This discipline represents the missing link between technological inspiration and commercial reality. Taking an idea from problem to commercial product requires a sound understanding of three areas:
- scientific, engineering or technological knowledge,
- management of innovation, and
- industrial or product design skills including an understanding of user needs, creativity and manufacturing.
All three are needed to successfully create a new artefact in a sustainable way.
There is a global trend towards increasingly nimble, innovative and adaptable industries, where traditional manufacturing companies are adopting product-service system business models. Most notably, is the shift away from the mass manufacturing approaches of the past towards increased customisation in product development and service delivery. As a result, industry needs versatile, technologically-minded professionals with the design, innovation and entrepreneurial skills, to drive the user-experience innovations of the future.
Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. We therefore need enterprising individuals who can collaboratively develop innovative solutions to complex problems and contribute to sustainable patterns of living.
New products and services are being introduced to the market at a constantly increasing pace, while demands and expectations from customers grow and competition in the market also increases. The combination of these factors requires an effective product development and innovation management process, where detailed knowledge of user needs is critical, to maximise the potential for commercial success.
The Design and Technology Innovation program at Flinders University therefore integrates theoretical studies in design, engineering, science, technology, innovation management and business methods with project courses, where the acquired knowledge is applied in collaboration with Flinders University’s industry partners. The degree provides opportunities to design, develop and commercialise advanced technology products or services in a new or existing organisation.
What is Design and Technology Innovation?
It aims to solve the problems that people have, by understanding how people use technology, engineering and science:
- Technology, Engineering and Science