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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA/MSc Design Innovation

Academic Year: 2016/17

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Loughborough University in London
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA/MSc
Programme title Design Innovation
Programme code LLPT20/LLPT21
Length of programme 1 year up to 4 years
UCAS code N/a
Admissions criteria

http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/design-innovation/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:12 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To enhance design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application individually and in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Develop collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time
  • To enable graduates to develop their critical thinking and insight to improve their effectiveness as designers.
  • To enable graduates to develop their analytical and research skills through undertaking a substantial design and evaluation project with a focus on a particular area of design.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Code for Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, April 2012, especially Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standards:
    • The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ), the QAA, August 2008
    • Master’s Degree Characteristics, the QAA, March 2010
    • The Higher Education Credit Framework for England, the QAA, August 2008
  • The Quality Code, Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality
    • Chapter B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval
    • Chapter B3: Learning and Teaching
    • Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievement
    • Chapter B6: Assessment of students
  • Master’s Degree Subject Benchmark for Engineering, the QAA, 2015
    • In part, Design and economic, social and Environmental context applicable to MEng : UKEC

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of…

K1 -     current problems and/or new insights of their academic discipline;

K2 -     techniques applicable to their own subject area;

K3 -     to evaluate the design process in relation to other functions to provide sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being an effective designer

K4 -     the major arguments and issues in Design Innovation practice

K5 -     Critically evaluate the ways in which study of a complementary subject deepens knowledge and understanding of the influence of Design Innovation practice

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

C1 -     Demonstrate ability to advance their existing knowledge in their area and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level

C2 -     formulate decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;

C3 -     identify with, respond to, and critically reflect upon the opportunities and dynamics for learning with their peers and other external contexts;

C4 -     act autonomously in planning and in implementing tasks.

C5 -     Interpret user research data and policy documents.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

P1 -     utilise a range of techniques and research methods applicable to advanced scholarship in the subject relevant to the discipline;

P2 -     formulate and undertake the practical steps necessary for a concept to become reality in a rational and pragmatic way

P3 -     utilise high levels of numeracy, computer literacy and attention to detail when dealing with specific software tools;

P4 -     recognise and analyse new opportunities from which to create a new products/services.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

T1 –     act professionally – including acting in accordance with ethical conduct;

T2 -      problem solve – including clarification of questions, consideration of alternative solutions and evaluation of outcomes;

T3 -      communicate – including visual, written and oral presentation and discussions;

T4 -      self manage – including self-learning, and project and time management;

T5 –     use methods and methodologies applicable to teamwork;

T6 -      communicate ideas, concepts, theories, and arguments with different audiences through a range of practical methods and outcomes including visual, written and oral.

4. Programme structure

List compulsory and optional modules in each Part semester (Code, title, modular weight).

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

C/O

LLP008

Collaborative Project

 

15

1

C

N/A*

Second subject module

 

15

1

C

LLP008

Identity, Culture & Communication

 

15

1

C

LLP002

Design Thinking

 

15

1

C

LLP003

Reflection and Action

15

 

2

C

LLP004

Meaning Making in Design

15

 

2

C

LLP005

Foresight and Strategy

15

 

2

C

LLP006

Design Innovation Project

15

 

2

C

LLP501

Dissertation

 

60

2

C

*Students will pick a second subject from the list of nominated second subject modules (below) offered by the other LUiL Institutes in the first semester:

Second Subject Modules:

Code

Title

Modular Weight

 

Semester

C/O

LLP415

The Key Topics of Media and Creative Industries

15

 

1

O

LLP208

Business Model Development

15

 

1

O

LLP207

Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

15

 

1

O

LLP112

Intro to Mobile Internet and Media Clouds

15

 

1

O

LLP314

Sport Media and Marketing

15

 

1

O

LLP231

Introduction to Diplomacy

15

1

O

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of regulation XXI.

Students will complete the MSc or MA pathway based on the choice of a Business/Electrical Engineering Second Subject (MSc) or a Social Science Subject (MA)

All modules available in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) unless specified in the Module Specification.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Not Applicable.

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