INMR93-Digital Innovation

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Yin Leng Tan


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is concerned with the use of existing and cutting-edge technologies and innovations to provide digital business solutions for businesses.

It focuses on values-based innovation, digital business ecosystems and platform ecosystems, and employs the emerging service science and service logic/thinking approaches to the development of the digital business solutions.

It covers innovations in processes, products, technology, services, and business models, as well as methods and models to create new business value in highly competitive and technology-rich environments.


This module aims to provide the students with the skills, capabilities and knowledge that would enable them to contribute strongly to innovation and change in increasingly technology and information rich environments. Students will exam a range of digital technologies/innovations in development and gain an understanding of them from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand of the way in which digital innovation can influence business development.

  • Understand how digital business evolved as technologies change

  • Demonstrate a conceptual grasp of a range of digital innovations/business models.

  • Understand disruptive technologies and how they add business value and support business strategy

  • Understand the product innovation lifecycle and its link to digital strategy and electronic products

  • Develop a digital innovation strategy that creates new business value in support of the business strategy in a small range of organisational contexts

  • Apply the values-based and service science/thinking concepts to the development of digital business solutions in a range of business and organisation situations.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to digital innovation and technology

  • Digital business/technology innovation and evolution, including digital business ecosystems

  • Service science and service logic/thinking and values-based view on innovation

  • Service innovation and service ecosystems

  • Product and process innovation

  • Technology innovation, including Internet of Things, 3D printing, Robotics

  • Digital innovation strategy.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed including exercises, tutorials, videos and case studies, but will focus largely on lectures, in-class practical, group work and independent supported learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will be required to produce a 5000 word individual report based on the development of a new digital innovation business case for a specific industry that meets new business requirements through digital means by applying the models, techniques and methods from the module.

This assignment will be due on week 2 in summer term.

Formative assessment methods:

All lectures will indicate the core material with an introduction to the topics. These are followed by workshops and case studies. Feedback will be provided in the end of each workshop for improvements and further considerations. Based on individual understanding, further reading will be recommended for their independent study.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students will be required to obtain a mark of 50% to pass the assessment.

Pass criteria: to pass this module, the students must demonstrate their understanding of a range of digital innovations and ability to apply the methods and models learned to the development of a digital innovation strategy that creates new business value in support of the business strategy.

Distinction criteria: to achieve distinction, the students must exhibit their original thoughts and critical-analysis ability in the solutions proposed in the coursework. 

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by re-submission of coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 16 May 2018


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