SPG8015 : Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module provides an introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship for Science and Engineering by:
1)       Developing students’ knowledge, understanding and practical experience of innovation and entrepreneurship within the context of their discipline (e.g. Renewable Energy)
2)       Exploring the entrepreneurial mind-set and identifying practical examples from individual and group experience
3)       Enabling students to consider innovation and intrapreneurship within the wider economic, political and social context to address global challenges
4)       Establishing a framework of practice to ensure that assumptions are challenged before moving forward with a new endeavour

This module sits alongside other technical and skills modules in Science, Agriculture and Engineering to apply disciplinary knowledge and skills to action-based innovation projects. A variety of approaches and case studies are unpacked and critically evaluated to ensure that assumptions have been clearly tested and students better understand the deployment of innovation and entrepreneurial endeavour across new projects through to the corporate setting.

There are follow-on opportunities available through further modules and the University’s Start Up Programme in the Careers Service.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will include:
Awareness of opportunities with students’ discipline of study; opportunity evaluation and value creation
Defining innovation competencies; understanding the entrepreneurial mind set
Capacities and capabilities required to deliver on opportunities; reflective practice and self-awareness
The role of innovation and entrepreneurial practice in organisations
UN Sustainable Development Goals as a stimulus for innovation; identifying the actionable problems
Innovation and key research activity at Newcastle University
Creativity & Innovation; Challenge, Solution and Impact mapping
Business Case development and risk-assessment; tools of the intrapreneur

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion172:0072:00Preparation for assessments.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork54:0020:00Interaction with case study company or entrepreneur
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Week 1 Exploring innovation and entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering.
Week 2 Practice and Planning (co-created with student cohort and industry)
This module brings together independent study (pre-, mid- and post-school) and lectures to deliver the theoretical and practical underpinning of key themes of innovation and entrepreneurship. Independent study includes directed study and undirected study between and following intensive school periods, drawing and expanding on taught materials. Pre-school material may include case study interviews(fieldwork), familiarisation and critical evaluation of a current enterprise environment (small business in development/operation) in Science and Engineering. This will lead to the development of assignment 1 (presentation) based on the evaluation of a business or individual that the student has identified.
The first intensive school will follow the pre-school material and will take the following format: Monday: Context, review or pre-school learning and assessment. Tuesday - Thursday: exercises and practical activities to develop further learning, with potential for guest speakers (entrepreneurs and industry partners). Thursday or Friday: Individual assessed presentations (A1) and preparation for mid-school activity.

Second intensive school: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: exercises, lectures from guest speakers, entrepreneurs and practical activities to further develop learning and practice. Friday - innovation within an organisation. Introduction of post-school assignment which takes the form of an individual reflective report by students on the development of their entrepreneurial awareness and skills and their potential impact in the sector. Assignments afford an opportunity to bring together relevant knowledge, subject specific knowledge and key skills. There is a particular focus on self-awareness which will require students to study independently and spend time reflecting on the experiences within the module themes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M60Reflective report (4000 words)
Oral Examination1M40Evaluation of a small business or individual and its/their entrepreneurial features. Delivered as Pecha Kucha (6.40min) + questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module will introduce innovation and the entrepreneurial business environment. Assessment draws upon practical issues within a social, economic and political consideration of innovation and business change. Learning is explicitly developed and evidenced using pre, mid and post school development of knowledge, theory, skills and practice.
1) Students will understand the basic characteristics of an entrepreneurial business and the impact upon its development and operation following a case study visit(s)/interview - an oral or video presentation of their findings against their own definition of 'entrepreneurial' from the literature, will test their understanding of pre-school activity and Week 1(40%).
2) Students will develop a wide range of key skills within the graduate skills framework and entrecomp through experiential learning that contextualises the entrepreneurial mindset - through reflection and review students will draw outcomes and develop an evidence base for the future (60%).

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