2014 Unit of Study

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New Business Opportunities and Startups
UoS Code IBUS6011
Credit points 6
Offered Semester 1, Semester 2 and Intensive July
Prerequisites None
Prohibitions WORK6112, IBUS5011
Assumed Knowledge IBUS5002, or completion of at least 24 credit points
Additional Information
Lectures Semester 1 & 2: 1x 3 hr lecture/seminar per week; Intensive session: 2 x 3hr lecture/workshops pre-departure (Sydney), 30hrs lecture/workshops in country action-research, 1 x 3hr seminar post trip (Sydney)
Assessment Individual assessment (70%), group assignment (10%), and group presentation (20%)
Description For small open economies such as Australia's, new business opportunity identification and exploitation are often critical to firms' long-term growth and survival. Identifying new markets, developing new products and implementing new business models are highly-regarded and valuable skills for entrepreneurs and business managers alike. In addition to exploring the special problems (and advantages) associated with entrepreneurial start-ups, the unit explores commercialisation and corporate venturing. Topics include opportunity recognition, strategy development, business planning and investor documentation, venture capital and other funding sources, as well as entrepreneurial and creative leadership. The unit is structured around learning from engaged practice, and requires students to work with startup and early stage businesses.