Unit Outline
MGMT3004 Entrepreneurship
Unit study package code: MGMT3004 ?
Mode of study: Internal
Tuition pattern summary: Note: For any specific variations to this tuition pattern and for precise information refer to the Learning Activities section.
Seminar: 1 x 3 Hours Weekly
This unit does not have a fieldwork component.
Credit Value: 25.0
Pre-requisite units: Nil
Co-requisite units: Nil
Anti-requisite units: Nil
Result type: Grade/Mark
Approved incidental fees: Information about approved incidental fees can be obtained from our website. Visit fees.curtin.edu.au/incidental_fees.cfm for details.
Semester 1, 2018
Unit coordinator:
Title: Dr
Name: Louis Geneste
Phone: +618 9266 7987
Email: l.geneste@curtin.edu.au
Location: Building: 402 – Room: 916
Teaching Staff: Consultation times: By appointment

Administrative contact: Name: Cheryl Tien
Phone: Please email
Email: CBSManTeachingSupport@curtin.edu.au
Location: Building: Please email – Room: Please email
Learning Management System: Blackboard (lms.curtin.edu.au)
Acknowledgement of Country
We respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous Elders, custodians, their descendants and kin of this land past and present. The Centre for Aboriginal Studies aspires to contribute to positive social change for Indigenous Australians through higher education and research.
The unit is research and theory-based but practice-oriented. Utilising fieldwork interviews with real-life entrepreneurs it aims to ensure that students are fully aware of the issues and challenges associated with the tough business realities of being an entrepreneur. This is achieved by examining and analysing the characteristics of the entrepreneur and their new and/or growing business.
Welcome to MGMT3004 Entrepreneurship! Entrepreneurship deals with the process of developing creative business ideas, harnessing the necessary resources to convert an idea into a marketable innovation and establishing and growing the resultant business venture. It is of special interest within the Australasian context, because contemporary entrepreneurs are taking on increasingly important roles in the commerce, trade and economic growth of many nations and consequently, are considered by governments as engines of growth.
Unit Learning Outcomes
All graduates of Curtin University achieve a set of nine Graduate Attributes during their course of study. These inform an employer that, through your studies, you have acquired discipline knowledge and a range of other skills and attributes which employers would value in a professional setting. Each unit in your course addresses the Graduate Attributes through a clearly identified set of learning outcomes. They form a vital part in the process referred to as assurance of learning. The learning outcomes notify you of what you are expected to know, understand or be able to do in order to be successful in this unit. Each assessment for this unit is carefully designed to test your knowledge of one or more of the unit learning outcomes. On successfully completing all of the assessments you will have achieved all of these learning outcomes.
Your course has been designed so that on graduating you will have achieved all of Curtin’s Graduate Attributes through the assurance of learning processes in each unit.
On successful completion of this unit students can: Graduate Attributes addressed
1 Review the literature of entrepreneurship and construct a definition of an entrepreneur
2 Critically analyse the attributes and achievements of a chosen entrepreneur
3 Analyse how entrepreneurs recognise opportunities, how they network and how they create wealth in the real world
4 Explain how entrepreneurs sustain business growth
Curtin’s Graduate Attributes
Apply discipline knowledge Thinking skills
(use analytical skills to solve problems) Information skills
(confidence to investigate new ideas)
Communication skills Technology skills Learning how to learn
(apply principles learnt to new situations)
(confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems)
International perspective
(value the perspectives of others) Cultural understanding
(value the perspectives of others) Professional Skills
(work independently and as a team)
(plan own work)
Find out more about Curtin’s Graduate attributes at the Office of Teaching & Learning website: ctl.curtin.edu.au
Learning Activities
Classes are presented in a seminar format where theoretical and research material relating to entrepreneurship is presented and then applied through different learning activities such as reflective thinking and application of theory to reality, short case study analyses, problem-solving exercises and interacting with real life entrepreneurs. A defining feature of this unit is that students will meet with an entrepreneur in their local community (or through technologies such as Skype) as part of their assessment. Students will be required to review research articles and conduct additional research to identifiy and synthesize what the theory says about entrepreneurs and how they establish their business ventures. To help you with this process, students will be required to apply the research initially on a guest entrepreneur in relation to the topic of opportunity recognition. Students will then select a different topic to investigate on another entrepreneur whom they have chosen to interview during the semester. Students will then analyse the contents of the interview and judge where reality and theory meet and where they diverge. Based on the analysis, the students are then required to decide whether the person they interviewed should be deemed an entrepreneur. You are strongly recommended to attend all seminars. If you do not attend the seminars, you may miss out on valuable information which, in turn, might affect your final grade.
Learning Resources
Library Reading List
The Reading List for this unit can be accessed through Blackboard.
Essential texts
The required textbook(s) for this unit are:
??Frederick, H. H., A. J. O’Connor, & D.F. Kurakto. 2016. Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process, Practice, 4th edition. Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning.
Please note, this text is also available as an eBook and can be accessed via cengagebrain.com (ISBN/ISSN: 9780170352550)
Recommended texts
You do not have to purchase the following textbooks but you may like to refer to them.
l Baron, R. A. & S. A. Shane. 2008. Entrepreneurship: A process perspective, 2nd edn. Mason, Ohio: Thomson South-Western.
(ISBN/ISSN: 9780324365586) ??Barringer, B. R., and R. D. Ireland. 2012. Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures. 4th ed. New Jersey: Pearson.
(ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-13-255552-4) ??Timmons, J.A., L. M. Gillin, S. L. Burshtein & S. Spinelli. 2011. New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st century – A Pacific Rim Perspective, North Ryde, New South Wales, McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
(ISBN/ISSN: 9780070277663) ??Rae, D. 2015. Opportunity-Centred Entrepreneurship. London: Palgrave.
(ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-230-27518-8)
l Schaper, M., T. Volery, P. Weber & B. Gibson. 2014. Entrepreneurship and small business, 4th Asia-Pacific edn. Milton, Australia: John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd.
(ISBN/ISSN: 9780070277663)
Other resources
The following academic journals contain articles in the area of entrepreneurship:
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Review
Administrative Science Quarterly
Asia-Pacific Journal of Management
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research
International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship
International Small Business Journal
Journal of Business Venturing
Journal of Enterprising Culture
Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
Journal of Management
Journal of Management Studies
Journal of Small Business Management
Management Science
Organization Science
Small Business Economics
Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
Strategic Management Journal

Assessment schedule
Task Value % Date Due Unit Learning
1 Entrepreneur Interview Project – Literature Review
Component 25 percent Week: Week 7 of
Semester (Teaching
Week 6)
Day: Friday 13 April
Time: 23:59
(11.59pm) 1
2 Entrepreneur Interview Project – Theory Application
Component 20 percent Week: Week 12 of
Semester (Teaching
Week 10)
Day: Friday 18 May
Time: 23:59
(11.59pm) 2,3,4
3 Team interview presentation 15 percent Week: Weeks 13 &
14 of Semester
(teaching weeks 11 &
Day: During your allocated weekly seminar
Time: During your allocated weekly seminar 2,3,4
4 Final Examination 40 percent Week: Examination weeks
Day: 11-22 June
Time: TBA 3,4
Detailed information on assessment tasks
1. Entrepreneur Interview Project Background
The Entrepreneur Interview Project has two components – a Literature Review component (assessment task 1) and a Theory Application component (assessment task 2). Details of each component are provided to you later; please read them carefully. The aim of the entrepreneur interview project is to bring you face-to-face with entrepreneurs and to analyse what made the individuals an entrepreneur. We introduce you to an entrepreneur for Assessment Task 1 of the Entrepreneur Interview Project to help you develop the skills you will need for Assessment Task 2. This project requires students to form teams of between two and three (if necessary, teams of four can be formed but these are not ideal and represent the absolute maximum) for Assessment Task 2 of the Entrepreneur Interview Project. If you are absent in weeks 1 and 2, you will not be able to join an existing group in week 3. Each team will identify and select a real “entrepreneur” from within the local business community for Assessment Task 2. Alternatively, you could interview via Skype a -real- entrepreneur from another location or country. Once identified, you will inform the instructor who the entrepreneur is. You will only contact the individual entrepreneur once your instructor confirms the entrepreneur has not been interviewed in the previous three semesters/trimesters and your instructor considers the person you selected to be an appropriate choice. When this is confirmed, you can contact the individual and seek time to interview the individual about his or her life and business. Your interviewee must preferably be an individual who is currently running a successful business. If your interviewee comes from the retail industry, please select one who owns a chain of outlets. Avoid the neighbourhood local businesses such as the single owner-operated delis, restaurants, fruit and vegetable shop or cafes. A franchisee is not an appropriate choice for an interview since he/she was not the original founder of the business. Your instructor will provide you with more details.
