|Open to||:||Undergraduate or Graduate Level|
|Prerequisites||:||English Proficiency (Reading and Writing)|
|Course Format||:||Individually Paced|
|Prerequisites||:||Typically 3 months|
This course is designed to help students evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture and review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Students will learn about themselves, their decisions, and their goals to determine how entrepreneurship can play a role in their lives. Students will also be introduced to entrepreneurship from an economic perspective and the concepts of environmentally sustainable practices and social entrepreneurship.
Detailed Course Description
- The role of entrepreneurship and small business in your country
- The Small Business Decision
- Personality characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
- Individual assessment of interests, skills, and personality traits
- Is entrepreneurship a good fit for you?
- Advantages and disadvantages of small business ownership
- Evaluation of a New Business Opportunity
- Critical factors for success
- Sources of ideas for new ventures
- Researching the opportunities
- Screening the opportunities
- Import/Export and Licensing opportunities, and their implementation requirements
- Preparing for Small Business Ownership
- Sources of funding
- Sources of support and resources
- Developing the Business Plan
- Case Studies, Project, and Final Research Paper
Tutorials / Seminars
During the tutorials or seminars, a student will work on case studies and discuss new models of business.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email.
This course uses an asynchronous mode and students are provided with tiered video and self-guided learning modules. Live online interaction with the instructor can be arranged. The “on-site” classroom works on standard computers and instructor-led exercises, seminars, and workshops if applicable.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases, assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
End of Course Requirements
In fulfillment of the course, students are required to take the final examination, as well as an end-of-course project or research paper.