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TEK-3501 Innovation and Economy - 5 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for industriell teknologi

Type of course

Theoretical course. The course can be taken as a single course.

Course contents

The contents of the course is made up of two major elements.

Introduction to the concept of Innovation through Design Thinking with a particular emphasis on the process  of idea development.

Business planning and modeling using the Osterwalders Canvas as a foundation. The course will also cover the most necessary elements of a business plan.

These theoretical concepts are put into practice through group oriented exercises.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: December 1st. Exchange students and Fulbright students: October 1st.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate Bachelor Engineering program with minimum 25 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics, 7,5 credits physics.

Application code: 9371

Objective of the course

Provide students with the knowledge and training in main concepts, models and tools within the fields of business development with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.


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Language of instruction


Teaching methods

During two separated and concentrated weeks all theory and projectoriented work will be done. Each day of Monday-Thursday (0800-1600) are split into one half of theoretic lectures and one half of project work in teams.At the end of each week, each project group (team) will present a project report.


Mandatory tasks

The specification of mandatory tasks will be given in the beginning of the course. 


Two distributed assignments are to be completed. These will be presented in the start of each of the two weeks. Students will be divided into groups, and each group will be expected to produce a report for each week. These two reports will be graded and combined and represent 60% of the total assessment.

A final 3 hours written exam will count as the rest 40% of the total assessment. 

The grading will be done by using a A-F grading scale, where F is a fail.

Re-sit exam

A 3 hour written re-sit exam will be arranged for this course. Students who failed in the ordinary written exam and have passed the group report assessment may attend the 3 hour written re-sit exam.