Local Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series)

Module description

The University of Exeter’s Global Vision 2050 Project seeks to position the University at the forefront of climate-change and sustainability research. The University’s sustainability research activity, defined in the very broadest sense, encompasses in excess of 200 research staff, and has the greatest number of contributors to the Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change in the world. 

Exeter academics are involved in inter-disciplinary research, with Penryn’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) a £30 million interdisciplinary centre, is but one example of pioneering research to provide solutions to problems of environmental change. By drawing on the specific expertise and strengths of ESI, and employing the Collaboratory methodology, to the planned Centre for Circular Economy and Global Systems Institute, the Penryn campus will unite stakeholders to solve local or global problems, allowing you to experiment with systemic approaches to collective social and environmental problem-solving. 

This module will give you access to latest thinking, research and theory-building through a combination of seminar speakers and research papers.  You will have the unique opportunity to gain insight into live projects in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and circular economy run from our Penryn campus. 

Full module specification

Module title:Local Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series)
Module code:BEP3040
Module level:3
Academic year:2018/9
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
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Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

In this module you will discover what it takes to conduct research within the sustainability area and discuss local and global impacting research with leading academics from a range of disciplines.

You will attend a bi-weekly series of Local-Global Innovation seminars with an alternating focus between speakers and research paper discussions, and covering such topics as: Climate Change, Sustainable Futures, Humanities and Social Sciences, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Food Security and Land Research, Environment and Human Health, Earth Systems and Environmental Science.

Following each seminar you will then write short abstracts on the presented research, which will allow you to fine-tune your communication skills and increase your depth of understanding of the latest circular economy and sustainability research.

You will learn how to evaluate, synthesise and communicate cutting edge research to a wider audience. Writing clear, accurate and understandable summaries of long documents is frequently important in the workplace and this module provides a platform during which to develop this skill.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. read and discuss current research papers
  • 2. describe the breadth of research in sustainability in the context of social and/or technological innovation
  • 3. explain the different approaches, the questions they address, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the approach

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. categorise sub-disciplines of sustainability and innovation, and analyse relevant facts and theory
  • 5. analyse and evaluate independently a range of research-informed literature and synthesise research-informed examples from the literature into written work
  • 6. identify and implement, with limited guidance, appropriate methodologies and theories for solving a range of complex problems in sustainability
  • 7. with minimal guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis, practical investigation, and enquiry within sustainability
  • 8. describe and evaluate in detail approaches to our understanding of sustainability with reference to primary literature, reviews and research articles

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. devise and sustain a logical and reasoned argument with sound, convincing conclusions
  • 10. communicate coherent arguments, evidence and conclusions using a variety of formats/media in a manner appropriate to the intended audience
  • 11. analyse and evaluate appropriate data and complete a range of research-like tasks with very limited guidance
  • 12. evaluate own strengths and weaknesses in relation to graduate-level professional and practical skills, and act autonomously to develop new areas of skills as necessary
  • 13. critically reflect on learning experiences and evaluate personal achievements

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 11Lectures/Seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 5Workshops
Independent Study 134Additional research, reading and preparation for module assessments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-class discussion and short answer questions during lectures/seminarsOngoing throughout the module AllOral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework: Abstract one 10200 words1-4,6,8-13Written and verbal feedback from tutor
Coursework: Abstract two20500 words1-4,6,8-13Written and verbal feedback from tutor and peers
Coursework: Abstract three20500 words1-4,6,8-13Written and verbal feedback from tutor
Practical 40Research poster, presentation and discussion4, 5, 7, 9- 12Written and verbal
Contribution to discussion (collaboratory sessions)10Ongoing throughout the module3Peer

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Coursework: Abstract one Coursework: Abstract one 10%1-4,6,8-13July/August assessment period
Coursework: Abstract twoCoursework: Abstract two 20%1-4,6,8-13July/August assessment period
Coursework: Abstract threeCoursework: Abstract three 20%1-4,6,8-13July/August assessment period
Practical Practical 40%4, 5, 7, 9- 12July/August assessment period

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all components if the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall.

A student if deferred via a single component will be reassessed in that component only.

Syllabus plan

You will attend a bi-weekly series of Local-Global Innovation seminars. Small groups of students will be asked to meet with the speaker each week. You will be required to attend a minimum of five Collaboratory workshops, and attend all “debriefing” sessions, during the semester.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core texts:

  • Muff K., (2014) The Collaboratory: A Co-Creative Stakeholder Engagement Process for Solving Complex Problems
  • Visser W., (2014) The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business

Reading material (primary literature/review articles) will be provided by seminar speakers before their talk and uploaded to ELE.



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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

As provided and recommended during classes and via ELE

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