Module Title:   Innovation

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG1027M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Business and Management (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Mr J R Bradley

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide an overview of the commercial forces driving innovation, the processes involved and how the processes are managed.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts, theories and principles explored in formal lectures and practiced in seminars. Cognitive and personal skills developed in open-ended problem solving exercises, tackled by working in small groups supported bymembers of academic staff. Oral feedback is given during seminars. The assessment will examine the wider learning outcomes expressed in the descriptor.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   74.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

identify the need for innovation, the processes and their management, success factors, and the protection of intellectual property.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

acquire analysis skills and application of knowledge across traditional boundaries.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

strengthen your communication skills

  Examination - open book or seen paper 2.00 100%

Outline Syllabus:
Innovation: Differences between innovation and invention, commercial as opposed to product innovation, factors associated with successful innovation. Product Development: Product life cycles and the need to innovate, idealised product life cycles; the product development process, evolutionary and revolutionary innovation, risks and uncertainties; stages in product development, number of ideas versus costs of development, criteria for filtering out concepts at different stages; product testing and marketing strategies and links with production plant investment; factors associated with successful new product development, concurrent engineering and its consequences for organisational structure; relationship between quality assurance and product development. Intellectual Property Rights: Protecting intellectual property, patents, licences and copyright; the process of protection, record keeping, establishing priority and disclosure, compensation.

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