Course Title: Engineering and Entrepreneurship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering and Entrepreneurship

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

Course Coordinator: Prof. Stuart Bateman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6672

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.3.19

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this Course you will explore why businesses succeed whilst others fail through studying fundamental  theory behind contemporary business practice and its intersection with workplace culture both for large and small (start-up) organisations.  Key topics explored in this course include organisational strategic modelling, basic finance concepts, business plan development, organisational behaviour, leadership, and risk management.

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).

See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course is an option course so it is not required to contribute to the development of program learning outcomes (PLOs) though it may assist your achievement of several PLOs for the following programs:

BH068 Bachelor of Engineering (Adv Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours)

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Use organisation management skills and tools to undertake strategic analysis of organisations.
  2. Involve innovation, leadership attributes & strategic modelling to develop viable engineering-related enterprises.
  3. Develop a business plan for proposed enterprise that considers not only financial sustainability but also society and the environment.
  4. Implement strategies to build an effective, agile and innovative workplace culture considering areas such as skills, safety, reward and team in the context of ethical business practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as pre-recorded lectures lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

Prior to attending the timetabled, face-to-face sessions you will be expected to have completed the specified online activities.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through the Canvas Course Site.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials are available on Canvas and you may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books and digitised materials at RMIT libraries will be available as well. There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT Student website.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Proposal of the Group Innovation Project (GIP).
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLO 1

Assessment 2: Strategic Analysis (Class presentation) of the Case Study (CS).
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,

Assessment 3: Business Plan (Report & presentation) for the GIP.
Weighting 45%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment 4: End of Semester Assessment
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3,4


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.