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Ryerson University

School of Business Management, Faculty of Business
STUDENT COURSE INFORMATION SHEET

ENT 526
"An Introduction to Entrepreneurial Behaviour"

PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE ANY TEXTBOOKS WHATSOEVER, UNTIL YOU CONFIRM THESE WITH THE PROFESSOR DURING THE FIRST CLASS.

 


Professor                                 : Thomas W. McKaig

Brampton Office Phone          : 905-458-6400 

Brampton Office Fax          
   : 905-458-7850

Website                                
  : www.tm-int.com

E-mail                                   
  : pres@tm-int.com


PREREQUISITES

MGT 200 AND FIN 300 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to provide a foundation in entrepreneurial studies which will hopeful lead to entrepreneurial behaviour and interests. The primary objective of the course is to stimulate the student's interest in entrepreneurships thereby cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit. The course examine what it means to be  and entrepreneur, the process of entrepreneurship and the stages of growth of an entrepreneurial venture. Students are introduced to real entrepreneurs via readings, assignments and Guest Speakers. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the course are as follows: 

  • To appreciate the importance of entrepreneurship in terms of an economy, society and the individual,
  • To develop the student's understanding of what compromises an entrepreneurial person,
  • To develop an understanding of the process of entrepreneurship and the essential factors needed for the successful growth of a new venture,
  • To enhance the student's ability to identify and assess business opportunities, and
  • To stimulate the student's interest in entrepreneurship thereby cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

In compliance with the objectives, various teaching techniques will be used. These include lectures, Guest Speakers, classroom discussions, case studies, student presentations and participation videos and handouts. Students are expected to attend classes fully prepared in advance to discuss the weekly assigned readings and questions based on their own word-processed notes and summaries. If absent, students are still accountable for all material, changes and announcements covered in class. Every effort will be made to manage the course as stated. However, some adjustments may be necessary at the discretion of the Professor. If so, such alterations will be announced prior to their implementation.

METHOD OF EVALUATION (SUMMARY)

Participation                                       :  20 % (ongoing)
So What's EntrepreNEW                   :  10% (collection of articles)
Spirit of Entrepreneurship Presentation:  10% (to be scheduled individually)
Mid Term Test                                   :  20% (date and format to be confirmed in class)
Final Test                                           :  40% (date and format to be confirmed in class)
Total                                                  : 100%

CLASS PARTICIPATION (20%)

Attendance is necessary but not sufficient condition for a food grade for participation. Students should be ready to express and support their prepared (i.e. written) comments when called upon. Students are expected to volunteer responses and to interact with their peers, guest Speakers or the Professor in a "constructive manner". A constructive manner refers to both the quality of the interaction and the general tone of voice. Overall, the most important factor in the individual student's contribution to the learning atmosphere in the class. Participation will have two components. At times, credit will be given for work by observation or by collection. Credit will also be given for oral contributions. No credit will be awarded for non-attendance. This combination of active participation (in-class discussion) and passive participation (home based work) is worth 20%. Students who are absent for more than 3 scheduled classes (including Guest Speakers) will automatically lose half of the participation grade.

SO WHAT'S ENTREPRENEW? (10%)

Students are required to bring articles of interest (related to course material) each week for potential discussion during "So What's EntrepreNEW?" (time permitting). The student's best seven articles are to be submitted as a portfolio (folder) that will be evaluated at the end of the term for 10%. Each article must be highlighted and  attached to a typed summary of how the article specifically relates to the course material. An excellent grade will be based on the student's ability to relate each article in their collection specifically to course material and on the variety and range of both sources and references. Include a suitable introduction (one page) emphasizing the greatest insights from your collection. A bibliography is also required. A demonstration of effort will be the main criterion from which a grade will be based. 

THE SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRESENTATION (10%)
 

Each student will have the opportunity to individually present a topic of his/her own choice that relates to entrepreneurship, enterprise development or small business. The main criterion for a successful presentation will be the value added to our understanding of the course content, for a particular week, through your presentation.
 

 You will communicate your enhanced understanding of a given chapter (to be agreed on with the Professor three weeks in advance of your presentation) while tying this in with your understanding of the relevant readings or information dealt with during that given week. Failure to receive a minimum of two weeks advance notice approval from the Professor on your presentation topic will result in an automatic grade deduction. The first presentation is to begin during week 4. This means that the group(s) must indicate to the Professor during week two, their subject of presentation.

Your grade will be based upon the following factors: initiative, creativity, substance, presentation skills and your ability to enhance the information in the text and/or readings for your designated week. The presentation must be between 5 and 10 minutes. To prevent duplication, presentation topics or ideas will be awarded on a first - come first - served basis. Students who wish to collaborate their efforts may do so. Two or three students may present together and combine their allotted times accordingly, although they will still be graded individually. This presentation is worth 10% of your final grade in this course.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK AND READINGS

Please check with Professor Tissenbaum

Additional handouts will be provided in class throughout the semester. Students are responsible for the content of such materials on tests and examinations. Students absent from class are not guaranteed to receive missed handouts. They may be responsible for their own photocopying if supplies run out.

SUGGESTS SOURCES

MAGAZINES: "Profits - The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs", "Inc. - The Magazine for Growing Companies", "Canadian Business", "Success", "Entrepreneur", "The Economist", "Psychology Today",  etc.

NEWSPAPERS: "National Post", "Globe & Mail", "Toronto Star", "Sun", " Ottawa Citizen", "Financial Times" ( London (England), "Calgary Herald", etc.

JOURNALS: "Entrepreneurship", "Small Business", "Enterprise Development" etc.

INTERNET: "Surf's up!"

COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY

Discussion will basically review the assigned chapter from the text and any handouts provided in advance. Students are expected to read ahead. All assigned questions and reading notes are to be prepared in writing prior to class. All handouts will also require written key point summaries to be kept separately. Keep answers on separate sheets to facilitate random collection. This will contribute to your participation and grade. Typing is preferred.
 

Each topic # will normally take about 3 hours to cover. Any timetabling changes, although unlikely to occur, will be announced beforehand, in class.

 PLEASE CONFIRM WITH PROFESSOR
FOR SPECIFICITIES RELATING TO THIS COURSE


Topic Required Chapter
Readings & Events

Bulldog Chapter Titles

1 1 The Lightness of Entrepreneuring 

2 2 Relentless Convergence 

3 3 My Trip to Mecca 

4 4 Profile of the Sensitive Extrovert 

5 MID TERM TEST

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The Developing Entrepreneur
6 6 (The F (email) Factor
7 7 Secret Recipes for a Disordered World 

8 8 Exceptional Emblems 

9 9 The To-Do List of Architects and Heroes
10 10 The Advantageous Burden of Money
11 11 The Beauty of Imbalance
12  12 A Never Ending Act of Doing
13 Final Test   


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