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Unit information: Transdisciplinary Group Project 4: Building a Demonstrator in 2021/22

Unit name Transdisciplinary Group Project 4: Building a Demonstrator
Unit code INOVM0003
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Balis
Open unit status Not open




School/department Centre for Innovation
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The final Transdisciplinary Project acts as a focus for the accumulated knowledge skills and competences resulting from completing the previous units taught within the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It creates a space for the students to hone and deepen their capabilities in creativity, design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, through applying those skills to a specific, significant challenge or problem.

Innovation and entrepreneurialism are practiced across a wide range of settings (corporate, social, government and policy etc) and sizes (from global corporates to one person, part time start-ups). Reflecting this and the wide range of discipline backgrounds and student interests on the course, this unit offers a high degree of freedom with respect to project topic. This allows students to spend a significant amount of time and effort building a demonstrator that adds value to a topic they are specifically interested in. The unit is designed to support the students as they follow a design thinking process to formulate and frame a problem and develop possible interventions to deliver value to stakeholders. In so doing they will need to consider and plan for the desirability, feasibility and viability of their venture. Students can either work together as a collaborative team, or as individuals.

The unit is designed to allow for different starting points, for different teams or individuals, by benchmarking what was implemented prior to starting the unit and assessing what contribution and value the student(s) have added during the unit. For example, some students may be starting this unit with a well-defined idea in need of development, others may be starting afresh.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

1.Design and implement an appropriate user-centred research approach for developing, designing and planning an innovative venture creating value and desirability for stakeholders

2. Demonstrate their ability to organise and curate appropriate data, evidence and insight to present an engaging case for their venture in a format appropriate to their project stakeholders.

3. Identify,analyse and develop appropriate responses to contextual factors, including market, competitor, customer and commercial information, to develop and propose a viable and feasible business model for their venture.

4. Document, curate and critique the research and design process conducted, from initial project inception and throughout the entire development of their venture.

5. Describe and discuss future scenarios, directions and developments for their venture, including threats and opportunities.

Teaching Information

The project is intended to promote self-directed and collaborative learning, under guidance of an academic supervisor(s). Supervisors will be assigned to groups/students based on staff expertise and area of interest. The students will be guided and supported along with ‘check points’ to monitor progress in accordance with the ILOs. Regular ‘master-classes’ will be scheduled from staff and expert guests.

Assessment Information


Project Proposal, 1000 words or equivalent, (10%). [ILOs 1-5]

A project proposal outlining the topic area and approach which is submitted for supervisor feedback in advance of undertaking the project.

Project Submission and Demonstrator, 7000 words or equivalent, (90%). [ILOs 1-5]

A combination of written work plus a practical demonstration that is sharable (e.g. Demonstrator) of the given project.

Students will have the option to work individually or as a team. If working in a team, the word count will be shared across the group and may be scaled based on team size.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.