report (100%)

Entrepreneurship

Module Description

This module aims to encourage students to develop their own entrepreneurial skills. You will study the academic theories of entrepreneurship and look at the personality traits and behaviours associated with entrepreneurs. Students will then be encouraged to develop their own ideas and test their theories in a mini research project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

This module covers the academic theories of entrepreneurship, the interconnectedness between entrepreneurial tendencies and resulting behaviour and the measure of the cognitive, conative and emotional components of entrepreneurial attitude.

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Understand the academic theories of entrepreneurship

b) Understand the interconnectedness between entrepreneurial tendencies and resulting behaviour

c) Understand the measure of the cognitive, conative and emotional components of entrepreneurial attitude

d) Recognise and apply self-reflection for personal development

e) Recognise the need for entrepreneurial behaviour

f) Understand the need for sensitivity to diversity within organisations

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (123 hours)

Lectures (18 hours)

Tutorials (9 hours)

Assessment

Report (100%)

Intellectual Property

Module Description

This module aims to equip students with a knowledge of the various types of intellectual property, searching intellectual property databases, the legal basis of intellectual property rights, the application process for obtaining intellectual property and its importance to the innovation process and the entrepreneur.

Intended Learning Outcomes

This module covers the importance of intellectual property as an asset, the complexity of Intellectual Property law and the protection process and the commercial value of the various types of Intellectual Property.

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Understand the importance of intellectual property as an asset

b) Understand the complexity of Intellectual Property law and the protection process

c) Understand the commercial value of the various types of intellectual property

d) Interpret data and information in order to make effective decisions

e) Perform intellectual property searches

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 2

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (123 hours)

Lectures (15 hours)

Tutorials (12 hours)

Assessment

Case study (75%)

Group presentation (25%)

Collaborative Project

Module Description

This module tests your skills in a team environment. With a multi-talented group of students you will work on a brief from a real company looking to solve a real social or business problem for a real client. Student teams will research and build solutions to a business deadline supported by our project tutors, clients and staff. We expect clients to include BT Sport, The London Legacy Development Company and other companies and charities working to respond to the digital age.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Deal with challenges associated with working in interdisciplinary teams

b) Undertake a project development process informed by organisational frameworks

c) Demonstrate interdisciplinary communication skills

d) Apply Design Thinking methods

e) Plan and execute a project plan in collaboration with other team members

f) Identify user needs, collecting and analysing appropriate data, creating conceptual solutions and develop a prototype

Modular Weight

15 credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (99 hours)

Supervised time in studio (40 hours)

Lectures (10 hours)

Tutorials (1 hour)

Assessment

Project plan (20%)

Group report (50%)

Project outputs including presentation (30%)

Dissertation

Module Description

The aim of this module is for the student to conduct an individual research project on a core programme related topic which is either an issue of their choice, an exploratory question agreed with an industry/external partner. The project will investigate this research in depth and with rigour. The project should build on methodological skills developed in earlier modules.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of the Dissertation module is for the student to display the knowledge and capability required to perform independent work within the context of the programme of study.

Modular Weight

60 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 1 and 2

Teaching and Learning

Guided independent study (555 hours)

Lectures (25 hours)

Tutorials (20 hours)

Assessment

Dissertation (80%)

Project proposal (20%)

Design Innovation Project

Module Description

This module will provide students with skills for working in design innovation work teams. The Design Innovation Project is designed so that students develop and gain experience in using key skills that will enable them to work successfully with various organisational project team members in the face to face and distributed product development process. The module will prepare the students to develop as culturally competent project leaders.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

a) Develop strategies to plan and execute a project across distributed collaborative teams;

b) Understand the impact of distributed project teams on project management;

c) Develop and gain experience in using distance communication;

d) Explore cultural issues and concepts with exchanges and project evaluation;

e) Develop skills in generating and evaluation of project briefs;

f) Demonstrate increased awareness of cultural issues and concepts;

g) Develop strategies to make a contribution diverse project teams;

h) Use digital, distance communication tools;

i) Provide critical feedback to peers;

j) Articulate a project brief and project review criteria;

k) Develop teamwork skills;

l) Develop the means to implement and communicate the strategy to a 'client';

m) Communicate effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media;

n) Solve problems in creative and innovative ways.

Modular Weight

15 Credits

Delivery Period

Semester 2

Teaching and Learning

Lecture (6 hours)

Supervised time in studio/workshop (10 hours)

Tutorial (24 hours)

Guided independent study (110 hours)

Assessment

Design Process Diary (30%)

Reflective Article (30%)

Project Deliverables (40%)


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