ENTREP 7061A - Research in Entrepreneurship Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2024

The Research in Entrepreneurship Parts 1&2 (12 units) offers candidates a pathway to increase their research capabilities to a standard compatible with entry into a PhD program. Research can be conducted in one of three broadly defined areas, namely; the new enterprise creation process, the strategic management of growth/innovation relevant to new or established organisations, or the factors, resources, institutions and policy domains that support, stimulate or propel new enterprise creation. A candidate will develop and present their proposed topic to their Supervisor for approval during Part 1 of this course and can expect to develop a research ethics application, collect data and prepare a minor thesis to a publishable standard.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 7061A
    Course Research in Entrepreneurship Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ENTREP 5038 and ENTREP 7022 and ENTREP 7028 and ENTREP 7048 and ENTREP 7059 and ENTREP 7060 and COMMERCE 7039 and (ENTREP 7049 or TECHCOMM 7049) and (ENTREP 5036 or ENTREP 5036UAC)
    Incompatible ENTREP 5028A, ENTREP 5028B, TECHCOMM 5028A, TECHCOMM 5028B, TECHCOMM 5029, ENTREP 5029
    Restrictions Available for MAppInnovEntr and MInnovEntr students only
    Assessment Assignments. presentation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Scott Gordon

    Program Director Contact Details: Postgraduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Name: Associate Professor Stephen Zhang
    email: stephen.zhang@adelaide.edu.au

    Teaching Staff

    Name: Associate Professor Stephen Zhang
    Researcher profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/stephen.zhang
    Email: stephen.zhang@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

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

    1 Demonstrate the nature and purpose of innovation and entrepreneurship research and its relationship to innovation or entrepreneurship practice.
    2 Apply literature search techniques and research design skills to support a chosen area of enquiry.
    3 Conduct research data collection to academic, ethical standards.
    4 Construct a minor thesis that produces evidence of an integrated and self-directed research learning experience, including analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the research process.
    5 Apply effective communication skills in the development and presentation of research papers, reports, and plans.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text book:
    No text required

    A set of articles will be provided on the MyUni site to assist students with the content and conduct of this course. Students are required to expand their search and reading by sourcing their own articles etc because this course is aimed at doing independent self-driven research.

    Recommended Resources

    A worthwhile reference text (sourcing and purchasing is optional) that discusses various emerging viewpoints on entrepreneurship theory and its practice is:

    Welsch, Harold (2004) Entrepreneurship: The Way Ahead, Routledge, New York.

    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 an individually directed and learner centred course offered via face-to-face supervision.


    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 Summary
    Content Activities
    Specific learning activities will vary from research project to research project.

    The key activities are:
    1. Regular meetings with the academic supervisor (throughout 7061A/B)

    2. Completion and agreement of a research design proposal (week 3 of 7061A)

    3. Development, execution and completion of a minor research thesis (by end of 7061B)
    The Project in Entrepreneurship is a self-directed study program that offers scope for candidates to pursue their own entrepreneurship related research interest.

    The course is designed as a self-directed learning experience and will be
    individually supervised.

    Students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisor.
    Readings will be supplied relevant to each session.
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type
    Weighting Length Due Date Learning
    1. Research Design Proposal Individual


    Typically 1,000-1,500 words Part A Week 4 1 & 4
    2. Minor Thesis Individual 70% Min 12,000 words Part B Week 12 1-4
    3. Minor Thesis Oral Defence Individual 20% 20 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A Part B Week 12 5
    TOTAL 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning during classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.

    Course results may be subject to moderation by the Assessment Review Committee.
    Assessment Detail


    Research Design Proposal
    The report is a short summary (approx 8-15 pages long) of your proposed research topic and workplan for the two Trimesters.

    Minor Thesis
    The final deliverable is a detailed summary of the research work conducted as part of your project studies approximately 40-70 pages long. The minor thesis should be an ordered, critical and reasoned exposition of knowledge gained through the student’s efforts and include evidence of awareness of the literature.

    Minor Thesis Oral Defence
    You are required to present a professional defence of the research negotiated with your lecturer.

    Submission of your minor thesis includes an oral presentation that is to be professionally presented to research examiners. Candidates are required to present and defend their research and should succinctly describe the major objective(s) of the
    presentation, any major assumptions and decisions relevant to the research, research method, analysis and major findings. This presentation will be no longer than 30 minutes and will include 10-15 minutes for discussion and questions.

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both).
    • Cover Sheet: Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet (found in MyUni, under Modules) 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.
    • Assessment extensions request: An application for Assessment Extension should be made 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. See sections 3 and 7a) i. in particular on assessment extensions in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) Policy.
    • 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: of an assignment 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.
    • Appealing a mark or grade: If you are dissatisfied with your mark or grade, you may request a review or re-mark. There must be academic or procedural reasons for your request, so you can’t simply request a re-mark because you are disappointed with your result. For more information on the process see Assessment Grievance: Appealing a mark or grade
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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