UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN3012: Engineering, Technology and Innovation: The Long View


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Taught by
Year 3 IEP students on the Strategy minor; other year 3 UCL students subject to approval by module organiser
Delivery method
10 x 3-hour sessions
Group Report 60%, Group Presentation 40%

Course overview

The aim of the module is to introduce engineers and technologists to some of the techniques of foresight and scenario planning, including some of the many reasons why those techniques can fail. It is to give a rounded and nuanced view of the business environment into which technologies are introduced and some of the associated  governance issues.

This course is intended to empower students to become innovators by familiarising them with tools to understand the future of the technologies around which students may wish to conduct innovation: both on a micro scale, looking at the technology itself; and the macro scale, examining the strategic environment in which the innovation will be launched. Specifically, through a rigorously-designed scenario-planning exercise, students will learn how to understand how the environment for your technology is developing. This will present skills to enable graduates to ‘read ahead’ when producing an innovation: to understand the roll out and adoption of that innovation and the competitive environment where it will appear.


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:

  • Compare a new technology with both emerging and established rivals by determining its most important applications and the criteria that will make it successful;
  • Develop a project including a space specific installation demonstrating their understanding and promoting the value of their work;
  • Communicate ideas clearly and meaningfully to professional, policy and public audiences;
  • Understand and engage with the governance of emerging technologies;
  • Reflect on their own position in analysing technology and cultivate a rounded understanding of how their own biases may not match those of other stakeholders.
  • Be practiced in multiple techniques to aid foresight and innovation;
  • Employ basic tools in economics and market analysis that relate to technological trends;
  • Identify areas where advances in technology will require changes in the law;
  • Provide insight into current trends across a number of key industrial sectors.

Assessment summary

​Group Report 60%, Group Presentation 40%

Past versions of this module

MSIN0035 18/19

MSIN3012 17/18

MSIN3012 16/17

Last updated Friday, 27 September 2019