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Foundations of Entrepreneurship

ENIN 200/3.0

This course will cover frameworks used to evaluate how disruptive and incremental innovations bring about changes in the market, and in society, by prompting new business models, technologies, and paradigms.  Through online lectures and entrepreneurial exercises that focus on specific real-world opportunities, you will learn about the foundational concepts required to understand the dynamics of today’s multi-sided markets and how to tap into, and execute, the innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities they make possible. 

Drawing on the most current and best practices in entrepreneurial training in and around the world, course topics will include:

  • design and systems thinking,
  • value propositions
  • customer empathy
  • the business model canvas
  • agile project and risk management
  • venture financing
  • intellectual property management
  • corporate responsibilities and culture

You will practice generating ideas that form the basis for potential new businesses and social initiatives, and then learn how to transform those ideas into business pitches – the feasibility of which the class will assess collaboratively.  

This course is available both as a fully online course and as a blended course at the BISC (East Sussex, England)


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between various approaches to corporate and social innovation, including public sector and social service innovation.
  • Apply new approaches to solving business and social problems, including observing and mapping systems with greater clarity, diagnosing issues, experimenting, iterative and developing flexibility in thinking and action.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills to articulate effective communication with peers and consider their perspective on diverse issues.
  • Analyze innovative ideas and identify windows of opportunity where innovation is likely to succeed.
  • Gather, organize and summarize information necessary to reframe a design problem as an entrepreneurial opportunity.
  • Formulate and communicate ideas using rapid prototyping, brainstorming, and visual storytelling tools to generate business models and concept designs.

Description

The aim of this course is to provide learners with theoretical and applied knowledge on the economics and organizational dimensions of innovation and entrepreneurship. Learners will be challenged to apply principles, concepts and frameworks to real world situations. Various types of market research will be introduced to demonstrate the multifaceted uses of different types of innovations.

By way of introduction, this course will cover frameworks used to evaluate how disruptive and incremental innovations bring about changes in the market by prompting new business models, technologies, and paradigms. Additionally, this course will explain the foundational concepts required to understand the dynamics of today’s multi-sided markets and how to tap into the innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities they make possible. These concepts will be accomplished through online lessons and case studies that focus on specific real-world companies, organizations, and initiatives.

Learners will then practice generating ideas that form the basis for potential new businesses and social initiatives. They will practice transforming those ideas through market research, into business pitches – the feasibility of which the class will assess collaboratively. As a result, when learners complete this course they will have a firm grasp on the foundational strategies they need to launch their own entrepreneurial venture and/or successfully innovate within an existing organization.

Note: When you search on SOLUS for this course, please use "Entrepreneur & Innov - Ugrad" for the Subject.

Terms

Fall 2018
Course Dates: 
Sept 6 - Nov 30, 2018
Exam Dates: 
N/A

Evaluation

5% - Team Building Activity & Discussion (x1)
10% total, 1% ea. - Weekly Quizzes (x10)
50% total, 15% & 35% ea. - Individual Pitches (x2)
35% total, 15% & 20% ea. - Midterms (x2)

Please note: the assessment structure is subject to change.

Instructor

Professor Greg Bavington, P.Eng (bavingtg@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

Greg is currently the Special Advisor to the Provost, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Executive Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.  The DDQIC is tasked with developing, delivering and coordinating several innovation and entrepreneurship programs both on the Queen’s campus, and in the greater Eastern Ontario region. He holds adjunct appointments in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the Smith School of Business and the Dan School of Drama and Music.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) on this course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

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