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Impactful Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Module titleImpactful Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Module codeBEM1039
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Robert Pearce (Lecturer)

Mr Adam Lusby (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module is open to all students as an elective. It is also part of the With Proficiency In (WPI) Entrepreneurship pathway whereby through completing four modules in the series the student can opt in to be awarded With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship and to have it added to their final degree title (for further details:

Impactful Entrepreneurship introduces you to design thinking, technology, and the circular economy while building creative confidence. The module seeks to develop your knowledge of innovation within the context of the circular economy. By exploring the latest trends in technology and their relationship to business and sustainability, you will build a stronger contextual understanding with which to apply innovation and entrepreneurship. The lectures will be delivered entirely online and workshop time will be project based and immersive in nature. Through utilising the contemporary practice of design thinking and human centred design, students will explore technology and the emerging concept of the circular economy in order to create impactful solutions.

This module is suitable for non-specialist students and intended for interdisciplinary pathways.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to introduce a creative tool-set and technological skill-set underpinned by an introductory understanding of the circular economy. By the end of the module, you will have a contextual understanding of the types of technologies that are increasing the connections between the cyber-physical world and how you might be applied creatively to affect a positive change through business.  

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Articulate contemporary aspects of technology, creativity, and the circular economy;
  • 2. Design and present circular economy innovations;
  • 3. Evaluate the impact, feasibility, and desirability of circular economy innovations.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate the connection between creativity, technology, and the transition towards a circular economy.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Develop a human centred design approach to project work;
  • 6. Work successfully in a high-performance team environment.

Syllabus plan

The module will introduce the following topics:

  • Circular economy
  • The fourth industrial revolution and industry 4.0

Design thinking

The module utilises in-classroom and/or online workshops. The first workshop session will act as an introduction to the module covering module layout and general housekeeping. The workshops will help to guide the cohort through the assignment project to completion.

Additional Information:


Contemporary global challenges will be presented alongside global solutions being developed to tackle them

External Engagement: 

Contribution by our design, circular economy, and technology network will allow students to interact with experts and practitioners in their field.  


In understanding our contemporary context and developing skills in how to effect positive change, students will be better equipped for the “future of work”.


By developing skills and understanding in how to enable circular innovation the students will have the potential to create positive impact. 

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching15Online delivered lecture content via ELE
Scheduled learning and teaching14Workshops
Guided Independent Study121Preparing for workshops and preparation for formative and summative assessments. Out-of-class technology and innovation practice exercises derived from initial workshops, circular case studies, and project build

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In workshop critiques of project ‘design sprint’ (project-based accelerated innovation development)During workshops 1-6verbal
Group walk-through talk-through presentations10 minutes1-6verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group circular prototype 40Science fair pin-up + innovation.1-6Verbal and written feedback
Individual presentation and A1 poster 40A1 poster board for science fair 2-minute presentation1-6Verbal and written feedback
Individual online multiple choice quiz 110 Online MCQ 20 questions, 40 minutes1,2,4 Automated online feedback
Individual online multiple choice quiz 110 Online MCQ 20 questions, 40 minutes1,2,4Automated online feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group circular prototypeIndividual reflective essay (1,750 words, 40%)1-6Referral/deferral period
Individual presentation and A1 poster (40%)A1 poster board for science fair and 500 word reflective essay on process (40%)1-6Referral/deferral period
Individual online quiz MCQ 1 & 2 (10% each)Individual online MCQ 1 & 21,2,4Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e., a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Introductory Material:

Key words search

Technology, Design Thinking, Circular Economy, Entrepreneurship, Impact, Innovation

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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