Course code INN330

INN330 Start-Up Practice

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Course responsible: Matthew Patrick James Lynch
Teachers: Elin Kubberød
ECTS credits: 20
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course is given in the Autumn parallel and Spring parallel. 
Course frequency: Twice a year, in the Spring parallel and the Autumn parallel.
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Preferential right:
For students in the master program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, M-EI
Course contents:

An internship in entrepreneurship and innovation offers you as a student a unique opportunity to gain work experience in a study-relevant company. You can try out theories and methods in practice and at the same time contribute extra resources and research-based knowledge directly from your studies. This way, your internship will represent a mutually useful work relationship full of learning opportunities for both parties.

This subject takes practice as its point of departure within the area of entrepreneurship and innovation. The aim is to gain relevant practical experience and apply academic knowledge in practice. You will use reflection tools to develop new understandings from learning-by-doing in close relationship to theory. The subject will cover execution of practice, analysis of practice, sharing of practice experiences and critical reflection on practice in different learning situations, which are to be closely connected to theory and methods. This subject content includes a practice period of 12-13 weeks where you are present in the organization minimum four days per week throughout the whole practice period, teaching sessions and a reflection report. You will use logs as a tool to document reflections in and over practice.

This subject requires two mandatory deliveries. A practical delivery consisting of your contribution to practice in agreement with your employer regarding work tasks and results formulated in a project description and an academic delivery in the form of a reflection report.  

Learning outcome:


  • You will develop knowledge about entrepreneurship and innovation work in order to gain a deeper understanding of the current challenges that different actors face in practice
  • You will learn to relate own practical experiences in the internship to theory and methods in the study program to gain deeper insight into the application of these to create new knowledge and understanding that challenges established thinking and doing.


  • You will learn to collaborate to identify new opportunities, which can contribute to novel and creative ideas, change and growth in your internship company
  • You will develop skills to analyse, formulate, communicate and use solutions in the company as well as to make well-founded choices by reflecting upon theory and practice
  • You will develop skills that enables you to describe, reflect upon and share practice-based experiences and learning with others

General competence:

  • You will be trained to contribute as a professional within your subject area
  • You will be able to work independently, participate in the company as a team-member and contribute as a partner to the innovation challenges that the organization deals with
  • You will gain competence to absorb and reflect over practice-based learning
Learning activities:

The learning activities will take place in cooperation with your employer and other people in the company; in reflection sessions with fellow students and teachers at the university, and in reflection logs with feedback from the teacher and in writing the project description and reflection report. As an important part of the study subject, you will contribute constructive reflections and share your practical experiences in the plenary sessions.

Practical delivery - based on the project description in the internship agreement Practice will take place in a specific company/institution. You work on real work problems within entrepreneurship and innovation, such as idea and creativity development, business development and commercialization. You follow the work rhythm in the organization, take part in daily operations and get to know the work environment. You will have responsibility for a certain task or project. Your work can be structured functionally, assigned to a specific role, function or task, or you may work on a project in accordance with the needs of your employer. You will be guided by a mentor in the company and a teacher from NMBU. The student is responsible for finding a relevant employer for the internship. The work is unpaid.

The internship agreement include a project description. The internship content is agreed upon by student and employer and you are to describe and define the content in a project description. This description shall contain the date for start and closing of the practice period, time schedule, milestones, deliveries and the name of the person responsible for the student in the company. Examples of deliveries are analyses, enquiries, fact finding, reports, presentations, workshops etc. The project description should be handed in for approval by the course responsible.

You will fill out and send the internship agreement between student, company and School of Economics and Business NMBU to the course responsible for approval.

Academic delivery - reflection report You will write a reflection report of maximum 10 pages where you are supposed to link theory, methods and practice and reflect upon the internship as well as your pratice-based learning. The reflection report shall show ability to reflect based on learning in practice in close relationship with required and self-chosen literature. Further information about the report form and content will be provided at the course outset.

Teaching support:
Canvas, reflection sessions and mentor in the company/organisation.
The readings consist of required literature and self-selected literature. The required literature will be announced on Canvas before the course starts. Self-selected literature can also be used, but cannot exceed more than 25%.
It is assumed that the students have completed approximately 30 ECTS of the master's degree.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Project description, standard agreement, relection sessions, daily participation in practice in the company/organisation and logs.The mandatory assignments are valid only for one semester, i.e., if a student wishes to retake the course, the mandatory activities also need to be retaken.


Portfolio assessment with a reflection report. Reflection report counts 100% of the grading.

You will document your practice-based learning through reflection logs throughout the internship period. The final academic delivery is a reflection report, which is to be written individually. In order to get the reflection report graded, the requirements for mandatory participation in teaching (three sessions), practice and logs have to be carried out. The reflection report is graded pass or fail.

If the reflection report is graded "Fail" the entire course must be retaken.

Nominal workload:

500 hours.

400 hours in company/institution (12-13 weeks, 4 days per week). 100 hours work on the reflection report (including required readings), participation in teaching sessions and log writing.

Type of course:
The teaching takes place through 3 digital sessions of 2 hours.
Internal examiner performs the final assessment.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed