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The Innovation and Entrepreneurship program’s curriculum varies according to the level of education you are pursuing. Because our program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), you can be assured that our curriculum will prepare you to meet the industry’s high standards of quality.

Ranging from 12 to 48 units, the curriculum involves an elaborate array of core and elective courses in order to ensure students receive a well-rounded perspective they can then apply in the workplace.

Program Outlines

All courses are worth three units unless otherwise indicated. Please see the course descriptions below to learn more about each what each course has to offer.

Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The 12 unit Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship consists of four courses or six core units and six units of electives.

  • ENTREP 5016OL Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • ENTREP 5018OL Opportunity Assessment
  • 2 elective courses from the following:
    • ENTREP 7059OL Project & Innovation Finance and Accounting
    • ENTREP 7022OL Creativity & Innovation
    • ENTREP 7060OL Marketing Technology & Innovation
    • ENTREP 7019OL Social Entrepreneurship
    • PROJMGT 5004OL Managing Project & Systemic Risks
    • PROJMGT 5021OL Applied Project Management I
    • PROJMGT 7012OL Business & Contract Legal Studies
    • PROJMGT 7038OL Leadership of Organisations
    • ENTREP 7028OL Managing Strategy & Growth

Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The 24 unit Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship requires students to complete a total of eight courses or 18 core units and six units of electives.

  • ENTREP 5016OL Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • ENTREP 5018OL Opportunity Assessment
  • ENTREP 7059OL Project & Innovation Finance & Accounting
  • ENTREP 7028OL Managing Strategy & Growth
  • ENTREP 7022OL Creativity & Innovation
  • ENTREP 7060OL Marketing Technology & Innovation
  • 2 elective courses from the following:
    • ENTREP 7019OL Social Entrepreneurship
    • ENTREP 7049OL Entrepreneurship Research in Practice
    • ENTREP 7048OL Advanced Venture Planning & Communications
    • PROJMGNT 5004OL Managing Project & Systemic Risks
    • PROJMGNT 7012OL Business & Contract Legal Studies
    • PROJMGNT 7038OL Leadership of Organisations
    • PROJMGNT 7047OL Systems Fundamentals
    • PROJMGNT 5021OL Applied Project Management 1

Master of Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MAIE)

The 36 unit Master of Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MAIE) degree consists of 27 core units, 3 units of electives and a 6 unit research-based project course.

  • ENTREP 5016OL Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • ENTREP 5018OL Opportunity Assessment
  • ENTREP 7059OL Project & Innovation Finance & Accounting
  • ENTREP 7028OL Managing Strategy & Growth
  • ENTREP 7022OL Creativity & Innovation
  • ENTREP 7060OL Marketing Technology & Innovation
  • ENTREP 7049OL Entrepreneurship Research in Practice
  • ENTREP 7048OL Advanced Venture Planning & Communications
  • COMMERCE 7039 Business Research Methods
  • ENTREP 5029OL Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units)
  • 1 course or 3 units from the following:
    • ENTREP 7019OL Social Entrepreneurship
    • PROJMGNT 5004OL Managing Project & Systemic Risks
    • PROJMGNT 5021OL Applied Project Management I
    • PROJMGNT 7038OL Leadership of Organisations
    • PROJMGNT 7047OL Systems Fundamentals
    • PROJMGNT 7012OL Business and Contract Legal Studies

Course Descriptions

ENTREP 5016OL Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 units)

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the nature of enterprise and entrepreneurship and furthers the understanding of the role of innovation, technology and their efficient management to build and maintain a competitive edge in an entrepreneurial business. The course provides entrepreneurs and managers with a set of concepts and tools to improve the competitiveness of their venture or organisation. The course is relevant to entrepreneurs and professionals from all backgrounds who wish to learn about and apply principles and strategies to achieve higher levels of innovation.

ENTREP 5018OL Opportunity Assessment (3 units)

This course is aimed at anyone who needs to assess possible business opportunities, including possible project management opportunities that are mainly, but not exclusively, based on an innovative technological concept. Rapid screening techniques are introduced, which will address the underlying business concept, the base technology, benefits to customers, potential markets, financial feasibility, risk and benefits to the organisation and the next steps to be taken. Opportunity screening protocols will be treated in depth and a comprehensive venture-screening guide will be developed during the course. The course will also provide an introduction to the business planning process for a new enterprise.

