This course is directed toward preparing those considering starting or acquiring a business. Students will examine the managerial, technical and financial challenges of entrepreneurship. In-depth studies of the entrepreneurial requirements for success and the methods of entering a business are covered. (Formerly BUSI 603)
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course provides the student with the information necessary to experience the social and economic benefits by helping to prepare him/her for the responsibilities of entrepreneurship.
Textbook readings, reflection devotionals, and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Module discussions are collaborative learning experiences, therefore the student will participate in 7 Module Discussions. Both parts of the Discussion (thread and 2 replies) must be submitted by the published deadline in order for the student to earn credit for either part of the assignment.
In Modules 1–7, the student will post in a substantive thread the results of their research regarding the assigned criteria for their business plan and topic. This thread will need to include at least 3 academic references to support the plan, including concepts from the course text.
In Modules 1–7, the student will reply to 2 classmate’s threads in which they will submit an analysis of the business plans of those members. These replies will be at least 250 words each and include at least 2 original academic references.
Business Plan Assignments
The student will present an original detailed business plan in two parts. Each part of the business plan will be 13–15 pages of content (not including appendices ,reference pages, cover page, or table of contents).
1. Business Plan: Planning Assignment
The first part of the business plan will include: Cover page, Table of Contents, The Business Concept, Founding or Management Teams,Industry/Market Analysis, Product/Service Development Plan, Operations Plan, Organization Plan, Bibliography, and Appendices.
2. Business Plan: Operation Assignment
The second part of the business plan will include: Cover page, Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Marketing Plan, Financial Plan, Growth Plan, Contingency Plan and Harvest Strategy, Timeline to Launch, Bibliography, and Appendices.
Integration of Faith Assignment
The Integration of Faith assignment is where you integrate faith and learning in this course. Using the Bible as your source, along with the course text and applicable outside research, write a 5 page paper (excluding title and reference pages) that (a) demonstrates entrepreneurialism from a biblical perspective, then (b) the character of the entrepreneur as a businessperson, leader, and Christian. Personalize these elements to your business, as proposed in the Business Plan: Planning Assignment and the Business Plan: Operation Assignment. Per APA 7, the Bible should also be listed as a reference. In addition, include at least two (2) additional academic sources – including the course text (Allen).
Reflection Journal Assignment
The student will watch 3 interviews with Christian entrepreneurs and read the devotionals. A list of reflective questions to be considered can be found in the directions for the assignment.
Four quizzes will be taken covering the textbook readings. Quizzes will be open-book; however, the student must work on his/her own and not use any supplementary material. The student will have a 1-hour time limit to complete 40 multiple-choice and true/false questions.