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ME50325: TRIZ-based innovation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 50%)
  • Group Work (CW 30%)
  • Individual Reflection (CW 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: ME50325 Mandatory Extra Work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To introduce technology forecast methods based on laws of technology development and market evolution trends.
* To provide knowledge on how to predict, execute and manage innovation by introducing a number of advanced design techniques, particularly TRIZ - systematic breakthrough innovative methodology.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit the student will be able to:
* Understand the processes of systematic innovation.
* Understand the product development in the global context of technology evolution and changes in economics and society.
*Use a number of innovation methods and techniques for advanced engineering.
* Apply the processes to the development of new products and market forecasts.

Global thinking in product development. Clear definition of the design constraints and systematic analysis of available resources. Ability to come up with novel solution with no additional cost. Working independently and in teams; written and oral communication.

Inventions and innovations: five levels of inventions and how they can grow into innovations in product design. Algorithm for advanced product design and development - TRIZ. Constraints as the main drive for product development: QFD, functional analysis, types of contradictive requirements, inventive principles, laws of complex manufacturing system development, technology evolution trends. The method for technology forecasts: marketing innovation and product development in the context of market, social and cultural aspects.
Case studies on product development: individual couching, team design competition, individual assignment.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME50325 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.