ENTREP 7059OL Project and Innovation Finance and Accounting (3 units)

Engineers, scientists, technologists and those starting new ventures understand that a good grasp of accounting and financial management disciplines are crucial to success. This course is designed to take such professionals through the essential knowledge and skills development in areas such as accounting concepts, understanding and analysing financial statements, bookkeeping, the accounting cycle, cash flow, company accounting, budgeting and planning, and an introduction to management accounting. This course introduces financial modelling, analysis of project proposals and cost optimisation. Major topics include the time value of money and capital budgeting processes, depreciation, capitalisation and valuation, sensitivity analysis, value management, earned value, and life cycle costing. Application of projects and innovative new ventures.

ENTREP 7028OL Managing Strategy and Growth (3 units)

In this course we study the relationship between the entrepreneur, new venture growth and strategy. It provides students with an overview of the internal dynamics involved in growing a new venture including the many aspects that must be considered to ensure the business operates smoothly and meets the needs of its customers while keeping a focus on growth strategy. Intellectual Capital and the Resource Based View are the two main frameworks utilised to examine the dynamic relationships. The course adopts a design approach for an entrepreneur or an advisor to identify key resources that maximise the value creating potential of a fledgling firm.

ENTREP 7022OL Creativity and Innovation (3 units)

This course explores individual and group creativity; barriers to creativity and approaches for overcoming these; methods for generating or recognising ideas; alternatives or possibilities to solve commercial or operational problems; as well as turning creativity into innovation that benefits the customer and the business venture. Students will also examine options for bringing creativity and innovation into the organisation and building an environment to support these activities and create creative scenarios for the future of organisations.

ENTREP 7060OL Marketing Technology and Innovation (3 units)

This course helps students to develop an understanding of the forces driving competition and demand in markets or technology-intensive products and services. The content covers product management decisions (design, channels/logistics, pricing/promotions, etc.) across stages of product life cycles affecting innovative and/or technology products. Students enhance skills in analysing competitive trends, identifying threats and opportunities, designing new products, and marketing strategies. Students develop a marketing strategy and perform a market analysis to define potential markets for an innovation and/or a technology.

ENTREP 7049OL Entrepreneurship Research In Practice (3 units)

This course explores the world of entrepreneurship theory and focuses on the skills needed to read academic research papers and write within academic standards. We will examine how to construct and write academic arguments based upon the empirical, theoretical and conceptual research of others. The course will cover selecting a research topic, defining the research question(s), preparing and organising a thesis structure, ethical considerations, referencing styles and formatting and how specifically to prepare a literature review and a research proposal. At the end of this course, you will - Know how to select and prepare a research topic; - Be able to design a literature search strategy based upon key concepts; - Be able to cite and reference materials correctly; - Understand the structure of a research thesis; and - Produce an academic literature review paper.

ENTREP 7048OL Advanced Venture Planning and Communication (3 units)

This course focuses on developing two core skills essential for entrepreneurship. The first is building a comprehensive new venture plan supported by an integrated pro-forma Cash Flow Statement, Income Statement and Balance Sheet. This is an essential skill necessary for preparing proposals for investors and other potential stakeholders. The second skill is to be able to present and communicate professional business plans in both written and verbal communication. Entrepreneurs are invariably under-resourced to undertake the new ventures they seek to create and hence communicating convincingly and confidently with investors, lead customers, partners and other key resource holders is often key to an entrepreneur's success. At the end of this course, a candidate will be able to: Prepare an integrated financial forecasting model; incorporate a sensitivity analysis within a pro forma financial model identifying critical success factors for planning; design and prepare a business planning document including integrated financials; and prepare and pitch business proposals.

