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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap
Tied to N1KE12
Tied to N2KE12
Tied to N2KF12


  • None.


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with the opportunity to study key topics in knowledge management, innovation and the impact of new technologies at an advanced level.


  • The vocabulary of innovation;
  • "technology-push" "market-pull" models;
  • invention, innovation and diffusion;
  • types of innovation such as radical or incremental, product or process, architectural or component, disruptive or sustaining;
  • general picture of innovation;
  • impact of new technologies;
  • paradigm shifts;
  • lifecycle models;
  • knowledge and virtual economies;
  • knowledge management and innovation;
  • complexity theory;
  • innovation and the environment;
  • models and frameworks for managing innovation;
  • models of new product development,;
  • management of R&D.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have a critical appreciation of the dynamics of technological change
  • Have an advanced understanding of key issues in the management of innovation.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to critically analyse key topics in knowledge management, innovation and the impact of new technologies.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, facilitated discussion sessions, group work and guided reading. Extensive use will be made of case studies and business simulations. All sessions have a high participation element, and an emphasis on action-learning.
  • Assessment of this module is by summative assignment, designed to: test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge; test conceptual understanding and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9
Group work 9
Preparation & Reading 132
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment 3,000 words (Max.). 100%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback on group and individual activities undertaken during contact hours. Feedback on learning set reflections and action points related to this module.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University