Industry 4.0 and the advances of digital technologies offers the opportunity to develop data-driven products, services and business. The module brings together creative methods and design thinking approaches to apply digital technologies to address societal or business challenges. The module will develop thinking to bridge data to the context, for example transforming data intelligence to market opportunities or societal challenges informing the design of new product/ service/business concepts. The module will introduce concept generation techniques and understanding and designing stakeholder experiences. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams across Business and Engineering.
This module will be taught in a number of block teaching sessions during the term. Dates will be confirmed for students following each term’s timetabling process.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Design Intelligence|
CLOSED to MSc Business Analytics, MSc Engineering Business Management , MSc Technology Ventures and Innovation Management programmes
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
The module focuses upon the front end of the innovation process with technological advances as an opportunity for innovation of product/service/business in response to addressing a societal or business challenge. The module provides an introduction to applying design thinking considering the opportunities disruptive technologies bring and also their implications to real world problems. We will follow a design process with guided creative sessions providing opportunities to applying a number of methods and theories to develop concepts through independent learning to a brief.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Critically reflect and apply knowledge of ongoing developments in disruptive technologies, business analytics with design thinking to create innovate concepts.
- 2. Draw on knowledge of current research and identify and apply appropriate design methods and tools to generate, develop and evaluate concepts for a range of business and societal challenges.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Critically analyse the use of data within the business/ societal context, identifying opportunities and challenges.
- 4. Critically analyse and interpret relevant academic, technical and industry literature.
- 5. Work with relevant stakeholders to identify the need to, design, develop, and deploy, analytics solutions within a business or a societal challenge.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. A global outlook: Our graduates are engaged and prepared for the demands of global business and society.
- 7. A collaborative mind-set: Our graduates are enterprising and motivated individuals who are able to actively collaborate and effectively communicate within a range of diverse settings.
- 8. An ethical ethos: Our graduates understand the social, financial and environmental factors that can impact on corporate sustainability and are able to make decisions openly and responsibly.
- 9. A critical thinker: Our graduates have a commercial awareness that enables them to critically analyse, conceptualise and evaluate the challenges facing business.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Contact hours||13||Lectures and workshops|
|Contact hours||2||Tutorials/Formative assessments|
|Guided Independent Study||135||Background reading; research, analysis and preparation of project proposal; presentation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Presentation||10 mins||1-3, 5-6, 8-11||Oral and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation||60||10 minutes||1-3, 5-6, 8-11||Oral and written|
|Executive Summary (Group)||40||1,000 words||4-11||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Group presentation (60%) (10 mins)||Individual presentation (60%) (10 mins)||1-3, 5-6, 8-11||Summer reassessment period|
|Executive summary (Group) (40%) (1000 words)||Executive summary (40%) (1000 words)||4-11||Summer reassessment period|
Re-assessment projects will not be undertaken in collaboration with a real company, and not necessarily in a group.
The module aims to generate design concepts, in response to advances in digital technologies, for product/service/business addressing a societal or business challenge or opportunity.
The module will follow a design process, providing opportunity to applying a number of methods and theories through independent learning. These include design theory; understanding user experiences; emotional design and the role of digital technologies in customising product.
The course will be a mixture of briefing sessions, facilitated workshops and lectures whilst students apply their learning independently in teams. Tutorials and oral presentations will provide opportunities to gain feedback and develop communication skills. At the end of the project students, in teams, are expected to have explore a number of concepts and developed one further, creating the necessary documentation around it. Students, will be expected to undertake: a research phase with academic rigour, concept generation and evaluation before selecting a concept to develop further. The project will be expected to also demonstrate relevance and application to the brief, business and stakeholders.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
There is no formal reading list for this module, although you are likely to draw on resources used within other modules, in particular, in data analytics. Reading suggestions will be made available for lectures as relevant. You will be expected to identify and draw upon a wide range of relevant resources specific to your project, including current articles and reports, analysis tools and techniques. The books on design are suggested as further reading.
Norman, D, (2004) Emotional Design, Basic Books,
Ulrich and Eppinger (201) Product Design and Development, McGraw Hill
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