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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Entrepreneurship for Engineers
Module Code EE507
School School of Electronic Engineering

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Stephen DanielsOffice NumberS335
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

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
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Kathleen R. Allen.: 2007, Growing and managing a small business : an entrepreneurial perspective,, Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Co.,
  • Travers, J.: 2001, Driving the Tiger: Irish Enterprise Spirit, Gill and Macmillan,
  • Garavan, T.N., O Cinneide, B., Garavan, M., Hynes, B., Walsh, F.: 1997, Entrepreneurship & Business Start Ups in Ireland volume 2, Oak Tree Press,
  • Garavan, T.N., O Cinneide, B., Fleming, P.: 1997, Entrepreneurship & Business Start Ups in Ireland volume 1: An Overview, Oak Tree Press,
  • Drucker, P: 2001, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Butterworth Heinemann,
  • Deakins, D.: 1999, Entrepreneurship and Small Firms, McGraw Hill,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
GCESGrad Cert. in Electronic Systems
GCTCGrad Cert. in Telecommunications Eng.
GDEGraduate Diploma in Electronic Systems
GTCGrad Dip in Telecommunications Eng
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IPMEIndividual Postgrad. Modules-Electronics
MENMEng in Electronic Systems
MEQMasters Engineering Qualifier Course
MTCMEng in Telecommunications Engineering
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)