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Archived Version 2013 - 2014

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will take participants through the components of innovation systems and better their understanding of what elements and characteristics are required within policies, plans and strategies to spur economic growth in their countries. At the organisational and government level participants will learn how innovation is linked to positive changes in efficiency, productivity, quality and competitiveness. On completion of the course participants will be empowered to act as innovation champions in their oganisations, providing advice and practical support in the development of their organisation and appropriate public policies on science, technology and innovation (STI) in their countries.

Learning Outcomes

1. distinguish between different conceptual issues on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), and how these are related to the concept of knowledge society
2. develop and provide advice to their governments on issues related to STI policies
3. develop and implement innovation related projects in their organisations.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture15Tutorials / Seminar / Workshops
Online activity10Discussions
Group work40Assignment
Independent Study85Individual reading/reflection/research including online learning
Integrated training (INTRA)90Application in work place
Assignment Completion10One main team assignment AND one leadership journal
Total Workload: 250

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

Concepts of Science, Technology and Innovation
• To introduce participants to the key conceptual issues related to Science, Technology and Innovation and clarify the interrelationships between science, technology and innovation

Concept of national systems of innovation (NSI)
• To enable participants to appreciate the context specificity of innovation by introducing them to the concept of national systems of innovation (NSI)

Evidence based policy making for the development of STI
• To inspire participants with appropriate policies and practices in relation to innovation by introducing them to the need for evidence based policy making for the development of STI in their countries

Agents of Change
• To prepare participants to become agents of change in their countries by enhancing their understanding of STI concepts

Develop leadership skills
• To develop participants’ leadership skills so that they can affect change in their organisations and societies.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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

  • Tidd, J.: 2006, A Review of Innovation Models, Imperial College London,
  • The World Bank Institute: 2010, Innovation Policy: A guide for Developing Countries, Washington D.C,
Other Resources

8859, Report, Institute for the Future, 2010, Report on the Future of Lightweight Innovation, http://www.iftf.org, 8860, Report, Institute for Security Studies, 2011, Africa Futures 2050 report, http://www.issafrica.org/publications/monographs/african-futures-2050, 8861, Report, Institute for the Future, 0, Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion, http://www.iftf.org, 8862, Report, Institute for the Future, 2011, Future of Science, http://www.iftf.org, 8863, Report, Institute for the Future, 2010, Map of the Decade, http://www.iftf.org,
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