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2017/2018  BA-BINTO1055U  Innovation and new technology

English Title
Innovation and new technology

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Chee-Wee Tan - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Innovation
Last updated on 15-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • apply theories, concepts and frameworks introduced during lectures to analyze contemporary technological trends and evaluate their impact on firms’ competitive and innovative capabilities
  • assess the pros and cons of distinct innovation strategies firms could adopt to leverage on emerging technologies to insulate their competitive positions from disruptive market forces
  • employ software development tools and techniques covered in previous semesters or introduced during lectures to aid in the development (i.e., analysis, design, construction and validation) of an innovative, original technological product that fulfills unmet need(s) in the marketplace
  • demonstrate the added value of the developed technological product given realistic practical considerations in the market environment
Course prerequisites
2nd year HA(IT) or other relevant
Innovation and New Technology:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 3-4
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Closed book
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The oral examination will take the form of a discussion centered on the newly developed technological product and written report. Students are permitted to bring along the technological product and written report to the examination. Students are not only expected to be able to demonstrate the core functionalities of the technological product during the examination, they must also be prepared to answer questions pertaining to both business and technical aspects of the written report as well as relevant course content related to the written report.

Course content and structure

The course exposes students to contemporary technological trends with an explicit emphasis on business opportunities and challenges associated with IT-driven innovations. Specifically, the course covers a wide range of topics related to the strategic management of technological innovations, including the Innovator’s Dilemma, Ecosystems, Platform Thinking, Crowdsourcing and Social Networks.
A primary objective of the course is to guide students in applying theories, concepts and frameworks to the development of an original software / hardware embedded technological product. This technological product can be programmed via software tools already covered in Ha (IT) training or introduced during lectures within the course itself. Examples of technological products that could be developed in the course:

  • Mobile services
  • Android applications
  • iOS applications
  • Windows applications
Teaching methods
The course will be conducted as a series of lectures and exercises.

The course is primarily conducted through interactive face-to-face lectures that cover theories, concepts and frameworks related to the strategic management of technological innovations. In addition, lectures will be supplemented with exercises that focus on in-depth analysis and discussion of the impact of contemporary technological trends on firms and individuals.

Apart from lectures, the course will also leverage on modern e-learning systems for purposes of communication and interaction (e.g., document sharing, discussion boards, blogs and wikis).
Feedback during the teaching period
Throughout the course, there will be multiple opportunities for students to receive feedback on the progress of their learning.

First, students, in their respective groups, will be required to submit their preliminary ideas for the technological product that they plan to develop. The feasibility of these ideas will be assessed by the course instructors and recommendations for improvements will be provided to students.

Second, a series of technical exercises will be organized to guide students in the development of their technological products. By participating in these exercises, students can not only acquire hands-on experience in the development of mobile applications, but they can also obtain guidance on how to go about developing their own technological products, which include troubleshooting.

Third, students, in their respective groups, will have the chance to introduce their technological products to their peers towards the end of the course and elicit feedback from these peers on how they can further fine-tune their projects before submission.

Finally, weekly office hours will be offered by the course instructors for the duration of the instructional period to allow students to clarify any ambiguity in course content and/or solicit advice on any aspect of the pedagogical process.
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Exercises 30 hours
Preparation for Lectures and Exercises 60 hours
Development of Technological Product and written report 50 hours
Examination + Preparation 36 hours
Total: 206 hours
Expected literature

Readings for the course will comprise primarily of academic articles, practitioner reports and technical documentation. Due to constant advances in technological innovation, there is no prescribed textbook for the course. Rather, we will review extant literature that covers a wide range of topics related to the latest research on the strategic management of technological innovations, which include the Innovator’s Dilemma, Ecosystems, Platform Thinking, Crowdsourcing, Big Data and Social Networks.

Last updated on 15-06-2017