TECHCOMM 3001 - New Venture Planning

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Project management principles and practice; foresight and forecasting methodologies; types of business plans and their uses; financial, marketing and operational aspects of an innovation plan; strategic analysis of innovation and identification of opportunities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code TECHCOMM 3001
    Course New Venture Planning
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive: Lectures and practicals
    Course Description Project management principles and practice; foresight and forecasting methodologies; types of business plans and their uses; financial, marketing and operational aspects of an innovation plan; strategic analysis of innovation and identification of opportunities.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gary Hancock

    Name: Professor Noel Lindsay

    Short Bio:
    Noel graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a PhD in Commerce. Prior to his current position, he held positions at The University of Queensland (Director, Centre for the Development of Entrepreneurs), Bond University (in Australia – Director, Australian Centre for Family Business; and in South Africa – Director, MBA Program), and the University of South Australia (Director, Centre for the Development of Entrepreneurs). He joined the University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) as its Director in July 2006 where he also is the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation. In 2012, Noel was seconded from his position as Director of the ECIC to the position of Academic Director Singapore Operations where he is responsible for the academic operations of the Ngee Ann Adelaide Education Centre. He currently is also Acting Head of the School of Marketing and Management.

    Noel's research interests include both business and social entrepreneurship. He lectures in the areas of entrepreneurship, business planning, and venture finance.

    As an entrepreneur, Noel has successfully established, grown, and harvested a number of business ventures in Australia, Malaysia, and South Africa. In addition to his entrepreneurship experience, Noel also was a Director of a $22m Australian venture capital fund for a number of years that invested between $1 - 3 million in growth oriented entrepreneurial ventures.

    Noel has an accounting background in public practice including the corporate insolvency field (in the area of company liquidations and receiverships). He currently is an associate director in a firm of chartered accountants in Adelaide where he consults in the areas of family enterprise, entrepreneurial finance, and strategic planning. Noel is a Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of CPA Australia (he holds public practicing certificates with both organisations), and he is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.


    Phone: +61 8 8313 2561
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Opening intensive:
    Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th September
    Napier 210

    Closing intensive:
    Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th October
    Napier 210
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understand how to develop a strategic business plan
    2 Develop their own effective strategic business plan
    3 Know how to communicate their business plan effectively to financiers and other stakeholders
    4 Understand the pros and cons of developing a business plan
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2,3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-4
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    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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