|Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Springfield|
|Short Description:||Technology Entrepreneurship|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Management and Enterprise|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|ASCED code :||020300 - Information Systems|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||20 September 2020|
Examiner: Mustafa Ally
Enrolment is not permitted in CIS8001 if CIS8000 has been previously completed.
In a world in which the future of jobs in the workplace is uncertain and in which advancements in technology are taking place at a phenomenal pace, the role of the entrepreneur has become a powerful economic force across the world. In additional, an increasingly volatile and global environment is driving organizations from small startups to large enterprises to becoming more responsive and innovative in order to maintain and improve competitiveness internationally. There is therefore a vital need for students to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be able to identify, analyze and exploit new business opportunities that arise from these technological innovations and advancements. Through the integration of entrepreneurial theory and practice, students will gain an understanding of the practicalities and limitations of existing management frameworks, as well as be able to critically evaluate evidence and strategy in the context of the organization, management, and risk bearing of a technology-based business. This course sets the foundations for anyone wanting to lead business development, drive product innovation, or launch new high-impact, technology-based business ventures.
This course provides students with the building blocks to think creatively, to recognize new opportunities arising from technological innovations, and to effectively employ strategies and techniques to act on these opportunities in order to develop a new venture. Through group and teamwork, and the integration of entrepreneurial theory and practice, students are given the chance to discover and exploit marketable ideas for independent new ventures or enterprises. To this end, participants will be introduced to ways of setting up businesses, developing business plans, establishing teams, developing prototypes, preparing presentations, financing projects, and marketing their products and services to their target audiences. Upon completion of the course students will be more confident in identifying and tackling the many risks and challenges that come with embarking on a new undertaking.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- Critically analyse the role of the entrepreneur and the impact of the different types entrepreneurship.
- Identify opportunities and markets and plan the project and develop business models and plans accordingly.
- Develop and test a prototype and a minimum viable product (MVP) using a lean approach.
- Prepare an effective launch and a pitch.
- Use strategies to develop and manage an effective team.
- Identify and analyse ethical and legal issues arising in the creation and operation of new ventures.
- Apply entrepreneurial and marketing techniques to take a product or service to market.
- Evaluate methods of financing through venture capitalists, angel investors, crowdfunding and ICOs etc.
|1.||Entrepreneurship and Innovation||10.00|
|2.||Creating and Managing Technology and Innovation||10.00|
|3.||Business Models and Business Plans||15.00|
|4.||Market Research and Strategies||10.00|
|5.||Commercialization and Pitching||20.00|
|8.||Ethical and legal issues||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=CIS8001)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Objectives Assessed||Notes|
|Business Case||100||25||03 Aug 2020||1,2|
|Prototype||100||15||17 Aug 2020||3,5|
|Marketing & Funding||100||25||22 Sep 2020||6,7,8|
|Investor Presentation||100||35||19 Oct 2020||2,3,4,5,8|
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.
Evaluation and benchmarking
In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. Forms part of the Master of Information Systems (MISP) and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.