MGMT641-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


The course introduces students to the content and methods of current research in the Entrepreneurship field.

This course introduces the theories and practices of entrepreneurship in a highly practical and experiential way. The course examines entrepreneurship in practice and the role of theory and policy in shaping and understanding this practice.

Relationship to other courses
MGMT641 is one of the content courses in the MCom and BCom (Hons) in Management.
It not only examines theory but looks at the role of policy and theory in relation to the practices of those who start small businesses. For this reason, those who have completed MGMT342 Entrepreneurship and New Ventures will find this course extends their theoretical knowledge and understanding of what it is like to be an entrepreneur in practice. Those who have not completed MGMT342 will not be disadvantaged as the content and approach of MGMT641 does not depend on previous study in the areas of entrepreneurship or small business startup.

The course represents 150 hours of learning, of which the timetabled classes are but one component. Students will also need to complete the weekly course readings in order to do well in the assignments.

Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives for this course align with MCom and BCom (Hons) learning goals, such that at the end of the course:
(1) Students will achieve an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the types of entrepreneurship and the factors contributing to effective entrepreneurship.
(2) Students will learn to critically analyse entrepreneurship in practice using concepts and theory presented in class.  
(3) Students will be able to synthesise the academic literature and develop and communicate practical recommendations to enhance the likelihood of startup success based on this literature and the experiences of nascent entrepreneurs.
(4) Students will demonstrate they can apply course content to practical challenges designed to increase their knowledge of what it is like to think entrepreneurially and take their ideas to the design stage.

The MCom graduate profile adopted by the Faculty of Commerce comprises the following four learning goals:
GOAL 1: Graduates can demonstrate higher level in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary thought and developments within their specific research area.
GOAL 2: Graduates have the ability to evaluate the implications of their own research findings for the wider body of relevant academic literature.
GOAL 3: Graduates are able to plan and undertake independent academic research that shows a sound understanding of ethical practice.
GOAL 4: Graduates have the ability to synthesise academic literature and communicate research findings, both orally and in written form, consistent with academics working in their chosen discipline.

The BCom (Hons) graduate profile adopted by the Faculty of Commerce comprises the following four learning goals:
GOAL 1: Graduates can demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts and frameworks within their major discipline.
GOAL 2: Graduates are able to think logically, analytically and critically with respect to the academic literature in their major discipline.
GOAL 3: Graduates can plan and carry out a supervised programme of academic research that shows a sound understanding of ethical practice.
GOAL 4: Graduates are able to synthesise academic or professional literature and effectively communicate research orally and in written form.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 251 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Timetable Note

There are no tutorials in MGMT641 but students will contribute to or lead activities in the scheduled lectures, either individually or in pairs and so may need to meet with others outside scheduled class time to prepare for some of these activities. There will also be a 2-hour workshop to introduce students to the facilities in Makerspace in the Centre For Entrepreneurship on level 6 of Rehua.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Colleen Mills

Other academics to be announced from Product Design, Fine Arts and the UC Entrepreneurship Centre


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Review Assignment 10 Aug 2020 20% Review Assignment
In-class Design Presentation 11 Sep 2020 20% In-class Design Presentation
Startup Case Study 05 Oct 2020 20% Startup Case Study
Startup Case Study Video 09 Oct 2020 40% Startup Case Study Video

This course has a NO extensions policy. If extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances arise that seriously impair a student’s ability to complete an assessment task an application for special consideration should be made within 7 days of the due date of the assessment task.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no course textbook but each week there are a selection of readings. Each student will choose one to critique and discuss in class. Any additional materials will provided and posted on LEARN.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $982.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

All MGMT641 Occurrences

  • MGMT641-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020