DIPLOMA OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

CRICOS Course Code: 105689M

About the Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

 

The Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a three-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) qualification designed to enable students to acquire knowledge of the concepts and theories of entrepreneurship and innovation and to apply them professionally and ethically in dynamically evolving business and commercial contexts locally and globally.

Throughout the course, students will acquire cognitive skills to source, distill and interpret relevant business and commercial information and data to analyse the complex commercial contexts of new ventures or business growth opportunities. They will be able to identify business opportunities and develop innovative ideas and ventures drawing on analytical skills and problem solving strategies. Students will use their understanding of industrial, commercial, marketing, and financial principles to inform and drive successful entrepreneurial activities. They will be able to interact, negotiate, and communicate with others clearly and succinctly to achieve interpersonal and commercial outcomes. A graduate of the course will be able to make sound judgements informed by legal, regulatory and ethical standards to guide their entrepreneurial practice and business activities.

Now more than ever the demands of contemporary business and commercial activities require creativity and innovation to drive growth and sustainability. To be an entrepreneur in an increasingly global marketplace requires critical analysis and creative thinking and a solid grounding in the principles of business development, management, communication and negotiation. Central to the challenge that Australia faces for successful development of innovation in business is the absence of a cohort of entrepreneurs who are skilled in commercialization of business innovation and in the sustained growth of ventures. The Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is structured so that students build the knowledge and practice the application of that knowledge to business innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors. The goal is to extend and deepen student capabilities so they become innovators who can drive the commercialization process from idea incubation, through successful business launch, sustained growth and beyond.

The CIHE Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to produce graduates who will play key roles in innovation and business generation within the small to medium enterprise sector which is vital to the future of Australian and global economic growth.

  • Year one of the course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation, accounting, and marketing. Students study economics, business communication and business ethics and are introduced to the principles and practices of creativity and innovation in a business context.

  • Year two of the course provides opportunities to broaden and deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation and what is involved in starting and building a business. These units are complemented through studies in business planning, the digital economy, and corporate entrepreneurship and innovation. Students study organisational behaviour and become familiar with the commercial law that governs entrepreneurial activity.

  • Year three of the course aims to consolidate and further deepen the students’ knowledge and understanding of financial management, leadership for change, intellectual property and commercialization and integrated marketing communications. Students can select from electives in international business, global entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and services marketing to broaden their understanding of the local and global business environment. The third year culminates in the capstone unit, Entrepreneurial Project in which students are mentored through a business incubation process in which they research, plan, launch and grow a new business venture.

 

Throughout the course, achievement of unit and course learning outcomes will be assessed through a range of formative and summative assessment activities. Lecturers will aim to provide timely and constructive feedback to support the success of students in the achievement of learning outcomes and to acquire the necessary attributes that will distinguish them as a graduate of CIHE. 

A graduate of Crown Institute of Higher Education will possess comprehensive knowledge in their discipline area and be able to apply that knowledge effectively in the business world. They will be able to identify problems, work pro-actively and creatively to develop solutions and to generate, analyse and interpret different types of information to inform and support decision making processes. They will be able to think logically and critically to analyse and solve problems; work with high levels of autonomy; be independent thinkers; engage with others proactively and collaboratively for continued personal and professional development; and act ethically and with an awareness of cultural diversity.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be industry-ready to contribute to the Australian and global economies through the entrepreneurial deployment of business innovation. Whatever the career choice of a graduate of the course, they will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes to be an entrepreneur, thinking creatively and acting innovatively.

 
 

Admission Requirements

To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the course, applicants must meet at least one of the following entry requirements:

Domestic applicants:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent; or

  • Successful completion of an equivalent secondary qualification either interstate or overseas (in English or see below); or

  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university that would enable students to gain entry to an Australian university; or

  • Satisfactory completion of one year of accredited full-time study at a registered institute of tertiary education at AQF level 4 or above; or

  • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University.

International applicants:

  • Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate competency in the English language.  English proficiency can be demonstrated by providing proof of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall test result of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5 and writing at 6 or above) or equivalent English language test such as TOEFL or PTE.

Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

  • Completion of secondary education/undergraduate degree via the medium of English; or

  • Successful completion of Year 12 secondary schooling in Australia (minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years); or

  • Successful completion of an Australian qualification recognised as at least AQF Certificate IV (minimum period of study of 1 school year within the last 2 years); or

  • Successful completion of a Tertiary Studies Foundation Program (minimum period of study of 1 school year).

  • International students who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements may undertake an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) program prior to undertaking the course.

In addition, all students (domestic and international) must be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied.

