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Course content

The course aims to give students of the University of Oslo a general insight into how a research result can lead to a business idea that is developed until it can be put into practice as a product or service with value for the user.
The course covers topics such as innovation, concept development, marketing, finances, business models, business law, internationalisation, and provides a brief introduction to these.
The course is practice-based and students work extensively in groups with practical tasks and real examples, in addition to receiving theoretical teaching.

Learning outcome

Students will gain a theoretical and practical introduction to the different aspects of business development. The course gives students an overview of the tools needed to realise an idea. Part of the course includes external guest speakers, who highlight important examples of how knowledge-intensive industry is linked to academic knowledge.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


Teaching is carried out over the semester, as follows:
• 2 hours collective teaching in the week with lectures as the form of teaching.
• 2 hours of group teaching in the week, mandatory attandance 3 times.
• 2 mandatory group assignments: group sizes of 3-5. A detailed description is provided at the first lecture. Group assignments are handed in as a part of the exam. Assignments are set during the semester. Students choose some of these assignments, which will be completed and submitted.


Grade foundation consists of evaluation of the final submission of all required tasks and 3-hour multiple choice exam. The two assessments represent each 50% of the final grade. Both group assignment and multiple choice exam must taken in the same semester.

Participation in the group requires admission to the course.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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