SCIENT 705 : Research Commercialisation


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Integrative exploration of common theories, processes and models involved in commercialising scientific research. Topics include technology transfer, technological entrepreneurship, commercial potential, risk, and valuation assessment and related tools. Utilises multiple learning approaches including case studies and a 'hands-on' term project.

Course Overview

Research commercialisation is a process the brings together multiple perspectives including strategic management, innovation management and entrepreneurship to make decisions with limited information and extremely limited resources. We use the Harvard case discussion method that involves you reading a case study and two or three articles that introduce different theories or framework on a topic, then using those theories/frameworks to discuss the research commercialisation decision that the organisation in the case study faces and recommend what action they should take. We discuss ten cases over the semester so you become practised as using theories/frameworks that integrate multiple perspectives, assessing research commercialisation situations and putting forward recommendations for action. About half the cases are about NZ organisations and the other half are North American and European, so you are exposed to the realities of commercialising science in different regions, as well as global patterns. We encourage lively class discussion and teamwork, helping you to develop collaborative decision-making skills relevant to the bioscience enterprise setting.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: SCIENT 701, 702

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the main stages and key challenges in research commercialisation through in-class case discussions (Capability 1 and 4)
  2. Outline why uncertainty and risk are inherent to the commercialisation process though in-class case discussions and written case analysis (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  3. Analyse and evaluate business models (i.e. value appropriation/value capture) and related strategies used to advance the commercialisation of bioscience opportunities during in-class case discussions and written group case analysis (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Integrate Integrate different disciplinary tools and concepts to assess the feasibility of science-based opportunities in-class case discussions and written group case analysis (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  5. Outline the consequences that global research commercialisation patterns have for bioscience in Aotearoa-NZ though in-class case discussions and during site visits (Capability 1, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Case Studies 20% Individual Coursework
Discussions 40% Individual Coursework
Group 30% Group & Individual Coursework
Presentation 10% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Case Studies

Learning Resources

There is no required textbook for the course. Weekly readings are listed in Canvas. You can access the reading via the readings page on Canvas too.
You will be required to purchase case studies. These cost approximately $30 for the semester. Details are provided via Canvas. 

Special Requirements

The field trip in week 10 or 11 is during class time and in walking distance of the Univeristy.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect one three-hour class each week that is mainly used for the case discussions and the working on the team case analysis. Expect 4-5 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 2 hours of work on assignments each week.

Other Information

There are no traditional lectures. This is a case discussion where students discuss the case and the lecturer guides the discussion. There are no lecture recordings.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 12/02/2020 08:13 p.m.