Basic Entrepreneurship and Idea Feasibility Analysis, 6 credits (TEIO05)

Grundläggande entreprenörskap och idékvalificering, 6 hp

Main field of study

Industrial Engineering and Management

Level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Charlotte Norrman

Director of studies or equivalent

Dzamila Bienkowska
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CIEN Electronics Design Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering 8 (Spring 2022) 1, 2 2, 3 Swedish Norrköping v
6CKTS Communications, Transport and Infrastructure, Master of Science in Engineering 8 (Spring 2022) 1, 2 2, 3 Swedish Norrköping v
6KLOG Civic Logistics, Bachelor's Programme 6 (Spring 2022) 1, 2 2, 3 Swedish Norrköping v

Main field of study

Industrial Engineering and Management

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Master of Science in Electronics Design Engineering
  • Master of Science in Communications, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Bachelor's Programme in Civic Logistics

Specific information

The course is cancelled 2022.

Prerequisites

The requirements for participating in lectures and examination in semester 5. Students are expected to be able to collect and structure information independently, communicate orally and in writing, plan and execute a project-based assignment in group and perform basic calculations. They are also expected to have some ability of creative and critical thinking.

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is for students to acquire knowledge and abilities within the field of entrepreneurship, with particular focus on formulation and evaluation/qualification of ideas for entrepreneurial ventures. The learning outcomes is that students after the course should

  • be able to describe, compare and take a position on different perspectives on entrepreneurship
  • be able to reflect on what entrepreneurship can be within their own technological field
  • be able to give an account of critical factors for the establishment of an entrepreneurial venture
  • be able to give an account of the information and analyses required to evaluate an idea for an entrepreneurial venture and have some ability to collect and analyse relevant information for that purpose
  • have some ability to communicate a business idea proposal orally and in writing

Course content

The course is organised in three themes:

  • What is entrepreneurship? Students are faced with different perspectives on entrepreneurship and are allowed to form their own opinion of what entrepreneurship may be.
  • Entrepreneurship as the establishment of new ventures. What is an entrepreneurial venture? How is an idea, upon which a venture could be founded, formed and developed? What organisational forms can an entrepreneurial venture take? What is required for an entrepreneurial venture to stand on its own feet? How are entrepreneurial ventures financed?
  • Idea feasibility analysis. The process from idea to business plan. The prestudy details (goal/vision, business idea, market and competitive strategy, marketing, business model, profitability and financing).

Teaching and working methods

The course is organised in terms of lectures and seminars, where theories of entrepreneurship are mixed with, and illustrated by, practical examples, the experiences of our guest lecturers and student practices. Group assignments and individual assignments support learning. Driving force is an important aspect of entrepreneurship, and students' engagement will therefore be emphasized in the course; the course is to a large extent problem-based and students are required to take responsibility for their own learning, individually and in groups.
The course runs over the entire spring semester.

Examination

UPG2ProjectU, 3, 4, 54 credits
UPG1AssignmentsU, 3, 4, 52 credits
The individual assignment and the individual written test serves to secure that every individual have reached the learning goals of the course, they thereby exam all three themes of the course. The group work consist of a feasibility analysis of a business idea and it examines in first hand the themes 2 and 3. The grades on the individual assignments, the written test, the group work and the course as a whole will be based on an assessment of all included elements.

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses: Innovative entrepreneurship and business planning 

About teaching and examination language

The teaching language is presented in the Overview tab for each course. The examination language relates to the teaching language as follows: 

  • If teaching language is “Swedish”, the course as a whole could be given in Swedish, or partly in English. Examination language is Swedish, but parts of the examination can be in English.
  • If teaching language is “English”, the course as a whole is taught in English. Examination language is English.
  • If teaching language is “Swedish/English”, the course as a whole will be taught in English if students without prior knowledge of the Swedish language participate. Examination language is Swedish or English depending on teaching language.

Other

The course is conducted in a manner where both men's and women's experience and knowledge are made visible and developed. 

The planning and implementation of a course should correspond to the course syllabus. The course evaluation should therefore be conducted with the course syllabus as a starting point.  

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.

