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Unit information: Transdisciplinary Group Project 3: Doing something completely new in 2021/22

Unit name Transdisciplinary Group Project 3: Doing something completely new
Unit code INOV30003
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Dave Jarman
Open unit status Not open

INOV10001; INOV10002



School/department Centre for Innovation
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Students who work on these challenges will work in teams to research and scope the potential unmet needs of a wide range of target audiences. Students will work under a series of broad challenge themes, and with the resources of network partners that they drew on in Year 2. Mentors and coaches will work alongside academics for each of the student teams, and will facilitate students in seeking out transdisciplinary ideas and experiences to inform their design solutions. Designing “something completely new” will require students to generate and sift ideas, seek out appropriate testing grounds, and develop robust and flexible methods of working in an iterative, agile and responsive manner.

The aims of this unit are:

  • To advance students abilities to generate ideas and solutions that may address unmet needs, both individually and collaboratively, and provide opportunities for the innovation of disruptive technologies;
  • To enable an inventive space where students can work collaboratively to make smart design decisions, prototype, and demonstrate proof of concept innovative solutions that address the needs to their highlighted target audience;
  • To link key theoretical and empirical knowledge of the history and processes of new idea generation, and to consolidate student’s knowledge of agile development processes, including building participatory relations with intended target audiences, and implementing feedback on the success of their ideas;
  • To advance students critical reflection of their own innovative (co-)design and transdisciplinary group practices.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the unit will be able to:

  1. Investigate and think creatively about core theme challenges and problems;
  2. Work individually and collaboratively, and draw on different disciplines, to identify and research significant unmet human needs;
  3. Assemble and propose a range of potential innovative design solutions;
  4. Communicate and evaluate the potential of different design solutions, and design agile development processes to realise those solutions most likely to succeed;
  5. Advance their rapid prototyping skills;
  6. Design and implement prototypes through an iterative agile process.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures and practical activities.The project is intended to promote self-directed and collaborative learning, under guidance of an academic supervisor(s) (plus any relevant external third-parties).

Assessment Information

Team Project, 5000 words or equivalent, (50%). [ILOs 2-6]

An industry-facing, team-produced resource documenting the design process.

The word count will be shared across the group and may be scaled based on team size.

Individual Reflective Critique, 3500 words or equivalent, (50%). [ILOs 1, 2, 4]

An individual account and reflection on the process of research and idea generation.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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