/Innovation: the World's Greatest

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Provided by: University of Leeds

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 20200928

End date: 20201123

Subjects: Product Design

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Course overview

This course will introduce you to the innovative product design process. You will explore what innovation means to different people and explore the different types and levels of innovation in the product design process. You will consider innovations throughout history identifying that very few innovative ideas are new; the vast majority take something that is already working and improve it, be it a product, service or process.


You’ll consider the development of an innovation that you are particularly interested in, and, through a short project, produce and share with other learners your interpretation of its history.


This course can be started at any time after the advertised date and is available now.

Who is this course for

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.


The specific course is ideal for those learners that want to learn more about the innovation process and product design.


The course can also be used by teachers, as a classroom enrichment resource.

What will I learn

In this course you will:

  • Discuss great innovations from history and share ideas with fellow learners.
  • Compare your ideas with those of educators and students from the University of Leeds.
  • Explore what the term ‘innovation’ means and reflect on how it is interpreted in business and in wider contexts.
  • Contribute to the discussion regarding the different types of innovation and think of examples of each.
  • Identify examples of the three levels of innovation: incremental, radical and disruptive.
  • Evaluate your chosen innovation in light of your understanding of the types and levels of innovation.
  • Research and report on the history and development of an innovation of your choice.
  • Record and report on the history of your chosen innovation.
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