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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Entrepreneurship for Engineers
Module Code EE507
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Stephen Daniels
Semester 2: Stephen Daniels
Autumn: Stephen Daniels
Module TeachersStephen Daniels
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat exam only available. CA componentof this course requires interaction with class (team) members and course guests throughout semester.

To introduce students to key concepts in entrepreneurship and technological innovation Give students an understanding of the challenges involved in creating and working in a new venture. Provide students with basic skills in important aspects of business organization and management

Learning Outcomes

1. Assess commercial opportunities and develop appropriate business plans
2. Analyse the commercial potential of a technological innovation
3. Articulate and appraise the challenges of commercializing technology
4. Experience of a pilot-scale business planning
5. Plan for of the organizational, commercial, and financial components of a successful technology business

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study151reading assignments and project
Total Workload: 187

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

New Venture Creation
Introduction & The Technologist's PerspectiveEntrepreneurial Technologists - Your Role in the Process, Innovation & IdeasIdentifying a Commercial Opportunity & Market ResearchThe Elements of a Successful VentureDeveloping, Producing and Matketing a ProductProtecting your Intellectual PropertyPeople: Building the Business TeamFinancing: Your Research and the VentureBusiness PlanningInternational Markets & Growth

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentBusiness / Technology Commercialisation plan50%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Kathleen R. Allen.: 2007, Growing and managing a small business : an entrepreneurial perspective,, Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Co.,
  • Garavan, T.N., O Cinneide, B., Fleming, P.: 1997, Entrepreneurship & Business Start Ups in Ireland volume 1: An Overview, Oak Tree Press,
  • David Deakins: 0, Entrepreneurship and Small Firms, McGraw Hill Higher Education, 9780077121624
  • Garavan, T.N., O Cinneide, B., Garavan, M., Hynes, B., Walsh, F.: 1997, Entrepreneurship & Business Start Ups in Ireland volume 2, Oak Tree Press,
  • Travers, J.: 2001, Driving the Tiger: Irish Enterprise Spirit, Gill and Macmillan,
  • Drucker, P: 2001, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Butterworth Heinemann,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BMEDIB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering
CAMIB.Eng. in Mechanical & Manufacturing Eng
ECEIMMasters of Eng in Elec & Comp Eng
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
GCECEGrad Cert. in Electronic & Computer Eng
GDSESGrad Dip in Sustainable Energy Systems
MCTYMSc Electronic and Computer Technology
MECEMEng Electronic & Computer Engineering
MEIB.Eng in Mechatronic Engineering
MEQMasters Engineering Qualifier Course
MMMEMEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Eng
MMQBQualifier B for MEng. Mech & Manu Eng.
MQTYQualifier Prog MSc Electronic & Computer
SMPECSingle Module Programme (Eng & Comp)
SSEIBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
Date of Last Revision25-JUL-08

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