How many interviews will be needed is dependent on the team but sufficient time (each interview typically lasts about 1 to 1.5 hours for a group of 3 to 4 students) should be given to gathering information on the person to allow a detailed analysis. Some examples of questions are provided in the Assessment link on the MGMT3004 Entrepreneurship Blackboard site (Entrepreneur Interview Project Questions) but you are also required to develop your own set of engaging questions, not just those that elicit a yes or no response. To capture the essence of the interview, please voice record the entire interview(s) with the assistance of a recording device such as a Dictaphone, digital recorder, MP3 player or even a smartphone. Students will prepare a brief summary containing the main points of the interview, i.e. most relevant answers provided to your questions. This summary should be no more than 3 pages in length and will be submitted as an appendix to the Theory Application component. Failure to submit your summary will result in loss of marks. The summary helps you identify pertinent comments made by your entrepreneur that relate to the theory. It also helps your instructor when they assess your work.
Following the interview, you are to write a thank you letter. This is more than a courtesy as it might also help the entrepreneur remember you favourably if you wanted to follow up on the interview. The thank you letter is to be attached with the interview summary submitted on the same day the Theory Application components are due.
Assessment Task 1: Entrepreneur Interview Project – worth 25% due week 7 of Semester, 23:59 (11.59pm) on Friday 13 April.
The literature review component will be conducted as an individual assessment on the specific topic of opportunity recognition. The Literature Review component of the entrepreneur interview project consists of a 1,250 (+/-10%) word assignment. This assessment helps you develop some of the skills you require for Assessment Task 2. Assessment Task 1 focuses on the topic of opportunity recognition. Have you ever wondered how entrepreneurs actually recognise opportunities? Opportunity recognition is a very popular theme in entrepreneurship and management research. Needless to say, there are a number of seminal articles published on the subject of opportunity recognition. During the third week of semester, a guest entrepreneur will present to all Curtin entrepreneurship students. You probably would have gathered by now that the focus of this presentation will be on the entrepreneur’s opportunity recognition. You will need to review the content of the entrepreneur’s presentation and determine where the entrepreneur confirmed the theories, principles and models that relate to opportunity recognition. To help you access the theories, principles and models relating to opportunity recognition, the titles of key seminal papers (15 in total) have been posted on the Assessment link for the MGMT3004 Blackboard site. Since you will be reviewing these papers, this assessment is referred to as a literature review. Please review these articles to help you identify key themes and principles that confirmed or differed from the guest entrepreneur. The articles are a critical resource for this assessment and you are expected to cite at least five of these articles in your assignment but the more articles you use from this list, the more depth you will put into your assignment. Typically, the best assignments use all 15 articles in the list. Feel free to use more articles in your assignment outside this list to explore key theories and principles further but remember, at least five (5) need to be from the list to make sure you cover key concepts relevant to opportunity recognition. Based on this assessment, you are required to construct a definition of an entrepreneur that relates to the topic of opportunity recognition. Your definition will demonstrate a synthesis of the different concepts you included in your review and will be included as part of the conclusion in this assignment.
Note, the Literature Review component of the assignment requires you to investigate the relevant theory and concepts that apply to opportunity recognition. You will be applying the theory and concepts to the guest entrepreneur so you will need to provide examples from the presentation to demonstrate how the entrepreneur confirmed or disproved the theory on opportunity recognition.
You must cite, using Chicago Referencing, at least five references from the list for this component. However, as mentioned earlier, you can go beyond the references posted on the MGMT3004 Blackboard site if you wish to explore the opportunity recognition literature further. It is recommended, however, that you stick to articles sourced from academic journals. Examples of academic journals include those listed on pages three (3) and four (4) of this unit outline. A reference list is required at the end of the assignment. Five references is the absolute minimum. Failure to meet this requirement will result in loss of marks (see marking guide on Blackboard). This assignment must be submitted to Turnitin. The final version of your assignment submitted to Turnitin will be graded by your instructor. Please note, paper submissions will not be accepted and therefore will not be graded.