Department

Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Director of Studies or equivalent

Dzamila Bienkowska

Examiner

Charlotte Norrman

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 48 h
Recommended self-study hours: 112 h

Course literature

Landström och Löwegren (2009) Entreprenörskap och företagsetablering, Studentlitteratur (huvudbok) McKinsey (1998): Från idé till företag. Affärsplanering för framgång. McKinsey & Company, Göteborg och Stockholm. Vetenskapliga artiklar och bokkapitel, praktikfallsbeskrivningar och annat material som delges via kursens hemsida.
Landström och Löwegren (2009) Entreprenörskap och företagsetablering, Studentlitteratur (huvudbok) McKinsey (1998): Från idé till företag. Affärsplanering för framgång. McKinsey & Company, Göteborg och Stockholm. Vetenskapliga artiklar och bokkapitel, praktikfallsbeskrivningar och annat material som delges via kursens hemsida.
UPG2 Project U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits
UPG1 Assignments U, 3, 4, 5 2 credits
The individual assignment and the individual written test serves to secure that every individual have reached the learning goals of the course, they thereby exam all three themes of the course. The group work consist of a feasibility analysis of a business idea and it examines in first hand the themes 2 and 3. The grades on the individual assignments, the written test, the group work and the course as a whole will be based on an assessment of all included elements.

Course syllabus

A syllabus must be established for each course. The syllabus specifies the aim and contents of the course, and the prior knowledge that a student must have in order to be able to benefit from the course.

Timetabling

Courses are timetabled after a decision has been made for this course concerning its assignment to a timetable module. 

Interruption in and deregistration from a course

The LiU decision, Guidelines concerning confirmation of participation in education (Dnr LiU-2020-02256), states that interruptions in study are to be recorded in Ladok. Thus, all students who do not participate in a course for which they have registered must record the interruption, such that the registration on the course can be removed. Deregistration from or interrupting a course is carried out using a web-based form: https://www.lith.liu.se/for-studenter/kurskomplettering?l=en

Cancelled courses and changes to the course syllabus

Courses with few participants (fewer than 10) may be cancelled or organised in a manner that differs from that stated in the course syllabus. The Dean is to deliberate and decide whether a course is to be cancelled or changed from the course syllabus. 

Guidelines relating to examinations and examiners 

For details, see Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, Dnr LiU-2020-04501  (http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592).

An examiner must be employed as a teacher at LiU according to the LiU Regulations for Appointments, Dnr LiU-2021-01204 (https://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622784). For courses in second-cycle, the following teachers can be appointed as examiner: Professor (including Adjunct and Visiting Professor), Associate Professor (including Adjunct), Senior Lecturer (including Adjunct and Visiting Senior Lecturer), Research Fellow, or Postdoc. For courses in first-cycle, Assistant Lecturer (including Adjunct and Visiting Assistant Lecturer) can also be appointed as examiner in addition to those listed for second-cycle courses. In exceptional cases, a Part-time Lecturer can also be appointed as an examiner at both first- and second cycle, see Delegation of authority for the Board of Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Forms of examination

Principles for examination

Written and oral examinations and digital and computer-based examinations are held at least three times a year: once immediately after the end of the course, once in August, and once (usually) in one of the re-examination periods. Examinations held at other times are to follow a decision of the board of studies.

Principles for examination scheduling for courses that follow the study periods:

  • courses given in VT1 are examined for the first time in March, with re-examination in June and August
  • courses given in VT2 are examined for the first time in May, with re-examination in August and October
  • courses given in HT1 are examined for the first time in October, with re-examination in January and August
  • courses given in HT2 are examined for the first time in January, with re-examination in March and in August.

The examination schedule is based on the structure of timetable modules, but there may be deviations from this, mainly in the case of courses that are studied and examined for several programmes and in lower grades (i.e. 1 and 2). 

Examinations for courses that the board of studies has decided are to be held in alternate years are held three times during the school year in which the course is given according to the principles stated above.

Examinations for courses that are cancelled or rescheduled such that they are not given in one or several years are held three times during the year that immediately follows the course, with examination scheduling that corresponds to the scheduling that was in force before the course was cancelled or rescheduled.