 

Credit for Prior Learning

Crown Institute of Higher Education (“CIHE”) grants credit towards a course of study on the basis of prior learning, whether from formal studies or professional work experience to ensure that students commence study at a level appropriate to their prior learning experiences so that they are not required to repeat prior learning. For more information please visit CIHE’s Credit For Prior Learning Policy.

Application for Credit for Prior Learning

 

Course Structure and Content

 

The Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a 3-year, 6-semester degree. To fulfil the requirements of the award, students must complete a total of 240 credit points or 24 units. Each unit is 10 credit points.

 

ABOUT THE DIPLOMA OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

The Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be a one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) AQF level 5 qualification designed to enable students to acquire knowledge of the concepts and theories of entrepreneurship and innovation and to apply them professionally and ethically in dynamically evolving business and commercial contexts locally and globally.


All the units together provide the foundation of a scaffold which would see students’ progress, if they wish, to the Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with full credit for the first year. Throughout the course, students will acquire foundation cognitive skills to source, distil and interpret relevant business and commercial information and data to work within the complex commercial
contexts of new ventures or business growth opportunities. They will be able to identify business opportunities and conceive innovative ideas and ventures drawing on rudimentary problem-solving strategies. They will be introduced to business concepts that facilitate interaction and communication with others so that they can operate with competence in a collaborative team context. A graduate of the course will be able to make sound choices based on ethical standards to guide their entrepreneurial
practice and business activities.


Now more than ever the demands of contemporary business and commercial activities require creativity and innovation to drive growth and sustainability. Building a business requires an orientation toward personal responsibility and initiative. Entrepreneurs need to be able to work both autonomously and in collaboration. Their capacity for the exercise of judgement can be supported by a grounding in the fundamentals of management and entrepreneurship. The Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
will therefore provide the foundation for students’ future development of more complex critical perspectives and creative responses.


Central to the challenge that Australia faces for successful development of innovation in business is the absence of a cohort of entrepreneurs who will become the principle generators of meaningful and sustainable employment for the wider community. The Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is structured so that students build the knowledge and practice the application of that knowledge to business innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours. The goal is to form student capabilities so they can
enter work in entrepreneurial organisations and/or initiate their own ventures.

GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

The CIHE Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to produce graduates who will play key roles in innovation and business generation within the small to medium enterprise sector which is vital to the future of Australian and global economic growth.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the course, applicants must meet at least one of the following entry requirements:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent; or

  • Successful completion of an equivalent secondary qualification either interstate or overseas (in English or see below); or

  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university that would enable students to gain entry to an Australian university; or

  • Satisfactory completion of one year of accredited full-time study at a registered institute of tertiary education at AQF level 4 or above; or

  • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS:

  • Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate competency in the English language.  English proficiency can be demonstrated by providing proof of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall test result of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5 and writing at 6 or above) or equivalent English language test such as TOEFL or PTE.

 

Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

  • Completion of secondary education/undergraduate degree via the medium of English; or

  • Successful completion of Year 12 secondary schooling in Australia (minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years); or

  • Successful completion of an Australian qualification recognised as at least AQF Certificate IV (minimum period of study of 1 school year within the last 2 years); or

  • Successful completion of a Tertiary Studies Foundation Program (minimum period of study of 1 school year).

  • International students who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements may undertake an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) program prior to undertaking the course.

In addition, all students (domestic and international) must be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Crown Institute of Higher Education (“CIHE”) grants credit towards a course of study on the basis of prior learning, whether from formal studies or professional work experience to ensure that students commence study at a level appropriate to their prior learning experiences so that they are not required to repeat prior learning. For more information please visit CIHE’s Credit For Prior Learning Policy.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

 

The Dip of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a 1-year, 2-semester Diploma. To fulfil the requirements of the award, students must
complete a total of 80 credit points or 8 units. Each unit is 10 credit points.

 

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

MODES OF STUDY AND ASSESSMENT

At CIHE we provide workshop-based engaged learning.

All our units involve participation in 3 hours of on-campus workshop per week for 12 weeks. Each week’s workshop will require preparation – reading, activities and online work.

All our units are supported by an online learning management system – Moodle.

 

We use a range of assessment tasks at CIHE to help you monitor your learning – quizzes, group work, case-studies and scenario-based activities, reports and exams. Our assessment tasks are designed to be work-oriented, that is, they are designed to mimic the real world processes involved in business so that you will be ready to start your career as an active independent professional.

INDICATIVE STUDENT NUMBERS

Indicative student numbers for this course are 100 enrolled students at any one time.  

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