Assessment Task 1 Marking Criteria
An online marking rubric has been allocated for this assessment and will be provided to you in the Assessment link on the MGMT3004 Entrepreneurship Blackboard site. You will lose marks if your assignment does not meet key requirements so please review the rubric before you submit your work for grading. This assignment requires you to review the relevant theory, principles and models on opportunity recognition and to apply them to the guest entrepreneur. You therefore need to show depth in your analysis. So, as part of your review, you should be asking yourself “how did the guest entrepreneur confirm or disprove the theory, principles and models I reviewed”. You also need to demonstrate your ability to synthesize concepts by constructing a definition of an entrepreneur derived from the literature relevant to opportunity recognition. Do not simply cut and paste what you found from your literature into your assignment. You need to explain the relevance of the article to the guest entrepreneur. If concepts are repeated across multiple articles, group these together in a paragraph but be sure to present an argument as to why you thought the articles reflected the same concepts. This shows your ability to identify common views or theoretical thinking across authors and also shows the depth of your analysis and your critical thinking skills which are assessed in the rubric. Students who do well in this assignment ( 70%) provide diagrams, tables and conceptual frameworks that synthesize the key elements of the different theories they reviewed.
2. Assessment Task 2: Entrepreneur Interview Project – worth 20% due week 12 of Semester, 23:59
(11.59pm) on Friday 18 May
The Theory Application component of the Entrepreneur Interview Project is a group assessment. You will apply some of the skills you developed in Assessment Task 1 for this assignment. For Assessment Task 1 we brought in a guest entrepreneur who presented on his/her opportunity recognition. You applied theoretical concepts, principles and models on the guest entrepreneur to demonstrate how he/she confirmed or disproved what researchers say about opportunity recognition and entrepreneurship. For Assessment Task 2, your group will identify an entrepreneur to interview on a range of topics we cover during the semester. Please make sure your written assignment has an introduction that includes the name of your entrepreneur you interviewed and a brief background of the person and the business. You are also required, as a group, to include a brief investigation of your entrepreneur’s opportunity recognition and this can also be part of your introduction. Additionally, please also ensure each of your group’s members selects a different topic. For instance, if there are three students in a group interviewing an entrepreneur, you will need to work on three separate topics or themes. As part of the investigation of your topic, please make sure you prepare 5 relevant questions that you would like to ask your entrepreneur. Please also prepare questions that relate to opportunity recognition to investigate this aspect as well. The topics to investigate are as follows: ??Why does an entrepreneur select one source of finance over another?
l How do entrepreneurs manage and deal with the challenges of the growing business? ??How do entrepreneurs plan strategically?
l How do entrepreneurs plan for succession? Please note, succession and success are not the same thing.
The topics are all equally challenging so select wisely. You might discover a topic is irrelevant to your entrepreneur so find out enough of the entrepreneur’s background to ensure your topic is appropriate. For instance, if your entrepreneur is in their 20’s or 30’s, it is unlikely they would be thinking about succession. If you wish to investigate a topic not highlighted on this list, please ask your instructor for approval before proceeding. Opportunity recognition can only be examined briefly as a group. Since this assignment is group based, you need to share your findings with each other and reach a conclusion as to whether or not the person you interviewed was indeed an entrepreneur. You are required in your discussion to link and apply the theory, principles and models relevant to your respective topics to the findings of the interview. Your discussion needs to demonstrate clearly, where “real life” relates to the theory and where at times, it might deviate from it. You might make some inportant observations that are not covered by the theory so please state these in your assignment as well. To highlight where linkages are made between reality and theory, it is necessary that you cite the relevant references from where you found your theory, principles and models.
Do not leave it to your instructor to draw the conclusion as to why the reference you used applied to your entrepreneur. This is your task. It is expected that you will refer to at least five references relevant to each of your topics for Assessment Task 2 plus an additional minimum of two references relevant to opportunity recognition. You will need to provide a reference list for these citations too. If you are in a group of two students therefore, you will need to cite at least ten references for your two topics plus a minimum of two more references relating to opportunity recognition. If you are in a group of three, you will need to cite at least 15 references to your three topics plus a minimum of two more references relating to opportunity recognition. The parts from the interview summary that confirm or disprove the theory also need to be incorporated in the discussion. Remember, the maximum number of students in a group is four (4).
In addition to the details relating to your entrepreneur, your introduction will also include a brief discussion on the topics you covered in your interview. The main discussion, where you apply the theory to your entrepreneur, will contain separate subheadings reflecting the relevant topics your group members selected (see list of topics provided). A brief conclusion synthesizing your analysis and indicating whether your group considered the person you interviewed to be an entrepreneur or not and why is also required. The word length for this component depends on the number of students in your group. Table 1 below gives you an idea of your word limit and minimum number of references:
Table 1 Word limit and minimum reference count per students in a group
Number of students in group Word limit (+/- 10%) Minimum References
2 2500 10 (plus 2 on opp. rec.)
3 3500 15 (plus 2 on opp. rec.)
(absolute maximum) 4200 20 (plus 2 on opp. rec.)
Penalties will apply for assignments outside this word range and/or you fail to meet the minimum number of references. Please note, the reference citations you used and the direct quotations from the entrepreneur you interviewed are not included in the word count. Please ensure you submit the interview summary as an appendix to your Theory Application assignment. Failure to do so will result in a significant loss of marks. Remember, it is meant to reflect the main points of the interview and should not be more than 3 pages in length. Grading criteria and relevant marking guide are available on the Assessment link on Blackboard.
It is imperative that each member of the team contributes to the writing of the group component of the report. In the event of a conflict within teams, students must undertake the following process prior to presenting their concerns to the Unit Coordinator:
l Students must address issues early (do not leave the problem until the week before the assignment is due) ??Call a meeting with all group members to discuss a concern or a breach of contract/agreement
l If resolution is not achieved, request mediation by another student within the class ??If resolution is not achieved, request mediation by the instructor ??If resolution is not achieved, present the concern to the Unit Coordinator
You will be allocated a mark for your project and to ensure that every individual in the group gets his or her well-deserved mark for the group assignment, the group members will determine how the marks will be distributed across all team members. More information on the peer assessment process is provided on page 10 of the outline and you will also be advised of the process for peer assessment during the semester/trimester. Please refer to the Assessment link on the MGMT3004 Entrepreneurship Blackboard site for further information. This assignment must be submitted to Turnitin. The final version of your assignment submitted to Turnitin will be graded by your instructor. As this is a group assignment, please ensure only one group member is allocated the task of submitting the final assignment to Turnitin. Submissions from multiple group members will result in a high number of matches and will prompt an investigation from your instructor and unit coordinator for further action. Please note, paper submissions will not be accepted and therefore will not be graded.
Assessment Task 2 Marking Criteria
The marking guide is provided to you in the Assessment link on the MGMT3004 Entrepreneurship Blackboard site. Penalties apply if you do not meet key requirements so please refer to the guide before you submit. Your instructor will look for your ability to make relevant connections between your observations from the interview and the literature. How well you demonstrate and explain where theory and reality match or converge and where they differ or diverge will have a major bearing on your grade. Please consult the marking guide as you will lose marks for failure to meet specific assignment requirements, i.e. word-length limit, minimum reference count and interview summary.
Guidelines for Written Assignments
Remember, for both components of the Entrepreneur Interview Project, you are required to find and use (i.e. cite) a minimum number of references; 5 different references in the Literature Review component and 12 to 22 different references for the Theory Application component depending on the number of people in the group. Failure to meet the minimum number of references shall be deemed as not adequate in providing a theoretical background for both assignments. Failing to provide the minimum number of references will also result in loss of marks.
Chicago referencing must be used to back up all sources of information used in writing your assignments. A reference list (in Chicago Referencing format) must be provided at the end of the assignments. Information that will assist you to comply with Chicago Referencing format is available from the Curtin University Library website http://libguides.library.curtin.edu.au/ld.php?content_id=12328683
When preparing and writing your assignments, you should follow these requirements:
l Set your top margin to allow for 4 cm of space between the top of the page and the type; set all other margins to 2.5 cm.
l The assignments must be 1.5 line spaced. ??You should use a 12 pitch Times New Roman font or 10 pitch Arial font for ease of reading. ??Set your alignment for all the lines to justified.
l As university students, a high standard of written English is expected. Your assignments should be clear, concise, neatly presented and easy to read. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a significant loss of marks.
l Use the automatic page numbering system to number ALL pages.
l You must keep a hard copy of the completed assignment when you submit the original document for marking.
Chart and diagrams should always be called “Figure.” Figures and Tables must have a number, e.g. Figure 5 or Table 4, a brief title at the top and the source at the bottom. Remember to number all figures and tables consecutively. Number in the text must specifically refer to tables and figures, for example: (see Table 3).
