Thinking like an Entrepreneur

Subject BUSA90086 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 12-Jan-2015 to 22-Mar-2015
Assessment Period End 27-Mar-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 26-Jan-2015
Census Date 30-Jan-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-Feb-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Program Services

Subject Overview:

Students should:

  • investigate concepts of entrepreneurial behaviour and their relevance in both small and large organisations;
  • examine the processes of successful new venture creation;
  • experience the preparation of a business model for a new venture of their own choosing or the pursuit of a new opportunity within an existing organisation

The intent of the subject is to equip students with a set of skills that will be useful throughout their careers, whether they are working in startups or existing organisations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand what motivates entrepreneurs to develop new ventures;
  • Appreciate the importance of entrepreneurial behaviour to the success of the small business sector of the Australian economy;
  • Be able to examine the concerns of a number of entrepreneurial people and explain their behaviours, their strategies and the performance using appropriate theoretical frameworks;
  • Appreciate the characteristics of entrepreneurial people who operate inside larger organisations;
  • Be able to use a number of creative opportunity generation techniques;
  • Understand the elements of the business planning process as it applies to the identification and investigation of new venture opportunities;
  • Appreciate the way in which financiers and influential decision makers view business plans/proposals for new ventures.
  • Individual assessment (40%), consisting of

- Class participation, as assessed by the lecturer 20%

- Two written reports, of between 500 and 1,000 words each, based on attendance at guest seminars, discussion before and after the seminars. Each report is a hurdle requirement and makes up 10% of assessment 20%

  • Group assessment (60%), to be carried out in syndicates of three or four members, consisting of a presentation and a brief written report on one of the following: 60%

- A business model for a new venture opportunity of the group’s own choosing, including customer development, proposed metrics, and an identified minimum viable product; or

- A proposed approach to exploiting a new business opportunity within an established organisation

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration
Master of Food and Packaging Innovation

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