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Faculty of Economics, Mathematical, Physical And Natural Sciences

Innovation and technology management

Milano

Academic year 2022/2023

Duration 2 anni

Language English

Degree class LM-77 (Scienze economico-aziendali)


Students will follow the same pathway in the first year, after which, in the second year, they will be able to choose between two curricula.

FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR

COURSES TAKEN BY ALL STUDENTS

ECTS

IT Coding and Applications

8

One elective course:

Global challenges and firm strategies, Economics of innovation

8

Two elective courses among:

Omnichannel management, Organizing and leading change, Management control systems and performance measurement, Project and people management

16

Materials physics and technologies (8 ECTS) + Lab. Technologies in action (4 ECTS)

12

Intellectual property and labour law

8

One elective course among:

History of innovation, Privacy and security, Cross-cultural negotiation, Internet Technologies and Smart Working

8



SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR

COURSES TAKEN BY ALL STUDENTS

ECTS

Applied statistics for business analytics

8

Elective courses (1)

8

 

Notes:

Elective courses (1)
One exam among the following (if not already chosen):

History of innovation (8 ECTS); Cross-cultural negotiation (8 ECTS); Internet technologies and Smart working (8 ECTS); Privacy and security (8 ECTS); Global challenges and firm strategies (8 ECTS); Economics of innovation (8 ECTS); Omnichannel management (8 ECTS); Organizing and leading change (8 ECTS); Management control systems and performance measurement (8 ECTS); Project and people management (8 ECTS); One of the exams of the not selected curriculum

The Innovation Process Management curriculum is designed for students seeking careers in industrial, service and consultancy companies. Students will learn how to manage and organise a process of change, in terms of risk evaluation and financial concerns, and how to implement a plan, both on a corporate and business level.

 

ECTS

Strategic supply chain management

8

Finance and risk management

8

Strategies for emerging technologies

8

Internship or Innovation process management Field Project

8 or 4

Master Thesis

12 or 16

The Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship curriculum is suitable for students wishing to undertake innovation projects in small and medium-sized companies and to launch or participate in new entrepreneurial initiatives. It includes courses on: nurturing and managing business initiatives and launching a start-up; managing product development and innovation financing and marketing new product/service ideas.

 

ECTS

Design thinking and start-up launch

8

Project financing and open innovation

8

Marketing innovation

8

Internship or Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Field Project

8 or 4

Master Thesis

12 or 16

The Field Project of the second year consists of a team project commissioned by a company, supervised by an Academic tutor and a Company tutor. The Company tutor will meet the students at least 3 times:

  • Project definition and references/data;
  • Intermediate meeting;
  • Final meeting/presentation of results.

The Field Project will take place from March to June of the second year.
The students are requested to develop both an analysis and a managerial and operational proposal about a critical issue proposed by the company.
Groups will be organized by the Academic Committee taking into consideration the suggestions given by the companies after having reviewed the students’ CV.
The Field Project will account for 4 ECTS and will be evaluated through a mark expressed in 30/30. This assessment will be based on the judgment of both the Academic tutor, the Company tutor and the Academic Committee.
The companies will also be able to host Internships of the students participating in the Field Projects at the end of the same and in extracurricular mode.

The Internship is alternative to the second year Field Project. Internships offer students the chance to access the world of work in order to experience and apply the concepts learned in university and to evaluate their real motivation when stepping into a professional role.
An internship represents an opportunity for professional and personal growth and enhances the student’s study curriculum as it is integrative to individual study and the university learning process.
They can be seen as a moment of experimentation, a way to try out a particular career which enables students to see the connection between knowledge acquired at university and how it is applied in a particular organisation.
Since the University understands how important internships are, they are now included in most of its academic programmes as credit-bearing activities.
The project internship is a work-related experience in organisations (companies and institutions) which offers the opportunity to approach the job market and enhances the learning progress.
The University considers this experience as part of the learning process, together with lectures and individual study.

Three different typologies of Internships:

  1. Partner Internship: Opportunities of Internship delivered by MSc Partners and can vary in timing. Partners companies have the priority in evaluating the students’ CV and will contact and select the students autonomously.
  2. Free Internship: Students can find freely an Internship in companies different from MSc Partners. In this case, they must follow the standard Catholic University’s procedures through the Stage and Placement office.
  3. UCSC Department Internship: Some Internships could be offered by Departments of Catholic University, aimed at participating to a research project jointly developed by Catholic University’s researchers and by companies.

Requirements to get 8 ECTS:

  • The content of the internship must be consistent with the educational objectives of the MSc program the student is enrolled in (innovation and technology aspects);
  • The duration of the Internship must be at least 3 months;
  • The Internship must start from September onwards of the second academic year .

For the assessment of the Internship, students must deliver a final report, assessment by the company tutor and monthly register (details and forms are available on the ITEM Student Community on Blackboard platform). These documents will be evaluated in 30/30 by the Academic Committee.

Academic internship and field project committee

Prof. Alfredo D’Angelo (Internship and Field Project Coordinator & Member of the evaluation Committee)
Prof. Marco Minciullo (Member of the evaluation Committee)
Prof. Elisa Martina Martinelli (Internship Tutor) elisamartina.martinelli@unicatt.it

Preparation for the Master Thesis begins during the second year. Under the supervision of the Professor of the programme, students will be asked to submit an original research proposal and give some ideas of the research plan. The Master Thesis must fulfil the originality and autonomy requirements. Two main features will be evaluated:

  • Capability of autonomous development of a research project, conceptualised in research questions;
  • Articulation of a research project that highlights a) correct use of sources, data and methodologies, b) ability of the student to elaborate pattern of analysis and discussion of findings; c) control of results in terms of implications and contributions in literature.

