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University of Texas at Dallas

School of Management

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
BA 4308.002 ▪ FALL 2010
Instructor: Ms. Erin Pleggenkuhle-Miles Class Meeting: MW 1:30-2:45 PM
Office: SOM 4.407 Classroom: SOM 1.217
Office Hours: Wed 12:00-1:15 PM (or by appointment)
Cell/Office: (972) 838-8083; (972) 883-6041
Email: erinmiles@utdallas.edu*
*During times outside of office hours, the preferred method of contact for this course is through eLearning. I will
check eLearning regularly and will reply to any questions or concerns that may arise.
Please use email and phone contact only under urgent circumstances.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course provides a broad-based introduction to entrepreneurship. Course activities will include
evaluating commercial potential of business ideas and opportunities; researching markets and competition;
managing patents and copyrights, valuing a business opportunity developing a business plan, acquiring
resources, avoiding pitfalls, and financing the start-up. Participants in the course will explore the mindset,
considerations, realities, and real-world methods associated with the process of launching a new
enterprise. Whether you simply wish to learn more about entrepreneurship or desire to launch an
enterprise, the course will provide the know-how and the tools to be more effective in the entrepreneurial
process.
This is an interactive, team-based course that will permit groups of students to develop portions of a
business plan piece by piece. Both team and individual assignments will be required, with the team project
assignment comprising over half of the final grade. A team project focused on the creation of a business
plan for a new business opportunity will comprise a major part of the course.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Understand entrepreneurial characteristics and abilities, how to evaluate business opportunities, as
well as the foundational principles, rewards and realities of entrepreneurship.
2. Understand the issues involved in protecting intellectual property such as patents, trademarks,
copyrights, how to create a business plan and how to persuasively present a business plan for an
entrepreneurial venture.
3. Develop an understanding of the basics of financial budgeting and forecasting, the fundamentals of
raising capital for a new venture, as well as an understanding of how to avoid typical pitfalls of
entrepreneurship.
4. Gain an appreciation and skills for working in teams to develop business strategies and solve
business problems.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK
 Hisrich, Peters & Shepherd, Entrepreneurship. 8th Edition. ISBN 0-07-321056-0. McGraw-Hill
Irwin. (Available at UTD Bookstore and Off-Campus Books).
 Wyly, Entrepreneur to Billionaire. 1st Edition. ISBN 978-1-55704-848-6. Newmarket Press.
(Available at UTD Bookstore and Off-Campus Books).

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COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADES


Grades will be based on group and individual work assignments, exams, and peer evaluations. Advanced
preparation and participation in class discussions is an important part of the learning experience in this
course and is strongly encouraged.

Exams: 30%
There are two examinations in this course. Exams cover materials from lectures, the text, cases, videos and
any other supplementary materials pertinent to the course. The exams will not be cumulative, but some
overlap is inevitable.

Participation, class preparation, quizzes and attendance: 15%


Ten percent (15%) of your grade will be based on regular attendance and active participation in class
discussions and exercises. From time to time, it may be necessary to miss a class due to illness or personal
matters. Please inform me in advance of these absences. If participation becomes an issue, or more than 2
classes are missed, the student‟s grade may be impacted. Attendance is important and will be tracked
because it may impact team performance. Attendance in class and at team meetings should be reflected in
your peer evaluations.
Each student is expected to have read all assigned materials prior to the start of class and be prepared to
discuss the ideas, concepts and issues raised. If it is determined that students are not prepared for class, in-
class assignments, such as pop quizzes may be instituted and factored into your individual grade. These
quizzes cannot be made up if missed.

Individual Assignments: (15%)


You will be required to turn in one individual paper in this course. This must be TYPED, single-spaced,
and 1-2 pages in length. Each person in the class will also be required to make an individual 3-5 minute
presentation (in addition to the final group presentation).

