BUSMAN 708 : Innovation in Practice

Business and Economics

2021 Quarter Three (1216) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines strategies for developing an innovation culture and capabilities that will enhance the agility of start-ups and small-to-medium-sized enterprises. Explores opportunity recognition, new product and venture development, risk management, venture financing, and the challenges of SME management.

Course Overview

This course will be taught using an interactive and experientially-based pedagogy. Delivery will include workshops providing opportunities for students to apply theoretical content and applied research to specific cases, problems and simulations, and develop professional and transferable skills. The different teaching  methods will provide opportunities for you to develop disciplinary knowledge, think critically, develop skills to work effectively in teams, and demonstrate solution seeking behaviours. The interactive delivery will be led by lecturers and practitioners with current or recent business and industry experience.
This course will be delivered on a quarterly basis in the evenings.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically evaluate theories and characteristics of entrepreneurship and innovation in their respective natures and objectives in SME contexts. (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Analyse complex and uncertain business environments through the application of tools and techniques which discover and evaluate strategic opportunities for growth. (Capability 2 and 5.1)
  3. Identify and evaluate mechanisms and processes for recognising, assessing, initiating, resourcing and growing high-potential new enterprises. (Capability 2 and 3)
  4. Communicate recommendations in a persuasive way in order to convince stakeholders of the legitimacy of an identified opportunity and the validity of suggested action. (Capability 3, 4.1 and 5.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 30% Individual Coursework
Case analysis 30% Individual Coursework
Applied project report 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Case analysis
Applied project report

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 15 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures, 7 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 5 hours of work on assignments per week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including pre-prepared lecture content, readings, videos will be available on the course Canvas page.

The course will not include live online events.

Attendance on campus is required for the test and the group presentations.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable delivery.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 03/12/2020 08:38 p.m.