MBA5213 - Technology, innovation and entrepreneurship - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

MBA Program

Unit guides



  • Term 4 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


The rapid rate of technological change in an increasingly knowledge-based society highlights the need for advanced technological capability, innovative thinking and practice, and entrepreneurial capability. For management students, a sound understanding of the application of science and engineering technologies to social and economic problems is necessary to function in sophisticated, technology-led business environments. The unit will draw on the expertise and experience of colleagues in a range of university faculties and research centres to provide an overview of cutting-edge developments, and related issues such as managing commercialisation and intellectual property, in fields such as life sciences, medical devices, information systems, energy, materials science and nanotechnology.

The complex technological business environment requires modern executives to understand innovation processes and to develop both an entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial competencies. Through the application of innovative thinking and techniques, the unit advances the entrepreneurship agenda at individual, organisational and institutional levels.

A minor project integrates the streams in the unit in a practical application.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify and explain the underlying technology and the primary technological developments in a range of fields
  2. critically evaluate the intellectual property issues in technology development
  3. develop the competencies to address the commercialisation of technology
  4. develop an entrepreneurial mindset and competencies
  5. apply the unit learning to a business venture.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)



Students must be enrolled in B6016