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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedClayton Full year 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Nick Birrell


This core unit will examine the pathways that lead from scientific innovation to the creation of wealth. The unit will allow participants to conceptualise their possible roles in converting science to wealth at a personal, enterprise and economy wide level. A seminar series from experts in special fields of relevance (such as venture capitalists, scientist, entrepreneurs, financial analysts and financial planners) forms an important part of the unit.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • describe the separate stages in the commercialisation of scientific research
  • describe the steps required to protect scientific intellectual property
  • state the legal structure and procedures involved in regulatory affairs
  • describe the financial considerations for venture capital and financial planning pertaining to the commercialisation of a scientific project
  • write a business plan relevant to the commercialisation of a scientific project
  • participate as a team member to deliver an oral presentation on a commercial case study
  • describe the role of science in the development of a modern society
  • act with ethical and moral integrity in a commercial environment
  • predict and appreciate the ethical issues raised by scientific research for local and international communities.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Contact hours

4 hours lectures per fortnight, 4 hours seminars and 4 hours group work/case studies