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Postgraduate Course: Policy and Management Issues in Science and Technology (PGSP11114)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionPMIST provides a comprehensive introduction to generic policy and management issues in science, technology and innovation, and approaches for analysing and acting on them. It uses examples from a range of science and technology areas, but focuses particularly on information and communication technologies, the life sciences and biotechnology. It includes material on approaches to analysing more general policy processes and governance issues, as well as providing some familiarity and experience with techniques and procedures used in policy-formulation, decision-making, assessment and implementation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course students will have demonstrated through written work, oral presentations and other contributions in class, that they
- have a substantive knowledge and understanding of a selection of important policy and management issues in science, technology and innovation, and of the contending viewpoints and claims on these issues, across a range of different science and technology areas but particularly in their area of specialism
- can identify and characterise key approaches to understanding and evaluating policy and management processes and interventions in science, technology and innovation, and identify advantages, problems and implications of these approaches
- can critically evaluate contributions to the academic and public debates on these issues, and decisions on them
- can identify, deploy and evaluate a selection of techniques and procedures used in policy-formulation, decision-making, assessment and implementation
- can apply these understandings and skills, and deploy some of these approaches, concepts and techniques, in analysing a new problem in policy or management in science, technology and innovation, and in devising, evaluating and justifying options for intervention
Assessment Information
Two minor 500 word exercises (15% each) and one 3,000 word assignment (70%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1: Introduction: organisation and governance of science,technology and innovation
Week 2: Organisation of science and R&D
Week 3: Government policies and strategies for science, R&D and innovation
Week 4: Innovation at industry, sectoral, regional, national levels
Week 5: Managing innovation and technological change at the organisation level
Week 6: Governance in globalised science and technology
Week 7: Science and technology futures
Week 8: Risk and regulation
Week 9: Measurement, evaluation, decisions in science, technology and
Week 10: Industry, academia and innovation environments
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list G Aichholzer & G Schienstock (eds.), Technology Policy, de Gruyter, 1994
J Annerstedt & A Jamison (eds.), From Research Policy to Social Intelligence, Macmillan,
London, 1988
D Archibugi, J Howells & J Michie (eds.), Innovation Policy in a Global Economy, Cambridge
University Press, Cambridge, 1999
J Bessant & J Tidd, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Wiley, 2007
F Betz, Managing Technological Innovation, Wiley, 2003
F Betz, Strategic Technology Management, McGraw Hill, 1994
PS Biegelbauer & S Borras, Innovation Policies in Europe and the US, Ashgate, 2003
LM Branscomb, M Lewis & JH Keller (eds.), Investing in Innovation, MIT Press, 1997
RA Burgelman, MA Maidique & SC Wheelwright, Strategic Management of Technology and
Innovation, 4th ed., Irwin / McGraw-Hill, 2004
N Clark, The Political Economy of Science and Technology, Blackwell, 1985
P Cooke, P Boekholt & F Todtling, The Governance of Innovation in Europe, Pinter, 2000
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern There will not be a regular structure for the classes. In each class there will be a mixture of
lecture-type segments, student presentations on selected seminar questions, open
discussions on the reading material, and other exercises.
Keywords- science - technology - policy - innovation - management - governance
Course organiserDr Christopher Lawless
Course secretaryMiss Lindsay Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
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