3. Assessment Task 3: Presentation – worth 15% due during seminar sessions in semester weeks 13 and 14 of Semester (teaching weeks 11 & 12)
During the last two sessions of the unit program, you will be required to do a presentation on your interviewee (i.e. the entrepreneur) to the class. You will be assessed on both the content of your presentation, the skills and creativity you demonstrate in giving it and the level of research you have undertaken. The presentation evaluation proforma is available via the Assessment link on Blackboard. The duration of the presentation will be 10 minutes for groups of 2 students; 15 minutes for groups of 3; and 20 minutes for groups of 4. An additional 2 minutes of question time will be available after your presentation. You have the option to present -live- in front of the class during your allocated seminar or pre-record your presentation and to show it in class during your allocated seminar. The options are meant to help you maximise your creativity. If you pre-record, you still need to provide some interactive elements to ensure audience engagement. It’s up to you to determine what will work best for your group. You can refer to the “Presentation Evaluation” in the Assessment link on Blackboard to work out what is required for the presentation. Please read the following guidelines to help you with your presentation.
l Keep things simple – pitch it to an appropriate level for your audience. ??Include a clear and motivating introduction – outline the structure of your talk.
l Ensure your presentation has a logical sequence.
l Avoid PowerPoint presentations. This is to encourage you to FOCUS on preparing a creative presentation rather than spending copious amounts of time in developing PowerPoint slides. ??Where possible, include audience interaction (it increases interest) and earns you more marks.
l Rehearse what you will be putting into your presentation. It will go much more smoothly if you do. Check your timing and be prepared to edit. Get feedback on distracting mannerisms and attempt to overcome these.
l Engage your audience. ??Speak clearly and not too quickly.
l Ensure your conclusion is brief and outlines your main argument/case. Anticipate and prepare for likely questions.
Do not:
l Look at your notes. Reading from notes means you will lose your audience and your audience will switch off. ??Do not use jargon or acronyms without explanation – this alienates the audience.
Assessment Task 3 Marking Criteria
Entrepreneurs establish their businesses for pursuing different opportunities, using different resources and managerial approaches. Sharing the findings of your interviews with the rest of the class will show the diverse ways entrepreneurs get into business and will expose students to more entrepreneurs than just the ones they interviewed. Continuing with the theme of “being different”, you are strongly encouraged to do a presentation that is out of the ordinary. The content of the presentation is important since you need to share with the class how your entrepreneur proved and/or disproved the theory. However, this accounts for only 20% of the total score. You also need to use presentation skills that show your enthusiasm and desire to “wow” your audience. While you might use different technologies to put your presentation together, it is the slickness of your presentation skills that counts and not the technology used. How you do this accounts for the remaining 80% of the assessment.
4. Assessment Task 4: Examination – worth 40% held during examination weeks
The final exam, which will be held during the formal examination period, will assess the content covered throughout the study program. The final exam format will be advised in class.
Pass requirements
Students must obtain an overall mark of 50/100 (50%) and attempt and complete all assessments to pass this unit (including the exam).
Fair assessment through moderation
Moderation describes a quality assurance process to ensure that assessments are appropriate to the learning outcomes, and that students work is evaluated consistently by assessors. Minimum standards for the moderation of assessments are described in the Assessment and Student Progression Manual, available from policies.curtin.edu.au/findapolicy/
Late assessment policy
This ensures that the requirements for submission of assignments and other work to be assessed are fair, transparent, equitable and that penalties are consistently applied.
1. All student assessments are required to have a due date and time specified on this Unit Outline.
2. Students will be penalised by a deduction of ten percent per calendar day for a late assessment submission (e.g. a mark equivalent to 10% of the total allocated for the assessment will be deducted from the marked value for every day that the assessment is late). This means that an assessment worth 20 marks will have two marks deducted per calendar day late. Hence if it was handed in three calendar days late and given a mark of 16/20, the student would receive 10/20. An assessment more than seven calendar days overdue will not be marked and will receive a mark of 0.
Assessment extension
A student unable to complete an assessment task by/on the original published date/time (e.g. examinations, tests) or due date/time (e.g. assignments) must apply for an assessment extension using the Assessment Extension form (available from the Forms page at students.curtin.edu.au/administration/) as prescribed by the Academic Registrar. It is the responsibility of the student to demonstrate and provide evidence for exceptional circumstances beyond the student’s control that prevent them from completing/submitting the assessment task.
The student will be expected to lodge the form and supporting documentation with the unit coordinator before the assessment date/time or due date/time. An application may be accepted up to five working days after the date or due date of the assessment task where the student is able to provide an acceptable explanation as to why he or she was not able to submit the application prior to the assessment date. An application for an assessment extension will not be accepted after the date of the Board of Examiners’ meeting.
Deferred assessments
If your results show that you have been granted a deferred assessment you should immediately check OASIS for details.
Deferred examinations/tests will be held from 16/07/2018 to 27/07/2018 . Notification to students will be made after the Board of Examiners’ meeting via the Official Communications Channel (OCC) in OASIS.
