ENTREP 5029 - Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2022

The Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units) is a capstone course in the Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship that provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a real-world problem of their choice. It offers scope for candidates to pursue their own real-world investigation in one of three broadly defined areas, namely; the new enterprise creation process or, the strategic management of innovation relevant to established or growth oriented SMEs and other organisations. Students will present their proposed topic to the Coordinator for approval prior to commencement of the work. They will undertake a theory-driven, rigorous investigation that assists with understanding and/or action required for the selected real-world problem.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 5029
    Course Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units)
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of all core courses for this Masters Program, except ENTREP 7048
    Incompatible ENTREP 7061A & ENTREP 7061B or ENTREP 5028A & ENTREP 5028B
    Assumed Knowledge Completion of all core courses for this Masters Program
    Restrictions Available for MAppInnovEntr and MInnovEntr students only
    Course Description The Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units) is a capstone course in the Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship that provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a real-world problem of their choice. It offers scope for candidates to pursue their own real-world investigation in one of three broadly defined areas, namely; the new enterprise creation process or, the strategic management of innovation relevant to established or growth oriented SMEs and other organisations. Students will present their proposed topic to the Coordinator for approval prior to commencement of the work. They will undertake a theory-driven, rigorous investigation that assists with understanding and/or action required for the selected real-world problem.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Stephen Zhang

    Program Director Contact Details: Postgraduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Name: Associate Professor Stephen Zhang
    email: stephen.zhang@adelaide.edu.au

    Teaching Staff

    Name: Associate Professor Stephen Zhang
    Researcher profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/stephen.zhang
    Email: stephen.zhang@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The 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.

    To achieve the goals of this course, you will need to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the relevance of entrepreneurship research for arriving at intended practical entrepreneurship outcomes. To present the findings of your work you will need a comprehensive understanding of the nature and purpose of written and oral communications in achieving project outcomes. Therefore it is advisable to have completed all the core courses of your program to integrate relevant knowledge from other courses into the Major Project Output (plan, report or paper).

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Explain the nature and purpose of innovation and entrepreneurship research and its relationship to innovation or entrepreneurship practice
    2 Generate a database of related articles and reports from academic journal databases, industry, government and general media sources
    3 Examine in-depth a selected and agreed area of entrepreneurship that relates to, influences and/or underpins the entrepreneurial practice.
    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.
    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
    Text book: No text required
    Recommended Resources
    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.
    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is a self-directed learning course supervised by your teaching staff. Support is provided both on-campus and online.

    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). You can expect to commit 312 hours to this 6 unit course.
    Learning Activities Summary

    This is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.

    Content Readings Activities
    1 Introduction To be provided as required Discussion

    The Project in Entrepreneurship is a self-directed study program that offers scope for candidates to pursue their own entrepreneurship related interest in three broadly defined areas, namely; innovation and the new enterprise creation process, the strategic management of entrepreneurship or innovation in the context of established organisations, communities or economic regions. The project will require a research element however it may be either an applied research activity or a more theoretical/academic project that targets a specific topic or issue relevant to entrepreneurship and innovation. A candidate will complete the proposed topic submitted to the Course Lecturer for approval prior to commencement of any project work.

    The Project in Entrepreneurship course is therefore designed for a candidate to pursue research into an area or topic related to their entrepreneurship career that holds personal interest or value. Previous candidates have, for example, used the Project as a vehicle to prepare a business plan and undertake a literature review of a critical component of the business proposition that will influence the plans outcome. Alternatively, a candidate may consider preparing an implementation report with a literature review on a single aspect of the implementation. The report could for instance document entrepreneurial strategies adopted by an established organisation to improve its specific innovation or general performance. The literature review could examine a key management issue encountered by the organisation during the implementation of these strategies.

    This course is designed to integrate much of the course work undertaken to date. The decision about what project to undertake is made by the candidate in consultation with the lecturer and/or supervisor. It is expected however that any project will have sufficient challenge and stretch to constitute 20-24 hours per week.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Consultation Schedule
    There are no formal classes for this course and instead candidates work directly with a supervisor for their chosen project. Remember this is a self-study program so it is up to you to plan and make the most of your resources (including your lecturer/supervisor) to successfully complete this course of study. Appointment times for the review and supervision sessions will be available by prior arrangement.

    Thursday 1pm to 4pm is set aside for course consultation. Specific topics to be covered will be provided throughout the course.

  • 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
    #AssessmentLengthWeightingDue DateLearning Outcomes
    1 Project Proposal Typically 1,000-1,500 words 10% Week 2 1
    2 Applied Research Results 3,000 - 4,000 words 30% Week 8 2,3
    3 Major Project Output
    (Plan, report or paper)

    Typically 4,000 – 6,000 words

    50% Week 12 4,5
    4 Participation Course duration 10% Ongoing 1,3,4
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Candidates will be assessed by participation and submission of three assignments. All assignments must be completed to be eligible to pass the course. Coverage of the lecture materials and participation in the presentation sessions are compulsory. Lectures must be attended or, in special circumstances, an alternate approach to lecture attendance may be negotiated. Participation in the presentations can either be ‘in person’ or by ‘virtual’ means also by negotiation.

    It is expected that assignments will be typed, using word processing software such as Microsoft Word. The preference is for you to hand in a printed and bound assignment, and also submit the file via the MyUni Gradebook.

    Don’t cram too many words onto a page: use a line spacing of 1.5 lines, and a right-hand margin of 4cm (to enable feedback and comments). If software other than Microsoft Word is used, the file format must be one that can be read using Word, such as .doc, .docx or .rtf (rich text format). PDF (Acrobat) format is not acceptable unless accompanied by an editable Microsoft Word document or similar.

    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning during classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.

    Course results may be subject to moderation by the Assessment Review Committee.
    Assessment Detail
    Project Proposal
    This assignment requires the candidate to develop the Project Proposal in consultation with the lecturer and/or supervisor. The Project Proposal will outline the practical area that the student will be working on in relation to the course objectives and demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical aspects that may inform and shape the applied project. The Proposal provides the framework for undertaking both assessment items 2 and 3.

    Research Paper
    This assignment is designed for the candidate to demonstrate a capacity to identify and use academic, government, media or general reference sources to expand their knowledge of particular issues encountered in entrepreneurship.

    Major Project Output
    You are required to present a professionally written report detailing the project work you have negotiated with the lecturer.

    You are expected to contribute, initiate and comment upon issues relevant to the Projects, in face-to-face discussion and/or in the online forums when used.

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both).
    • Cover Sheet: Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet (found in MyUni, under Modules) providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Assessment extensions request: An application for Assessment Extension should be made before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances. See sections 3 and 7a) i. in particular on assessment extensions in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) Policy.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.
    • Resubmission: of an assignment after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted. Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    • Appealing a mark or grade: If you are dissatisfied with your mark or grade, you may request a review or re-mark. There must be academic or procedural reasons for your request, so you can’t simply request a re-mark because you are disappointed with your result. For more information on the process see Assessment Grievance: Appealing a mark or grade
    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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