Course Description

This course offers an introduction on how to develop a clear vision of what matters most to you as you begin your Introduction to Entrepreneurship. The course will also deliver practical life lessons and some fundamental business tools required to become a successful entrepreneur. This course will help you develop some important mindsets that successful entrepreneurs embrace.

You will complete a number of assignments throughout the semester which will focus on the successful implementation of entrepreneurship. Articles, case studies, videos, journal entries, book reports, and projects will facilitate your development of entrepreneurial skills. This course is not intended to teach you how to start a business. The main focus is developing your Life Plan first before you ever develop a business plan.

Course Outcomes

With the successful completion of the course requirements, you will be able to do the following:


Required Books

You will need to purchase and read the following books for this course:

The Ministry of Business by Steven Hitz. ISBN: 9781475038026

Mastery by George Leonard, Published by Plume. ISBN: 978-0452267565

A Field Guide for the Hero’s Journey by Jeff Sandefer and Robert Sirico, Published by Actions Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty 2012. ISBN: 978-1938948312

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Grading Criteria

Below are the assignments you will be completing for this course. Each assignment is given a point value. At the end of the semester your total points earned will be divided into total points possible to give you your percentage grade. Follow the grade scale given later in the syllabus for the letter grade.

1. Reading and Video quizzes: (280 Points)

There will be a 10 question quiz on the readings and videos each week. Each question will be worth 2 points for a total of 20 points.

(20 pts each/ 280 total)

2. Entrepreneur Journal: (150 Points)

The Entrepreneur Journal is a place where reflection and personal experiences can be recorded for future use. Write personal insights, lessons learned, and record plans for the future. You will need to submit the URL of your blog to your instructor each week. You will need to record your own feelings, reflect on the LDS Perspectives, other readings, and the video clips you watch each week. Be sure to read Jeff Sandefer’s article on why entrepreneur journals are so important. Your final journal entry will be worth 20 points instead of 10. This journal entry is called the “The Last Lecture.” This journal entry will be your last and final entry, so make it count as if it was your last lecture.

(10 pts each/ 150 total)

3. Case Studies: (40 Points)

There will be four selected case study assignments during the semester. Your instructor will post questions that you need to answer on the written portion of this assignment. In addition to the paper you will need to participate in a discussion board sharing your number one take away from the case. You will also need to comment on at least one other student’s response to the case. You will earn 10 points for the written portion and 10 points for the discussion board (see below).

(10 pts each/ 40 total)

4. Entrepreneur Interview: (25 Points)

During the semester you will need to contact at least one entrepreneur mentor and come up with five good business questions you would like to ask. Please send your mentor your blog URL as a way of introducing yourself and what you have been doing in the class. Be sure you are prepared, and don’t waste their time—make this interview count. Establish a lifelong relationship with your mentor to help you on your entrepreneur journey. You will need to write about your experience in a 3 page, double spaced paper.

5. Entrepreneur Book Reports: (90 Points)

There are three key entrepreneur books that you are to read during the semester. They have been selected to help you examine the startup of you, to help you evaluate your fit as an entrepreneur, and finally to help you develop the art of mastery. After reading each book, you will write a book report that you will post for your instructor to review and comment on. Each book report should be two pages double spaced typed.

(30 pts each/ 90 total)

6. My Life Plan Portfolio (60 Points)

During the course you’ll gradually assemble the lessons you’ve learned about yourself and your intentions for the future into a portfolio. These assignments will be turned in online. These will be combined with your Entrepreneurial Journal in your class binder and built throughout the semester. The notebook should look professional and be well kept. This portfolio will include the following Items: Bucket List of 50 Things, My Top 3 Career Choices & Stars and Steppingstones chart, Personal Constitution, Deconstructing Your Fears list, Personal Board of Advisors, and your Code of Conduct. I recommend you print them out and refer to them often. Your Life Plan will need some adjustments along the way as you change and adapt to new opportunities and challenges.

(10 pts each/60 total)

7. Discussion Board Assignments: (70 Points)

During the semester you will participate in sharing your insights using seven discussion boards. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts with others students in this class. You will include your post and comment on at least one other students post. Add value by sharing meaning insights.

(10 pts each/70 total)

All grades are calculated according to the BYU–Idaho grading scale as shown below.

A = 93-100% A- = 90-92% B+ = 87-89%
B = 83-86% B- = 80-82% C+ = 77-79%
C = 73-76% C- = 70-72% D+ = 67-69%
D = 63-66% D- = 60-62% F = <59%

Late Work

This is not a “move at your own pace” course. There are weekly deadlines and due dates that you will be expected to keep up on. If you turn in an assignment after the deadline you will receive a 10% grade reduction for each day that your assignment is late. After four days, your assignment will not be accepted and you will receive a zero.

Time Commitment

The online class policy is that for every credit hour, you should expect to spend three hours of work per week. For example, in a 3-credit course, there would be nine hours of work each week. For this class, you should plan on spending about nine hours per week.

Online Support Center

The Online Support Center (OSC) is designed to help any students taking online courses at BYU-Idaho. If you have questions about any online course or any feedback concerning online courses, instructors, or your online learning experience please contact the OSC.

OSC Contact Information:
Phone: (208) 496-1800
Toll Free Phone: (866) 672-2984
Text Messaging: (208) 557-4142
Email: onlinelearning@byui.edu
Website: https://www.byui.edu/online/online-support-center