Course Title: Information Technology Entrepreneurship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Information Technology Entrepreneurship

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Mr Shekhar Kalra

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9500

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.10.10A

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


ISYS1118 Software Engineering Fundamentals

COSC1073 Programming 1 OR COSC1284 Programming Techniques (or equivalent),

COSC1147 - Professional Computing Practice

Course Description

The course will orchestrate teams of up to 5 but not less than 3 students who will:

  • create a start-up project – a student-proposed project for launching a start-up that will develop a new product or service, or
  • initiate and engage an external customer project – an externally driven project proposed by an industry/government partner.

Project teams will consist of final year students from CSIT as well as any other RMIT discipline that are needed to conduct each project. An appropriate industry, government or in some start up cases, academic mentor will be assigned to each project to provide business and technical advice to the project leader and team. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO1: identify real life problems and be able to pitch potential solutions such as products and services
  • CLO2: develop, set up and manage early stage software and finally be able to set up a production software development environment
  • CLO3: achieve high degree of productivity in a small team via agile, high quality practices and team organisation approaches
  • CLO4: communicate with the customer and achieve customer feedback and satisfaction in the development of IT products and services
  • CLO5: plan the landscape and approaches for attracting potential investors and secure funding

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • Lectures: These will include invited speakers from the industry, government, other research labs, and in some cases academics that will provide lectures covering the key competencies required to make project successful, 
  • tutorials and/or labs and/or group discussions (including online forums) focussed on projects and problem solving will provide practice in the application of theory and procedures, allow exploration of concepts with teaching staff and other students, and give feedback on your progress and understanding;
  • assignments, as described in Overview of Assessment (below) and Assessment Tasks (part B course guide for this Teaching Period), requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • assignment work requires active team participation and effective communication, which provides practice in these skills.

A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

Teacher-directed hours (48 hours): lectures, tutorial/ laboratory sessions. Each week there will be 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of tutorial/ laboratory work. You are encouraged to participate during lectures through asking questions, commenting on the lecture material based on your own experiences and through presenting solutions to written exercises. The tutorial and laboratory sessions will introduce you to the tools necessary to undertake the assignment work.

Student-directed hours (72 hours): You are expected to be self-directed, studying independently outside class.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system which provides specific learning resources. See the RMIT Library Guide at

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed via group assignments, individual lab tests and a written examination.

Assessment for this course is based on face-to face demonstration of practical assignment work.


Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1: Written Assignment (public showcase) – part 1

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 5

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment (multiple project evaluations) – part 2

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 and 4.

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignment (Report and presentation) – part 3

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 and 5.

Assessment Task 4: Mid-semester test

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 5.

Assessment Task 4 5: Written Examination (Closed-book FINAL Examination)

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 5.