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    Innovation and Sustainability
    DESN S368
      More information: Course Guide
    Innovation and Sustainability

    Course Coordinator: Mr Bruce Tong, BEng (Hons); MPhil (CUHK); MIEEE

    This course is a core course for the BSc in Design and Innovation (BScDI) programme.

    How do successful innovations emerge? How do designers, technologists, managers and end-users create and develop new ideas, designs and inventions? How are these translated into marketable products? This course examines these questions, but its concerns go beyond innovation just for commercial and competitive advantage. The course also looks at whether and how innovation can be directed towards ensuring a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future. You'll work on a project either individually or in a team that makes use of the ideas and methods taught in the course. This course is fully accessible even if you do not have a technical background.

    This course aims to help students to understand how innovation comes about and to get students to think about the environmental and social challenges for future innovation.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Block 1 Introduction looks at what motivates individuals and organizations to invent, such as the desire to make money, technical curiosity, or a desire to help others.
    • Block 2 Markets looks at how designers' ideas are turned into saleable products through the consideration of peoples' needs.
    • Block 3 Products looks more closely at how new product ideas and inventions are designed, developed and manufactured into commercially viable new products.
    • Block 4 Diffusion follows through by looking at how products fare in the marketplace — how they diffuse into use, how consumers respond to them, and the extent to which changing consumer preferences and concerns are influencing future technologies.
    • Block 5 Consumption looks at what is needed to build a socially and environmentally sustainable future.

    Learning support
    There will be ten tutorials and nine surgeries, each lasting two hours. All of the tutorials and surgeries will be conducted in classrooms. Some seminars may also be introduced.

    There will be five assignments that include questions and an ongoing project. The project aims to create and develop a preliminary idea for a new product, device or system and to evaluate it in terms of its market potential, technical feasibility and sustainability. This course does not have an examination. Instead, students are required to submit a project final report and to give a final presentation. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Online support
    This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your tutor and the Course Coordinator, as well as other students. To access the OLE, students will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is required for the study of this course.

    A computer system suitable for connecting to the Internet is essential for accessing the online support. The minimum configuration of the computer system is:

    • Pentium III processor at 500 MHz or higher
    • VGA display card and monitor
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 300 MB free hard disk space
    • ADSL / cable modem
    • Mouse and printer

    You will need to have access to a computer with Microsoft Windows 98 or a later version with an Internet browser to access the course homepage and a copy of Microsoft Word Viewer or Microsoft Office to read the documents downloaded from the course website. Video programmes on DVD are also provided. Therefore, a DVD player is essential.

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    Students with impaired sight might have difficulty with the use of a computer monitor. You are encouraged to seek advice from the Course Coordinator before enrolling on the course.

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