BIOEC310 Innovation in Bio-based Industries

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Thore Larsgård

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:40

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:125 hours

Teaching and exam period:The course has start and finish in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block.

About this course

  • Create fundamental insight in and understanding of innovation and the meaning of innovation for value creation in bio-based industries.
  • Introduction to innovation. Innovation teams, creativity and innovation. Sources of innovation.
  • Decisions in situations with high uncertainty.
  • Sustainability and innovation.

Learning outcome


Throughout the course the students will gain knowledge of various types of innovation, innovation theories and the relationship between research, innovation and development in biobased industries.

The students will further develop insight into innovation processes, creativity in innovation, creative teams, making decisions under uncertain circumstances and the importance of cross functional knowledge and learning for the innovation process. The students should also develop an understanding of how innovation in bio-based industries can lead to improved sustainability.


The students will, through experience-based learning about innovation in the field of bioeconomy be able to develop ideas, screen these ideas and test them in an early phase in the innovation process.

The students shall develop an ability to work in cross functional teams.

General competence:

The student should develop general abilities in communication and team-work in cross functional teams. Problem understanding and problem solving in cross functional teams.

  • The course is based on active participants by the students. The learning will take place in lectures, class discussions, individual activity, group projects and presentations. The groups will be cross functional.
  • Portfolio assessment, based on hand-ins and presentations of group projects.

    Students are graded as Passed / Failed.

  • External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
  • Exercises, presentations and hand-ins of team assignments.
  • The course overlaps 5 ECTS with INN301 Innovation
  • Students on the master´s program on Bioeconomy has priority access to this course.