Postgraduate taught 

International Management & Design Innovation MSc

Contextual Practices MGT5204

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the contexts within which Design Innovation operates. It will introduce a range of ways to contextualise individual practice to ensure its relevance and significance in the contemporary design field.


Lecture schedule to be confirmed

Excluded Courses






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


■ A practice-based outcome to a short project within which the student is required to contextualise their role, articulate their contribution to the group project, and submit a 500 word accompanying reflective document;

■ Communication: students will be assessed on their verbal and visual 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.




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: December

Course Aims

■ develop an understanding of the key principles of design innovation through the investigation of contemporary design practice and its context;

■ acquire and develop knowledge of the key theoretical principles of design innovation and articulate this through the production of a small scale practical project(s);

■ gain an understanding of the key principles of user-led design theories and methods and their application within the professional context;

■ acquire knowledge of the principles of design innovation and articulate this through the management of a small scale practical project(s) in relation to contemporary economic models and practice;

■ achieve an understanding of the key principles of design innovation as a collaborative process through the generation of research data and documents;

■ attain core skills in advanced critical and theoretical debates as they pertain to contemporary socio-economic models of technology;

■ acquire and develop an understanding of research methodologies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate an understanding of Design Innovation in relation to its purpose and context, and in relation to their own practice;

■ demonstrate collaboration and self-direction through the development and management of a project of research;

■ present research findings in an appropriate visual, verbal, and written format.

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.