TECHCOMM 3008NA - Entrepreneurship Research Project
Ngee Ann Academy - Quadmester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code TECHCOMM 3008NA Course Entrepreneurship Research Project Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Quadmester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Ngee Ann Academy Units 6 Contact 72 contact hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge Knowledge of the content of core courses for the B. Innovation and Entrep Course Description The aim of this course is to enable students from a variety of backgrounds to gain experience and develop their knowledge in entrepreneurship into practical skills to a very high level. The course will assist in the development of interpersonal skills, analytical ability, and business acumen to the stage that the student is confident of starting and running a new venture. On completion of this course, students should be able to;
Demonstrate the practical skills in researching, planning, and executing a business plan for a new venture
Demonstrate an ability to operationalise a business plan and assessing the risks and opportunities that arise from this activity
Demonstrate a high level of competence in the entrepreneurial process and be able to communicate that knowledge to others
The syllabus incorporates proposing and operationalising a practical business plan, implementing it, and exiting the business in either a start-up, existing business, or role play.
Course Coordinator: Dr Gary HancockTeaching Staff
Name: Doris Yee
Doris has over 20 years of experience in engineering and investing. She has worked with many entrepreneurs and served as Director/Observer on the Boards of companies in US, New Zealand and China.
Since 1999, Doris has been involved in venture investing; initially at the National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) of Singapore, a government agency promoting technology development and entrepreneurship where she pioneered the Venture Incentive Scheme catalyzing the formation of technology enterprises and later at iGlobe Partners, a venture capital firm, where she was General Partner managing investments across US, New Zealand, China and Singapore. She is currently serving as Director of Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA), the representative body for PE and VC Fund Management Companies in Singapore and concurrently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School Department of Finance.
As a shareholder, Board member/Observer, she has advised many companies; mentoring CEOs, assisting in the recruitment of key management, independent board members, undertaking business development, assisting in fundraising, acquisitions and exit opportunities.
Doris is a Certified Trainer/Facilitator and Assessor and has shared her experiences through speaking engagements, judging panels at forums and training programmes both locally and overseas such as Global Wireless Venturing Forums, China Private Equity Conference, Lee Kuan Yew Business Plan competitions, Global Security Asia Conference, Stanford Global Entrepreneurs Challenge, China Universities Business Plan Competition as well as courses organised by the Singapore Venture Capital Association, French Business School ESSEC, University of Adelaide and the National University of Singapore.
Doris holds an MBA and a Bachelor Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with Honours, both from the National University of Singapore. Doris served as Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Venture Capital Association(SVCA) from 2007 to 2011.. She served on the IT Advisory Panel of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce from 2007-2009. She served on the NUS Venture Fund Support Committee from 2004-2005. She is a Full Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe overall aim of this course is to consolidate a student’s understanding of entrepreneurship practice and its relationship to entrepreneurship theory and research. A candidate should be aiming to become a subject matter expert in a particular area related to implementing an innovative or entrepreneurial project. The course contains a student driven research based project and therefore the nature of each project is negotiated with the lecturer/supervisor. A major objective is for candidates to integrate the knowledge gained through other courses and demonstrate mastery of their chosen subject domain.
1 Understand and communicate the nature and purpose of innovation and entrepreneurship research and its relationship to innovation or entrepreneurship practice 2 Employ literature search techniques to develop a personal library of related articles from academic journal databases, industry, government and general media sources. 3 Candidates examine in-depth a selected and agreed area of entrepreneurship theory and research that relates to and/or influences the practice of entrepreneurship. 4 Apply effective communication skills in the development and presentation of business and research papers, reports, and plans. 5 Construct a Major Project Output (plan, report or paper) that produces evidence of an integrated and self-directed research and practical learning experience that synthesises a range of course material acquired throughout the entrepreneurship program.
To achieve these goals, you will need to demonstrate as a minimum:
- A comprehensive understanding of the relevance of entrepreneurship research for arriving at intended practical entrepreneurship outcomes.
- A comprehensive understanding of the nature and purpose of written and oral communications in achieving project outcomes.
- The integration of relevant knowledge from other courses into the Major Project Output (plan, report or paper).
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, 3 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. 5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
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# Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes 1 2 3 4 5 Total 100%
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