Course Title: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Tavassoli

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1455

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.07.52

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on contemporary issues and emerging trends that are relevant to entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs operating in a complex, dynamic and uncertain business environment. It adopts a holistic approach to examine and apply relevant entrepreneurship theories in the development of innovative solutions to contemporary entrepreneurship issues and challenges. You will be provided an opportunity to develop the intellectual independence to become a critical and reflective learner and also gain leadership and team building skills in the nexus between entrepreneurship and other business disciplines. Emphasis is placed on the development of research, diagnostic, analytical and communication skills in order to examine and discuss selected entrepreneurship topics. You will have the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired from other courses throughout the program and to review and evaluate current issues facing organisations and intra/entrepreneurs. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Apply relevant theories to critically examine contemporary entrepreneurship issues

2. Identify, evaluate and formulate innovative solutions for contemporary entrepreneurship issues and challenges

3. Examine the interrelationships between entrepreneurs, managers, organisations, customers and communities in a local and global context

4. Effectively communicate practical and innovative solutions to contemporary entrepreneurial challenges

5. Apply innovative solutions to diverse entrepreneurial contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; discussions, polls, videos, prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.


Activities provide an opportunity for you to discuss and apply relevant theories and thinking. Communication skills will be developed through individual contribution and participation in the classroom. Real-life cases are used to demonstrate how concepts and issues are applied across a range of workplace and industry settings. This format provides you with an opportunity to analyse relevant issues and challenges in order to generate potential, practical and ethical alternative solutions. Individual and group activities will take the form of:

  • Case study analysis
  • Exercises
  • Scenario analysis
  • Debate
  • Presentation

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information. 

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities, contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks


The assessment alignment table below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.


Part A Assessment Overview

Assessment Task

Weighting (%)

Linked CLOs

Assessment Task 1


1, 2

Assessment Task 2


3, 4

Assessment Task 3


1, 2, 3, 4, 5