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: 2020/1

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 solutions for businesses. It focuses on values-based innovation, digital business 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, digital and platform ecosystems.

  •  Understand disruptive technologies and how they add busi ness 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 service science/thinking/digital ecosystem concepts to the development of digital solutions in a range of business and organisation situations.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

This module will cover the following areas: 

  • Introduction to technology and digital innovation 

  • 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 innov ation in processes 

  • Digital business innovation and evolution, including digital and platform ecosystems 

  • Service science and service innovation 

  • Impacts on Technology innovation and digital ethics 

  • Digital innovation strategy and diffusion of innovation. 

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 15
Seminars 5
Tutorials 5
Supervised time in studio/workshop 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 50
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Advance preparation for classes 15
    Preparation for tutorials 5
    Preparation for presentations 2
    Preparation for seminars 5
    Preparation of practical report 30
    Essay preparation 40
    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:
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% 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: 4 April 2020


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