INOV290-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Enterprise in Practice (Project)

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


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.

The estimated workload breakdown for INOV290 22S2 is:
Lectures 12 hours
Tutorials 12 hours
Project 96 hours
Individual assignment 30 hours
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

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 judgment 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.

Learning Objectives, BCom
The 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.

University Graduate Attributes

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



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Claire Bi


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Entrepreneur Blog 15% Week 3
Group Project Proposal 10% Week 4
Business Pitch 10% Week 5 (in-class)
Individual Reflections 30% Week 6 & 11 (2*15%)
Group Project Presentation 10% Week 12 (in-class) (individually marked)
Group Project Report 25% Week 12

Assessment 1: Entrepreneur blog
In this individual assignment, students write a blog post that addresses the assigned question(s). The content that you produce should clearly demonstrate your own insight, reasoning and justification. Preferably students upload the article to an online platform or send to a magazine / newspaper. The article should be about 1,400-1,500 words excluding references. This assignment is due at 5pm Friday of Week 3.

Assessment 2: Group project proposal
Students will work on a project for their own ideas or with a project sponsor in a group of 2-4 members. In Week 4, students need to submit a proposal for their project, outlining the purpose of the project and proposed course of action. The proposal should be about 1,400-1,500 words excluding references.

Assessment 3 – Business pitch
Students pitch their proposed ideas in class. The pitch should be within 3 minutes, followed by a 2-minute Q&A session.

Assessment 4: Individual reflections
Students submit two individual reflections about their learnings in this course. The due time for each reflection is 5pm Friday of Week 6 and Week 11. Each reflection is worth 15% of the final grade and should be about 1,400-1,500 words excluding references.

Assessment 5: Group project presentation (individually marked)
Each group needs to present the results of their projects in Week 12. The presentation should be within 5 minutes followed by a 2-minute Q&A. The presentation performance is individually marked, and is worth 10% of the final grades.

Assessment 6: Group project report
Students need to submit a written report for their group project at Week 12, which should be between 3,800 – 4,000 words. The group project report is worth 25% of the final grades. The report will be marked as a group but peer evaluations will be used as supplementary materials to determine the contributions of each student in the project and may result in varied marks for individuals.

Through 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 Project
A 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.

Assessment In Te Reo Māori
In recognising that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use the Te Reo Māori in their assessment. If you intend to submit your work in Te Reo Māori you are required to do the following:

Read the Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy and ensure that you meet the conditions set out in the policy. This includes, but is not limited to,
informing the Course Coordinator 1) no later than 10 working days after the commencement of the course that you wish to use Te Reo Māori and 2) at least 15 working days before each assessment due date that you wish to use Te Reo Māori.

Expectations for this Course
Treat 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.


Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities should speak with someone at Disability Support Services if they need additional support to undertake this course.

Departmental Academic Policies
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: 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
General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The 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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $845.00

International fee $3,975.00

* 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 .

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