CVEN40390 Innovation Leadership

Academic Year 2021/2022

Within this module the students are introduced to the history and value of technical innovation and problem solving. The importance of multi-disciplinary teams and managing teams and projects is discussed. Using the innovation cycle and techniques to generate ideas, make observations, prototype ideas, refine and implement solutions is a key part of the module. Students develop their facilitation skills, conflict resolution skills, confidence and communication skills. They also develop their ability to assess the work of others and to provide and receive constructive feedback, facilitating active learning sessions with the Stage 1 students, encouraging students to actively pursue knowledge, tackling and solving problems.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

In taking this module students will:
1. Develop their creative potential, leadership skills, problem solving abilities and lateral thinking skills
2. Formulate approaches in order to develop a collaborative culture amongst the undergraduate students they tutor, through facilitation of groupwork and building of student confidence through active learning.
3. Plan studio sessions and develop facilitation skills; inclusion, conflict resolution, confidence and communication skills.
4. Communicate and evaluate the application of the design and innovation process highlighting the value of prototyping in developing and testing concepts.
5. Develop their ability to critique their own work and the work of others, building on feedback received and providing constructive feedback to others.

Indicative Module Content:

Our Innovation Leadership module prepares students to manage projects, lead teams and use innovation techniques to develop creative solutions. The development of facilitation and leadership skills of this group is achieved through the link with our core Stage 1 Creativity in Design module.

Students taking the innovation Leadership module facilitate the small-group experience for the first year students, through their project management of the studio experience. This provides a sustainable approach to the logistics of provision of a small-group experience for approximately 290 first year students.

The development of leadership skills, understanding of team dynamics and the ability to manage processes and projects are key employment skills, which are developed through this module. Many employers routinely use group-based problem solving settings for observing and identifying suitable employees, our graduates are confident and capable of operating impressively within this environment.

The Innovation Leadership students value the opportunity to mentor the first year students, sharing their experiences of university life and of the engineering programme. Additionally the students value the diversity of their peer team compositions.

Weeks 1 to 4
- During the first two weeks, students are prepared to facilitate the Stage 1 studio sessions, which commence in week 3.
- Students are introduced to, and use the Design Cycle approach, applying this to the assignments for the Stage 1 Creativity in
Design module.
- Students are introduced to project management techniques, presented in the context of management of studio sessions.
- Students are introduced to grading, assessment, and feedback mechanisms, and grading rubrics are reviewed, trialed and
discussed.
- Student teams are formed in advance of commencement of studio sessions with the Stage 1 students in week 3.
- Students are introduced to, and discuss, the managing and leading the stages of team development (Tuckman). They are
introduced to Type Dynamics Indicators (TDIs), and the potential impacts of personal preferences on team working
- Students are reminded of library resources, with academic integrity and referencing highlighted, so they can assist Stage 1
students
- Planning for following week facilitation session is undertaken

Week 5
- Students facilitate the Stage 1 studio session: ice-breakers, development, facilitation of Assignment 1 progression, and use of
rubrics
- Students facilitate Stage 1 students in preparing their work plan for the coming week
- Students have debrief session, with presentation and discussion of challenges, actions, and required assistance
- Students are introduced to project management and change management approaches and techniques.
- Planning for following week facilitation session is undertaken

Week 6
- Students facilitate the Stage 1 studio session: ice-breakers, development, facilitation of completion of Assignment 1, delivery of feedback, and use of rubrics
- Students facilitate Stage 1 students in preparation of work plan for the following week, for starting Assignment 2
- Students have debrief session, with presentation and discussion of challenges, actions, and required assistance
- Planning for following week facilitation session is undertaken

Weeks 7 to 10
- Students facilitate the Stage 1 studio session: ice-breakers, development, facilitation of progression of Assignments 2 and 3, feedback, development of work plans, and use of rubrics
- In Week 8 students have a facilitated review and reflection on experience of team leadership and development, based on weeks 5 to 7 facilitation experience.
Identification and discussion of issues encountered, and recognition of key skills developed, with discussion about how skills and
capabilities being developed could be articulated to potential employers.
- Students have debrief session, with presentation and discussion of challenges, actions, and required assistance
- Week 9 Essay Assignment presented and discussed
- Planning for following week facilitation session is undertaken

Week 11
- Students facilitate the Stage 1 studio session: ice-breakers, development, facilitation of progression and completion of Assignment
3, development of work plans, feedback, and use of rubrics
- Students have debrief session, with presentation and discussion of challenges, actions, and required assistance
- Planning for final week 12 session is undertaken

Week 12
- Students facilitate Stage 1 studio session: final presentations, final evaluation and shortlisting
- Students facilitate exhibition of shortlisted projects, student and staff voting, and placing of top 5
- Final debrief session

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

40

Lectures

5

Small Group

36

Studio

39

Total

120

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active Learning
Group work facilitation
Reflective Learning
Group presentations
Lectures 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students taking this module must be registered to Stage 4 of a Level 8 programme, of registered to a Level 9, or Level 10 programme (or equivalent).


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
Students must be registered to Stage 4 of a Level 8 degree programme, or to a Level 9 or Level 10 degree programme (or equivalent).


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Weekly assessment of and reflection on planning, facilitation and management of studio sessions Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

70

Essay: Individual essay submission Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

30


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback is given at the weekly debrief sessions (weeks 5 to 12) Formative feedback given individually during semester

Name Role
Mr Keith Finglas Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 09:00 - 11:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2 Thurs 16:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2 Tues 16:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4 Wed 15:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 15:00 - 17:50
Autumn