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GEN302

Fundamentals of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

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Course Code: GEN302
Course Title: Fundamentals of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours/Week: 3
Prerequisites: ENG 100

Course Description

This course seeks to prepare students how to apply core concepts regarding design thinking process, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability to organizations in the UAE. Students will learn how to connect entrepreneurship to the UAE community and economy and how as entrepreneurs can utilize design thinking and innovation to establish their start-up enterprises Design thinking, Entrepreneurship, and Growth and Leadership are three modules that will be covered throughout course delivery, study questions, videos, and projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • CLO1. Demonstrate an understanding of design thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability concepts.
  • CLO2. Explore how an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset can be implemented in a work environment and how creativity can be defined globally across cultures.
  • CLO3. Acquire skills on how to develop effective teams and organizational culture in enterprises.
  • CL04. Differentiate between an opportunity and a viable new business.
  • CL05. Explain basic practices to support scaling, organizational innovation, and change management for sustainable organizations and society.
  • CL06. Propose how to connect innovation and entrepreneurship to his/her own career development and paths.

Weightage %

Weight of Various Assessment Elements & Alignment of Course Learning Outcomes to Program Learning Outcomes:

Task  Weight in % CLO 1 CLO2 CLO3 CLO 4 CLO5 CLO 6
PLO8 PLO8 /9 PLO8 PLO8/9 PLO8 PLO8/9
Team-based project 25%

X

 

X X      
Midterm Exam 30%   X X X    
Quiz 10 %       X X  
Final project & Presentation (personal business plan) 35 % X X     X X

Total

 

100%            

Weekly Schedule

(Lectures, Labs, Presentations, Exams, and Out-of-class Assignments):

Week# Topics CLO(s) Activities
1.      2

Design Thinking and innovation

Mindset I and II

1

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

2.      3 Where Ideas Come From & Creative confidence 1, 2

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

3.      4 Leading For Creative Confidence & Leading For Creative Confidence in Global Teams 2, 3

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

4. The Design Thinking Process & Design Thinking in startups 3

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

5. Design Thinking Deep Dive I and II 2

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

6.

Project 1

(Design Thinking in Practice)

1, 2 & 3 Students’ groups are required to submit the Project through Turnitin. The course-specific Project will demonstrate how to apply the design thinking process tackling a certain issue in our real Business world.
7.

Entrepreneurial

Vision, Mission and Strategy & How Entrepreneurs

Identify Ideas and

Opportunity

 4

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

8.

Lean Startup

Methods I and II

4

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

9. Go to Market Methods 2

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

10. Sources of Capital For Entrepreneurs & How Entrepreneurs Assemble and Motivate a Team. 3, 4

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

11. Legal Matters in Startups & Pitching and Presenting as an entrepreneur. 2

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

12. Midterm Exam 2, 3 & 4

 

Midterm Exam consists of Essay Questions and case study.

 

13. Principles of Change & Growth, Sustainability, Innovation, Success, and Failure in Large Organizations I 5

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

14. Innovation, Success, and Failure in Large Organization II, Reflection on Course Content . 2, 6

Lectures.

Group workshop Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

Quiz 4 &5 A Quiz consists of a short case study or essay questions.
15. Final Project (Personal Business Plan). 1, 2, 5 & 6

Discussions.

Interactive teaching.

 

16. Final Project (Personal Business Plan). 1, 2, 5 & 6 Students are individually required to submit the Project through Turnitin. The course-specific Project will describe how to draft a personal Business plan.

Out-of-class Project

Students are individually required to submit the Project through Turnitin. The course-specific Project at the end of the semester will describe how to draft a personal Business plan. The project covers CLOs# 1, 2, 5 & 6

Teaching Methods

Instructional sequence:
Each session of this course will be taught using a mix of teaching methods to achieve the above learning objectives & outcomes. This includes lecturing, discussions, and interactive activities in class, student’s presentations, and open Q&A. To bring the real business world into the classroom, real world cases will be discussed in the class.

Classroom instruction:
Student readings and online videos before and during class sessions, short form assignments and exercises that can be completed before or during class sessions, interactive lectures with engaged student discussion and activity.

