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This course leverages your innovation and creative thinking through a real-world project to make a difference for an organisation. Over the course of the semester, you will work in a team to come up with a concept solution to a challenge posed by a business, social enterprise or other organisation. If you have your own idea for a venture you may have the opportunity to work on that venture as your project. You will gain real-world experience working with key stakeholders and mentors and will learn to apply a number of business tools and techniques as you come up with your concept solutions. This is an opportunity for you to have a real impact for an organisation.
This course enables student’s creative thinking in a real-world Challenge (business problem). Over the course of the semester you will work in a team to come up with a concept solution to a challenge. You will gain real-world experience working with mentors and learn to apply a number of business tools and techniques as you come up with your concept solutions. This is an opportunity for you to practice and make a real impact.WorkloadThe estimated workload breakdown is: Lectures 24 hoursIndividual assignment 8 hoursFinal Exam 0Group Assignment 70 hoursClass Test + Exam Preparation 0Lecture Preparation 48 hoursTotal 150 hours
Students who complete the course will be able to:1. Analyse and apply business knowledge within a real-world environment;2. Assess and evaluate new opportunities for a venture (for-profit or social) conceptually and through the preparation of an opportunity assessment or business plan;3. Apply independent judgement and initiative in displaying effective planning, problem solving and decision making in diverse contexts;4. Evaluate one’s own performance in light of one’s expressed goals and learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3.Graduate AttributesThis course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below: Employable, innovative and enterprisingEngaged with communityLearning Objectives, BComThe key goals of this course are:1. To acquaint students with the entrepreneurial mindset;2. To enable students to be more enterprising, creative and innovative.For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
120 points at 100-level or above
BSNS290, ARTS295, PACE295
Note: Due to the lack of system setup in the teaching space, lectures for INOV290-21S1 are not recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system.
Assessment 1: Completion of the mandatory paperwork (worth 0% of the final grade, but is a requirement of this course).All students will be required to complete the mandatory paperwork before they can start their project. The paperwork will vary based on the project but could involves the following:– Health & Safety– Confidentiality agreement– Ethics applicationAssessment 2: Project proposal (worth 20% of the final grade)In Week 3, students are required to submit a team project proposal (1500 words max) outlining their project and proposed course of action. Students will be provided with the marking rubric in advance so that they are aware of the expectations.Assessment 3: Entrepreneur blog / article (worth 20% of the final grade)In this individual assignment, you are to write either a blog post or an article that addresses the question “What are the key characteristics of a successful entrepreneur?” The content your produce should clearly demonstrate your own insight, reasoning and justification.Assessment 4: In-class presentation (worth 15% of final grade)All teams will be required to give a 10-minute presentation (5-minute presentation and 5 minutes of questions) on their project to the organisation that posed the Challenge. Students will be provided with the marking rubric in advance for the final presentation.Assessment 5: Final report (worth 40% of the final grade)Students must submit a final report that is to be provided to the organisation. This report is normally in the form a business plan. Students will be provided with the marking rubric in advance so that they are aware of the expectations.Assessment 6: Reflection essay (worth 5% of final grade)An important element of this course is for students to reflect on what they have learnt. Students will submit a summary of their reflection in the form of a short essay (between 1500 and 2000 words).TutorialsThrough the course, there will be regular tutorial sessions with students to enable them to get specific feedback on their projects and to discuss and reflect on their experience over the duration of the course. Specific exercises and activities are designed in these tutorials to practice the skills relevant to the course contents. The ProjectA large component of this course involves working in a team around a Challenge (business problem). Projects typically involve brainstorming new ideas, identify which ideas should be investigated further, undertaking an opportunity assessment on the idea and identifying how the idea could be implemented.You will gain real-world experience working with key stakeholders and mentors and will learn to apply a number of business tools and techniques as you come up with your concept solutions. This is an opportunity for you to have a real impact for an organisation.Throughout the course, the UC academic supervisor will monitor the progress of the project. It is expected that the student attends the regular tutorials through the semester. If issues arise during the project the steps for resolving the problem(s) is as follows:1. The student informs the UC academic supervisor that there is a problem and the supervisor will provide advice and recommendations on next steps.2. If the problem is not resolved the student can be withdrawn from the project and be given an alternative project to complete.Expectations for this CourseTreat staff and guest speakers with respect. Your input and participation are important and appreciated. Please come to class prepared for an interesting discussion. Our discussions are much more interesting if everyone participates.
There are no textbooks for this course. Any resource material will be provided on the course Learn site.
Students with DisabilitiesStudents with disabilities should speak with someone at Disability Support Services if they need additional support to undertake this course.Departmental Academic PoliciesA summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/business/departments/. The Department assumes that you have read this document. You should also read the following:• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page https://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/course/view.php?id=7744• General Course and Examination Regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general/general_regs_enrolment_courses.shtmlDishonest PracticeThe University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.Citations and referencing
Domestic fee $831.00
International fee $3,875.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
University Centre for Entrepreneurship