TECHCOMM 3001NA - New Venture Planning
Ngee Ann Academy - Quadmester 3 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code TECHCOMM 3001NA Course New Venture Planning Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Quadmester 3 Level Undergraduate Location/s Ngee Ann Academy Units 3 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 Coordinator: Dr Gary HancockName: Matthew McKinlay
Short Bio: Matthew is currently completing his PhD in innovation, with a focus on the iPod, digital music and the internet. Previously, Matthew has researched entrepreneurship at a state level in Australia, using data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, which is an international research program coordinated by Babson College (US) and the London School of Economics (UK).
Phone: +61 8 8313 7422
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Opening intensive:
Friday 25 July 2014 7pm-10pm Saturday 26 July 2014 1pm-8pm Sunday 27 July 2014 9am-4pm
Friday 29 August 2014 7pm-10pm Saturday 30 August 2014 1pm-8pm Sunday 31 August 2014 9am-4pm
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
Required ResourcesText book:
No Text book required.
Students will have access to a comprehensive set of entrepreneurship and business plan readings (and business plan case example):
· Lindsay, Noel, Craig, Justin, and Geronimos, Gail (2009). Business Planning for Entrepreneurs, Module 2, Authors Academic Publishing, Corvallis, USA. (Handout)
· Timmons, Jeffry A. and Spinelli, Stephen Jr. (2009). New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, 8th edition. McGraw-Hill Irwin, Boston. Chapter 3 (Handout)
· Lindsay, Noel (2010). Business Plan Template. (Handout)
· 2MBA Business Plan (Handout) – Students should read this in advance and be prepared to discuss this business plan in class on Saturday 27 July 2013.
· Bell, Gordon and Mason, Heidi, Bell-Mason Diagnostic, Chapter 10. (Handout)
· Lindsay, Noel (2010). Common Financial Ratio Formulae (Handout)
Recommended ResourcesThough not compulsory, students may wish to have a look at the following entrepreneurship texts:
· Timmons, Jeffry A., Gillin, L. M., Burshtein, S., and Spinelli, Stephen Jr. (2010). New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century – A Pacific Rim Perspective, 1st Edition. McGraw-Hill Irwin.
· Hisrich, Robert D., Peters, Michael P., and Shepherd, Dean A. (2010). Entrepreneurship, 8th Edition. McGraw-Hill Irwin, Boston
Students are also encouraged to review some of the following to supplement their knowledge:
· Business plan books that are widely available
· Entrepreneur/venture capitalist media sites such as Entrepreneur.com, Inc.com, and RedHerring.com
· Scholarly entrepreneurship journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Venture Capital, and Family Business Review where you will find the latest in what is happening in international entrepreneurship research.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
Learning Activities Summary
Learning Activites Summary Intensive Date Content Readings/Activities 1 25/07/14
Review of the entrepreneurial process
Ch 3 Timmons & Spinelli Handout
Activity: Short presentation on your strengths (and weaknesses) and how these will be important to the team in developing a business plan
2 26/07/14 Overview of the business plan and the business planning process
Critique of a business plan
Discussion of the business idea for this course
Business Planning for Entrepreneurs (Lindsay, Craig and Geronimos 2009)
Activity: Critique of the 2MBA business plan
Activity: Critique of the 2MBA business plan presentation
Activity: Class forms into teams to discuss project and member responsibilities
3 27/07/14 The process forward for managing the project Activity: Presentation of A3 business plan critique
Activity: Development of work plan and work on developing business plan
29/08/14 Financial pro formas Examination Test
Activity: Students present an overview of their business plan progress and discuss challenges encountered
Activity: Work on developing plan
5 30/08/14 Presenting your business plan Activity: Work on developing business plan
Activity: Poster plan presentation in class
Activity: Critique the two other reports (individually)
Activity: Prepare questions for the two other teams (as a team)
6 31/08/14 Presentations Activity: Oral presentation (each person in the team must present) with other students testing the depth of knowledge of the presenters via asking searching questions
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An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
# Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes 1 Examination Test 1 hour (see below) 25% Friday 29/08/2014 1,4 2 Written Business Plan – Group Assignment Three A3 page poster plan, 4,500 words max 30% 1.30pm, Saturday 30/08/2014 2 3 Oral Presentation of Business Plan 15 min presentation plus 10-15 Q&A 15% Sunday 31/08/2014 3 4 Critique of two business plans 1000 words max 10% Sunday 31/08/2014 1,3,4 5 Reflective Learning Log 1.000 words max 10% Sunday 07/09/2014 1,2,3,4 6 Class Participation See below 10% Throughout course 1,2,3,4 Total 100%
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