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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENT6415
Tracking Number - 2209

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-04-06
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved 9/18; sent to USF SCNS Office 10/12/09; SCNS approved 10/27/09, effective 1/2010. NUMBER CHANGED From 6410 to 6415

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-10-12
  2. Department:
  3. College: BA
  4. Budget Account Number: 140600 10000 BA0056
  5. Contact Person: Sean Lux
  6. Phone: 47820
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENT
  9. Number: 6415
  10. Full Title: Fundamentals of Venture Capital and Private Equity
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Venture Capital & Pvt Equity
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The purpose of the course is to convey five primary areas of knowledge: learning to think like an investor, the capital raising process, how to perform business valuations, securities law, and what venture capitalists do.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Required for MS in EAT students; elective for MBA students
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Terminal degree in business discipline or engineering and/or sciences with four years relevant work experience.
  29. Objectives: Students develop an in depth understanding of capital markets for new businesses. The purpose of the course is to convey five primary areas of knowledge:

    1. Learning to think like an investor. Start-up ventures are one of a myriad of investment options available in today's global capital markets. Entrepreneur's need to understand their investors just as they need to understand their customers. Students will be provided an overview of equity, debt, and derivative markets and the major forces in these markets.

    2.A basic understanding of raising capital. Students are introduced to venture capitalists, investment bankers, "angel investsors," and other private equity players, and learn the roles they play from obtaining seed funding through IPO stages.

    3. Learning how to perform a business valuation, an essential skill in obtaining an dproviding capital.

    4. Securities law. An overview of securities law and contract (i.e. term sheets and private placement memorandum) development.

    5. Understanding the basic of being a venture capitalist. Students will learn why and how VC's make investement decisions based on what it takes to survive in a high risk, high reward, global business.

  30. Learning Outcomes: The course will prepare students either to obtain capital for their start ups or careers in venture capital. Course outcomes are assessed by having venture capitalists and other venture financiers attend the final student cases study presentation (a case focused on developing a business model for a VC fund) and providing the student teams with feedback on the viability and likelihood of success.
  31. Major Topics: Venture Capital

    Private Equity Markets

    New Venture Financing

  32. Textbooks: Term Sheets and Valuations by Alex Wilmerding

    Selected readings and cases from Harvard Business in ProCopy course book

    The Wall Street Journal

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS in Entrepreneurship
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Grad Certificate; MBA

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