Course code TIP100

TIP100 Technical Innovation

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Course responsible: Jan Kåre Bøe
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:


Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Technology (M-MP,M-IØ,M-BA,M-VM,M-MF), M-LUN and 2nd and 3rd year in Economics and Landscape Architecture programmes.
Course contents:
The first part of the course consists of a lecture period lasting approximately 8 to 9 weeks. The lectures include, among other things, the history of innovation, creative processes and the creation of ideas, description of ideas, patenting and pattern description, product design and prototype development, project organization, project financing and support systems etc., as well as examples from running innovation projects in aquaculture, environmental technique, energy technique, machine technique and building technique etc. The final part of the course consists of practical exercises and project work under guidance. For those who wish to build on this course, a complementary course from the Scool of economics and business at NMBU is suggested.
Learning outcome:
After the course has been completed, students will have gained a deeper understanding of innovation and creativeness as a social and economic motive power. They will have knowledge about key persons, historical events, innovations and discoveries, new technologies and sciences that are important foundations in the development of our modern society. Furthermore, they will have insight into and have been trained in the creation of ideas and how these may be stimulated, cultivated and realized throughout different phases of an innovative process. Students will be able to formulate ideas and project descriptions and be familiar with systems and methods for industrial rights protection (patenting, pattern/design and trademark protection), the basis for developing business plans and the formulation of application documents for public and private support. The course gives an introduction to common problems connected with the clarification of rights and business-related and moral rules for development and innovation operations that are both historical and relevant to today. Topics related to contractors, declarations of confidentiality economic circumstances and responsibility are especially focused on.
Learning activities:
The course is based on internal and external expertise on innovation, product development and new creations as well as small practice exercises where the students are given training in using their own creative abilities to formulate product ideas and suggestions for technical solutions that may be turned into new products. The final part of the course includes a more extensive group exercise where the students are to develop a product idea into a complete project description that may form the foundation for the financing of a development project.
Teaching support:
Exercises and project work are followed up by individual supervision of the work groups, the date, time and duration are decided by the students and subject teacher beforehand, as needed. The course has its own Fronterpage for extra information. While the project part is being carried out, the teacher is available for support via e-mail and during given office hours.
Bøe, Jan Kåre, 2012: Teknisk innovasjon: Fra vismenn og oppdagere til ideutvikling og prosjektplanlegging, Compendium for the course TIP100, 285 p.p.

The course is primarily developed for first year students in technology and natural sciences. However students with other backgrounds, and at least one year of studies at a university behind them, are also accepted and will benefit from the course.

Recommended prerequisites:

IMRT100 - Introductory course - Subject oriented project, ECN120 - Introduction to social economics - Macro.

Mandatory activity:

Exercises (smaller tests) shall be done in groups and presented in plenary. A small project with written project paper must be approved for each individual group, before the student takes the written examination.


Written examination, 3 hours.

Nominal workload:
Lectures with homework: ca. 110 hours. Exercises and project assignment (in groups): ca. 40 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 52 hours. Week 5-13: 2+2 hours per week. Group assignments: 12 hours. Week 13-16: 2+2 hours per week. Project paper: 12 hours. Week 16-19: 2+2 hours per week.
The course is an introductory course suitable for students in their first, second or third year of study and does not require any prerequisites. The course is part of NMBU's total course offering on innovation and creativeness and may be taken before or in parallel with the course BUS271 - Company Establishment, which is given by the Scool of economics and business at NMBU. The course also provides basis for TIP200 Product Development and Product Design. The course is compulsory for Master"s students that choose to specialise in Machine Design, Process and Product Development (MP and IND-OK-MP-study) as well as some of the other Master"s degree offerings in technology.
The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the correction manual. The external examiner reviews the internal examiner's examination results by correcting a random sample of candidate¿s exams as a calibration according to the Department's guidelines for examination markings.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått