Module title: Future Technologies and Design

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC10111
Module leader: Norman Harris
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Management
Prerequisites

To study this module you will need to have passed the module below or have the learning equivalent:
MEC09118 (Management for Engineers 2)
Examples of equivalent learning: Industrial experience of product or process development

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Shackleton
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Central to this module is the consideration of innovation; what it is, why it is essential to product design, and how it must respond to the commercial and social contexts of new product development (LO1). The development of strategic thinking is a core learning outcome, and the justification of decisions under conditions of uncertainty is the main way in which this is expected to be evidenced (LO2). Lectures will be used to introduce theoretical frameworks (LO3, 4, 5), but most importantly, seminars and tutorials will be used to encourage qualitative reasoning using such frameworks as a basis (LO2). Written reports will emphasise correct use of primary and secondary data sources.

Embedding Employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills:
The employability skills developed in this module are very much those concerned with qualitative reasoning, justified argument, and an understanding of commercial context. Of necessity, successful completion of the coursework will depend on information retrieval and scholarly referencing, and support to develop the skills to do this will also be integral to the module.

Assessments (formative and summative):
The module will be assessed by two pieces of coursework and a two-hour exam. The first coursework is an individual, self-selected and researched case study on the development of an innovative new product (LO1, 2, 3). The second is a group project in developing a new product proposal based around an existing company, (LO1, 2, 3, 4, & 5). (For clarity, this does not require involvement of the company, but the study uses as context the evidenced capabilities of the company, and the markets and technologies in which it is involved). Exam (LO1, 2, 3, 4, & 5).

Research/ teaching linkages
The teaching team undertake scholarly activity and attend events which keep them up to date with the subject material.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1,2,3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 30 1,2,3,4,5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 40 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Topics include:-
The Importance of Innovation; Product innovation and process innovation; Radical vs incremental innovation; Models of Innovation - Linear Models (Technology push, Market pull), 3rd generation - 'Coupling Model', 4th generation - 'Integrated or Interactive Model', 5th generation - 'Systems and Networks Model'; IPR and its role in innovation and design - Copyright, Design right, Trademarks, Patents, Confidential information law; Product Liability Law; Technology Road-mapping; Technology Strategy and national context; Product innovation strategies - Proactive vs reactive strategies, Near-market technology vs Long term strategy.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Discuss the importance of innovation and its management;
LO2: Develop and justify strategies for new product development;
LO3: Explain the main forms of Intellectual Property Rights and evaluate their implications for NPD strategy;
LO4: Apply technology 'road-mapping' techniques within specific domains;
LO5: Analyse technology strategy and technology transfer within a national context.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Future Technologies & Design