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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

ME50306: Creativity and innovation methods

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To familiarise the student with the role of creativity in innovation and the practical application of a number of advanced creativity methods.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* Balance the conflicting requirements of modern design.
* Analyse the paradoxical elements behind industrial innovation, including the principles of psychology of creativity, the role of social drivers, the limits of natural resources and the potential for thinking culture and technology.
* Describe the relationship between creativity and innovation.
* Select and apply appropriate creative methods to technical problems.

Ability to differentiate between, and balance, the fundamental principles of modern design; improve performance of existing systems and create new systems.

Includes a background to the philosophy & psychology of innovation and an introduction to the innovation design process focussed on creating and developing performance. The strategy links 4 main areas: social needs and market drivers, technological processes and product development, understanding of natural materials and resource development plus management of thinking culture and technology.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

ME50306 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • TXXX-AFM13 : MSc Innovation and Technology Management (Full-time) - Year 1

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