IA40710 Sustainability: Innovation for Sustainability Solutions

Academic Year 2023/2024

The aim of the module is to enable participants to apply and build on lessons learnt from the the preceeding modules (Creativity & Innovation, Sustainability: Human Drivers of Innovation and Sustainability: Environmental Drivers of Innovation ) to a real-world sustainability challege to further develop their ability to use design thinking to develop solutions to sustainability problems.

Participants will be given the opportunity to undertake independent sustainability project work in a professional environment, either as an extension of their original Innovation Academy project proposal or a new initiative identified through assessment of the needs and opportunities in their professional context.

Professional practice will be developed through the implementation of creative and innovative solutions which seek to address sustainability needs or opportunities in the professional environment. With the support and guidance of an Innovation Academy facilitator, participants will consider how to apply design thinking and a sustainability mind-set to effectively lead change by creating, testing and innovating new methods, approaches and solutions in a real-world context.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module participants will:

•develop their ability to manage innovation for sustainability by effectively applying the five stages of the Design Thinking Process over multiple iterations of a project
•demonstrate their understanding of and ability to apply a sustainability mindset (i.e. Preparing others
for the future, Engaging in Radical Collaboration, Using SDGs as a framework, Bias to Action and Practicing Sustainability as a verb and not a noun) to a project.
•be able design and implement appropriate approaches for data collection from multiple and diverse sources. (Empathize)
•analyse and evaluate data, recognising gaps and inconsistencies , identify patterns and assumptions to inform the design process. (Define)
•generate creative and novel options to evaluate from a variety of relevant perspectives to identify which solution(s) to prototype. (Ideate)
•learn to develop draft solutions for rapid prototyping. (Prototype)
•understand the role of testing and evaluating solutions relevant to a problem and context (e.g. social, environmental and economic) to determine key lessons and insights to inform the next iteration. (Test)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Project Supervision


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Project-Based Learning
Peer and Group Work
Reflective Learning
Enquiry & Problem-based learning
Student Presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
IA40720 - Sustainability: Human Drivers, IA40730 - Sustainability: Environmental

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Reflection Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Project: Sustainability project report and presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to participants on an ongoing basis through a series of 1:1 mentoring meetings with an Innovation Academy Facilitator during the project phase. Participants will receive feedback and guidance on the identification and selection of their project, on their approach to issues and challenges that emerge during the project duration and on a draft of their final presentation.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 21, 25, 29, 32 Tues 09:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 2 Week(s) - 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 Thurs 09:00 - 13:50
Workshop Offering 3 Week(s) - 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 51 Thurs 09:00 - 13:50