ENGR 180 Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers (2014-2015)

ENGR 180 Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGR 180 Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers (Credit Units: 4) Real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Explore organizational, strategic, and financial challenges; start-up strategies; business idea evaluation; and business plan writing. Presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders. (Design units: 0) Junior or Senior status in a science or engineering discipline. Concurrent with ENGR 280. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
John C. LaRue
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Varies with each Professor

Lecture Topics:

Technology entrepreneur

Building a business plan and presentation:reasons, form, and content

Identifying a business idea opportunity

Building a competitive advantage

Business innovation strategies

Core competencies and outsourcing strategy

Marketing and sales plan

Leadership of entrepreneurial organizations

Legal formation of a company and intellectual property

Sources of capital funding for start-ups

Exit strategies for investors

Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students are requested to use basic computer skills for Internet and literature search and writing.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Class Participation 10%
  • Presentation Analysis (8 at 1.5% ea) 12%
  • Homework (4 best at 1.5% ea) 8%
  • Quizzes (4) 10%
  • Group Project Report and Presentation 45%
  • Review of Business Plan (2 Pages) 15%
  • Total 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
March 19, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr