ENTREP 7900 - eChallenge

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2019

Entrepreneurship is increasingly recognised as a legitimate and important career path today. Evidence suggests that your time at University is one of the best times to find team members and attempt entrepreneurship, with many modern high profile businesses being formed by university students working together. Entrepreneurship also offers you the freedom to pursue your interests, again at a time in your career recognised as one where you should experiment to find a path you like. The eChallenge is a course designed to offer you a chance to do these things. It is a course that offers students real world experience in becoming an entrepreneur. Students progress through the task of conceiving of an idea for a product, forming teams, collecting user feedback, describing their ideas to the public, and presenting their progress to a panel of expert investors and judges. Weekly modules codify the process of entrepreneurship, and assessment tasks are practically aligned to prepare students for the expectations of investors, as well as extend students? networks by interacting with real world entrepreneurs. Added to this, the course offers a range of cash and in-kind prizes to help students start their ventures, with winners announced at a black-tie awards dinner for all participants. The course has been the first step into entrepreneurship for many that have gone on to great entrepreneurial endeavours, as well as an enriching personal learning experience for all. For more details on workshops, processes, and prizes, go to: www.adelaide.edu.au/echallenge

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 7900
    Course eChallenge
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible TECHCOMM 3900, ENTREP 3900
    Assessment Assignment, presentations, quizzes, participation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Wendy Lindsay

    For all enquiries, please contact:
    Zrinka Tokic, eChallenge Program Manager
    +61 8 8313 7131

    For all academic enquiries, please contact:
    Dr Manjula Dissanayake
    +61 8 8313 0171

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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

    1 Analyse and restructure a potential entrepreneurial opportunity using a systematic process;
    2 Formulate an innovative, attainable resource methodology to exploit the opportunity;
    3 Construct a cohesive entrepreneurial team to develop strategies to exploit the entrepreneurial opportunity;
    4 Communicate the venture solution to a diverse range of stakeholders, including investors, in a variety of oral, written and media formats;
    5 Integrate experience and learning into replication of the viability assessment process of entrepreneurial opportunities for future endeavours.
    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
    Text book:
    No text required
    Recommended Resources
    Podcasts, recordings and materials are available on Canvas for enrolled students and Blackboard for externals.

    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 offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered in workshops.

    Please see schedule for full details: adelaide.edu.au/echallenge/information/schedule/

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to attend workshops as scheduled. Furthermore, students should prepare for workshops. Students will be directed to work on different assessment pieces and submit for grading.

    As a general guide, a 3 unit course requires:

    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs

    Learning Activities Summary

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

    Workshops are designed as a framework called the RITE framework, which encourages students to use benchmarking and industry best practice in developing a new venture. Students will need to work on their new ventures outside of the workshops to progress through the course.

    1 Ideas and opportunities – understanding how to relate ideas from a customer perspective
    2 Entrepreneurial mindset and team formation
    3 Validating the customer needs/jobs/problems
    4 Creating value and business modelling
    5 Speed dating with mentors
    6 Prototyping – leveraging enabling technologies, tools and methodologies
    7 Market evaluation
    8 Venture Showcase
    9 Value re-positioning
    10 Marketing and Pitching
    11 Financing your venture
    12 Pitch coaching
    Specific Course Requirements
    The program involves a series of formal lectures, workshops, one-to-one mentoring sessions and team meetings over the duration of the program. Participants are required, as a member of a team, to develop and write a business plan and make a presentation to a panel of judges at the semi-final stage.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The Australian eChallenge course, ENTREP 7900 and ENTREP 3900 fulfil the requirements of the Small Group Discovery Experience through the following;
    1. Students form small groups of 2 to 6 members
    2. They receive guidance and intellectual stimulation from the course director at the commencement of the process
    3. Their task is to research and identify an opportunity that they will work on through the course
    4. Learning will come from a collaborative environment consisting of interaction with other students, external (industry) experts, and access to a senior academic throughout their course
    5. Their learning is self-directed, there are no formal lectures, rather workshops to assist them in their investigation of their chosen opportunity
    6. All learning is based on student driven enquiry; that is the teacher responds to the needs of the small groups of students individually, rather than in a class environment.
  • 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. Details appear in the following section:

    #Assessment TypeTask TypeLengthWeightingLearning Outcomes
    1 Needs assessment report Individual* 2,500 words 30% 1-3
    2 New venture proposal Individual* 2,000 words 30% 1-3
    3 Semi finals pitches Group 10 minute presentation,
    5 minute Q&A
    30% 4,5
    4 Learning reflections Individual* On-going quiz + 1,500 words 10% 1,3,4
    Total 100%
    * NOTE: As a postgraduate course, marking rubrics will be significantly different to that of the undergraduate course. Students will have to demonstrate a deeper/broader knowledge and evidence robust research in building their argument. In addition, students must demonstrate an ability to synthesise multiple conceptual perspectives and sources of evidence to produce at a postgraduate level.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.  

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners

    Assessment requiring moderation will be carried out by the Academic Director or their nominee.
    Assessment Detail
    Needs assessment report: Students will write an essay focusing on a problem they have identified. The essay should delve into numerous concepts of entrepreneurial opportunity to build and evidence an argument as to what constitutes a valuable and valid opportunity. You will determine where obvious gaps lie and identify undisclosed needs that may hinder exploitation of the perceived opportunity. As you develop your paper you will use relevant aspects of the theory of entrepreneurial opportunity as supporting evidence to add substance and validity to the various factors and dynamics you address. Evaluate your findings, set priorities and formulate a plan of action. You will analyse and incorporate relevant academic reference sources to demonstrate a robust level of research knowledge understanding.

    New venture proposal: Initial work for this assessment is undertaken in a group format, but the written assignment is completed and submitted on an individual basis, with marks awarded individually based on peer assessment of the student’s contribution to the group work. The assessment topic is based on a particular problem where students analyse how best to develop a plan to exploit the entrepreneurial opportunity. You will use related theories discussed in class, plus further readings/research undertaken during self-guided learning. Students should also utilise their expertise and any prior entrepreneurial, startup, workplace and/or volunteering experience to further evaluate the potential and identify risks for the planned new venture. Learning outcomes for this assessment will require students to demonstrate they understand the nonlinearity of planning for viable opportunity exploitation.

    Semi-finals pitches: Student groups present the second iteration of their new venture positioning to a panel of investors. Each student will have the opportunity to exhibit the critical components of their venture; to articulate their value proposition for the problem identified and their prioritised solution. Students will use compelling metrics to gain credibility and develop a persuasive pitch. They will demonstrate critical thinking and their depth of knowledge to answer on the spot panel questions. Students will also demonstrate their ability to reflect and evaluate learning experiences during the course, including the venture showcase, to evolve and improve their new venture value proposition and positioning.

    Learning reflections: Retrospection of the course is undertaken to reflect and make sense of what has been learned through the duration of the course. Students will address key aspects of the course content, the entrepreneurial process undertaken, and both formal and informal feedback received. Students will integrate, internalise and personalise the key learnings, to gauge changes in their approach to evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as perceiving the immediate application and potential future value of the new knowledge gained in both work and personal lives. The objective is to assess all the learning objectives of the course.
    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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