SCIENT 706 : Commercialisation Project


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A supervised practical application of the theories, concepts and techniques of commercialisation, covered in courses SCIENT 701-705, to a research-based opportunity and its related intellectual property estate.

Course Overview

SCIENT 706 is an ‘action-learning’ course which applies the theory of research commercialisation to real science research-derived intellectual properties. The course consists of two significant group term projects conducted with the assistance of UniServices mentors under formal confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements. The intellectual properties used for the projects of the course have been sourced from Auckland UniServices Limited.

The central goal of SCIENT 706 is to provide PGDipBioEnt programme participants opportunities to extend significantly their understanding of (1) the nature, theories, tools, and methods of research commercialisation, and (2) the practical realities of commercialising science-derived intellectual properties in an international context. A related objective is to assist the projects’ science advisors – principal investigators, science doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows – in gaining or enhancing their appreciation for the challenges, concepts, and methods of research commercialisation.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: SCIENT 701, 702, 704 Corequisite: SCIENT 703, 705

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Develop capabilities around technology transfer and commercial assessment methods relevant to bioscience-and life-science based technologies, knowledge, and intellectual property (Capability 1)
  2. Understand and critically evaluate personal, team, managerial, and institutional issues and challenges in technology transfer and research commercialisation. (Capability 2)
  3. Identify and solve key issues and challenges in commercialising an actively researched bioscience-based intellectual property. (Capability 2 and 3)
  4. Critically assess in depth the potential for, and mean of realising value from, two real bioscience-related technologies and their related intellectual property estates. (Capability 2 and 3)
  5. Participate in a team effort, perform to the expectation of peers, and manage intra-group relationships and conflicts. (Capability 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Project (group component) 40% Group Coursework
Project (individual component) 40% Individual Coursework
Peer Review 20% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Project (group component)
Project (individual component)
Peer Review

Learning Resources

There is no compulsory textbook.  Students should refer to the reading material from SCIENT701-705 for useful sources of information.

Special Requirements

All assessment components are compulsory and must be attempted to pass the course.  There is no lab or tutorials, but teams may schedule after-hours support with the lecturer directly.

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 three hours of lectures weekly, and and seven hours on project work.

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.