ENTREP 5029EX - Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units)

External - Trimester 2 - 2019

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. Students will be exposed to applying an entrepreneurial mindset to foster meaningful impact and also learn to use creative and innovative tools and methodologies that drive such outcome to be of value to the 21st century. 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 5029EX
    Course Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units)
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week (interaction and preparation)
    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
    Assessment Assignments & presentation
    Course Staff
    Program Director Contact Details: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PG)
    Name: Prof Paul Steffens
    Email: paul.steffens@adelaide.edu.au
    Teaching Staff
    Trimester 1
    Prof Paul Steffens
    Researcher Profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/index.php/profile/paul.steffens
    Trimester 2&3
    Name: Dr Scott Gordon
    Researcher profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/scott.gordon
    Email: scott.gordon@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)
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Suggested Textbook: Saunders, Mark N.K., Lewis P. and Thornhill, A. 2015. Research Methods for Business Students PDF eBook (7e) : 9781292016641
    Recommended Resources
    Useful 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

    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 being used to provide important learning and teaching information for this course. 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 offered in fully online learning mode with dedicated assistance from the course coordinator which will help students to improve their research activities.

    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 online study components and self-directed study). Therefore each learning period (6 units) will require approximately 312 hours dedicated to this course.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    An 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 Powerpoint presentation file Week 9 15% 1-5
    3 Final Research Report 9000 word final report Week 15 70% 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students 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 course coordinator in charge will supervise your progress on the project. The student will be required to liaise with the course coordinator 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 course coordinator.

    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 Detail
    Assessment 1: Research Proposal
    The aim of the assessment is to assist students in developing their research reports. It is required that students prepare a proposal for the lecturer’s consideration. The proposal should include the research background, aim or purpose of the project, objectives and research questions, research methodology, milestones, budget and possible outcomes.

    Assessment 2: Research Project Presentation
    The Research Project Presentation will involve each student providing a PowerPoint presentation file of their work to date. The presentation should be well formatted and consist of at least 12 slides. It should outline the key points in respect to the research project.

    Assessment 3: Final Research Report
    The Final Research Report is the culmination of all investigations. Completing it will demand significant time and effort. The final report should include the following sections as appropriate: Introduction, Literature Review, Research Methodology, Research Results and Discussion and Conclusions. A Reference list should also be included with ancillary items placed in the Appendices. It is expected that the report will be prepared to a professional standard.
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
    Please refer to step by step instructions: MyUni Learning Centre

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:
    • Assignment Submission:  Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both). Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet:  Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet 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.
    • Extensions of Time:  An application for Assessment Extension should be made well 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.
    • 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 & Remarking

    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking 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.
    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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