Educational Resources

Educational Resource Description
Innovation Management and New Product Development by Paul Trott, 7th Edition

Pearson, 2021,

ISBN: 9781292251561

 

Other References

1.     Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise. Thomas H. Byers, Richard C. Dorf, and Andrew J. Nelson. 5th Edition: McGraw Hill Education, 2019.

2.     Collaborative Creativity: Educating for Creative Development, Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, Robert Kelly, 1st edition, Brush Education Inc, 2020
ISBN:978-1550598377

3.     Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, Bruce R. Barringer and R. Duane Ireland, 6th Edition, Pearson Education Ltd., 2019.

4.     “Innovation lessons from Pixar” by Hayagreeva Rao, Robert Sutton, and Allen P. Webb.

5.     Talking about creativity isn’t enough – Bob Sutton

 

Other Resources

1.       TED talk on creative confidence – David Kelley  

 

2.       TED talk on the growth mindset – Carol Dweck https://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improe?language=en

 

3.       Unlock Creativity with Motivation and Experimentation – Tina Seelig http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=3389

 

4.       Download, Saturate & Group – Stanford d.school

 

5.       Empathy Maps – Stanford d.school

 

6.       Journey Map – Stanford d.school

7.    Thank you Daniel McCallum – Michael Dearing https://www.harrisonmetal.com/library/thank-you-daniel-mccallum

 

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Course Policies

Class Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all classes of this course (without exception). Prior approval is required for the class absence except for emergencies. However, any student with 30% short attendance will be forced to withdraw from the course, and the student will receive EW in his/her transcript for this course.

Tardy:
Do not come late to class. Any student coming late will not be allowed to attend the class, and he/she will be marked absent.

Exams:
Failure to attend a course exam will result in zero marks unless the student provides an excuse acceptable to the Dean, who approves a re-sit exam. Failed courses will normally be reassessed in the scheduled semester. It is your responsibility to attend the exam at the correct time and place. Your results will be printed in a transcript, which includes all your assessments. You should check the accuracy of your transcript. If there is an error in your transcript, you have to notify the instructor.

Assignments & Projects:
Assignments and projects should be handed over to the instructor on the due date. A zero mark will follow the late submission of an assignment unless the student has an acceptable reason approved by the instructor.

Exam Attendance/Punctuality:

  • In the event that a student is up to ten minutes late, he/she will be permitted to attend/sit the exam. However, there will not be any extra time allowances made in favor of this student.
  • In the event that a student is more than 10 minutes late, he/she will not be permitted to attend/sit the exam.

Re-sit Exams:
The student will not be allowed to re-sit an exam unless he/she furnishes the institute with written evidence as follows:

  • Sickness by providing a medical report stamped by the Ministry of Health.
  • Death of a member of his/her family.
  • Accidents (e.g., car accidents).
  • Natural causes such as heavy storms.

Cheating:
Definition of cheating: Cheating is an attempt to gain marks dishonestly and includes:

  • Copying from another student’s work.
  • Using materials not authorized by the institute.
  • Collaborating with another student during a test without permission.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, or stealing the contents of a test.
  • Plagiarism means presenting another person’s work or ideas as one’s own without attribution.

Penalty of Cheating:
The minimum penalty for cheating is an automatic Zero for the test or assignment leading to a possible “F” for the subject. The student will be expelled from the examination room so that he/she doesn’t disturb other students. The exam invigilator will produce a report on the case. The report will be kept in the student file. A second offense will result in the immediate suspension of the student for the remainder of the current semester. A copy of the decision will be kept in the student file, while another one will be passed to the Dean.

Turnitin:
In addition to the hard copy, students may be required to submit written assignments/reports in soft copy through the Turnitin system available online at the Learning Management System (Moodle) to check the “Similarity Index.” The penalties for minor and major violations are indicated below.

Offence Penalty
Minor offence (First time) The student will receive a written academic warning, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.
Minor offence (Repeated) The student will receive zero and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.
Major offence (First time) The student will receive an F grade in the course and a written academic warning, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.

Major offence (Repeated)

 

The student will receive an F grade in the course and will be suspended for one semester, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.

All types of electronic communication aids and devices are not allowed in classes.

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