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MN20624: People and innovation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before or while taking this module you must ( take MN10568 AND take MN10570 ) OR ( take MN10001 AND take MN10005 ) OR take MN20080 OR take MN10071 OR ( take MN10545 AND take CH10009 )
* Developing a general understanding of the principles underlying the micro foundations of innovation
* Insight into how these micro mechanisms interact with meso and macro level contexts.
* Review of research on innovation and the management of innovation, including a variety of theoretical perspectives from organisational theory, human resource management, and business strategy.
* Insights into drivers of innovation, and how organisations can influence and support this process.
Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
* Identify and critique the variety of perspectives and fields involved in the study of what makes people creative and how this (may) kick start innovation
* Understand the micro level drivers of creativity and innovation
* Understand elements and stages of the creative and innovative processes
* Understanding of the micro mechanisms of innovation and their interaction with the meso and macro contexts.
Skills: Knowledge and Understanding:
* Facility to apply subject-specific knowledge into a range of organisational situations (TFA);
* Understanding and contrasting between management fields and theories including perspective from work and organisational psychology, organisational behaviour, organisational theory and human resource management (FA);
* Understanding of theoretical concepts and frameworks that enables meaningfully and critically to link theory and practice (TFA);
* Ability to evaluate research and relevant methodologies (TFA);
Cognitive skills:
* Deal with relevant issues and make sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and to communicate conclusions clearly and competently (FA);
* Develop critical reflexivity towards the content of the unit (FA); Transferable skills:
* Analytical Skills (FA)
* Research Skills (FA)
* Critical Thinking Skills (FA)
Content: The topics covered will include:
* nature and types of innovation, creativity and idea generation, process, team, context.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN20624 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 2)
  • USCH-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCH-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 2)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 2)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 2)
School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 2)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 2)


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