LOJK10278U  Technology Assessment

Volume 2013/2014
Education
MSc Programme in Agricultural Economics
Content

The course will be initiated by an introduction to technology assessment and recent developments within this area. This is followed by an introduction to relevant technology assessment disciplines, including: system description, feasibility studies, stakeholder analysis, safety analysis/risk perception, soft systems, market analysis, impact assessment and technology assessment.

Moreover the student will be introduced to methods that interact users and other stakeholders for assessing the implementation and consequences of new technologies, including scenario analysis and other interactive foras.

The first week will include an introduction to technology assessment methods and combine theoretical lectures with exercises and guest lectures. This period will also include an introduction to the case-study work. In the next period the students will be assigned to their cases and the students will attend excursions to relevant companies and institutions. The students will have to collaborate in groups with 4-5 students. Each group will have to work on a project case during the course which must be submitted before attending oral examination

Learning Outcome

The objective of this course is to introduce students to different technology assessment disciplines aimed for selecting and applying new technologies and innovations within the biotechnology-, food and other agro industrial sectors.

The course is relevant for students who aim for a carrier in private organisations and advisory services that focuses on innovation and product development and public research and governmental institutions that works with regulation and policy design and decision support within different life-science disciplines.

After the course it is expected that the student will be able to:

Knowledge:

- Describe methods to assess the technical and environmental/social consequences from implementing new technologies - including system description, feasibility studies, risk assessment, systems analysis, market analysis, impact assessment and technology assessment.

- Describe methods that interact users and other stakeholders for assessing the implementation and consequences of new technologies, including scenario analysis and other interactive foras.

Skills:

- Apply theoretical tools for assessing the technical/social consequences of new technologies.

- Perform technology and innovation management

- Apply decision support when implementing new innovation systems

 

Competences:

- Collaborate in groups with interdisciplinary case studies and with other students across disciplines

- Perform interdisciplinary studies for decision support in private and public organisations

Course literature with compendium will be made available at the beginning of the course

The portfolio combines exercises and case-studies and excursion to relevant companies and institutions
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination
The examination will be an individual presentation by the students with questions from examiners on topics related to the project and course material
Exam registration requirements
A condition for attending the examination is that students submit a project report
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner
Re-exam
If 10 or fewer register for the reexamination the examination form will be oral.
Criteria for exam assesment
To obtain the grade 12 the student has to fullfil the Learning Outcome
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Project work
  • 30
  • Guidance
  • 4
  • Preparation
  • 142
  • Total
  • 206