ENTREP 7049 - Entrepreneurship Research in Practice
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code ENTREP 7049 Course Entrepreneurship Research in Practice Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Trimester 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive. 36 - 40 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Course Description This course explores the world of entrepreneurship theory and focuses on the skills needed to read academic research papers and write within academic standards. We will examine how to construct and write academic arguments based upon the empirical, theoretical and conceptual research of others. The course will cover selecting a research topic, defining the research question(s), preparing and organising a thesis structure, ethical considerations, referencing styles and formatting and how specifically to prepare a literature review and a research proposal. At the end of this course, you will - Know how to select and prepare a research topic; - Be able to design a literature search strategy based upon key concepts; - Be able to cite and reference materials correctly; - Understand the structure of a research thesis; and - Produce an academic literature review paper.
Course Coordinator: Professor Paul Steffens
Program Director Contact Details: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PG)
Name: Prof Paul Steffens
Name: Antonio Dottore
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Devise a framework to guide the development of an independent research project in an area of your interest within the field of entrepreneurship
2. Select a relevant research topic, encompassing the question to be addressed, appropriate theories and potential approaches
3. Design a literature search strategy based upon key concepts
4. Apply skills to review, analyse, critique, cite, and reference research literature;
5. Express familiarity with the field of entrepreneurship research including it's history of development, the main knowledge areas and sub-topics and the current debates at the research frontier.
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)
2, 4 & 5 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
1, 2 and 3 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
2 & 5 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 & 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
Bui, Y. N. (2014). How to write a Master’s Thesis (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, California, USE: Sage Publications Inc.
Also available through Google Books eVersion
A selection of readings will be assigned on the history of entrepreneurship research, entrepreneurship sub-topics, and current
debates. Completion of all assigned readings is compulsory. See MyUni for details.
Additional Online Resources that may assist
Davidsson, P. (2016) Researching Entrepreneurship: Conceptualization and Design (2 ed.). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.
Murray, R. (2011). How to write a Thesis, Open University Press, McGraw Hill Education, England.
Whisker, G. (2008), The Postgraduate Research Handbook: Succeed with Your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, USA.
Evans, D., Gruba, P. & Zobel, J. (2011), How To Write A Better Thesis, Melbourne University Publishing, Australia.Additional Print Resources
The following authors and texts I have found useful in developing research approaches. While the dates may be a little old in some cases, more up to date editions by these authors are available.
- Creswell, J. W. (1998). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design, Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, California.
- Denzin, N. K. & Lincoln, Y. S. (2003). The Landscape of Qualitative Research (2nd ed.). Sage Publications, California, USA.
- Johnson, R. B. & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2004). Mixed Methods Research: A Research Paradigm Whose Time Has Come. Educational Researcher, 33(7), 14-26.
- Neuman, W. L. (1994). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (2nd ed.). Massachusetts, USA: Allyn and Bacon.
- Sharp, J. A. & Howard, K. (1996). The Management of a Student Research Project, England: Gower Publishing Ltd.
- Yin, R. K. (1994). Case Study Research: Design and Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications, Inc.
- Veal, A. J. (2005). Business Research Methods: A Managerial Approach, Australia: Pearson Education Australia.
Online resources will be discussed during the course
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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 intensives.
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).
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.
Topic Content Activities 1 Introduction and the Research Problem Draft a research topic and question 2 Reading & Reviewing The Literature Conduct a literature search on key terms related to your research topic 3 Choosing Interesting Research Topics: Writing an Introduction Develop the key issues that shape your research topic 4 Literature Analysis & Critique: Writing a
Literature Review; History & Future of Entrepreneurship Research
Accelerating Academic Language Development 5 Research Ethics; Formatting and Referencing,
Setting up Styles
Correctly cite and reference original works in APA style. 6 Entrepreneurship Research Sub-Topics Prepare a research synthesis on a key article related to your research topic 7 Making an Impact: Writing a Discussion &
Develop the storyline and trace the thread of your Literature Review 8 Current Debates in Entrepreneurship Research Presentation on individual research topics
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# Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes 1 Contribution to Discussion N/A 10% Ongoing 2, 3 & 5 2 Literature Analysis Min 1500 words, but
expect ~5 pages
30% Week 6 3 & 4 3 Research Project Literature Review Max 5000 words 60% Week 10 1, 3 & 5 Total 100%
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Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Contribution to Discussion
Weighting: 10% (peer assessed)
Task: You are expected to complete all assigned readings, actively contribute to their discussion and debate; as well as initiate and comment upon issues throughout the course.
Assessment 2: Literature Analysis
Task: Prepare an analysis and critique of a current debate in entrepreneurship research. You are assigned a series of journal article reading which discuss the reasons for and merits of using business plans during the start-up process
Please review the articles and discuss the reasons for (and the veracity of) the divergent claims made by these authors regarding the use of business plans. Based on your review and analysis of these articles, you are required to take a position, either for or against the use of business plans in new ventures. Please motivate your response based on the literature and provide support using other scholarly resources. Discuss any limitations of, or conditions for your findings.
Assessment 3: Research Project Literature Review
Task: Prepare a research topic literature review in two parts. The first part develops the rationale for your future research project and research question framing its relevance and importance to particular stakeholders. The second part details the basis of academic literature that grounds your research question in theory. All reference material must be correctly cited and referenced in APA style.
The Research Project Literature Review will include the project’s aims and rationale and provide a literature review.
Scope: This assessment item is designed to be a major contribution to your Master’s Research Project and as such should be scoped to provide an appropriate platform to anchor discussions with your supervisors. It is also likely that as the Research develops there will be later modifications to the work presented at this time.
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