Team Projects: (40%)


A team project focused on the identification and analysis of a new business opportunity will comprise a
major part of the course. Each team will make two presentations and write two papers during the semester
associated with their team project. In addition, after each set of presentations each student will complete
and submit individual peer evaluations (therefore, each individual will submit two peer evaluation forms
associated with the business plan). This project is intended to a preliminary business plan for a venture. As
such, your project should reflect an understanding of the core concepts that you have been taught in this
course. It should also reflect a concerted research effort on your part to investigate the idea that you are
proposing. More detailed information exists at the end of the syllabus.
Team members will be collectively responsible for completing each of the Team Project assignments and
the grades earned on the Team Projects will be assigned equally to each group member. I recommend that
each team elect a “Team Leader” to direct the development of the various components of the business
plan, organize team meetings, help lead team discussion and communicate with instructor from time to
time. The course instructor may communicate to the Team Leader as needed or anyone on the team
throughout the term.
Don‟t be „the loafer‟ on the project. All of us have been on teams where someone did not contribute fully
but expected the same grade as those making a strong contribution. Therefore, a strong contribution to
projects, regular attendance in class and at team meetings, and collaborative, cooperative and
friendly attitudes are essential for optimal grading. The peer evaluations completed will help me to
adjust individual grades based on your actual contribution as evaluated by your peers.

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The assignments, their due dates, and their relative weight in determining your final grade are summarized
in the table below:
Team or Grading
Assignment Due Date Form
Individual Weight
Self-introduction 8/23 Individual Form N/A
WA#1: Individual opportunity analysis, business ideas Bulleted
8/30 Individual 5%
description submitted to team and instructor Outline
Team selected and rosters submitted to instructor 8/30 Team Memo N/A

WA#2: Teams submit business ideas for approval 9/6 Team Memo N/A

Midterm exam 10/6 Individual Exam 15%


WA#3a: Team paper—Industry analysis and Bulleted
10/11 Team 10%
Description of New Venture Essay
10/11
WA#3b. Elevator pitch Individual Presentation 10%
10/13
Bulleted
BP#3a. Group paper: Marketing and financial plan 7/29 Team 15%
Essay
Presentation,
BP#3b. Group presentation 7/29 Team 15%
PowerPoint
10/13
Individual peer evaluation by team members* Individual *
12/1
Final exam 8/12 Individual Exam 15%
Attendance,
Class participation Individual discussion, 15%
etc.
*Peer evaluations will impact grades on all group assignments—see guidelines below. 100%

Grading Scale:
A+ = 100+ A = 94-99 A- = 90-93
B+ = 87-89 B = 84-86 B- = 80-83
C+ = 77-79 C = 74-76 C- = 70-73
D+ = 67-69 D = 64-66 D- = 60-63
F = Below 60

MISSED EXAMS / ASSIGNMENTS


Only in the event that an examination is missed due to an illness or religious observance will a makeup exam
or an early exam be arranged. Typically, these exams are more writing or essay oriented. In accordance with
university policy this may occur only if:
Notice is provided early enough in advance of the event, or
Proof of illness is promptly provided
Due to the nature of the assignments and the discussion and presentations taking place on the days
assignments are due, late assignments will not be accepted. All assignments are due at the beginning of class.

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COURSE OUTLINE**
CHAPTER ASSIGNMENTS/
WEEK TOPIC
READINGS DELIVERABLES

1 Syllabus and Course Overview Self-Introduction


Syllabus
M: 8/23 The Importance of Entrepreneurs, their Mind-Set and Begin selecting teams and
Chapters 1-2
W: 8/25 their Characteristics select team leaders

Guest Speaker: Loreen Phillips – Market


2 Research WA#1: Individual ideas
M: 8/30 Chapter 4
Creativity: IDEO video Team roster submission
W: 9/1
Opportunity Identification and Idea Formation

3 MONDAY: NO CLASS, LABOR DAY


M: 9/6 Chapter 4 WA#2: Team ideas (9/6)
W: 9/8 Team Exercise: “What is this?”