There are two types of Master Thesis. For students who take an Internship (8 ECTS), the Thesis counts for 12 ECTS; for students who take the Innovation process management Field Project or the Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Field Project (4 ECTS), the Thesis will be worth 16 ECTS.

1) Master Thesis of 12 ECTS

This typology of Master Thesis is configured as the result of the Internship experience (8 ECTS) in a Company or at a Catholic University’s department. Some conditions must be respected:

  1. the Internship must be aimed at a specific activity having a professional content;
  2. the Internship must produce a report;
  3. the report and the Master Thesis must be clearly discernible, both respectively characterised by a specific and different aims. In fact, this Thesis is the student’s individual dissertation on a specific topic connected to the job developed during the internship.

The Thesis accounts for 12 ECTS. It is estimated that the student will be engaged in this Thesis for about 5 months (Internship included). The whole work is approximately 80-100 pages long. The content is to be structured as follows: a) brief introduction of the topic, conceptually (some literature references); b) development of the project taken in the internship; c) discussion and managerial suggestions.

The student is evaluated in a range from 0 to 4 points:

  • 0-1: the Thesis doesn’t respect the conditions regarding its different status from the report. The requirements of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project aren’t satisfied. Originality and critical analysis aren’t demonstrated due to a mere description and summary of the theme of research.
  • 2-3: the Thesis has partially reached the main features of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project. It moderately demonstrates originality and critical analysis.
  • 4: the Thesis has met the main purposes demonstrating ability of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project through an original and critical analysis.

According to the proposal of 4 points for the Thesis or in order to confer a graduation with honour, the Supervisor has to anticipate a written and reasoned motivation to the Degree Board. The attribution of graduation with honour depends on the curriculum, final grade average and achievement of the 4 points.

 

2) Master Thesis of 16 ECTS

This Master Thesis is for students who have participated to the second year Field Project.
This Master Thesis is the student’s individual dissertation on a research topic suggested by the student and/or by the academic Supervisor. This Thesis is based on a project aimed at developing new knowledge on an innovative topic of particular interest for companies and researchers.

Students can decide if conducting a theoretical or empirical research project:

  • Theoretical research project is characterized by an appropriate use of sources and methodological tools from scientific and not scientific literature. The candidate contribution is evaluated on its ability to identify a gap in the literature and then to select, analyse and discuss sources in order to extend the existing knowledge.
  • Empirical research project is composed by a practical research built on the study of literature and empirical evidences. In this specific form, the contribution of the candidate is evaluated on the adequacy and methodological rigor of detection techniques, and its ability to elaborate autonomous interpretation regarding theoretical or practical problems.

The Thesis accounts for 16 ECTS. It is estimated that the student will be engaged in this Individual project for about 6 months (also in parallel with the latest exams). The whole work is approximately 120-140 pages long. The dissertation is expected to prove originality and autonomous activity and effort by the student.

The student is evaluated in a range from 0 to 6 points:

  • 0-2: the Thesis doesn’t respect the requirements of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project. Originality and critical analysis aren’t demonstrated due to a mere description and summary of the theme of research.
  • 3-4: the Thesis has partially reached the main features of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project. It moderately demonstrates originality and critical analysis.
  • 5-6: the Thesis has met the main purposes demonstrating ability of autonomous development and correct articulation of the research project through an original and critical analysis.

According to the proposal of 5-6 points for the Thesis or in order to confer a graduation with honour, the Supervisor has to anticipate a written and reasoned motivation to the Degree Board. The attribution of graduation with honour depends on the curriculum, final grade average and achievement of the 5-6 points range.

During the academic years and beyond traditional frontal lessons, round table, seminars and workshops, training days, company visits and courses off UCSC Milan Campus are only some of the numerous initiatives planned. All these activities are integral parts of the academic programme and for this reason the presence of each student will be registered.

Round Table – this event is a discussion panel structured with an agenda where, after the introduction by the Dean or the Organizing Committee, different business speakers talk about a specific topic moderated by a Professor.

Seminars – these initiatives are presentations and discussions by invited speakers taking places in specific courses, in line with the goal of the course.

Training days – these events are special free days organized by Partner Companies for enhancing a specific student’s competency.

Company visits – these activities are proposed by Partner Companies in order to allow students to directly learn about the work environment and culture of a company.

This Master of Science encourages all the experience abroad as Exchange Programme, Summer Schools, etc. It has to be highlighted that due to its innovative structure and knowledge-intensive schedule, the suggested period to go abroad is during the summer holiday or in the first term of the second year. All students’ requests to attend international programs and take exams in foreign Universities are evaluated only by the Exchange Committee, that is a specific commission different from the ITEM Coordination Committee (the latter is not allowed to accomplish these procedures). Regarding applications and courses’ match, each student must follow the standard UCSC procedure that is the same for all the Masters of Science of our University and the UCSC International Office is at your disposal for additional information. In order to speed up the process, it is recommended to apply for the exchange program as soon as possible

The programme of the two-year master’s degree will be supplemented with a 30-hour semester-long course, made up of seminars and/or single-subject lectures, the topics of which will depend on decisions made by the Theology teaching board.