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MN50649: Design in management

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Group Assignment (CW 50%)
  • Individual Proposal (CW 7%)
  • Individual Assignment (CW 43%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop students' conceptual and practical understanding of design as a way of thinking and hands-on practice in management that can be applied to creating knowledge for better futures across a range of organizational contexts - such as, the creative front-end of strategy practice, innovation, change management, quality improvement, product and service design and multi-stakeholder processes.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, the student should be able to:
* Generate, synthesize and interpret applied and scholarly knowledge about the use of design in management
* Understand design as an intentional socio-material practice and process for creating and constructing knowledge for innovation and change
* Display a sound understanding of the application and purpose of a variety of design methods and their relationship within the knowledge creation process
* Explore the use of select design methods to generate solutions to a practical organizational issue by putting people into the centre
* Evaluate and interpret applied and theoretical knowledge and engage in collective problem solving with team members, thereby demonstrating a capacity to think analytically, practically and reflectively about their capabilities for managing organizational issues.

Develops aspiring management professionals' knowledge, practical capability and critical reflexivity in preparation of future roles that require working with others to systematically question taken-for-granted assumptions about organizational processes and practices, and skilfully construct desirable futures.
* Intellectual understanding of different interpretations of design in the management of organizations as object, process, mindset, thinking and practice (TFA)
Professional practice skills
* Conceptual and practical understanding of the application areas for design in management - innovation, operations, design research, design strategy, change management, community engagement, public services - and their justifications/rationale (TFA)
* Hands-on analytical and creative design skills (TFA)
* User-oriented research and evaluation skills (TFA)
* Ability to develop, present and defend design-based solutions to strategic and operational challenges (FA)
* Ability to create knowledge and deliver set design tasks in a team context (FA)
* Reflective practice and critical thinking about design in management (FA)
* Facility to communicate ideas and feedback; inquiring into other people's experiences, research and produce effective analysis (F)
* Ability to effectively engage with an ill-defined problem/solution space (F)
* Interpersonal communication skills (F)
* Ability to reflect upon and communicate own professional development (FA).

The course presents students with an introduction to the application of design as a practice for creating and constructing knowledge for the management of organizations in complex environments. It explores the conceptual frames and design tools and methods that may help addressing these challenges, and challenges students to develop their own solutions to practical organizational problems. In doing so, the course draws examples from a selection of case studies applying design in organizational settings.
* Interpretations of design in management (e.g., 'design thinking', 'human centred design') and their critiques
* Application of design in commercial and public service settings
* Design principles for cognitive, relational and embodied knowledge creation
* Hands-on practical classes leading towards the development and presentation of a portfolio of group work
* Giving and receiving feedback as an aspect of iterative, solutions-oriented prototyping.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50649 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management