4 Entrepreneurial Strategy
M: 9/13 Identifying Opportunities Chapters 3, 5, 7 ----------------
W: 9/15 The Business Plan
5 Guest Speaker: Andrew Ehmke, Haynes & Boone
M: 9/20 Chapter 6 ----------------
W: 9/22 Intellectual Property & Legal Issues

6
M: 9/27 Organizational Plan Chapter 9 ----------------
W: 9/29
7 Review, Team Time
M: 10/4 CH: 1-3, 5-7, 9, 13 ----------------
W: 10/6 WEDNESDAY: MIDTERM EXAM

8 WA#3a/b: Business plan—


M: 10/11 In-Class Presentations: The Pitch Summary & Industry
W: 10/13 Analysis
9
M: 10/18 Marketing Plan Chapter 8 ----------------
W: 10/20
10 Guest Speakers: Madison Pedigo
M: 10/25 Chapter 10 ----------------
W: 10/27 Financial Plan

11 Sources of Capital
M: 11/1 Guest Speakers: Jackie Kimzey, Sevin Rosen Chapters 11-12 ----------------
W: 11/3 Funds
12 Ending the Venture
M: 11/8 Chapter 15 ----------------
W: 11/10 Personal Vision and Ethics

13 Guest Speaker: MicroTransponder, Inc.


M: 11/15 ----------------
W: 11/17 Team Time

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14 Final Exam Review, Team Time


M: 11/22 ----------------
W: 11/24 Wednesday: No Class

15 WA#4a/b: Business plan—


In-Class Presentations: Formal Presentation of
M: 11/29 Marketing and Financial
Business Plan
W: 12/1 Plan
16
FINAL EXAM (8, 10-12, 15) ----------------
M: 12/6

**This course schedule is not absolute. While every effort will be made to follow the schedule as listed, changes
may be made as needed. It is the student’s responsibility to track changes that are announced.

COURSE GUIDELINES
SELF-INTRODUCTION
Each student should post a Self-Introduction in the Discussion area of eLearning prior to or directly
following the first class. Guidelines are provided on the eLearning Discussion page. This information will
assist in the formation of groups for the course.

TEAM FORMATION
Much of the work in this course will be performed in teams (4-5 members). The team members will be
collectively responsible for completing each of the Team Project assignments listed in this syllabus. The
grades earned on Team Projects will be assigned equally to each group member, subject to adjustment
based on peer evaluation (see peer evaluation information below).

Students will have the opportunity to select their teams up to 5 members and those without teams will be
assigned to teams by the instructor. The projects require a wide range of knowledge including some
knowledge of finance and accounting. Therefore, it is important that you select your teams to include a
diverse set of skills. A typed list of the members, including the designated team captain, contact
information for each group member (with name, email and telephone) should be submitted to the
instructor at the end of class on August 30th.

LECTURE NOTES
The PowerPoint slides used in lectures and certain other course materials will be available on eLearning
(http://eLearning.utdallas.edu) under course ID BA 4308. You should be able to access eLearning with
your UTD ID and password. Call computer services at (972) 883-2911 if you need assistance.

CLASS COMMUNICATION:
eLearning: Class notes, the syllabus, and other relevant course-related materials will be posted on
eLearning. You may download this material from the website. In addition, you are advised to check your
messages on eLearning frequently, and prior to each class session. This will be the main way of
disseminating any messages or instructions relating to the course.
Contacting the Instructor: Faculty has been requested to state in their syllabi that a new university policy
to protect student privacy has been established. This policy states that faculty is not required to answer
student emails unless they come from a UTD email account. Therefore, you are advised to contact me via
eLearning email from your own eLearning account. This is the best way to get in touch.

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Common Courtesy: You are expected to be courteous during class time. Please respect your fellow
students by turning off cell phones and beepers before class, refraining from talking with others when
someone is speaking, and arriving punctually to class.

