ENTREP 7902 - Project Abroad

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2019

Through the use of relevant theories and frameworks of competitive advantage and entrepreneurship, this course provides students with the knowledge and tools for developing a business idea and assessing its viability as a new venture opportunity. This is a hands-on integrated approach, where application occurs through project-based learning and a mentoring program to guide students through key strategies to start a new venture. This course is an in-country project undertaken outside of Australia. For more information and to apply, contact echallenge@adelaide.edu.au

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 7902
    Course Project Abroad
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Quota Placements will be offered through an interview process
    Assessment Assignments and presentation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Stella Bachtis

    Program Director Contact Details: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Name: Professor Paul Steffens
    email: paul.steffens@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 Identify a potential entrepreneurial opportunity and evaluate it in a process of experimentation and feedback;
    2 Determine a useful resource strategy for building a new venture;
    3 Complete modern entrepreneurial planning documents, describing critical elements of a new entrepreneurial venture;
    4 Apply principles and practices of new entrepreneurial venture planning to build a business idea and assess its viability in order to present for feedback or to experts;
    5 Reflect on feedback to generate solutions to unforeseen impediments to a new entrepreneurial venture;
    6 Experiment in building a balanced and effective entrepreneurial team.
    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

    A selection of academic journal articles and current case studies will be used as supplementary learning resources for this course.

    Recommended Resources

    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
    The Project Abroad will follow a blended model comprising an online learning component. Since the premise of this course is project-based, 6 workshops will run throughout the 14-week term time as well as online learning components will need to be completed weekly in addition to participating in mentoring program to develop a viable business idea.

    A maximum of 12 weeks of the course will be undertaken in Châlons-en-Champagne, France, with the remaining 2 weeks undertaken online.

    Students will be required to engage interactively each week through discussion forum participation. Activities and assignments to complete the project have been developed to deepen learning and application in developing a business idea and assessing an opportunity.

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

    Throughout the term, students will develop a portfolio of evidence of work completed within the incubator as well as other entrepreneurial experiences that are undertaken in the region, including engagement with subject matter experts in specific industries and exposure to different businesses types.

    As a guide, a 6 unit course comprises a total of 312 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Proposed Schedule
    Module Topic Outline
    1 New venture start-up basics This module will cover an introduction into entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking. The focus specifically is on theories of entrepreneurship both traditional and contemporary that can be applied to develop a business idea such as lean thinking and the principles of effectuation.
    2 Design thinking This module focuses on the methodology of design thinking which is used by many organisations to create new or develop existing products or services, innovatively. Design Thinking is a methodology is used by entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to solve complex problems and find desirable solutions for customers. Design thinking is a solution focused methodology and action oriented towards creating a preferred future using logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities to create desired outcomes that benefit the customer.
    3 Project management in start-ups This module describes the skills and knowledge required to manage project work when starting a new venture. It covers developing a project plan for the new venture, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project work. Significantly, this module focuses on considering the new venture as a project to ensure that timelines are met, quality is adhered to and budgetary requirements are fulfilled.
    Marketing and digital marketing for start-ups Understanding the market is key to the success of any venture. This module considers strategies and methods that can be adopted to systematically review and validate the venture’s product or services in their chosen market segments, and consequently, highlight changes to the product/service required to target and create completely new or different markets, or even product combinations, if required. Additionally, this module will tap into digital marketing trends that can be implemented.
    4 Lead entrepreneur and entrepreneurial team This module focuses on the lead entrepreneur and the development of the entrepreneurial team. Includes developing leadership skills, identifying roles and responsibilities of core team and personnel, suppliers and other stakeholder groups provide insight into how the team and external stakeholders can provide value to the new venture.
    Developing a viable business model Participants will be required to create business models based on their business opportunity. Business model is about fundamentally and critically thinking about the venture around a clear customer need, and aligning resources, processes and partnerships and developing its new value proposition. The primary goal of business model is to improve how product value is delivered to customers and designing a business model to support these activities.
    5 Resourcing the new venture This module focuses on the knowledge and skills required to identify the resource requirements for the new venture and to estimate the anticipated costs of these resources. Entrepreneurs will consider how best to allocate the funds they have available to the acquisition of resources and will assess various funding options to fulfil additional funding needs. They will research suitable funding options and prepare and present a proposal to obtain funding.
    Going global Students will be introduced to conceptual to gain an understanding of the international business environment. The module will enable students to understand the challenges of international business and develop their knowledge and skills in new venture start-ups in the international environment. The module will help students become aware of political, socio-economic, and cultural dynamics and trends that characterise the international business environment. Additionally, it provides students with strategies to manage international networks and engage with diverse cultures within the international community.
    6 Sustainability and competitive advantage in an international business environment The module aims to equip students with an understanding of key issues in the area of sustainability and business practices. Within the realm of sustainability is ensuring that business products, services and practices remain competitive within the global market. This module considers innovative, operational and strategic practices to maintained sustained value of the new venture.
  • 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 TaskTask TypeLengthWeightLearning Outcomes
    1 Written assignments Individual 800-1000 words each 20% 1-6
    2 Presentation Individual 10 – 12 slides + audio 30% 4-6
    3 Written assignment Individual 1500 – 2000 words 20% 2-6
    4 Entrepreneurial Interviews Individual 800-1000 words 10% 2-6
    5 Reflective Piece Individual 1500 Words 20% 1-6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the intensive 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 Detail
    Assessment 1: Activity Assessments
    Weighting: 20% (5% per activity assessment)
    Week 2: Learning Journal (process involved in building of business idea)
    Week 4: Concept statement
    Week 6: Learning Journal (process involved in validating idea and insights)
    Week 8: Redesigning business model to address resourcing and opportunity assessment
    Week 10: Learning Journal: Research, compare and evaluate various digital marketing strategies used by organisation to reach their target audiences.

    Assessment 2: Presentation
    Weighting: 30%
    Task: You may use the case study or the context of your own business idea for this assignment. Prepare a presentation of no more than 12 slides, with an accompanying audio (no more than 10 minutes).
    Present your business opportunity pitch to an audience of potential business angel or venture capital investors. The objective is to convince the panel to invest in your opportunity. The video presentation will be 15 minutes. Videos with accompanying PPT and visuals for the presentation

    Assessment 3: Written assignment
    Weighting: 20%
    Task: Using the template provided, develop a business plan for your opportunity.

    Assessment 4: Entrepreneurial Interviews
    Weighting: 10%
    Task: You are required to interview an existing business owner in the region of Châlons-en-Champagne. You will develop a set of questions to determine as much information as possible about the process of start-up, undertaken by your chosen entrepreneur including successes, challenges, and strategies executed to enable the creation of the new venture. Present the interview questions and responses in written format.
    Assessment 5: Reflective Piece 
    Weighting: 20%
    Task: Your reflective piece of writing is a culmination of your entrepreneurial learning experiences in ThincLab Châlons. This is a written piece including your personal reflections of your learning journey as an entrepreneur in developing a business idea and assessing its viability to start a new venture. The objective is to demonstrate critical awareness of the application of skills in developing your business idea and your adaptability to a new environment and interventions from academics and mentors whilst abroad.
    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.

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