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: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Dr Yin Leng Tan

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module explores how existing and cutting-edge technologies can provide innovative digital business solutions. It involves the understanding of digital technology principles, values-based innovation, digital business and platform ecosystems, and employs the emerging service science and ecosystem approaches to the development of 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 and 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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding how business evolved as technologies change and the way in which digital innovation can influence business strategies and development.


  • Demonstrate a conceptual grasp of a range of digital innovations including technology, product, process, service and business process innovations


  •  Demonstrate an understanding of disruptive technologies and how they add business value and support business strategy


  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the product innovation lifecycle and its link to digital strategy and electronic products


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


  •  Apply digital innovation frameworks and emerging digital / service ecosystem concepts to the development of digital solutions for arange of business and organisation situation.


Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

This module will cover the following areas: 

  • Introduction to technology and digital innovation concepts

  • Technology innovation –types on innovation, disruptive technology innovation, including Internet of Things, 3D printing, Robotics 

  • Product innovation –digital product innovation and innovation framework 

  • Process innovation – what is a process and innovation in processes 

  • Digital business and platform ecosystems 

  • Service science and service innovation 

  • Digital business model innovation

  • Impacts on technology innovation and digital ethics 

  • Diffusion of innovations. 

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 10
Seminars 5
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 50
    Wider reading (directed) 25
    Advance preparation for classes 20
    Preparation for tutorials 5
    Preparation for presentations 2
    Preparation for seminars 5
    Preparation of practical report 70
    Reflection 3
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will be required to produce a 20 page A4 (100%) 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 38 (Summer term, week 5). 

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:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:? 

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late: 

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days; 

  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded. 

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:? 

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work. 

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students will be required to obtain a mark of 50% or above based on the coursework.

Reassessment arrangements:

By re-submission of the coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Cost Amount
1. Required text books £70.00


Last updated: 30 March 2023


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