GUIDELINES FOR ALL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS


Evaluation: Particular care should be taken to fully address the requirements for each paper detailed in the
assignment. An evaluation by the instructor of written assignments will include multiple factors, including
(a) how well instructions were followed; (b) how clear and concise responses are to assignment
parameters; (c) demonstrated ability to apply the course concepts and frameworks in written summaries;
and (d) the degree of professionalism and effectiveness regarding structure, content and communication,
and in the case of the team project.
Identification of Assignments. All submitted assignments should be identified as follows: (a) a header on
each page of the paper or spreadsheet should include the course designation, the assignment number, and the
team name.
Format. Written assignments must be submitted in MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint format, as
appropriate. All written assignments and PowerPoint presentation slides are to be submitted in both
hard copy and soft copy (electronic form). Each paper submitted should be in professional form. The
use of charts and exhibits is encouraged, to the extent that they help you make your points. Cover pages,
charts or exhibits, and lists of references will not be included in the page count. Charts and exhibits should
be numbered and appropriately referenced in the body of the document. References should be attached as
required. The written assignments should use 11-12-point type, single-spaced, with 1” margins all around.
The original copy of the individual assignment, team project and PowerPoint presentation will be kept on
file and will not be returned. The written assignments must be submitted to the instructor via email
and hard copy prior to the beginning of class period either at the instructor’s office or in the
classroom, on the date they are due. Due to the nature of the assignments and the discussion and
presentations taking place on the days assignments are due, late assignments will not be accepted. Team
assignments are to be submitted by the team captain. The team captain will receive the grade results for
the assignment and will be responsible for sharing that feedback with the other members of the team.

TEAM PROJECTS
As mentioned above, a team project focused on the identification and analysis of a new business
opportunity will comprise a major part of the course. This project is intended to a preliminary business
plan for a venture and is detailed below.

The individual opportunity analysis, business ideas description—WA#1


Each student will submit two individually developed, new business ideas, WA#1, to the instructor and to
the student‟s respective team on August 30th.
In developing a business idea the student should:
Select an industry and identify a specific business concept or opportunity to research.
Summarize your business opportunity in the context of the market and competitive environment
in a 1-2 page paper to be submitted to the instructor and team members. Include the following
with your summary:
1. Project description (What significant need does it fill? How big is the need? How grand is
your solution?)
2. How is product or service unique/different/superior to other offerings?
3. Who is the customer?
4. Is there significant financial return potential (vs. modest financial potential)?
5. What is its “value proposition”? How will your idea benefit customers (why they will
buy from you?) What are the benefits to the customer (e.g., faster, less expensive, higher
quality, more reliable, more accurate, more convenient, better performance, more fun,
less work, etc.)

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Selection of a team business opportunity –WA#2


From the business ideas presented by respective team members, each team will select a first and second
choice for business plan development (and the two related group papers/presentations during the
semester). A one page outline of the team‟s proposed first and second choices for a business idea should
be submitted to the instructor for approval on September 6th. Selection of an appropriate opportunity to
pursue for the project is critical. The idea must meet several basic criteria. It must meet standards of good
taste and usefulness—a good rule of thumb: Pick something in which you would consider investing
money. Franchises are not allowed due to the fact that you do little of the background work. It must be a
large enough opportunity that it will require at least $100,000 in investment capital and it must have the
potential to generate at least $1,000,000 in revenue in the 5th year. That means that bars, restaurants, sports
facilities, most retail models only qualify if they are scalable by franchising or expansion to multiple
locations. This expansion must be part of the business plan being created by the group. A great
entrepreneurial opportunity is one that brings something new, valuable, innovative and difficult to imitate
to the market and creates a position where the industry forces (supplier power, buyer power, barriers to
entry, substitutes and rivalry) are favorable to the new venture. New ventures that go head to head with
established firms in crowded markets are not recommended.
Once a business idea is selected and approved, it is then developed into a business plan by the team during
the semester. Accordingly, each team member will first “pitch” their idea to the other teams in the class
and second make a formal presentation at the end of the semester.
WA#3a: Paper—Summary of business (description of new venture) & industry analysis
This paper should be 6 to 12 pages in length and should be in outline format as much as possible. The
first section of this paper should provide a description of the business concept and its products or services
and why they are unique or special. Particular emphasis should be placed on the competitive advantage of
your new venture. The second section should discuss the unmet needs of the market that the products or
services are providing and the customers being targeted. The third section should provide a detailed
overview and analysis of the industry in which the venture will operate. The Industry analysis section will
include future outlook and trends, analysis of overall industry, market needs, the opportunity and
associated unmet needs your product or service fulfills along with industry forecasts. The fourth section
will provide a description of the objectives (short term and long term) of the company. Evaluate the
feasibility and attractiveness of the business idea or concept using the Checklist in the teaching note and
the Sections noted above and the concepts and frameworks provided in the text. The paper is due at the
beginning of class on October 11th, and ready to pitch to the class.
WA#3b: Presentation—Pitching your venture
Each team member will pitch their venture to the class. You will have 3-4 minutes to give the pitch. The
score will be based on the concept pitch, its innovativeness and its hypothetical feasibility for success.
Your score of 1-5 points is determined by both the instructor and your peers.

