ENTREP 5029EX - Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units)
External - Quadmester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code ENTREP 5029EX Course Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units) Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Quadmester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s External Units 6 Contact Approximately 4 hours per week over 15 weeks (interaction and preparation) Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Assumed Knowledge Completion of all core courses for the Masters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Course Description The Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units) offers scope for candidates to pursue their own business related research interest in 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. A candidate will present their proposed topic to the Coordinator for approval prior to commencement of the work.
The project will therefore allow a candidate to pursue research into an area or topic related to their personal entrepreneurship endeavours. Previous candidates have used the Project as a vehicle for undertaking research that leads to a business plan documenting the means by which a new venture may be established should it implement strategies designed to introduce innovation through entrepreneurial management.
Course StaffProgram Director Contact Details: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Name: Professor Paul Steffens
Phone: +61 8 8313 7512
Name: Dr Larissa Statsenko
Name: Dr Sam Baroudi
Researcher profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/sam.baroudi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Course Dates: Monday 9 April - Sunday 8 July 2018
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.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3,4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3,4,5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesSuggested Textbook: Saunders, Mark N.K., Lewis P. and Thornhill, A. 2015. Research Methods for Business Students PDF eBook (7e) : 9781292016641
Recommended ResourcesUseful texts include:
- Pawar, B.S. 2009. Theory building for hypothesis specification in organizational studies, Response Books, New Delhi.
- Neuman, W.L. 2008. Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches, Pearson Education.
A list containing supplementary readings will be provided before the course start date via MyUni.
It is also recommended that you read relevant journal articles. In particular, you are encouraged to read the following journals:
- Journal of Business Venturing
- Small Business Economics
- Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
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.
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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 a brief workshop, consultations with the lecturer and the participation in recommended workshops which can help students to improve their research activities.
Research workshops are available three times a year through the Researcher, Education and Development (examples: taking a critical approach, critical reading, reviewing literature, writing a proposal, and so on).
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 any online components and self-directed study). Therefore each learning period (6 units) will require approximately 312 hours dedicated to this course.
Learning Activities SummaryThis is a draft schedule and session content are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
Schedule Week Topic 1 Introduction: Taking on a Research Project 2 Project Plan: Topics and Research Proposal 3 Self-Directed Writing and Supervisory Assistance 4 Finalising Research Proposals 5 Research Report: Introduction and Literature Review Research Proposals due in 6 Supervisor/Student Meetings (Round 1) 7 Research Report: Methodology, Results and Discussion 8 Supervisor/Student Meetings (Round 2) 9 Research Project Presentations Presentations at lecture 10 Self-Directed Writing and Supervisory Assistance End of Trimester 13 Course Completion: Final Research Report Submission Research Reports due in
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Assessment SummaryAn overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table.
# Assessment Task Length Due Weighting Learning Outcome 1 Research Proposal 2000 word proposal Week 5 15% 1-5 2 Research Project Presentation 10 - 15 minutes presentation Week 9 15% 1-5 3 Final Research Report 9000 words Week 13 70% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must complete all course assessment requirements to be eligible to pass the course.
Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners.
Students will develop a research project. They can be guided in the selection of the research topic.
Supervision and progress: The lecturer in charge will supervise your progress on the project. The student will be required to meet with the lecturer in order to report and discuss progress. If the student encounters problems in the development of the project, he or she must discuss this situation immediately with the lecturer.
It is highly recommended that students carry out a preliminary investigation about the research topic selected to be sure that there is sufficient content in the area.
Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Research Proposal
Task: The aim of the assessment is to assist you in developing your research report. It is required that students prepare a research proposal for the lecturer’s consideration.
Assessment 2: Research Project Presentation
Task: The Research Project Presentation will involve each student providing a PowerPoint presentation of their work to date. The presentation should be 10 minutes long with an extra 5 minutes for questions. Other students should ask questions which should be answered by the presenter.
Assessment 3: Final Research Report
Task: Writing your final project report will demand a time and effort. You will save some time if you have been following the guidelines and meeting regularly with the lecturer. This assignment should be prepared to a professional standard. Please ensure that your writing is grammatically correct, and that you use a cover page, indicate word count and ensure that references are correctly cited as per Harvard reference system methodology. Work should be carefully proofread for errors (an over-reliance should not be made on the computer alone in this area).
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