Sensor Technologies and Enterprise MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 24 months  
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 or equivalent degree in a science and technology related field.
Sensor Technologies and Enterprise msc

Module details

Compulsory modules

Entrepreneurial Finance (ULMS555)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aims of the module are to introduce students to alternative and traditional forms of finance. Participants will learn why initiatives such as crowd funding are a growing area of a new financial landscape. Students will understand why resource management is a fundamental skill that needs to be learned. Students will critically evaluate the most significant financial tools and techniques of financial management likely to occur in SMEs. Students will learn the value of understanding cash flow management to SMEs.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Explain why an alternative finance market has become fundamental to an entrepreneurial economy;

(LO2) Elaborate on the theoretical and practical linkages between fundraising success and which factors of the environment impact financial performance;

(LO3) Diagnose weaknesses in a business proposition and identify areas for improvement using established accounting techniques;

(LO4) Compare and contrast which financial tools are most suited to numerous different commercial projects;

(LO5) Recognise financial sector changes and appreciate alternative choices and approaches for managing resources and processes within organisations.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Problem solving and decision making skills

(S3) Decision making skills

(S4) Numeracy skills

(S5) ICT skills

(S6) Group working skills

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ULMS709)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:0
Aims

The module aims to help students develop the competences, skills, awareness and mind-set to become effective innovators and entrepreneurs. The teaching and learning encompass the different methods of starting up a new venture, e.g. borrowing, causation or bootstrapping, effectuating as well as the general challenges faced at business start-up. The role of entrepreneurial learning and social networking is considered along with the planning and implementation of successful innovation(s). Students will examine alternative approaches to business start-up and innovation, as well as business growth, demonstrating an understanding of the risks and challenges associated with them.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Define the nature and scope of the issues and problems involved with respect to managing an innovative business.

(LO2) Identify the factors associated with good practices in developing and utilising appropriate entrepreneurial networks to access resources innovatively.

(LO3) Be familiar with the various options in terms of establishing an entrepreneurial and innovative organisation.

(LO4) Recognise the imperatives of innovative technologies and demonstrate how they can form the basis of a sustainable business.

(S1) Adaptability. The module requires students to think seriously about their own skills and knowledge and how these can be utilised to exploit a business opportunity.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Identifying a potential business opportunity requires students to develop appropriate problem solving skills such as resource acquisition.

(S3) Numeracy. Basic numeracy skills will be necessary to calculate the amount of start-up capital and time to break-even.

(S4) Commercial awareness. Students must develop the ability to understand the business environment.

(S5) Teamwork. Students will engage in various exercises such as brainstorming, designed to develop team working skills.

(S6) Organisational skills. Students will develop their organisation skills through co-operating with others and meeting coursework deadlines.

(S7) Communication skills. Oral skills are developed during the seminars and written skills in preparing the coursework.

(S8) IT skills. Students will develop their IT skills in preparing for assessments.

(S9) International awareness. Students are encouraged to think about entrepreneurship in a range of different contexts.

(S10) Lifelong learning skills. The module encourages students to think seriously about learning to learn.

(S11) Ethical awareness. Students will understand the many ethical issues to be considered with respect to managing a business.

Entrepreneurial Decision Making (ULMS713)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the cognitive and affective factors influencing decision-making and how cognition can be harnessed to stimulate creativity and innovation. In addition the module aims to provide students with an understanding of the factors influencing business risk and how risks can be managed and controlled. The module draws from the psychological literature to explore the variety of factors which influence entrepreneurial decision making throughout the lifecycle of the business, specifically focusing on: business start-up; creativity and innovation; risk management and conflict resolution.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply thinking techniques to effectively solve problems and innovate;

(LO2) Conduct risk assessment;

(LO3) Compile a business plan;

(LO4) Critically evaluate a business plan;

(LO5) Conduct effective group discussions;

(LO6) Apply the techniques of principled negotiation to managing conflict and negotiating.

(S1) Written communication skills. Developed by working on assignment.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Developed through practical exercises, case studies.

(S3) Ethical awareness. Developed mainly in lectures.

(S4) Commercial awareness. Developed in lectures and private study.

(S5) Research skills. Developed in lectures and private study.

(S6) Team working skills. Developed in case studies and role play.

(S7) Presentation skills. Developed through results of case study analysis.

(S8) Lifelong learning. Developed in lectures and classroom based work.

Innovation, Creativity and Technology (ESTE401)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

​To develop ability to generate creative ideas with commercial viability.

To apply tools and techniques to enable creative problem solving.

To appreciate alternative and innovative approaches to business.

To understand how to manage the innovation and creative design process.

To understand successful application of innovative technology to business. 

Learning Outcomes

​Demonstrate abilityto generate and recognise commercially viable creative ideas.

​Critically evaluatebusiness problems and apply tools and techniques in a creative way to solve them.

​Critically analyseapproaches in managing innovative ventures so as to create the most value.

​Develop acomprehensive understanding of how technology can be used in products andservices or applied to the business process in an innovative context.

​Hold in-depthdiscussions on suitable application of different technologies.

Measurement, Monitoring & Sensors (ELEC421)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

This module aims to provide students with: The philosophical differences between measurement and monitoring systems. The role of sensors in providing inputs to these sytems. The output requirements for measurement systems and monitoring systems. The need to provide information without the surfeit of data. The application of sensors, measurement systems and monitoring systems for electrical energy and power system networks.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To know and comprehend the interrelations between sensors, measurement transducer, measurement systems and monitoring systems.

(LO2) To have a firm understanding of the modulation techniques and sensor types for energy and power system networks measurement and monitoring.

(LO3) To understand the need for monitoring and measurement in an energy and power system network.

(LO4) To understand the potential advantages for using the informaton from such sensors etc., for managing energy and power network assets. 

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: independent learning. problem solving and design skills.

(S2) After successful completion of the module, students should be able to: determine the benefits that a measurement system of monitoring might have in an energy system. Quantify the benefits of measurement and monitoring. Design a simple measurement and monitoring system balancing the constraints of data collection and analysis with information.

(S3) After successful completion of the module, the students should be able to: Demonstrate potential advantages of sensors, measurements and monitoring systems for energy and power networks. Identify methods for extracting relevant information from data. Recognise the need to keep data to a minimum whilst maintaining optimum information. demonstrate that there are alternative potentially more powerful data processing methods that from first sight energy and seem to be counter intuitive but can give valuable information. Relate the basic measurement and monitoring approaches to energy and power systems.

Hack Camp (ESTE402)
LevelM
Credit level10
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

​To provide a practical, hands on introduction to idea development and validation, customer discovery and the pitching to stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

​Apply problem solvingtechniques in groups to respond to problems as entrepreneurs.

​Engage with potential customers and stakeholders to gather feedback.

Critically re-evaluate and iterate an emergent business proposal.​

Developing A Business Proposition (ESTE403)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

​To provide the theoretical and practical skills required to operate professionally in the commercialisation of sensor systems in global markets.

Learning Outcomes

​Develop a valueproposition statement demonstrating an understanding of relevancy, quantified valueand unique differentiation.

​Understand the process of active customer discovery.

​Practically demonstrate articulation of an idea to relevant stakeholders.

​Develop reflective skills and demonstrate entrepreneurial learning.