Supplementary assessments
Supplementary assessments, if granted by the Board of Examiners, will have a due date or be held between 16/07/2018 and 27/07/2018 . Notification to students will be made after the Board of Examiners’ meeting via the Official Communications Channel (OCC) in OASIS.
It is the responsibility of students to be available to complete the requirements of a supplementary assessment. If your results show that you have been granted a supplementary assessment you should immediately check OASIS for details.
Reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities/health circumstances likely to impact on studies
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If you think you may be eligible for a CAP, please contact Disability Services. If you already have a CAP please provide it to the Unit Coordinator at the beginning of each study period.
Referencing style
The referencing style for this unit is Chicago.
More information can be found on this style from the Library web site:
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You may also require a computer or mobile device for preparing and submitting your work.
For general ICT assistance, in the first instance please contact OASIS Student Support: oasisapps.curtin.edu.au/help/general/support.cfm
For specific assistance with any of the items listed below, please contact The Learning Centre: life.curtin.edu.au/learning-support/learning_centre.htm
??Using Blackboard, the I Drive and Back-Up files ??Introduction to PowerPoint, Word and Excel
Additional information
Assessment of individual grades in group work, how does it work?
Effective group work will require many and varied contributions. Some of the more important facets and tasks to be considered will include:
l Developing questions relevant to your selected topic and sharing them with your group well before your interview with your entrepreneur
l Attending the interview with your entrepreneur
l Sharing the findings of your theory application with your other group members ??Preparing a creative presentation to share with the rest of your class
l Co-ordinating contributions chasing up outstanding work and synthesizing the work of the group into a collective outcome
l Making suggestions and being creative ??Encouraging teamwork and participative environment ??Acknowledging the good work of others and confronting performance concerns
You MAY be required to assess all of your team members (should anyone request it in your group) on these qualities by completing an online peer evaluation, so please discuss any concerns openly and honestly throughout semester.
How does your online peer assessment affect your individual grades
Assessment Task 2 – Theory Application Component attracts a total score that represents 20%. Additionally, Assessment Task 3 – The Group Presentation represents another 15% of your grade in this unit. To avoid the risk of allowing a student to pass who does not contribute adequately to the group assessments and to reward star performers, the peer assessment can result in changes to invdividual grades. The process is as follows:
1. Your two group assessments will be given a raw score for the group by the assessor;
2. You will already have allocated scores from a finite pool of $100 based upon the total contribution of every member of your team (including yourself) in your peer reviews;
3. The average of all scores for each group will be used to award an individual mark adjusted by your peer reviews;
4. Adjustments may be made by the unit coordinator to this method due to circumstances outside of the team members’ control
Hypothetical Example: John’s group received a score of 30 from a possible 35 marks for Assessment Tasks 2 and 3.
Team member peer scores (inc. self) John Bill Jenny Wayne Row Total Must = 100%
John’s vote 30 20 30 20 100
Bill’s vote 22 30 32 16 100
Jenny’s vote 26 34 25 15 100
Wayne’s vote 25 25 25 25* 100
Average Peer Score 25.75 27.25 28 19 100
Score Adjustment 25.75/25 x30 27.25/25 x 30 28/25 x 30 19/25 x 30
Final score 30.90 32.70 33.6 22.8
*Where all other team members score a participant low, then they will normally score a maximum of only one quarter of the $100 for their self rating.
These scores were confirmed by the observations of the instructor who said that Jenny was the driving force in the group and that Wayne was always late for meetings and seemed disinterested in the project. The instructor was a little surprised by John’s lower score from his peers but trusted the reviews after checking some details. It seems that Bill and Jenny carried the load for work that Wayne failed to deliver at one point.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your enrolment is correct – you can check your enrolment through the eStudent option on OASIS, where you can also print an Enrolment Advice.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of every student to be aware of all relevant legislation, policies and procedures relating to their rights and responsibilities as a student. These include:
l the Student Charter ??Values and Signature Behaviours
l the University’s policy and statements on plagiarism and academic integrity ??copyright principles and responsibilities ??the University’s policies on appropriate use of software and computer facilities
Information on all of the above is available through the University’s -Student Rights and Responsibilities- website at: students.curtin.edu.au/rights.
