Module details for Critical Skills and Innovation


A series of lectures, tutorials, and Seminars that support a student's ability to identify, address and amend any areas of concern within their own critical skills. In doing so, each student will be encouraged to demonstrate innovative and dynamic responses to set projects and areas of enquiry, each of which will offer them unique opportunities to effectively appreciate, and demonstrate their own evolution.


The aim of this module is to support a student’s personal development of their own critical skillset and potential for innovation through a combination of self-directed and client-directed projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and execute innovative responses to creative problems

2.  Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate, synthesize and execute an effective personal Development Plan,

3.  Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise effective communication, reporting and reflection mechanisms for the effective communication of complex ideas

Indicative Content

1 Professional Development

Personal Development Plan, consolidation and critique of material, personal portfolio

2 Innovation and Project planning

Propose, develop and present an innovative topic, methodology or technique.

3 Project Development

Plan, design and execute effective development methodologies.

4 Execution

Deliver projects effectively.

5 Symposium

Organise and present at a professional level.

6 Interpretation and Reflection

Reflect on process, activities and design decisions to defend the purpose behind your work (or the work of others) in a professional context.

7 Technologies

The new and evolving technologies in this discipline, and the manner in which they affect practice.

8 Critique

Contextualise the concept development and presentation process in a professional context.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 44
Assessment 163
Independent 163
Total 400

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.