WA#4a: Paper—Complete business plan including the addition of marketing & financial plan
This paper should improve upon the first assignment (WA#3a). All previously submitted information
about the company and market should be refined and included in the final paper. To clarify: in addition
to a refinement of the first paper, in which product/service information and industry analysis was
provided, the team will add two major segments to the plan:
1) The marketing plan. This segment of the plan should be 3 to 6 pages and include a brief analysis
(reiteration) of the target market(s). The segment of the paper and presentation should include a detailed
marketing plan including the general marketing strategy (including business model), target customers,
positioning of the firm (relative to competition), advertising and promotional activities, pricing strategy,
sales and distribution strategy, sales forecasts, service and support, and detailed marketing budget.
2) Resources, risk assessment and financial plan (including timeline). This segment of the paper
should be 3 to 6 pages in length and should include: (a) resource requirements of the firm until company
becomes self-sustaining (how much capital is needed for start-up and operations (e.g., capital

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expenditures, personnel, facilities and equipment) summarized in a budget table; (b) funding sources; (c)
the investment deal (how much equity for investment and projected returns); (d) pro-forma Income
Statement for 3 years (monthly for the first 12 months and quarterly for years 2 and 3—See examples in
textbook) and a break-even analysis; (e) critical risk factors; and (f) a timeline chart of events and
milestones to be achieved over the next year.
*NOTE: In the presentation, provide a very simple, brief and legible summary of key financial
information (e.g., a summary table of the budget (use of proceeds, including capital expenditures), a
summary table of the income statement (with revenue projections, costs, profit and Income for next 3
years), and a break-even chart. Do not include a full spreadsheet of data. The paper and presentation
materials (WA#4a/b) will be due at the beginning of class on November 29th and ready for
presentation in class.

WA#4b: Formal presentation of business plan


A formal presentation involving all team members, covering the industry analysis, marketing, and
financial plan. Again, the other teams will be evaluating whether or not they would invest in your group‟s
venture.
Team presentations of the various components of the business plan should be of high standards and
presented in PowerPoint format. A team‟s presentation will be graded based on the quality of (a) the
content of the presentation (all required material), (b) the presentation style and quality, and (c) the
ability of the team to justify its position in the Q&A in class. The presentation will be made in the team
context, wherein in all members will give portions of the presentation. The content and length will be
detailed later in the semester.

Team member participation in group projects (individual peer evaluation by team members)
A peer evaluation of the respective individual team members will be utilized to adjust individual
grades on all group assignments (maximum range of +/- 30% of the group grade). The peer evaluation
form attached to this syllabus will be completed individually and turned in by each team member as
part of each team project assignment. Two individual peer evaluation forms will be turned in during
the semester (associated with BP#2&3). Peer evaluations should also include attendance in class and
at team meetings.
ALL groups will multiply the number of people in their group by 100 points and assign the total
points among the members. All members must receive between 80 and 120 (per evaluator) points.
Each member's individual grade on the assignment will be determined by multiplying the group
grade on the assignment by their total peer points (including their own rating) divided by 100 times
the number of people in their group.
EXAMPLE:
Group Grade = 80/100, four students
Student A - total peer ratings = 440
Individual Grade = 80 X 1.1 = 88
Student B - total peer ratings = 360
Individual Grade = 80 X.9 = 72
Students C and D - total peer ratings = 400
Individual Grade = 80 X 1.0 = 80
All of us have been on teams where someone did not contribute fully but expected the same grade as
those making strong contributors. Fairness will prevail. Individual grades for each group project and
presentation will be computed based on the team score for each project with allowances for team peer
evaluations that each team member receives. Therefore, strong contribution to projects, regular
attendance in class and at team meetings, and collaborative, cooperative and friendly attitudes
are essential for optimal grading. See the attached student peer evaluation form with example form.
Students will not directly grade (A, B, etc.) one another but will provide the instructor with feedback
(with peer evaluation forms) as to the percentage of contribution of each member on a base of 100%.
Individual grades may be lowered by the instructor given poor peer evaluations.

