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CEDEV 597C Syllabus

Prerequisite or concurrent: CEDEV 430

Instructor

Prof FortunatoMichael W-P Fortunato, Ph.D.

 

Adjunct Lecturer – Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Founding Partner, Creative Insight Community Development

Email: mwf117@psu.edu or michael@creativeinsightcd.com
Phone: (412) 480.4974 (cell)

I will do my best to respond to your emails (use Canvas Inbox) within 24 hours, and I will let you know if I’m going to be unavailable for any length of time.

Office hours by appointment only.

 

Course Goals and Objectives

  • To develop entrepreneurship planning and strategy skills that can be used not only to start businesses, but more broadly, to launch and fund innovative community initiatives that improve economic, social, and environmental well-being.
  • To discover new ways of applying entrepreneurial strategies to “non-entrepreneurial” situations to stimulate creativity, innovation, and strategic risk-taking in everyday professional life.
  • To present an alternative to the traditional entrepreneurship “plan-fund-launch” course that has equal applicability and usefulness for entrepreneurs, professionals who want to support entrepreneurship, and people who plan to never become entrepreneurs but wish to apply their strategies and behaviors to their own work.
  • To explore alternative means of initiative planning other than standard business plans, including value proposition planning, social impact planning, and team building.
  • To explore alternative means of financing other than standard bank/angel/venture capital arrangements, including lean financing, grants, subsidized loans, crowdsourcing/kickstarting, locavesting, and other non-profit and non-traditional financing options.
  • To explore alternative means of networking, partnering, and organizing, including alternative organizational forms like public-private partnerships, non-profit corporations, B-corporations, learning networks, regional innovation systems, intentional innovation communities, and L3Cs.
  • To develop meaningful goals for initiatives, and learn how to effectively evaluate them.
  • To create a pitchable, fundable plan for a real initiative that addresses a local economic, social, or environmental problem, that is ready for launch upon completion of the course.

Learning Methods

This course relies primarily on three methods of learning:

  • Course readings, module readings, and multimedia like video and recordings
  • Engaging in online discussions and team-building exercises
  • A final planning project where you present a comprehensive launch plan for a new venture or initiative, and pitch the idea using multiple media.

 

Course Requirements

Required Text

London, M. and R.G. Morfopulos. (2010). Social Entrepreneurship: How to Start Successful Corporate Responsibility and Community-Based Initiatives for Advocacy and Change. New York: Routledge.

Assignments and Grading

Letter GradePercentage
A 95.0 – 100
A- 90.0 - 94.9
B+ 86.7 - 89.9
B 83.4 - 86.6
B- 80.0 - 83.3
C+ 75.0 - 79.9
C 70.0 - 74.9
D 60.0 - 69.9
F <59.9

The turnaround time for graded assignments is generally one week or less.

Weekly Assignments – 80%

  • Weekly assignments are due at 11:59pm EST on the Sunday of the week the module is assigned. Each is worth 10% of the grade.
  • Weekly assignments are really just components of your idea plan
  • For discussion-related exercises, initial posts are due at 11:59pm EST on the Friday of the week the module is assigned, while responses are due by 11:59pm EST on Sunday.

Idea Plan and Pitch – 20%

  • The idea plan is the final for the course, and represents a pitchable, fundable idea to be launched (in theory or in reality) by its author.
    • It is a compilation of your previous work
    • It should represent a comprehensive launch plan for an idea of your choosing, that is high-quality enough to pitch in real life
    • It is accompanied by a pitch – a 10-minute presentation of your business using multimedia: visuals, websites, and spoken word.

Please refer to the University Grading Policy for Graduate Courses for additional information about University grading policies.

Missed Modules

Students are expected to turn work in on the dates announced in the course. However, we realize that most of you are working professionals and will, from time to time, have to do something that will keep you from completing module work on time. If you have a conflict for work, travel, or family, please notify your instructors as soon as you can BEFORE your scheduled conflict. We are willing to work with you, but you have to work with us too! Likewise, this is a privilege and not a right – if you abuse it, we have the option of not accepting your work for that module or modules.

Technical Requirements

This course is offered online and it assumed you possess the minimum system requirements and computing skills to participate effectively. A list of technical requirements is listed on the World Campus’s Penn State Technical Requirements page.