When a course is given for the last time, the regular examination and two re-examinations will be offered. Thereafter, examinations are phased out by offering three examinations during the following academic year at the same times as the examinations in any substitute course. If there is no substitute course, three examinations will be offered during re-examination periods during the following academic year. Other examination times are decided by the board of studies. In all cases above, the examination is also offered one more time during the academic year after the following, unless the board of studies decides otherwise. In total, 6 re-examinations are offered, of which 2 are regular re-examinations. In the examination registration system, the examinations given for the penultimate time and the last time are denoted. 

If a course is given during several periods of the year (for programmes, or on different occasions for different programmes) the board or boards of studies determine together the scheduling and frequency of re-examination occasions.

Retakes of other forms of examination

Regulations concerning retakes of other forms of examination than written examinations and digital and computer-based examinations are given in the LiU guidelines for examinations and examiners, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592.

Registration for examination

In order to take an written, digital or computer-based examination, registration in advance is mandatory, see decision in the university’s rule book https://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622682. An unregistered student can thus not be offered a place. The registration is done at the Student Portal or in the LiU-app during the registration period. The registration period opens 30 days before the date of the examination and closes 10 days before the date of the examination. Candidates are informed of the location of the examination by email, four days in advance. 

Code of conduct for students during examinations

Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622682.

Retakes for higher grade

Students at the Institute of Technology at LiU have the right to retake written examinations and digital and computer-based examinations in an attempt to achieve a higher grade. This is valid for all examination components with code “TEN”, “DIT” and "DAT". The same right may not be exercised for other examination components, unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus.

A retake is not possible on courses that are included in an issued degree diploma. 

Grades

The grades that are preferably to be used are Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass not without distinction (4) and Pass with distinction (5). 

  • Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for courses that have written or digital examinations.
  • Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded for courses with a large degree of practical components such as laboratory work, project work and group work.
  • Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for degree projects and other independent work.

Examination components

The following examination components and associated module codes are used at the Faculty of Science and Engineering:

  • Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for written examinations (TEN) and digital examinations (DIT).
  • Examination components for which the grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded are laboratory work (LAB), project work (PRA), preparatory written examination (KTR), digital preparatory written examination (DIK), oral examination (MUN), computer-based examination (DAT), home assignment (HEM), and assignment (UPG).
  • Students receive grades either Fail (U) or Pass (G) for other examination components in which the examination criteria are satisfied principally through active attendance such as tutorial group (BAS) or examination item (MOM).
  • Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for the examination components Opposition (OPPO) and Attendance at thesis presentation (AUSK) (i.e. part of the degree project).

In general, the following applies:

  • Mandatory course components must be scored and given a module code.
  • Examination components that are not scored, cannot be mandatory. Hence, it is voluntary to participate in these examinations, and the voluntariness must be clearly stated. Additionally, if there are any associated conditions to the examination component, these must be clearly stated as well.
  • For courses with more than one examination component with grades U,3,4,5, it shall be clearly stated how the final grade is weighted.

For mandatory components, the following applies (in accordance with the LiU Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592): 

  • If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

For possibilities to alternative forms of examinations, the following applies (in accordance with the LiU Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592): 

  • If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.
  • If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.
  • An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaing the objectives of the course.

Reporting of examination results

The examination results for a student are reported at the relevant department.

Plagiarism

For examinations that involve the writing of reports, in cases in which it can be assumed that the student has had access to other sources (such as during project work, writing essays, etc.), the material submitted must be prepared in accordance with principles for acceptable practice when referring to sources (references or quotations for which the source is specified) when the text, images, ideas, data, etc. of other people are used. It is also to be made clear whether the author has reused his or her own text, images, ideas, data, etc. from previous examinations, such as degree projects, project reports, etc. (this is sometimes known as “self-plagiarism”).

A failure to specify such sources may be regarded as attempted deception during examination.

Attempts to cheat

In the event of a suspected attempt by a student to cheat during an examination, or when study performance is to be assessed as specified in Chapter 10 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the examiner is to report this to the disciplinary board of the university. Possible consequences for the student are suspension from study and a formal warning. More information is available at https://www.student.liu.se/studenttjanster/lagar-regler-rattigheter?l=en.

Regulations (apply to LiU in its entirety)

The university is a government agency whose operations are regulated by legislation and ordinances, which include the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition to legislation and ordinances, operations are subject to several policy documents. The Linköping University rule book collects currently valid decisions of a regulatory nature taken by the university board, the vice-chancellor and faculty/department boards.

LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva

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