MM561: Innovation

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N300046102
Assessment: Second examiner: None
Grading: Pass/Fail
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Spring
Level: Bachelor

STADS ID (UVA): N300046101
ECTS value: 2.5

Date of Approval: 02-10-2019

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Archive


This course is offered in the Spring semester and satisfies the 'innovation' requirement. 

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. 

Academic preconditions

There are no preconditions. 

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to enable the student to think critically and develop innovative ideas. This is important in many areas of research, employment, and entrepreneurship. These skills will be developed by examining current problems and innovative solutions for which mathematical thinking is relevant. These example problems are taken from both research and industry and focus on innovative ideas rather than products. 

The course does not have any formal entry requirements, but is recommended in the second year of study. It aims to foster critical thinking skills and the development of innovative ideas.  

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

  • Give the competence to identify obstacles to innovation in a particular research area or technological sector 
  • Give skills to think critically about potential paths to innovative ideas and approaches. 
  • Give knowledge and understanding of examples of innovative ideas in research and industry. In particular, how mathematical thinking contributes to advancement of new ideas both in research and outside of academia. 

Expected learning outcome

The learning objective of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:

  • discuss and identify roadblocks to innovation in research and industry
  • synthesize information about a particular field into suggestions for innovative ideas, and critically identify their strong and weak points. 


The following main topics are contained in the course:

  • Innovative ideas resulting from mathematical thinking 
  • Critical thinking skills, applied to problems in research and society
  • Independent research and discussion of potentially innovative ideas for a particular problem. 


See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Exam element a)








Second examiner: None




Full name and SDU username


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value


Additional information

Assessment is based on a group or individual project and presentation given once during the semester, as well as the participation in critical discussion of other presentations by class members and others.

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

15 hours per semester

Teaching Method

In order to enable the students to achieve the learning objectives of the course, the contact hours are organized so that students attend lectures from experts in the state-of-the-art in research and industry, as well as presentations from their classmates. 

There in approx. one class hour weekly for 15 weeks.

The course is expected to have an even load throughout the semester.

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
David Kyed Institut for Matematik og Datalogi


Administrative Unit

Institut for Matematik og Datalogi (matematik)

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