Postgraduate taught 

International Management & Design Innovation MSc

Collaborative Practices MGT5203

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide the opportunity for students on the M.Des in Design Innovation to work collaboratively together on a medium-scale project (or series of smaller projects). Students on individual pathways will be required to operate together, bringing their own perspectives to bear on the project focus.


Lecture schedule to be confirmed

Excluded Courses






Assessment methods

For this course, assessment of studio work will consist of:

■ A practice-based outcome to a short project where the student is required to contextualise their work, articulate their contribution to the group project, and submit a 500 word accompanying reflective document.

■ Communication: students will be assessed on their communication skills at a final presentation to the group.


The percentage breakdown of the assessment will be as follows:

Project and reflective document: 80%

Communication: 20%


Note: project-dependent work may alter in the light of particular project requirements.


Assessment criteria

Students on this course will be assessed on their ability to:

■ conceptualise and coordinate a project that involves different aspects of Design Innovation;

■ work collaboratively and in a mature and professional manner;

■ utilise appropriate methods and tools in developing and conducting the project;

■ situate their projects within relevant and appropriate contexts;

■ communicate the outcome of the project using a variety of means (oral, visual, written).






In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to enable students to:

■ conceptualise and manage a medium-scale project;

■ develop strategies for effective collaboration;

■ identify ways in which different aspects of Design Innovation can productively work together on the same project;

■ communicate the outcomes of a project, and reflect on its development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ respond sensitively and intelligently to an external brief;

■ work collaboratively with other practitioners from Design Innovation areas;

■ operate professionally;

■ disseminate the outcomes of the research project effectively and clearly.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.