About this course
The course is about applying innovation theory and models in practice and solving concrete engineering innovation challenges in collaboration with a company. The course works systematically with innovation as an exploratory process aimed at building up knowledge as a basis for seeing new opportunities. Important parts of this work is to thoroughly investigate the problem and its context and see the problem from different perspectives (reframing). Another important element is to develop value-creating solutions that take into account the context in which the solution should be implemented. Visits and interviews with key stakeholders are an important part of the work and activities out of the house must therefore be expected. , The course is based on interdisciplinary team work on a company project. Interdisciplinary team work requires that you work together. Consequently, an active attendance is expected to pass the course. Teaching takes place as a combination of project work in teams, e-learning, and workshops.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the learner will be able to:
Explain basic theory and methods in innovation and business understanding as well as cooperation and communication
Explain and apply the course's innovation theory foundation in connection with an innovation process
Investigate and map the context of a given problem in order to understand for example market; value creation; trends; needs and technological opportunities
Set up vision and goals for an innovation process by looking at the innovation challenge from different perspectives and using relevant innovation methods
Organize and design an innovation process to solve a concrete innovation challenge and explain and evaluate the chosen process and method based on theory
Use relevant innovation methods and tools for key elements of the innovation process
Analyze; evaluate and describe possible solutions to an innovation challenge from a business; technological; organizational and user perspective
Select and argue for a chosen innovation solution and describe how to implement the solution as well as the business potential and budget
Work and collaborate across engineering disciplines and organize cooperation in a heterogeneous project group
Illustrate and present results of project work orally for relevant stakeholders
Communicate a solution proposal as a written presentation that includes a documented prototype as well as analyses and considerations on business; users; sustainability; organizational and technological issues and furthermore considers the implementation of the proposed solution
Evaluate and reflect on co-operation in an interdisciplinary team including the role of own and others in the innovation process in order to understand how the team communicates; plans; makes decisions; solves problems; manages discrepancies and manages professional and personal differences as well as how own and others' competencies are used in the solution of a concrete task.
First two years of study
The course is based on interdisciplinary team work on a company project. Consequently, an active attendance is expected to pass the course. , Teaching takes place as a combination of e-learning and workshops.