CS7CS6 – Research and Innovation

Module CodeCS7CS6
Module NameResearch and Innovation
ECTS Weighting [1]5 ECTS
Semester TaughtSemester 1
Module Coordinator/s  Prof Gaye Stephens and Prof Dave Lewis

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. Locate, obtain and critique relevant knowledge and evidence to support innovation and research;
  2. Ideate innovation and research questions;
  3. Analyse levels of technology innovation and create emerging business models;
  4. Shape research questions and methods for answering them;
  5. Describe ethical concerns and approaches for research and technology innovations;
  6. Present research and innovation for a critical audience.

Module Content

Specific topics addressed in this module include:

  1. Types of businesses and differing business and/or social drivers (case studies);
  2. The Lean Startup model;
  3. Applying Business Model canvas for strategic assessment of business ideas;
  4. Customer development and validation;
  5. The Business Plan: objectives; contents; analysis of sample plans;
  6. Market Analysis: why and how;
  7. Intellectual Property: how to protect your idea;
  8. Legal, ethical and social impacts of innovation activities;
  9. The school’s research ethics application process;
  10. Library and reference management skills;
  11. Expressing rigorous research proposal;
  12. Understand the process of creating a dissertation.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, feedback clinics, student presentations.

Assessment Details

Assessment ComponentBrief DescriptionLearning Outcomes Addressed% of TotalWeek SetWeek Due
Continuous Assessment1. Substantial group project spanning the module;
2. Individual Project to create a research Plan Canvas.
LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6100%Starting in Week 2Various Deadlines

Reassessment Details


Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:22 hours
Lecture12 hours
Feedback Clinics and Presentations 10 hours
Independent Study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:96 hours
Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable)36 hours
Completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)60 hours
Total Hours118 hours

Recommended Reading List

  • The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Steve Blank, 5th Edition, 2013.
  • Business Model Generation, Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, 2010.
  • The Lean Startup, Eric Ries, 2011.
  • Research Design, John W. Cresswell, 2014.
  • Research Methods, Information, Systems, and Contexts, Kirsty Williamson, Graeme Johanson, 2018.
  • The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr., 2000.
  • The Craft of Research, Wayne C Booth, G. Colomb, J. Williams.

Module Pre-requisites

Prerequisite modules: N/A

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: N/A

Module Co-requisites


Module Website


CS7CS6 Website