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ENGG5216: Management of Engineering Innovation (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG5216: Management of Engineering Innovation (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Johnston, Ron
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit is designed as enable students to grapple with the challenges of engaging in, facilitating and managing innovation and technology commercialisation. Key learning outcomes are: developing an understanding of the processes of management, and in particular of innovation, dealing with uncertain and inadequate information, how to communicate effectively to and motivate a group of people to work out what to do, and how to do it.

Content will include the challenges of modern management; understanding of the new rules of international competitiveness; effects of globalisation on Australia's economic performance; the competitiveness of Australian firms; the generation of employment and wealth; the changing requirements of the engineer; the engineer as manager and strategist; the role of innovation in business management; product innovation and commercialisation; IP recognition and management; starting a high-tech company; innovation through multi-sided platforms; open and disruptive innovation.
Assumed Knowledge: Sound competence in all aspects of engineering, and some understanding of issues of engineering management
Lecturer/s: Professor Johnston, Ron
Timetable: ENGG5216 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.50 1 12
2 Tutorial 1.50 1 12
3 Presentation 1.00 1 6
4 Project Work - in class 2.00 1 6
5 Independent Study 6.00 1 12

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
1. Enhanced teamwork and project management skills applied to the uncertainty of innovation.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)
2. Achieve a high level of ethical and professional performance
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
3. Enhanced ability to understand and communicate with innovators and investors
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
4. An ability to locate and access corporate and advanced technical information
(4) Design (Level 4)
5. A sound knowledge of what is required for successful innovation and entrepreneurship
6. An ability to apply technical and intellectual skills to the generation of innovation
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Profile of an Innovation* Yes 25.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 5, 6,
2 Quiz* No 35.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Final Report* Yes 30.00 Week 12 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Reflection Report* No 10.00 Week 13 2, 3, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

Late assignments will incur the following penalties: 5% per day up to 5 days; beyond 5 days the mark is zero.

Profile of an innovation: presentation highlighting key elements of an innovative product/service, Weeks 3-6

Quiz - evaluation of student learning

Final Report: Analysis of an innovative start-up company,or business plan for a start-up company

Reflection Report: An account of the learning experiences of the course, major problems encountered and their resolution
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Managing Innovation
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Online Course Content: All teaching, support and administrative material will be made available at the University LMS site

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 No Class
Week 2 What is Innovation? Why it Matters? Innovation as a core business process
Week 3 Academic integrity and plagiarism; teamwork; formation of groups
Week 4 Building an innovative organisation; developing an innovation strategy
Week 5 Team A innovation case study; Quiz 1
Week 6 Sources of innovation; innovation networks
Week 7 Team B innovation case study; Team C innovation case study;
Week 8 What impact does uncertainty have on innovation strategy and management? Building the innovation case.
Week 9 Team D innovation case study; Quiz 2
Week 10 Creating new products and services; Exploiting entrepreneurship - innovation through multi-sided platforms
Week 11 Team E innovation profile presentation; Quiz 3
Week 12 Who captures the value from Innovation - open and disruptive innovation; capturing learning from innovation
Assessment Due: Final Report*
Week 13 Who learns what and how from doing innovation?
Assessment Due: Reflection Report*

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering 2013
Master of Engineering (Biophysical Processes) 2012
Master of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) 2012
Master of Engineering (Environmental) 2012
Master of Engineering (Sustainable Processing) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Electrical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Intelligent Information Engineering) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Power) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Software) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Telecommunications) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Intelligent Information Engineering) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Network) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Software) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Wireless) 2010, 2011, 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 11%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 5%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 12.5%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 17.75%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 53.75%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.