Student Equity
There are a number of factors that might disadvantage some students from participating in their studies or assessments to the best of their ability, under standard conditions. These factors may include a disability or medical condition (e.g. mental illness, chronic illness, physical or sensory disability, learning disability), significant family responsibilities, pregnancy, religious practices, living in a remote location or another reason. If you believe you may be unfairly disadvantaged on these or other grounds please contact Student Equity at eesj@curtin.edu.au or go to http://eesj.curtin.edu.au/student_equity/index.cfm for more information
You can also contact Counselling and Disability services: https://monkessays.com/write-my-essay/disability.curtin.edu.au or the Multi-faith services: http://life.curtin.edu.au/health-and-wellbeing/about_multifaith_services.htm for further information.
It is important to note that the staff of the university may not be able to meet your needs if they are not informed of your individual circumstances so please get in touch with the appropriate service if you require assistance. For general wellbeing concerns or advice please contact Curtin’s Student Wellbeing Advisory Service at:
Recent unit changes
Students are encouraged to provide unit feedback through eVALUate, Curtin’s online student feedback system. For more information about eVALUate, please refer to evaluate.curtin.edu.au/info/.
To view previous student feedback about this unit, search for the Unit Summary Report at https://evaluate.curtin.edu.au/student/unit_search.cfm. See
https://evaluate.curtin.edu.au/info/dates.cfm to find out when you can eVALUate this unit.
Recent changes to this unit include:
1. Focus on one topic only for the first assessment task to help students develop skills for the second assessment.
2. More access to articles required for assessments.
3. Opportunity to interview your entrepreneur in person or now, via Skype.
4. Greater accountability for individuals’ contribution to the group assessments.
5. Use of an interview summary instead of a full interview transcript.
6. More advice regarding the content of the exam.
Program calendar
Program Calendar – Semester 2
Date Seminar Prereadings
Activities Assessment Due
26 Feb
Unit overview and introduction to entrepreneurship Chpt. 1 Review the unit outline and unit assessments; Form groups for assessment purposes;
Group activity – Case Study 1.2, Pages
32-34 of textbook;
Group activity – What distinguishes an entrepreneurial venture from a small business?
5 Mar
The entrepreneurial mindset Chpt. 2 and
GET test GET test; Key characteristics of entrepreneurs; Entrepreneur interview questions; Group formation for students not in a group.
12 Mar
Innovation – the creative pursuit of ideas Chpt. 6 Creativity exercises; Case study 6.2: -Creativity is Not Just for Start-up Ideas-, p. 220-221.
19 Mar
Assessment & commercialisation of entrepreneurial opportunities Chpts. 6 &
9 Case study – Venture Profile Analysis; Discuss articles required for Literature review.
19 Mar 21 March
Presentation Entrepreneurs in Enterprise: Guest Presentation venue TBA
26 Mar
Sources of finance for entrepreneurial ventures Chpt. 14 Video presentations and discussions –
angel financing and crowdfunding; Literature review – last chance to discuss any issues regarding this assessment.
6. 2 Apr Tuition Free Week
9 Apr
Ethical, environmental
& social entrepreneurship Chpt. 4 Borland International case study; Group activity:
Knowing the difference, p. 139 of textbook;
Video presentation – Tim Johnston and Firepower Literature review component due
Friday 13 April 23:59
(11.59pm) to Turnitin
16 Apr
Legal & regulatory challenges Chpt. 13 Case examples for discussion – IP disputes; Group activity, p. 490 of textbook.
Groupwork – critically review your questions relevant to your topic for your entrepreneur interview (you must have your questions ready for this review)
9. 23 Apr Tuition Free Week
30 Apr
entrepreneurial growth
Chpt. 11
Group activity: Solving the strategy puzzle; Case study 11.2: -Keeping Things Going-, p. 407; Case examples
Netregistry and ABS Learning Centres
7 May
Intrapreneurship Chpt. 8 Case examples for discussion: Innovative workplaces; Case study 8.2, -Southwest Airlines: Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture-, p. 281-282.
Theory application component – last chance to discuss any issues regarding this assessment.
14 May
Entrepreneurial families & succession Chpt. 7 Case example – Gina Rinehart and co.; Case study 7.3, -Family to Family: the Fall and Rebirth of Darrell Lea Chocolates-,
p. 246-247; Group activity – Sharing your family business experiences with the class.
Last chance to discuss issues regarding Presentation assessments. Theory application component due
Friday 18 May, 23:59
(11.59pm) to Turnitin.
21 May
Presentations continue Student presentations. Presentations commence
28 May
Course review, examinations advice and revision Student presentations overflow; Course revision exercises. Presentations continue
15. 4 Jun Study Week
11-22 Jun Examinations
Assessment 4 Final Exam, Centrally Scheduled TBA

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