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Unit information: Transdisciplinary Group Project 2: Solving Someone's Problem in 2020/21

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Unit name Transdisciplinary Group Project 2: Solving Someone's Problem
Unit code INOV20002
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Metcalfe
Open unit status Not open

Transdisciplinary Group Project 1: Being Human

Design and Systems Thinking for Innovation



School/department Centre for Innovation
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Working with our wide social and commercial network and partners, we will present student teams with a series of real-life challenges to tackle. The network and partners will also provide mentors and coaches to work and help alongside the academics for each of the student teams. Students who work on these challenges will work in an agile manner in groups to research, prototype, and demonstrate proof of concept, innovative solutions to address their client’s needs. Agile development processes foster better collaboration, innovation, and results, traditionally used solely for software project this methodology, it is now recognised as successful methodology to transform entire innovation business management and processes.

The aims of this unit are:

  • To introduce key theories relating to undertaking an agile process to help solve the client’s problems within a rapidly evolving and adapting situations in business applications, methods, products and processes;
  • To advance students knowledge and understanding of key theories and methods that will support students to understand how to build participatory relations with those they are designing with and for;
  • To advance students critical reflection of their own innovative co-design and transdisciplinary group practices;
  • To develop their communication, presentation and collaboration skills with a real-world client.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the unit will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively with a real world client.
  2. Investigate, interpret and think creatively about a client led problem.
  3. Reiterate and critique different designs solutions in an agile manner.
  4. Demonstrate different design solutions with the client.
  5. Implement, given the resource profiles available to the team and client, a chosen solution through to proof of concept.
  6. Reflect critically on their group work and on the process of designing for a real world client.

Teaching Information

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

Students will be advised to set up their own spaces online for group collaboration.

Assessment Information

100% coursework

60 % - Group report documenting the innovation process for a client project brief including a proof of concept for the design solution. ILO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

40% - A single overall individual reflective 3000 word critique on the process of innovation with the clients ILO 2, 3, 5 & 6

Reading and References

  • Agile Experience Design: A Digital Designer's Guide to Agile, Lean, and Continuous, Lindsay Ratcliffe , 978-0321804815, 2011
  • The Ten Principles Behind Great Customer Experiences, Matt Watkinson, 978-0273775089, 2012

The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design,, 978-0991406319, 2015 (Available on Download)

The Little Book of Design Research Ethics, IDEO, 978-0578163031, 2016 (Available on Download)

This is Service Design Thinking.: Basics - Tools - Cases, Marc Stickdorn, 78-9063692797, 2014