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Foundations of Entrepreneurial Practice (MGMT90201)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMGMT90201
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces entrepreneurship as a key driver of success in all organisations, ranging from start-ups to large, mature organisations and in both public and private settings. A strong practical focus will be taken. Students will learn from benchmarked companies and visiting speakers with entrepreneurial backgrounds about the key dilemmas encountered in the entrepreneurial process and the solutions that they can put into practice. A significant part of the course is designed around hands-on experience in an ‘incubator’ environment, where ideas are generated and refined through collaboration and iteration between all participants. Students are expected to demonstrate entrepreneurial skills and use these to take their own innovation (a solution to a real world problem) to the pre-implementation stage.

Through these practical instances, students are expected to develop a broader theoretical understanding of the critical elements of entrepreneurship, including the entrepreneurial mindset, capabilities and processes, skills that range from financial acumen, through to marketing, production and scale-up, often requiring novel solutions to these matters, under conditions of high uncertainty. Frameworks will be introduced that address the whole process that cover activities from the development and selection of ideas (invention), testing their efficacy and the business planning involved to exploit those ideas (entrepreneurship). The subject will also examine how entrepreneurs can shape their organisations so that they continuously build and commercialize valuable innovations. Many of the examples will focus on how established organisations can become more innovative and entrepreneurial.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand the role which entrepreneurship plays in shaping the ways in which opportunities are identified, developed and taken to the market through the formation of new enterprises or the integration of innovation into existing organisations;
  • Identify organisational and individual innovation capabilities and barriers related to both invention and entrepreneurship;
  • Describe how entrepreneurs can benefit their team or business unit and the wider organisation;
  • Assess when and where entrepreneurial innovation is needed and when other approaches are more useful;
  • Understand how to integrate customers and new technologies into product development processes;
  • Identify and develop an innovation that provides a solution to a real world problem to the point where it is capable of being implemented – that is, the student has developed a plan to operationalize the entrepreneurship phase of innovation;
  • Present a persuasive business plan including the business model for commercialisation to potential investors or to internal stakeholders and effectively answer probing questions on the substance of the plan; and
  • Understand the role and application of collaboration in producing successful entrepreneurial innovation outcomes, as well as the role of the innovators in entrepreneurial networks.

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Innovative problem solving and critical thinking;
  • Collaborative learning and team participation;
  • Evaluation and analysis of data;
  • Accessing data and other research information from a range of sources, including electronic and written forms; and
  • Development of oral and written communication skills.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

This subject is aimed at students who have completed an undergraduate degree but have not yet entered the workforce.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Participation, throughout the semester (10%);
  • Individual idea poster (3000 words), due in Week 6 (20%);
  • Individual entrepreneurship poster (300 words), due in Week 9 (20%);
  • Group presentation to panel of entrepreneurs (usually in groups of 2-4) (20 minutes), due in Week 12 (20%); and
  • Group written business plan (usually in groups of 2-4) (4000 words), due at the end of the semester (30%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMarcus Powe
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (one 3 hour seminar per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours per semester

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings as prescribed by lecturer.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 21 August 2019