Module title: Future Technologies and Design

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

Module code: MEC10811
Module leader: Norman Harris
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Management
Prerequisites

MEC09818
Management for Engineers 2
Industrial experience of product or process development

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jawdat Tannous
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
The module follows a Block lecturing approach, where the lectures are delivered by the Module Leader or Edinburgh Napier colleague in a four or five day block at the beginning of the trimester, and practicals are supported by a local tutor on a weekly basis thereafter. The Local Tutor works to a Tutor Guide produced by the Module Leader, who also provides the students with their own Study Guide and support material on CD and VLE. Constant communication between the Programme Team in Hong Kong and on email between the local tutor and the Module Leader ensures that the tutor’s queries are resolved and that the module is delivered in the manner recommended by the Module Leader.

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.

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 15
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 159
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 6 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:

Core - TROTT, P (2011) INNOVATION MANAGEMENT AND NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: FINANCIAL TIMES/ PRENTICE HALL, 5th ed. - ISBN: 978027373656
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