Practice-based Innovation


Students will be expected to undertake some practical research in response to a current business need of a real company and produce a suitable management report with recommendations.


The aim of this Module is to develop advanced skills to assist with the creation of innovative solutions to real business problems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Gather complex and conflicting information and synthesize this to create a critical analysis of a business challenge

2.  Work with external business leaders, in a peer relationship, while demonstrating high levels of professionalism in conduct and communication.

3.  With a business partner, develop potential solutions and implementation strategies to a current problem.

Indicative Content

1 Analysing a problem

Using different analysis techniques such as data flow diagrams, entity relationship modelling and process mapping, examine problems to better understand the current position of the business.

2 Innovation and innovation techniques

Using different creativity and innovation tools to help find solutions to business problems.

3 Innovation for global growth (IGG)

During this event, students will work with multiple organisations - public, private and third sector, on a challenge they currently face. This will provide a scoping opportunity for the problem and a chance to test possible solutions. Prior to this event discussions on professional behaviour and communication will take place.

4 Developing and presenting the solution

Students will take the solutions identified during IGG and further investigate their suitability. They will work to develop one or more solution to provide an implementation plan for the organisation.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is the capstone of the 'management' subject theme. Students will be expected to show an ability to work with others and autonomously in a professional environment. The ability to draw upon their previous studies in a critically reflective way, to manage complex issues and to make informed and innovative judgement will be crucial to success. Weeks 1-5 students will work in a 3 hour workshop learning tools and techniques. Week 6 will have no classes but students will be required to undertake some research on the companies involved in the module. Week 7 will consist of 6 x 3 hour sessions where clients will present problems (IGG). Weeks 8-13 will consist of 3 hour workshops where students will present their findings to date and gain help from the tutor and peers.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 57
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 93

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.