ENTREP 5029EX - Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units)
External - Quadmester 4 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code ENTREP 5029EX Course Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units) Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Quadmester 4 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s External Units 6 Contact 70 hours minimum Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Assumed Knowledge Completion of all core courses for this Masters Program 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 Coordinator: Professor Paul SteffensTeaching Staff:
Term 4 online
Name: Dr Larissa Statsenko
Dr Larissa Statsenko's expertise and interests are in Applied and Complex Project Management, Supply Chain Management, and Industry Clusters. She completed her PhD degree from Kazakh National Technical University in 2008, and has 12 years of academic, research and consultancy experience. She has managed and participated in mining industry-related research and consultancy projects in Kazakhstan, including companies such as ENRC and United Minerals. She is currently managing a State Government funded project in collaboration with SA mining industry aimed at identifying opportunities for and barriers to the formation of collaborative clusters in the South Australian resource and energy supply chains.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.9th October 2017 to 15 January 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 ResourcesSaunders, 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
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the online component offered as 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 face-to-face contact, 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 1 Introduction: Taking on a Research Project Week 2 Project Plan: Topics and Research Proposal Week 3 Self-Directed Writing and Supervisory Assistance Week 4 Finalising Research Proposals Week 5 Research Report: Introduction and Literature Review Research Proposals due in Week 6 Supervisor/Student Meetings (Round 1) Week 7 Research Report: Methodology, Results and Discussion Week 8 Supervisor/Student Meetings (Round 2) Week 9 Research Project Presentations Presentations at lecture Week 10 Self-Directed Writing and Supervisory Assistance End of Trimester Week 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
15% 1-5 2. Research Project
10 - 15 minutes presentation Week 9 15% 1-5 3. Final Research
9000 word final report 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 DetailResearch Proposal
Due Date: Week 5
This assessment will assess your understanding of the course topics presented in the first four weeks.
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.
The research proposal should include the following:
Background, aims and significance: The theoretical or practical basis or proposition for your research project. What is the aim or purpose of your project? Students also should address why this research project is important.
Objectives: this section includes research questions to be addressed.
Design: to determine the activities to be undertaken throughout the course of your research project.
Methodology: what type of methodology the student will employ?
Milestones and budget: When it will be done, and in what order, and how much it will cost to do it (only in case your research has funds).
Possible outcomes (when is it applicable) / limitations.
Length and Presentation:
Approximately 2,000 words addressing the points explained in the task (above).
Criteria by which this assessment will be marked:
1. identifying and summarising the problem/question to be investigated,
2. identifying existing, relevant knowledge and views connected with the selected topic,
3. proposing an appropriate methodology for the research report,
4. presenting some references which shows some understanding on the topic.
Assessment 2: Research Project Presentation
Due Date: During Week 9: in class presentation
This assessment will evaluate student presentations in relation to their research project.
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.
Length and Presentation:
10 - 15 minutes presentation
The presentation should:
1. be as professional as possible,
2. have the right content,
3. wrap up all the relevant information,
4. contain a clear action plan.
Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
1. identifying critical issues,
2. show reasoning behind statements or ideas,
3. use general or technical language in an appropriate manner,
4. stimulate interest for the audience,
5. discuss details of research activity,
6. cope with questions and arguments,
7. use of time-limit and visual aids.
Assessment 3: Final Research Report
Due Date: Week 13
This assessment will evaluate overall student understanding via a finished research project report.
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).
A research report normally includes the following sections:
1. Introductory elements (cover sheet, title page, words count, abstract, acknowledgement, table of contents),
2. Introduction (background of the research, gaps, research problem and research questions, key definitions; research contributions,
justification for the research, methodology overview, research limitations, report outline, and summary),
3. Literature review and contextual foundations,
4. Research Methodology,
5. Theoretical results and implications,
6. Discussion and conclusions,
Length and Presentation:
Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
1. ability to present your findings clearly and succinctly,
2. application of key relevant theories and concepts,
3. research skills and use of data to support the analysis,
4. recommendations identified in the analysis,
5. presentation: word limit, layout, adequate structure, and referencing.
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