INNOVENT 203G : The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Business and Economics

2021 Semester Two (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Stimulates new ways of thinking about enterprising behaviour in a multi-disciplinary manner relevant to understanding and addressing real world challenges of today. Introduces skills needed to identify and assess opportunities, solve problems creatively, communicate persuasively, work effectively in teams, and understand individual and organisational impact.

Course Overview

The dual-coded INNOVENT 203/203G attracts a diverse mix of students from different disciplinary backgrounds across the university. Although students complete the same programme, it can be a core, an elective or a general education course depending on your major or interest.

INNOVENT 203 forms a core course in the INNOVENT major for Bachelor of Commerce students and is also an elective course in the Biotechnology major and the Information and Technology management major for Bachelor of Science students.

INNOVENT 203 or 203G offers an opportunity to demonstrate creativity, cope with ambiguity, act autonomously, and see opportunities where others see problems. In other words – you are supported in discovering, developing and leveraging your entrepreneurial mindset. Individuals with an enterprising mindset are particularly adept at identifying opportunities and coming up with creative ideas to solve problems. But what does it mean to have an entrepreneurial mindset? Why is having an one important? How can we use an entrepreneurial mindset to adapt to multiple contemporary and often global changes? INNOVENT 203/203G is comprised of three overlapping components to help you to better understand these types of questions, and to help you to develop skills and confidence to act on your ideas.

Instead of traditional lectures, the first component is a series of online modules providing you with foundational knowledge about the entrepreneurial mindset and associated enterprising skills. The second component is a series of evening talks which provide opportunities for you to relate what you have learned from the online modules to the experiences and mindsets of these entrepreneurial guest speakers, and to reflect on how you can develop your own entrepreneurial mindset. The third component is the ‘Challenge’. This provides you with an opportunity to exercise your own entrepreneurial mindset and to practice your enterprising skills, as you work in a team with students from different disciplinary backgrounds, on a major social or environmental problem.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 15 points from BUSINESS 102, 103, 112, 113, MGMT 101, or 90 points passed, or 60 points from Part I of the BE(Hons) Schedule

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Graduate Profile: University

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the key characteristics of the entrepreneurial mindset including skills, values, behaviours, and enterprising contexts. (Capability 1)
  2. Describe the characteristics of entrepreneurial mindsets in others, and the contexts in which they operate, and discuss your reactions to their stories. (Capability 4)
  3. Reflect on the characteristics of your own entrepreneurial mindset and identify how to develop your own mindset further. (Capability 4)
  4. Apply the concepts and frameworks that underlie the entrepreneurial mindset, in a team situation, to generate ideas, solve problems, explore opportunities, and offer and communicate a solution to a pre-defined wicked problem. (Capability 2, 3 and 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Online Tests 20% Individual Coursework
Written Assignment(s) 50% Individual Coursework
Group Assignment(s) 30% Group Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Online Tests
Written Assignment(s)
Group Assignment(s)

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Although this is an online hybrid course, attendance is expected at specific scheduled activities including the introductory session, the Speaker Series Events, the two team consultations, and the final evening to complete components of the course. These events are NOT generally recorded. 
The course will include online self-directed modular study.

Learning Resources

All course content will be provided online through CANVAS - the University’s learning management system. 

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.

We will seek two volunteers to serve as Class Representatives, one for INNOVENT 203, and one for INNOVENT 203G.

Other Information

Course design and delivery reflects INNOVENT 203/203G philosophy. This is a hybrid course consisting of three elements:

1. MODULES: Core content is delivered online in six modules rather than in traditional in-class lectures (there are no lectures for INNOVENT 203/203G).Material for these modules is delivered entirely in CANVAS. Testing of module content also occurs online in CANVAS.
2. SPEAKER SERIES: Students attend a series of evening talks by successful entrepreneurs. These events are arranged by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the INNOVENT 203/203G teaching team.
 High profile speakers with diverse experience, backgrounds, industries, and venture types are selected. (A timetable for the speaker series is provided prior to the start of the semester and events are not recorded). The individual assignments associated with the Speakers Series are submitted online in CANVAS.

3. THE CHALLENGE: A significant component of course work is based on a major social or environmental entrepreneurship project (the ‘Challenge’). Supporting guidance for students completing the 'Challenge' is provided online in CANVAS. Students work in teams for the 'Challenge' and determine with their team members how often/when to meet to complete tasks. In addition to this, all teams meet twice per semester with teaching staff to discuss project progress. Assessments for the 'Challenge' are submitted online in CANVAS. All team contributions to the 'Challenge' are peer reviewed. The individual reflection on the 'Challenge' process is also submitted online in CANVAS.

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.

All course content will be provided online through CANVAS - the University’s learning management system.

Note: as this is a hybrid course, merging online learning with the 'Challenge' project, and the evening speaker series, it is not lecture recorded.

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

Students are urged to discuss privately any impairment-related requirements face-to-face and/or in written form with the course coordinator for INNOVENT 203/203G.

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

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


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.