This module addresses the means by which society progresses through discovery, adoption, and dissemination of new designs and technologies. Topics include the innovation theories, diffusion of technologies, dominant designs, design-driven innovation, and systematic innovation approaches. The module will use both project-based and case-study approaches to learning. The objectives of this module are to provide students with 1) an overview of the process of innovation, technological development, social and cultural change to enable them to place their postgraduate work in context; 2) integrated processes and tools for innovation that draw upon design, management, cognitive and social psychology, economics, and history; 3) skills to think critically about the applicability, adoption, and adaptation of new design and technologies to create values; and 4) an interactive environment in which conceptual issues in design innovation can be raised and discussed.
A Comprehend key theories and models of innovation processes
B Apply innovation processes and tools to a design, process, or system
C Criticize -Analyze research and model technological change within an industry
D Assess the current status of a product or service and propose scenarios for its future development
This module is delivered in a combination of lectures, seminars, and problem class/tutorials. Formally lecture sessions will cover fundamental aspects of discovery, innovation, design, technology, and market dynamics. This module includes problem classes/tutorials as guided discussions using the case-study/project pedagogy.