Syllabus for ENP-732
This course provides an overview on the principles of entrepreneurship. It is designed to introduce students to the core concepts and tools used to increase the likelihood of organizational success in launching and managing new ventures in the for-profit sector. Students will be required to develop and present a business plan for a new, or existing, venture, including the production of market research, organizational needs, and financial statements to support an investment in the enterprise.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, 9/E
Stephen Spinelli, Philadelphia University
Robert J. Adams, The University of Texas - Austin
Copyright year: 2012
Entrepreneurship is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, attend three synchronous events, and complete a final project. See below for details.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
You are required to participate in four (4) graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.
You are required to complete four (4) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
Synchronous events will be held during week 2, 4 and 8 of the semester. Students will dial into a teleconference number (provided by your mentor) at a set time. Your mentor will work with the class to propose a time that works best and accommodates the majority. Students will be prepared to discuss the topics for the first two teleconference events. The third will be your final project presentation. See the final project area of the course website for more details.
The final project will be a business plan for a proposed venture that you plan to launch. It should follow the Business Plan framework described in Chapter 8, pages 256 -266 and be approximately 20 -25 pages long. This final project will consist of seven parts. The first part discusses the opportunity and target market. The second part describes the marketing plan including information about the industry and the competition. The third part presents the financial and financing plans. The fourth part discusses how to organize the venture and a strategy for harvesting the business. The fifth part is an Executive Summary. In part six, the previous five parts will be revised based on feedback from your mentor, if necessary, and integrated into one document (The Business Plan). Creation of PowerPoint slides and a teleconference presentation will be the seventh part of the final project. The final project will count as 55% towards your final grade.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.
Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:
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