Module details for Innovation in Design


This project module focuses on the theory and practice of identifying and implementing innovation of products and systems in organisations. It provides an opportunity for students to critically reflect on analytical, design, planning and evaluation tools that have been included in the programme and to apply these to the design and construction processes of a project that requires innovation and mimics the real-world feasibility design stage of a Civil and Environmental Engineering project.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the opportunity to work with others as part of a professional team, integrating skills learned in previous modules, along with self study, CPD events and informed research within the teaching team and using problem solving to produce innovative engineering design solutions. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Analyse and critique processes and practices that support innovation in design and construction.

2.  Work as part of a professional design team to produce creative and innovative design options to a given brief, undertaking appropriate research activities to access and apply information.

3.  Work as part of a professional design team to develop and apply a decision support framework to appraise design options, giving due regard to sustainability and health and safety aspects.

Indicative Content

1 Innovation Practice

Understanding the construction market, PEST and SWOT; role of PEST and SWOT in delivering business strategy; business models that support innovation; learning from innovation failure.

2 Case Study Brief

Meeting with practitioners and academic supervisors/researchers to review case study brief and other available information.

3 Development of Options

Group synthesis of innovative options, including self study and research as required.

4 Option Appraisal

Review and assessment of options using and integrated decision support framework that includes sustainability indicators.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 20
Practical Activity 78
Assessment 90
Independent 0
Total 200

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.