Course Title: Innovation and Technology Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Innovation and Technology Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof. Stuart Bateman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6672

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine the management of innovation and technology taking an interdisciplinary perspective that links engineering and science with business management. Considering contemporary case studies and views from industry professionals you will develop new insights into the integration of technology strategy with business strategy in both large and start-up organisations. The course will explore how technology-based organisations create competitive advantage through exploitation of new technology and being innovative. Consideration and exploitation of intellectual property in the framework of ethical decision making are core pillars which you will consider in detail during the course. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders.
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities.

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

4. Professional Practice
• Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
• Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for:

  • MC255 M Eng. Process Engineering
  • MC254 M Eng. Environmental Engineering
  • MC257 M Eng. Civil Engineering
  • MC258 M Eng. Mechanical Engineering
  • MC261 M Eng. Transport Engineering
  • MC256 M Eng. Robotics and Mechatronics

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Critically review models for technology management that link innovation, entrepreneurship and business strategy in the context of engineering and technical services organisations.
    2. Propose and defend a strategic framework for managing innovation and technology in a variety of engineering scenarios.
    3. Integrate and apply key operational aspects of managing innovation and technology (including the relationship with production, marketing, R&D and human resources activities) to a collaborative engineering project.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be delivered online. Core course content will be provided on Canvas in the form of pre-recorded lectures, essential reading materials, videos and course activities. Content will be reinforced through case studies and project examples through interactive lectorials and focused tutorials. 

Course concepts, theories and strategies will be reinforced and applied through project-based learning activities which will provide an opportunity for students to collaborate, innovate and communicate their findings.

Thirty-six (36) teacher guided hours for one semester. The course activities are structured around pre-recorded content, reference materials and on-line lectorials, tutorials, case studies, workshop discussions, collaborative projects and guest presentations. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas, which is accessed through the RMIT website. This can include pre-recorded lecture material, case studies, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions and quiz questions and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment item 1: Short answer assessment (individual assessment)
Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2
Description: You will prepare short answers to questions based on key course concepts. You will leverage the course engineering projects to provide illustrative examples as necessary.

Assessment item 2: Innovation and technology management report (individual assessment)
Weighting of final grade: 40%
Related course learning outcomes: 2,3
Description: Based on the project concept, you will submit a report on your work integrating and applying key operational aspects of managing innovation and technology to a collaborative engineering project

Assessment item 3: Integrated project presentation (group assessment)
Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 2,3
Description: You will work with your group members to present (by video recording) the integration and application of key operational aspects of managing innovation and technology to a collaborative engineering project