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As mentioned, peer evaluations are due with each major project or report. Failure to complete a peer
evaluation can result in reduction in grade. Evaluations will be kept confidential. The team is
accountable for warning any student who is in danger of receiving a failing peer evaluation. Failure of
a team to warn a team member in a timely manner as described may invalidate negative ratings.
Interim evaluations may be completed at any time during the semester and submitted to the instructor
as a means of identifying a problem with a team member. At that time, the instructor will talk with all
parties involved to determine what course of action may need to be taken. Please do not be afraid to
discuss these problems with the instructor early on. Warnings as to failure on peer evaluations most
often reverses a negative course of action on the part of a team member. Please handle individual team
member issues with proper care, courtesy and diplomacy.
Students dropped from teams, with approval from the instructor, will be required to complete a group project
on their own. Other options include dropping or failing the course.

UNIVERSITY POLICIES
E-mail Policy
Email Use The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students
through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email
exchange. The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student‟s U.T. Dallas email address and that
faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the university to
maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information.
UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The Department of
Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts.
Disability Services
The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers.
Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is: The
University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY).
Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the
basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog
guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an
oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in
accessible facilities. The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility assistance.
It is the student‟s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services provides students
with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special
accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours.
Student Conduct & Discipline
The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of
their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations
which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A
to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year.
The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process.
Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI,
Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391).
A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state,
and local laws as well as the Regents‟ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating
the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such
conduct.
Academic Integrity
The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends
upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of
individual honor in his or her scholastic work.
Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a
degree, and/or the submission as one‟s own work or material that is not one‟s own.
As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic
records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Plagiarism, especially from the web, from
portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university‟s policy on
plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of turnitin.com, which searches the web for possible
plagiarism.
Withdrawal from Class

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The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These dates and times are published in
that semester‟s course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student‟s responsibility to handle withdrawal
requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you
will not receive a final grade of ”F” in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.
Student Grievance Procedures
Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university‟s Handbook of Operating
Procedures. In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it
is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee
with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called ”the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for
assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent
with a copy of the respondent‟s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student
may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean‟s decision, the student may make a
written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel.
The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.
Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to
assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations.

Incomplete Grade Policy


As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester‟s end and only if 70% of the
course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long
semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the
incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.
Religious Holy Days
The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of a religious
holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated. The
student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the
assignment.
The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period
equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or
assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may
receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment. If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the
purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to
complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer
of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC
51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee.
Off-Campus Instruction and Course Activities
Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and University policies and procedures regarding
travel and risk-related activities. Information regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website address given below.
Additional information is available from the office of the school dean. (http://www.utdallas.edu/Business/Affairs/Travel Risk
Activities.htm).

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BA 4308 Entrepreneurship Fall 2010

GROUP EVALUATION FORM

Use this form to evaluate the level of contribution of yourself and group members on the team project. First, write
each team member’s name in the space provided (please do so alphabetically, last name fist). Second, assign a
score between 80 and 120 for each team member that reflects your perception as to the grade they should receive on
this project. And finally, offer comments (if desired) to explain your reasoning of the grade you assigned (and
because self-evaluation is important in the learning process – make sure to place an * next to your name and
assign yourself a letter grade as well). As a guideline, suggested comment topics are provided below.
Finally, you should know that this document will be held in strict confidence by the instructor but if need be, some
evaluation comments may be referred to in student-instructor conferences (with evaluator’s name withheld).
Suggested comment topics: level of labor / thinking contribution, attitude toward the assignment/each other, would
like to work with this person again, pulled their own weight, etc.

GROUP MEMBER (place alphabetically by last name): COMMENTS:


1) _____________________________
Project Grade _____

2) _____________________________
Project Grade _____

3) _____________________________
Project Grade _____

4) _______________________________
Project Grade _____

5) _______________________________
Project Grade _____

6) _______________________________
Project Grade _____

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