INTBUS 7503 - International Entrepreneurship and Innovation (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2024

This course analyses how international opportunity identification and exploitation are often critical to the firm's long term growth and survival and often results in the firm seeking to exploit those opportunities by entering overseas markets. The course focuses on the development of skills to identify and evaluate international business opportunities by ventures that aspire to become international or extend the scope of existing international operations. Specific topics include understanding entrepreneurship and innovation as a process; opportunity identification competencies; cross-border expansion opportunities and challenges that entrepreneurs' face such as, for example, market entry, resourcing international operations (e.g. exporting), forming alliances, managing growth, and cross-border financing in different regions of the world. The course thereby provides students with the opportunity to focus on specific issues facing small to medium sized enterprises, some of which are also family run firms. Students develop an understanding of the constraints and advantages in developing a new venture and managing the additional burden of internationalization, which for some new ventures is rapid or accelerated.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code INTBUS 7503
    Course International Entrepreneurship and Innovation (M)
    Coordinating Unit Management
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours per Trimester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge COMMGMT 7104, ECON 7200, ACCTNG 7025, INTBUS 7500, COMMERCE 7039, COMMGMT 7006
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Glen Wheatley

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Describe the economic importance and concepts of international entrepreneurship in theory and practice, and how entrepreneurship relates to innovation in a globalised environment.
    2 Identify the attitudes, values, characteristics, behaviours, and processes associated with successful international entrepreneurship and describe the role of the entrepreneur in creating value with international activity.
    3 Describe and analyse the ways in which entrepreneurs identify opportunity internationally, communicate value, manage risk and access funding.
    4 Evaluate challenges in application of international entrepreneurial activities arising from domestic and international legal, social, political, economic, ethical, and cultural issues and design appropriate responses to these challenges for entrepreneurial value creation.
    5 Identify new international business opportunities for value creation.
    6 Design ways to acquire knowledge, partnerships, and networks and build alliances for creating value internationally.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Required resources are available on MyUni.

    Although no textbook is required, the following book is recommended:

    The book is also available via the university library.

    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
    Canvas, the Learning Management System, is the center of online learning for this course. The course content (text, video and discussions) includes links to relevant online resources outside of Canvas.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in a blended learning mode with face to face lectures as intensives and additional resources and activities available online.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The learning activities in this course are outlined at the beginning of each module in Canvas, the learning management system.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Task   Weighting
    Individual Project Individual 35%
    Group In-Class Exercises & Case Studies Intensives 30%
    Topic Dialogues Canvas 15%
    Module Quizzes Canvas 10%
    Individual Participation 10%
    Total 100%
    Due Dates : Please refer to MyUni

    Students must complete all course assessment requirements and attend all intensives to be eligible to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    The assessment components are as follows:
    (Please refer to MyUni for specific topic information)

    Individual Project: “Effectual Learning Plan”
    Weighting: 35%
    Due Date: Friday, Week 9
    Submission Details:
    Each student will submit their work via Canvas. Do not email.
    Create a file name that identifies you as the author ie Assignment1_student_name_studentnumber.docx.

    Formulate an idea for a start-up in any industry which you would like to create. Using your results of the exercises from intensives and the other course content (Modules 1 to 9, including design thinking and lean start-up methodology), prepare an integrated document with the following components:

    • Executive Summary
    • A business model canvas (BMC)
    • A list of the major hypotheses, describing their relevance
    • A list of key experiments to test the hypotheses
    • Description of other customer development activities
    • Any relevant appendices and/or attachments to document market size, opportunity background, etc.

    M-02 - The Entrepreneur
    M-03 - Risk, Uncertainty and the Entrepreneur
    M-04 - Finding and Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities
    M-05 - Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    M-06 - Globalisation and International Entrepreneurship

    Length and Presentation:
    A summarising text document in MS Word format (to allow commenting) and any other relevant attachments such as spreadsheets, presentation slides, images, audio or video files. The core document (not including attachments or appendices) is not to exceed 2,000 words.

    Marking Criteria:
    Applying critical thinking and being insightful, concise and complete is more important than the word count.

    Learning objectives:
    2 - 6

    Group In-Class Exercises & Case Studies (6 Intensives)
    Weighting: With each session of Group Exercises contributing 5%, the total of all group exercises will be 30%
    Due Date: Each group exercise will be due at midnight the same day as the intensive.

