The purpose of the course is to raise the PhD candidates' awareness of the practical implications of their research. This includes understanding how research results can lead to innovation, i.e. be implemented to achieve the intended benefits to society. Another purpose is to raise the candidates' awareness of wider societal implications of research and innovation.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
The course content is primarily aimed at PhD-candidates in the natural sciences and technology but can also fit candidates from other areas.
Among themes that will be covered are:
Definitions and different types of value of innovation in research
Innovation theory and the main players
Innovation through time
Stakeholders and Social Construction of Technology
Rights and obligations related to Technology Transfer in research
Project management of research projects
The course shall give the student an understanding of the theoretical foundation and the practical application in the areas of innovation, innovation management and entrepreneurship. After having taken this course the student should have the following knowledge, skills and general competence:
Knowledge of the value of innovation in research projects
Knowledge of the main theories and actors of innovation
Insight into the history of innovation
Knowledge of the rights and obligations related to Technology Transfer in research
Understand central problems associated with managing complex cross-disciplinary work assignments and projects.
Assess the need for, take initiative to and manage innovation.
Generell kompetanse/General competence
Combinatory skills across disciplines
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
Passed / Not Passed
The students shall submit a paper that must be accepted in order to pass the course.
The course is mandatory for candidates of UiS' PhD-program in natural sciences and technology. Other PhD-candidates must apply for admission to the course.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.