Minimum Skills

  • You should have an understanding of basic computer usage (creating folders/directories, switching between programs, formatting and backing up media, accessing the Internet).
  • You must be able conduct word processing tasks such as creating, editing, saving, and retrieving documents.
  • You must be able to use a web browser to open web pages, download files, and search the Internet.
  • You must be able to use an e-mail program to send and receive messages and to attach and download documents/files.
  • You must be able to download and install programs or plug-ins from the Internet.

Accessibility Information

  • Accessibility statement for Canvas

Netiquette 

The term "Netiquette" refers to the etiquette guidelines for electronic communications, such as e-mail and discussion forum postings. Netiquette covers not only rules to maintain civility in discussions, but also special guidelines unique to the electronic nature of forum messages. Please review Virginia Shea's "The Core Rules of Netiquette" for general guidelines that should be followed when communicating in this course.

Support Services 

As a World Campus student, you have access to a variety of services and resources, including advising, tutoring, library services, career services, and more.  Please visit the World Campus Student Services page for more information.

If you experience technology problems of any kind in Canvas, please select the Help icon and select "Report a Problem", "Students chat with Canvas Support", or "Canvas Support Hotline (Students)". 

It is in your own best interest to be as specific as you possibly can. Vague descriptions of a problem only delay assistance. Try to include information such as:

 the specific course page, quiz question, etc. you were on; what you attempted to do when that failed; the exact language of any error message displayed on your screen
; the date and time when your problem occurred; and
 any other pertinent information (does the problem happen consistently and always in the same way, etc.).

Online Students Use of the Library

As Penn State World Campus students, you have access to many of the materials that the library offers to students. The library website has a lot to offer, but can be overwhelming. A guide has been created to serve as your introduction to important library resources, services, and important pages within the library. The Online Student Library Guide is updated regularly by the online librarian and is intended to provide a level of comfort through introduction to help you feel comfortable navigating the library website to find valuable information for your coursework.

Penn State Policies

Log-In Policy

Students are expected to log-in regularly to keep up-to-date with announcements, discussions, etc. The class will progress at a regular pace throughout the semester and there are specific due dates and times for assignments, etc.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights, and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others (see Faculty Senate Policy 49-20, G-9 Procedures and the Code of Conduct).

Read the Academic Integrity Guidelines for the College of Agricultural Sciences

A lack of knowledge or understanding of the University's Academic Integrity policy and the types of actions it prohibits and/or requires does not excuse one from complying with the policy. Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences take violations of academic integrity very seriously. Faculty, alumni, staff and fellow students expect each student to uphold the University's standards of academic integrity both inside and outside of the classroom.

Educational Equity Statement

Penn State takes great pride to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Acts of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment due to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or veteran status are not tolerated and can be reported through Educational Equity at the Report Bias webpage.

Copyright Notice

All course materials students receive or to which students have online access are protected by copyright laws. Students may use course materials and make copies for their own use as needed, but unauthorized distribution and/or uploading of materials without the instructor's express permission is strictly prohibited. University Policy AD 40, the University Policy Recording of Classroom Activities and Note Taking Services addresses this issue. Students who engage in the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may be held in violation of the University's Code of Conduct, and/or liable under Federal and State laws.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Many students at Penn State face personal challenges or have psychological needs that may interfere with interfere with their academic progress, social development, or emotional wellbeing. The university offers a variety of confidential services to help you through difficult times, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultations, online chats, and mental health screenings. These services are provided by staff who welcome all students and embrace a philosophy respectful of clients’ cultural and religious backgrounds, and sensitive to differences in race, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Penn State Crisis Line (24 hours/7 days/week)
Crisis Text Line (24 hours/7 days/week)
Mental Health Services

(814) 863-0395
(877) 229-6400
Text LIONS to 741741

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Student Disability Resources Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus. For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources Web site.

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus's disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

Accommodations for Military Personnel

Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.

Use of Trade Names

Where trade names are used, no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the World Campus, Outreach and Cooperative Extension, the College of Agricultural Sciences, or The Pennsylvania State University is implied.

Subject to Change Statement

Please note that this Course Syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible for abiding by such changes.