    Submission Details:
    Each group will submit their work via Canvas during the intensive session.

    Task: Each group exercise will be unique and introduced during the intensive session. Groups will be given a specific task to complete for submission via Canvas.

    Effectuation: Heuristics of Expert Entrepreneurs (M2)
    Risk, Uncertainty & Decision Making (M3)
    Lean Startup Methodology, Business Model Canvas (M4)
    Creativity & Innovation (M5); International Entrepreneurship (M6)
    Venture Scaling & Transitioning (M8)
    Social Entrepreneurship (M9)

    Length and Presentation:
    A short text document in MS Word format (to allow commenting) of a specific length (related to the nature of the Group Exercise).

    Marking Criteria:
    Demonstration of relevant learning objectives and graduate attributes.

    Learning objectives
    1 to 6

    Topic Dialogues
    Weighting: The total weighting of Topic Dialogues is 15%.
    Due Date: Ongoing
    Each full module must be completed to move on to the next module, which cannot be accessed until their set opening dates. In preparation for engaging intensive sessions in which all students share a minimum level of knowledge, the due dates for modules are set in advance of the corresponding intensive session.

    Submission Details:
    Student responses to discussion questions will be captured by Canvas, the Learning Management System and will be made available to other students in the cohort. As such, care is to be taken to not include sensitive, disrespectful or otherwise damaging content.

    Task: Students are to complete all readings and view all videos presented in each Canvas module. This content is the basis for discussion questions in which students are required to give a short response of usually several sentences. Upon submission of their response to the discussion question, students are expected to review the responses of others in the cohort and where relevant, make constructive comments, pose additional questions or otherwise engage in respectful further discussion.

    Scope: All modules of the course will be included in the Topic Dialogues score.

    Length and Presentation:
    Most discussion question responses will be short (several sentences).

    Marking Criteria:
    The quality, insightfulness and synthesis of course content with personal and professional experience will enrich the learning experience for all students.

    Learning objectives:
    1 to 6

    Module Quizzes
    Weighting: The total of all Quizzes will be 10%
    Due Date: Each Module Quiz is made available to the student via Canvas upon completion of the respective module.
    Submission Details:
    Student responses to quiz questions will be automatically captured and scored by Canvas, the Learning Management System.

    Task: Completion of specific multiple choice and/or true/false questions on the content of each module.

    Scope: Each Quiz will only cover the content of the specific module.
    M-01 - Understanding Entrepreneurship
    M-02 - The Entrepreneur
    M-03 - Risk, Uncertainty and the Entrepreneur
    M-04 - Finding and Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities
    M-05 - Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    M-06 - Globalisation and International Entrepreneurship
    M-07 - Entrepreneurship and Teams
    M-08 - Structures for Venture Control & Transitioning
    M-09 - Social Entrepreneurship

    Length and Presentation
    Five to 10 questions per Quiz.

    Marking Criteria:
    Correct or incorrect answers.

    Learning objectives
    1 to 6

    Individual Participation
    Weighting: The total weighting of Individual Participation is 10%.
    Due Date: Ongoing

    Task: Students are expected to fully participate in all individual and group activities throughout the duration of the course. Participation will be evaluated based on students’ preparedness, engagement and interaction.

    Scope: This assessment will assess understanding of the course content presented and effort applied.

    Marking Criteria:
    The quality, insightfulness and synthesis of course content with personal and professional experience will enrich the learning experience for all students.

    Learning objectives
    1 to 6
    All text based assignments must be submitted via the online course site. Please submit documents in a PDF format.
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni. Please refer to step by step instructions:

    Presentation of Assignments
    • Please must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • Please include as your first page an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’, which is signed and dated by you before submission.
    • All group assignments must be attached to a ‘Group Assignment Cover Sheet’, which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.

    Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    A copy of the Postgraduate Programs: Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from

    This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.
    In preparing any written piece of assessment for your postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)
    The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.

    Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late. Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturer’s aim to mark and return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments from either their tutorials or lectures. If assignments aren’t collected after two (2) weeks, the assignments will be available at the Student Hub for two (2) weeks. The remaining assignments will only be posted out to the students, if the correct mailing addresses are on the assignments.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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