Postgraduate

NBS8970 : Innovation and Change (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this practice-based module is to enable learners to develop and enhance, to an advanced level, their knowledge, understanding and practice of innovation and change. The module will provide learners with the opportunity to enhance their skills for thinking creatively to adapt and innovate in the changing world of work. By the end of the module, learners will have:

•       Analysed the impact of disruptive exponential change upon individual, organisational and wider global context
•       Enhanced entrepreneurial, innovative and creative problem solving capabilities, through developing their ability to capture the value of opportunities by mobilising and empowering key resources needed to develop and transform opportunities into innovative practices
•       Critically evaluated innovation and entrepreneurial processes and practices, whether occurring in an independent, corporate or social context, and at individual, group and organisational levels, enacted through intra- and inter-organisational collaboration

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will include topics such as:

•       Overview of change theory
•       The need for continuous improvement
•       Regulatory environments and compliance requirements e.g. environmental impact and cyber security
•       Contemporary change theory and practices
•       Leading strategic change for sustainability across infrastructure processes, people and culture
•       Cross cultural communication, negotiation and conflict resolution
•       Systems thinking
•       Innovation drivers, processes and practices and their impact
•       Success and failure in innovation
•       Competitive strategies
•       Evaluating opportunities for innovation; using big data in decision making for negotiation and influencing
•       Entrepreneurial processes and practices
•       Organising for innovation in different contexts; matching practices to challenges and creating the environment for innovation and creativity

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture34:0012:00Lectures (and workshops) scheduled in blocks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading34:0012:00Designed to broaden and deepen knowledge
Guided Independent StudySkills practice34:0012:00Application of learning into the workplace
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops38:0024:00Collaborative learning space for applying content to learner's context, scheduled in blocks
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion16:006:00Online discussion activities designed to prepare for scheduled face-to-face learning
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation130:0030:00Online learning activities designed to support scheduled face-to-face learning
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods recognise the importance of learners learning about context, content and processes for their own individual and organisational development of advanced professional practice.

The teaching and learning methods support achievement of the module’s learning outcomes. The processes of teaching and learning, within this blended learning module, include but are not limited to the following: Face-to-face and online opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding of theory in practice are provided through attending lectures, listening to and watching podcasts and/or videos, reading and research, and work-based and reflective learning. Learning through dialogue, discussion and collaboration, in face-to-face teaching and online, enables students to articulate, respond to and provide feedback on theory, knowledge and practice application, and to question and challenge their work-based practices. Collaborative social learning, online and in the classroom, is a hallmark of the module and will involve peer learning, co-production of knowledge and ideas about practice, and feedback.

As a post-experience programme, contextualising theory in practice requires not only academic input but also practitioners’ knowledge and expertise and, therefore, some lectures or workshops will be taught by adjunct staff. Reflection on practice, through completion of a reflective journal, supports the learner to evaluate their understanding of the relevant subject knowledge, and to question and challenge their work-based practices, through applying and integrating theory in practice.

Students are expected to enhance their face-to-face and online learning by independent reading and enquiry, for which they are given guidance on relevant materials.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M602,000 words: innovation or enterprise opportunity
Oral Examination1M40Oral Presentation (pitch of an innovation or enterprise)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1MPreparation for summative assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative Feedback

Formative feedback is provided throughout the module by encouraging learners to respond to questions and engage in reflection, dialogue, debate and discussion in online and face-to-face contexts. Collaborative learning, online and in the classroom, is a hallmark of the module and involves co-production of knowledge and ideas about practice, and feedback.

Summative Feedback

The module assessment enables learners to achieve the learning outcomes and to consolidate their learning by articulating their conceptual understanding and how it is used in practice. The assessment has 2 components:

1. 60% Report (2,000 words) The written assessment requires students to plan an innovation or enterprise opportunity, demonstrating the ability to identify and synthesise key information and resources to support and to evaluate its potential value. Complementing the plan, the essay requires students to appraise, apply and critically evaluate theories, tools and techniques of innovation and enterprise in relation to their identified opportunity. The essay also requires students to reflect on their abilities to enact collaborative leadership of innovation and enterprise.

2. 40% Oral Presentation (Pitch of an innovation or enterprise opportunity) (5 minutes + questions)

A reflective learning Portfolio is central to completion of the summative assessment, and is an appropriate assessment method for all learners, enabling them to consolidate what they have learned by reflecting on and articulating their personal and/or organisation practice and how it relates to their current conceptual understanding.

Summative feedback on the assessment will include ‘feed forward’, enabling learners to improve future academic and/or practice action.

Reading Lists

Timetable