|Duration||12 months on a part-time basis|
|Course Fee||The diploma fee is 3,950 for the year. The fee includes registration, exam and tutor fees, course material, meals and refreshments during seminars held at the distance education locations.|
|Subjects Taught||Innovation and Technology Transfer
To provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to forecast the future technological needs of their organisations, to evaluate the possible sources of new technology, and to manage the transfer of new products and processes, into or out of their organisations;
Participants will develop the ability to identify new technology platforms of potential strategic importance and to successfully assimilate such platforms into their firms;
The module will also address the different mechanisms through which firms can gain the maximum return from technologies that they have developed. These include patents, licensing, and trading in technical know-how.
Marketing Technology Products
Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Technology Finance and Capital
To ensure that participants understand how financial assets (debt and equity claims) are priced in order to build credible proposals for bank and venture capital investment; To develop an appreciation of the relation between new manufacturing technologies and cost structures. New manufacturing technologies result in a radical realignment of cost structures and hence impact upon many operational and strategic decisions.
|Enrolment and Start Dates Comment||1 Year part-time, enrolment September.|
|Financial Support||This course has been approved by ULearning Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 25% for students whose company is a member of the ULearning Skillnet network.
There are also a limited number of free places available for unemployed students who meet the required criteria by ULearning Skillnet.
Please note there are only a limited number of subsidies available for both employed and unemployed students.
Jobseekers please be advised that the Department of Social Protection (DSP) has no mandate to extend welfare support to clients undertaking NFQ Level 9 Programmes. Such programmes cannot be approved by DSP, and on that basis are designated SKN-E. Notwithstanding the above, we may offer a NFQ L.9 place to a welfare recipient. This is conditional on our network informing the individual, during the recruitment & selection phase, that the:
Welfare payment must be relinquished should he/she wish to pursue the programme
Trainee must inform the Social Welfare Local Office (SWLO), prior to commencement, about his/her intention to undertake an SKN-E programme, so that the Office can take the necessary steps to review/withdraw payment
Unfortunately, Skillnets cannot seek exceptional approval from DSP for any jobseekers that wish to accept a place on one of the ULearning Skillnet Level 9 courses.
|Course Content||Specialist Diploma Technology Commercialisation - Specialist Diploma Minor Award Level 9
This course will provide information and guidance to potential entrepreneurs and give Irish industry the business planning skills and knowledge needed to commercialise new technologies, products and services, and to secure project finance. Students will also undertake a project module which supports the learning modules in a more active manner and aids their understanding of the commercialisation options available to an identified venture.
The programme will enhance students' understanding of venture capital financing, along with business planning, business management, marketing and technology development. It is envisaged that this course will also allow participants the opportunity to expand their networks with individuals, companies and agencies involved in Technology Commercialisation.
The programme is offered over 12 months on a part-time basis. Students will have a formal assessment at the end of each semester and an in-company project to complete.
The following is a module outline for each 15 week semester:
The blended approach contains the following elements:
|Entry Requirements||An undergraduate Degree 1st or 2nd Class Honours in any discipline + 1 year of relevant industrial experience; or
Ordinary or 3rd Class Honours Undergraduate Degree + 3 years of relevant industrial experience; or
Recognised Professional Qualification + 3 years of relevant industrial experience.
|Further Enquiries||ULearning Skillnet:
Phone: 086 0214825
|Learning Outcomes||The Diploma in Technology Commercialisation aims to:
equip participants with state of the art reference material to support module topics such as innovation and technology transfer, marketing technology products, technology entrepreneurship and finance and capital;
assist participants to develop technology commercialisation activities within their organisation, realise the potential of innovation and gain a greater understanding of the commercialisation process.
|Methods of Assessment||The programme is offered over 12 months on a part-time basis. Students will have a formal assessment at the end of each semester and an in-company project to complete.|
|Trainer||AUA (Atlantic University Alliance)
The Atlantic University Alliance (AUA), is a consortium of three Universities on the Atlantic coast of Ireland - NUI, Galway, the University of Limerick and University College Cork.
|Location of Course||Galway, Limerick, Cork|