ENTREP 5029OL Project in Entrepreneurship (6 units) (MAIE option only)

The Master Entrepreneurship Project offers scope for candidates to pursue their own business related research interest in three broadly defined areas, namely; the new enterprise creation process, the strategic management of innovation relevant to established or growth oriented SMEs and other organisations, a more theoretical project to allow a candidate to pursue study into a specific topic or issue relevant to entrepreneurship and innovation. A candidate will present their proposed topic to the Coordinator for approval prior to commencement of the work. The project will therefore allow a candidate to pursue research into an area or topic related to entrepreneurship. Previous candidates have used the Project as a vehicle for undertaking business research that leads to a report documenting the means by which an established organisation may improve its performance should it implement strategies designed to raise the level of innovation through entrepreneurial management.

ENTREP 7019OL Social Entrepreneurship (3 units)

This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of social entrepreneurship. Case studies are presented and students then apply this knowledge to an individual topic that forms the basis of their reports. This course is relevant to entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs that have a social, environmental or nonprofit focus.

PROJMGNT 5021OL Applied Project Management 1 (3 units)

This course introduces the context, rationale, strategy and tactics of project management from the perspectives of key stakeholders. The main model followed it is the international Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK - US Based PMI), however comparisons are made with the U.K. s PRINCE2. Participants will be expected to relate the application of PMBOK directly to projects from their experience, and as a course assignment will be able to apply what they have learnt to an actual work place project. The context and learning of the course will prepare participants with competencies to operate in a range of industries and apply the project management skills to projects in a variety of industries, including engineering, information technology, consulting, production, procurement, maintenance, logistics and supply chain, defence, construction, and manufacturing. The focus on providing competence in core areas of stakeholder, scope, time, cost and quality management, and facilitating areas of risk, procurement, HR, integration, and communication management is to provide competence in participants to confidentially deal with the ever growing challenges of modern day project management. PMBOK will be applied in developing competence suitable for a range of industries.

PROJMGNT 5004OL Managing Project and Systemic Risks (3 units)

The course addresses decision and risk analysis, methods for structuring and modelling decision problems, and application of methods to a variety of problems that involve risk and uncertainty related to the commercialisation of new technologies and development of projects. Students apply risk analysis tools to a commercialisation assessment problem or a project development.

PROJMGNT 7038OL Leadership of Organisations (3 units)

This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the leadership and management theory with a particular emphasis on the implications of transformational leadership and the application of emotional and social capabilities of achieving desired outcomes in modern companies. The elective combines experiential learning with theory and practical applications. At the end of the course, students should be aware of current leadership and management theories, have an understanding of the differences in personality types and their own leadership style, and have a basic knowledge of people management practices to align team performance with project outcomes within organisations with a range of different goals, values and stakeholders. Content will include: bases of authority, models of leadership, transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, values based leadership, Situational Leadership, gender and cultural perceptions of leadership.

PROJMGNT 7012OL: Business and Contract Legal Studies (3 units)

Description of the common law process, theoretical basis of contracts; Contract formation including the requirements for intention on the part of the contracting parties, agreement, formalities and consideration, contractual capacity, consent and legality. Operation of contracts including rules for interpretation of written documents; Discharge of contracts by performance; express agreement, frustration, election after breach; Remedies for breach of contract; Rules for assessment of the measure of damages; Variation of existing contracts including a discussion of the principles of promissory estoppel; Introduction to the law of torts; Historical development of the law relating to negligence; Extension of the law of negligence into situations involving negligent misstatement; The evolution of the concept of proximity; Standard of care, remoteness of damage and defences to actions for negligence; Actions for negligence based on a duty of care arising out of a contract. The statutory regulation of transactions for the provision of goods and services; Dispute resolution including commercial arbitration, mediation and expert determination; Discussion of how the matters discussed in the course impact on the procurement procedures; Arbitration with the course participants assuming the roles of litigants, counsel, witnesses and the arbitrator; Implications for contract administration. The context of the course is engineering, technology and information technology design and production, operations and processes, which include consulting, production, procurement, maintenance and logistics supply for technology-based operations, including defence, construction, and manufacture, and IT provision for ongoing businesses, assessment of efficiency, risk and quality management, and related aspects.


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