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BAEP Course Descriptions

Elective Course Guide
Entrepreneur Program (BAEP) Course Descriptions

The number in parentheses ( ) following each course title refers to the number of units the course is/can be worth.

549 The Entrepreneurial Journey (2) Moving beyond the business plan; identifying individual and organizational leadership skills needed to move a venture forward; "how-to" portion of establishing an enterprise. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 550, BAEP 551, GSBA 550ab, and GSBA 586. Open only to MBV, MMM, and MSEI students.)
550 Entrepreneurship and Venture Management (1.5) Develop conceptual and practical knowledge in entrepreneurship and new venture management. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 549, BAEP 551, GSBA 550ab, and GSBA 586. Not open to MBA.PM, MBV, MMM, MSEI and MSSE students.)
551 Introduction to New Ventures (3) Study and development of analytical and conceptual skills in the management of new enterprises and new ventures within large organizations. (Duplicates credit in BAEP 549, BAEP 550, GSBA 550ab, and GSBA 586. Not open to MBA.PM, MBV, MMM, MSEI and MSSE students.)
552 Venture Feasibility (3) Develop, evaluate, and pursue new business concepts through the application of analytical techniques and hands-on customer discovery activities. Duplicates credit in BAEP 566. Corequisite: BAEP 549, BAEP 550, BAEP 551, or GSBA 550b. Duplicates credit in BAEP 566.
553 Cases in New Venture Management (1.5 or 3) Cases and readings expose students to the challenges of developing long-range strategies for entrepreneurial ventures. Case work emphasizes developing new industries, growth through strategic alliances, and issues involved in the long-range strategic positioning of emerging companies.
554 Venture Initiation (3) Learn to launch and scale a new business through entrepreneurial action and execution. Prerequisite: BAEP 552 or BAEP 556 or BAEP 566.
555 Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipate and Avoid Startup Pitfalls(3) Delves into founders early decisions about when and whether to found, co-founders, hires, and investors that tend to get them into trouble down the road.
556 Technology Feasibility (3) Gives students the critical thinking and analytical skills they need to evaluate, value and manage technology as intellectual property. Students will learn the technology commercialization process, use data mining and assessment techniques for patent databases, and study the unique business issues facing high technology start-ups.
557 Technology Commercialization (3) Identification, evaluation and commercialization of new technologies. legal, financial and marketing aspects of technology transfer and development.
558 The Entrepreneurial Advisor: Problem Solving for Early-Stage Companies (1.5 or 3) Experiential course designed to develop skills in framing and solving complex problems in young companies. Apply skills to real ventures participating in course projects.
559 Investing in New Ventures (3) Focus on the entrepreneurial skill set applied to new venture opportunities. Taught from the business plan reader's point of view; focus on selecting opportunities, structuring the relationship, adding value and realizing the value of that investment.
560 Acquiring Your Own Business or Opportunity (3) Issues faced by the entrepreneur who wishes to acquire an enterprise; appropriateness of an enterprise, understanding funding sources and valuation methods, developing a plan for due diligence, negotiating and consummating the transaction. The acquisition process, approaches to valuation, and the roles of the various parties in negotiating and consummating an acquisition of an existing business.
561 Entrepreneurship in Innovative Industries: Life Sciences (1.5) The challenges of new venture creation in the biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare areas; experience, evaluate, and analyze profits of current impact in the life sciences.
562 Entrepreneurship in eCommerce (1.5) Introduction to building, funding, and running an entrepreneurial eCommerce venture.
563 Corporate Entrepreneurship (3) How established organizations build successful new businesses through corporate venturing and intrapreneurship. Learn to apply an entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial frameworks within an established organization.
564 Investing in Impact Ventures (3) Exploring the field of social impact investing, learn how social entrepreneurs attract for-profit investors and how conscious investors are utilizing investments to achieve social impact.
566 Cases in Feasibility Analysis for Social Ventures (3) Study of analytical techniques used to evaluate business concepts with a specific focus on the development of a new social venture. Corequisite: BAEP 561. Duplicates credit in BAEP 552.
567 Social Entrepreneurship:  Design, Develop, and Deliver (3) Develop the analytical, conceptual, and practical skills required to design, develop, and deliver a new social business concept and opportunity. Prerequisite: BAEP-566. Open to MSSE students only.
571 Social Innovation Design (3) Use innovative problem-solving approaches to design radically affordable solutions to challenges faced by under-resourced communities. Engage in early-stage market and rapid prototyping. Registration restriction: MSSE students only.
575 Entrepreneurship in the Media and Entertainment Industry (1.5) Introduction to the ever-evolving field of media and entertainment with a focus on entrepreneurial opportunities within the industry.
585 Seminar: The Entrepreneurial Mindset (1.5) Explore the art and science of entrepreneurship under the guidance of a master entrepreneur.
591 Social Entrepreneurship (3) Lead and manage with entrepreneurial methodology for charities, non-government organizations, social oriented enterprises and not for profit organizations.
592 Field Research in Entrepreneurship (.5-4, repeatable subject to approval of student's program director) Individual or team projects studying the business practices of an entrepreneurial industry, company, government agency, country, etc. Proposal, data collection, analyses, and written report. Recommended preparation: completion of required MBA, MAcc, MBT, MKT, MSEI, or MSSE course work. Visit the Independent Study page of this site for instructions and the application. Graded CR/NC.
593 Independent Research in Business Entrepreneurship (.5-4, repeatable subject to approval of student's program director) Independent research beyond normal course offerings. Proposal, research and written report/paper required. Recommended preparation: completion of required MBA, MAcc, MBT, MKT, MSEI, or MSSE course work. Visit the Independent Study page of this site for instructions and the application. Graded CR/NC.
595 Internship in Business Entrepreneurship (.5-2, repeatable units credited toward degree usually limited to 1) Supervised on-the-job business experience in the student's area of interest. (Curricular Practical Training) Recommended preparation: completion of required MBA, MAcc, MKT, MBT, MSEI, or MSSE course work. Visit the Independent Study page of this site for instructions and the application. Graded CR/NC.
596 Research Practicum in Business Entrepreneurship (.5-2, repeatable subject to approval of student's program director) Hands-on practical experience working with a faculty member in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies on an ongoing research project. Recommended preparation: completion of required MBA, MAcc, MBT, MKT, MSEI, or MSSE course work. Visit the Independent Study page of this site for instructions and the application. Graded CR/NC.
597 Consulting Project in Business Entrepreneurship (.5-5, repeatable subject to approval of student's program director) Individual or team projects solving real business problems for an existing business entity, domestic and/or international. Proposal, field research, analyses and oral and written presentations. Recommended preparation: completion of required MBA, MAcc, MBT, MKT, MSEI, or MSSE course work. Visit the Independent Study page of this site for instructions and the application. Graded CR/NCr.
598 Special Topics (1.5-3, repeatable if different subject - max 9) Current developments in the field of entrepreneurship: topics to be selected each semester. Graded C/NC.
599 Special Topics (1.5-3, repeatable if different subject - max 9) Current developments in the field of entrepreneurship: topics to be selected each semester.

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