|TIF180 - Entrepreneurship and project management
| Syllabus adopted 2014-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
|Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
|Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS
Teaching language: English
Maximum participants: 55
MPAPP APPLIED PHYSICS, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPCAS COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPNAT NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPNAT NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
Professor Fredrik Höök
Forskare Alexander Dmitriev
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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement:
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.
Course specific prerequisites
Fulfilled the first three years of education at chalmers or equivalent education.
The aim of the course is to present the entrepreneurship and project management as the knowledge of relevance in the development of commercial products and services. As a student, you will increase their understanding of the innovation transfer, in particular the patenting process, your ability to find information in patent databases and get knowledge about how patents are written and evaluated. As a student, you will be trained in the art of transferring the potential value and impact of the innovation to the working business or how to present innovations for the society. As a student, you will also get familiarized with the concepts of project management in order to understand how professional project managers work. The course also aims to help students to understand the prevailing challenges of project management, and to deal with them, by means of the theories of organizational learning.
Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)
Understand and have knowledge about how to develop new commercial products and processes based on advanced research.
Find information in both patent and literature databases, analyze the content of patents and compare it with the content of related scientific articles, understand the basics in patent writing and the requirement for getting a patent accepted.
Understand the basics of project management, its challenges and the way to deal with them by using the theories of organizational learning. The course also strives for transferring knowledge about entrepreneurial activities and an understanding about various aspects of relevance for engineers when active in industry or academia.
Module M1 is Idea→ Innovation→ Entrepreneurship: it will give an insight into patent and literature databases, including the way
patents are written and composed. This module consists of two projects, both
performed in student project groups.The first project (SCOUT AND IDENTIFY) is
to be summed up in a group written report (hand-in N2), while the second
(EVALUATE AND PRESENT) is delivering a presentation by the whole group to all
students of the course (presentation P1).
Together, the two projects will let
you understand in depth
i) scientific article containing an innovative
ii) understand how such an innovation can be patented and
iii) how a patent
is written and composed.
Finally, you will train yourself in the art of
transferring the potential value and impact of the innovation to the working
business or how to present innovations for the society.
Module M2a is Project
Management Basics. This module is at Bachelor course level but delivered with
crash course speed. During the first two weeks of the course, you are to study
the concepts, methods and tools of project management. Central to this module
is the course textbook, and the teaching is designed to support your reading of
The contents include:
Project management past and present.
Structures and frameworks. Projects and organizations.Stakeholders, strategy
and success. Initial planning. Time planning. Rethinking time planning: The
critical chain approach.Cost and benefit planning. Stakeholders and quality.
Risk and opportunities management. Project organization: structures and teams.
Management and leadership in projects. Control. Supply chain issues.
Problem-solving and decision-making. Project completion and review. Improving
The aim of the theme is to familiarize you with the concepts
of project management in order to understand how professional project managers
work. A number of methods can be used during your projects of this course.
examination is a two-hour written test (offered twice during the course).
Module M2b is Mastering Project Management. It aims to help you understand the prevailing challenges of
project management, and to deal with them, by means of the theories of
organizational learning. This theme consists of a number of lectures, practical
exercises and Harvard Business School case study.
The course is based on two to three lectures per week and two group projects. The main deliverable of the first project work (hand-in N2) is a written report, and the main deliverable of the second one (presentation P1) is an oral group presentation. There are also a number of other deliverables you are expected to perform - see detailed course description on the web in PingPong.
Course book: Harvey Maylor, Project Management, 4th ed. (available at Chalmers Library and Cremona)
Deliverable - N1: Short Action plan
Describe in less than 1 page how your group will organize the work to achieve the goals of the project SCOUT AND IDENTIFY. Graded Pass or Fail
Deliverable - PM test: Project Management Basics test
A two-hour written test offered twice during this course. Graded
Deliverable - N2: Project SCOUT AND IDENTIFY
Evaluate the innovative components present in a scientific article and understand the structure of patents. You write a report in groups. Graded U-5.
Deliverable - N3: Short Action plan
Describe in less than 1 page how your group will organize the work to achieve the goals of the project EVALUATE
AND PRESENT. Graded Pass or Fail.
Deliverable - CS: Harvard Business School case study. Graded Pass or Fail
Deliverable - P1: Project EVALUATE AND PRESENT
It is important that you get there in time! Graded Pass or Fail.
Deliverable - 'Going for a five' (not compulsory)
You write a report individually or in groups. Graded U-5.