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SIT317 - Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Elicia Lanham

At least 8 SIT coded units

For A344 – at least 2 SIT coded units (one at Level 1 and one at Level 2) and 6 ADD/ADT coded units.



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour workshop each week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop each week.


This unit will explore technology entrepreneurship, focusing on what it means to engage in a process of innovation, scaling ideas from pipedreams to enterprise solutions for both profit and NGO’s. To extend the reach of entrepreneurship activities, this unit will focus on enterprise level technology and explore the ways in which large and distributed organisations use disruptive technologies to support business. Through a series of case studies and recent research, students will investigate what it means to provide enterprise solutions as well as what is required to create a successful start-up. The case studies will enable students to explore entrepreneurial leadership on both small and large scales, discovering how to develop collaborative partnerships that support today’s technological and social problems.

Through an industry-centred problem-based approach to learning, students will explore how to discover opportunity, while critically reflecting on their entrepreneurship-self that informs their career plan. This unit will provide mentor-guided workshops featuring a range of industry guest speakers, immersing students in local and global case studies to explore the nuances of innovation and entrepreneurship, suitable for both small- and enterprise-scale situations. Specific topics covered include: enterprise organisations; venture formation; business strategies; marketing approaches; organisational behaviour; legal and financial aspects; and innovation. This unit focuses on understanding the start-up entrepreneurship culture, particularly in enterprise-level technologically based areas of the economy.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understanding what an enterprise is and how technology contributes to business process.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Understanding what it means to be an entrepreneur in a variety of contexts.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Communicating the enterprise entrepreneurial mindset through pitching a start-up idea.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrating and validating enterprise-level entrepreneurial leadership through the creation of a start-up plan or business solution that evidences a viable and unique technological solution to a pressing industry problem. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork
GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Typically due 
Case study report Written report 40% Week 4
Start-up pitch Business model development and oral presentation (pitch) 10% Week 6
Start-up plan and pitch (group)  Written business plan and oral presentation (pitch) 50% (40%, 10%) Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.