Courses & Units

Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship BAA539


To be innovative, you need to be able to think differently.

In this unit, you’ll learn about the thinking tools that entrepreneurs use to create innovative products and build a thriving business around them. You’ll learn what it means to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, how to tackle problems and make decisions with limited information and how to maintain a customer-centric focus throughout the life-cycle of a product or business.

By the end of this unit, you will have learned some of the fundamental theories and thinking tools that entrepreneurs and innovators use every day, as well as learning about the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and how to cultivate this mindset.


Unit name Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Unit code BAA539
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management
Coordinator Doctor Roshni Narendran
Teaching staff Doctor Vishal Rana
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Consider and critically evaluate theories and practices of entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Distinguish and appraise the characteristics of an entrepreneur.
  • Critically evaluate the value of innovation and enterprise thinking in a range of professional contexts.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080301 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $3,545.00

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AssessmentAssessment Task 3: Report (45%)|Assessment Task 2: Workshop (30%)|Assessment Task 1: Presentation (Individual or Group) (25%)
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There is no prescribed text for the unit. Instead, a list of recommended readings is provided through the MyLO site for the unit.


Alvarez SA and Barney JB (2007) Discovery and creation: Alternative theories of entrepreneurial action. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 1(1–2): 11–26.

Beck U and Beck-Gernsheim E (2002) Individualization: Institutionalized Individualism and its Social and Political Consequences. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Butcher, T. (2018). Learning everyday entrepreneurial practices through coworking. Management Learning, 49(3), 327–345.

Gregg M (2011) Work’s Intimacies. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Hjorth D (2005) Organizational entrerpreneurship: With de Certeau on creating heterotopias (or spaces for play). Journal of Management Inquiry 14(4): 386–398.

Hjorth D (2013) Public entrepreneurship: Desiring social change, creating sociality. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 25(1–2): 34–51.

McRobbie A (2016) Be creative: Making a living in the new culture industries. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Martí I and Fernandez P (2015) Entrepreneurship, togetherness and emotions: A look at (post-crisis?) Spain. Journal of Management Inquiry 24(4): 424–428.

Scott S (2009) Making Sense of Everyday Life. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Spinuzzi C (2012) Working alone together coworking as emergent collaborative activity. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 26(4): 399–441.

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