Innovation classes

lfsa2212  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Innovation classes
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Macq Benoît; Raskin Jean-Pierre; Raucent Benoît;
Students are invited to apply to professors in charge of the course by sending a CV and a letter of motivation by email to: They will be able to register for this course only after having received the authorization.
Main themes
#innovation #creativity #invention

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 This course contributes to learning outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5 of the targeted reference system of competences for EPL students.
Learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the training the students will be able to:
  •  Identify / evaluate / improve innovative / relevant / realistic idea by demonstrating leadership in an uncertain environment
  •  Develop and / or improve a product / service / technology following a rigorous innovation method
  • Identify stakeholders / clients and assess their expectations
  •   Identify, mobilize and manage resources and networks needed to develop an innovation project (team, partners, consultants, means ...)
  • Identify ways to have potential users acknowledge the benefit(s) of a project
  • To communicate, evolve, work in a team and develop a project in a multicultural and multidisciplinary context
  •               Be creative and bold, dare to violate the customs   and dominant practices, demonstrate initiative and risk-taking

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This teaching is to make students aware of approaches such as Design Thinking, Lean startup and Effectuation. It also seeks the appropriation by the students of innovative design method such as TRIZ.
Concretely, it includes the following:
·         Clarification of a request or an issue
·         Finding solutions using methods promoting creativity
·         Prototyping solutions
·         Communication in the form of pitches
Project management in a multicultural context
Teaching methods
This course consists of: two full days of kick-off to introduce students to innovative design, and a project spanning 10 weeks with weekly workshops from 6,15pm to 9,15pm every Monday.
Throughout their project students will be supervised by professionals in the domain of innovation.
Evaluation methods
Students' learning outcomes will be evaluated on the basis of the following elements:
  • report and presentation/pitch of the stay abroad (20%);
  • report and group presentation on the group project (60%), the form of the report is left free (written report, video, website, ...);
  • active participation during activities, individual grade (20%)
Students who will not be traveling abroad will be assessed only:
  • on the report and group presentation criteria (80%) and
  • on individual participation (20%)
Other information
This teaching is part of the TIIC module of the International Lhoist Berghmans Innovation Chair and aims to develop innovative ways of thinking in an international context. It is open to EPL master students graduating that same year as well as to students from other faculties in order to constitute multidisciplinary teams. It is a prerequisite for students that have chosen a master thesis with the innovation label. Finally, exchange students are welcome.
A course description as well as conditions of admission may be obtained from the professors in charge of this course :;,
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Law

Master [120] in Motor Skills: Physical Education

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Electrical Engineering

Master [120] in Civil Engineering

Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] : Business Engineering