CSU44081 – Entrepreneurship & High-Tech Venture Creation

Module CodeCSU44081
Module Name Entrepreneurship & High-Tech Venture Creation
ECTS Weighting [1]5 ECTS
Semester TaughtSemester 2
Module Coordinator/s  Prof. Donal O’Mahony

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Explain how high tech venture creation operates, with an emphasis on the processes developed by the Silicon Valley venture community over the past 20 years;
  2. Understand and give examples of some of the basic skills needed to recognise and nurture commercial opportunities, marshall the human and financial resources needed to promote their ideas and execute a well formulated business plan;
  3. Describe how high-tech industry in general and ICT in particular has evolved and continues to evolve;
  4. Describe how a strong ethical culture can be fostered in an entrepreneurial venture, including the importance of leading by example and having a code of conduct;
  5. Give oral presentations and engage in in-class discussion;
  6. Describe a product or service to a non-technical audience;
  7. Understand how high-tech companies are financed from seed rounds to stock market listing and what factors drive their valuation.

Module Content

  • Entrepreneurship and its contribution to the Economy & Society;
  • The Entrepreneurial Perspective;
  • Opportunity Recognition & Evaluation;
  • Building & Managing your Team;
  • Initial Funding & Financing your Growth;
  • Developing & Executing on a Business Plan;
  • Marketing & Promoting your Idea;
  • Protecting Intellectual Property.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, use of video, class individual & group presentations.

Assessment Details

Assessment ComponentBrief Description Learning Outcomes Addressed% of TotalWeek SetWeek Due
Individual PresentationExamine the present circumstances of a public high-tech company and give an analyst presentation.All10%Week 2 onwardsAll
Completed by Week 11
Quiz 120 questions covering Weeks 1-4 of the course.L01-L4, L06, L0720%Week 5Week 5
Business PlanPrepare a mini-business plan for a proposed high-tech venture.L01-L03, L06-L0750%Week 8Week 11
Quiz 220 questions covering Marketing and Intellectual Property Topics.L01-L0320%Week 12Week 12

Reassessment Details

Examination (2 hours, 100%).

Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by: 33 hours
Lecture22 hours
Laboratory11 hours
Tutorial or seminar0 hours
Other0 hours
Independent Study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:70 hours
Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable)56 hours
Completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)14 hours
Total Hours103 hours

Recommended Reading List

  • Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, (latest edition), Barringer, B.R. & Ireland, R.D., Pearson Education, New Jersey.

Module Pre-requisites

Prerequisite modules: N/A

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: N/A

Module Co-requisites


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