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Engineering / Science and Society : Science and Innovation in Modern Economies
( NORTON MICHAELGEORG  )


Tue 7-8Session

Credits  Lecture:2  Practice:0  Experiment:0 / code:70027
Update : 2006/4/1
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Outline of lecture
This focuses on the contribution of science and engineering to the economy and Society through wealth creation, improved health care etc. The lectures cover the innovation process and how knowledge and ideas flow from the research laboratory to applications in society. Its aim is to give the student a clear understanding of how their future jobs in science and engineering may be used by and contribute to societal benefits in a modern global economy and also contributes to sustainable development.
Purpose of lecture
This focuses on the contribution of science and engineering to the economy and Society through wealth creation, improved health care etc. The lectures cover the innovation process and how knowledge and ideas flow from the research laboratory to applications in society. Its aim is to give the student a clear understanding of how their future jobs in science and engineering may be used by and contribute to societal benefits in a modern global economy and also contributes to sustainable development.
Plan of lecture
1. Course overview and introduction
2. Macro economic background. Technology and competitiveness, role of R&D
3. Innovation- what it is and what contributes to innovation, National innovation systems
4. How to measure the value from investing in R&D.
5. Technology Foresight and forecasting.
6. Case Studies in Innovation ? Toyota’s Prius and Oxford Instruments formation and growth.
7. Different Models of technology transfer.
8. Innovation from the universities, university and industry relationships
9. Clusters, what they are, and how to encourage them.
10. Government policies on innovation
11. Innovation and sustainability (2)
13. Public acceptance and perception as a potential barrier to innovation.
14. Revision and review.
Textbook and reference
PowerPoint slides distributed after each lecture. Background reading references also supplied.
Evaluation
Short tests (30%); English speaking (20%); two written assignments (40%); attendance (10%).

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