Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Hot Topics and Transferrable Skills

Course unit code: 574637

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Bruno Julia Diaz

Department: Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering

Credits: 3

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture

Face-to-face and online




-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online



Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


  1. Ability to identify and exploit innovative ideas (included entrepreneurship, licensing/patenting, 

  2. Ability to manage research teams (including motivation, talent management, and R+D founds)

  3. Ability to produce effective spoken communication in mother tongue and foreign languages.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

  1. To develop a broad and unified perspective of the properties and characteristics of multibody systems. 

  2. To develop a broad perspective of the R+D+I scheme, including main actors of the innovation regionally and worldwide. 

  3. To become familiar with the basic tools for the exploitation of innovative ideas, and its management within a research team. 

  4. To become familiar with ethical issues, including Social Development Goals (SDG)


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

  1. To proceed with according the maximization of the outputs in R+D+I.   

  2. To act pro-actively and develop an long-life entrepreneur attitude.

  3. To follow an ethical perspective in innovation and entrepreneurship, considering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction to Innovation


  1. What is innovation 

  2. Fundamental bionomies: learn-unlearn, talent-innovation, desintermediation-disruption  

  3. Why innovate: strategy vs planification 

  4. Public R+D+I, private R+D+I. Funds and opportunities. 

2. Exploitation of innovative ideas


  1. Value chain in science and technology

  2. Triple helix, quadruple helix and social commitment (SDG). 

  3. Public research transformed in: service, contract, patent, spin off.  

3. Management of the innovative ideas


  1. Challenge and risk

  2. Open innovation, open science. 

  3. Lean startup

4. Management of the innovation team


  1. Talent and innovation

  2. How to overcome complacency. 

  3. Team: culture, authenticity, motivation

  4. Leadership

5. Communication


  1. The sorter, the better, 

  2. Management of the communication in a team.  

  3. Sick of meetings: tips for useful meetings. 



Teaching methods and general organization


  1. Lectures where theoretical contents of the subject are presented. 

  2. Practical seminaries (workshops) in which students may participate after the presentation of real cases. 

  3. Practical activities in which students have to put all together.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


  1. 40% attendance and performance in theoretical lectures and practical seminaries. 

  2. 60% exposition of a practical activity. 



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


D. Tataj. Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Growth Model for Europe Beyond the Crisis. New York: Innovation Library New York, 2015.