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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - IDS6239

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Current Status: -
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5417 2016-03-16
    Department College Budget Account Number
    CS 321000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr. Richard Berman 9142248419 rberman@usf,edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    IDS 6239 Entrepreneurship with a Social Impact

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    This course will provide students with real world, hands-on learning experience to learn how to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society and the entrepreneur.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    B. 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?

    Expected to be significant as public interest in climate change and

    sustainability increases. This course will be in high demand between individuals who want to successfully start a business in a budding green economy.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will work in teams to turn their research and technology ideas into a product, service or process that benefits society. Students will learn how to use a business model to brainstorm each part of an enterprise and customer development.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand the possibilities of being a social entrepreneurship

    2. Be able to identify an idea/opportunity

    3. Know how to test the market fit of the idea

    4. Understand the basic elements of a start-up

    C. Major Topics

    What is Social Entrepreneurship

    Value Proposition

    9 Building Blocks of the Business Model Canvas

    Customer Discovery

    Channels and Revenue Streams

    Key Partners/Key Activities/Cost Structure

    Market Fit

    Lessons Learned…Key Pivots

    D. Textbooks

    The Start-Up Owner's Manual, Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

    Business Model Generator, Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Various readings will be assigned from the required textbooks, other online resources will be available through the Lean Launchpad program the students will be using.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Course Grades

    Weekly Assignments 70%

    Final Presentation 30%

    TOTAL = 100%

    To earn participation points, students should come to class prepared to interact and network with visiting alumni and professionals from visiting companies. When appropriate (alumni, company visits), students should also come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussion. Strictly attending class, but not participating, will not earn a student any participation points.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    All assignments will be done in presentation format. Each week teams will present their findings and inferences deduced from their customer interviews. Teams will continue to add to their presentation as a new topic gets introduced to them. A final presentation will be given at the end of semester that addresses all major topics taught throughout the course.

    H. 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: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    All graded material may be submitted for re-evaluation of the grade by the instructor. To request a re-grade, you must submit a written request within one week of the date the test or assignment was returned. The written request must include a cover sheet that explains (1) the specific test questions or aspects of the assessment that you want re-evaluated, and (2) why the original grade is in error or should be reconsidered.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA Program in Global Sustainability

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Can serve as elective for graduate students from across the USF system

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