Viability of Business Projects

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Credits
6
Types
Specialization complementary (Information Systems)
Requirements
  • Prerequisite: EEE
Department
OE
University graduates can find themselves in the situation of having to analyse or take on the project of starting their own business. This is especially true in the case of computer scientists. There are moments in one's professional career at which one must be able to assess or judge the suitability of business ventures undertaken or promoted by third parties, or understand the possibilities a new product or service has for success. It is for this reason that this subject focuses on providing students with an understanding of the main techniques used in analysing the viability of new business ventures: business start-up or the implementation of new projects, products or services. This project- oriented, eminently practical subject is aimed at each student's being able to draft as realistic a business plan as possible.

Teachers

Person in charge

  • Joaquim Deulofeu Aymar ( )

Others

  • Fernando Barrabes Naval ( )
  • Ferran Sabate Garriga ( )
  • Marcos Eguiguren Huerta ( )

Weekly hours

Theory
2
Problems
0
Laboratory
2
Guided learning
0.4
Autonomous learning
5.6

Competences

Technical Competences

Common technical competencies

  • CT3 - To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the organizational, economic and legal context where her work is developed (proper knowledge about the company concept, the institutional and legal framework of the company and its organization and management)
    • CT3.2 - To know and describe the main processes of the functional areas of a company and the existent links between them, which make possible the coordination and integration in a group.
    • CT3.3 - To be able to find and interpret basic information for evaluating the economic environment of the organization.
    • CT3.4 - To know the basic financial concepts which allow valuing the costs and benefits of a project or different alternatives, monitor a budget, control the cost, etc.
    • CT3.6 - To demonstrate knowledge about the ethical dimension of the company: in general, the social and corporative responsibility and, concretely, the civil and professional responsibilities of the informatics engineer.

Technical Competences of each Specialization

Information systems specialization

  • CSI2 - To integrate solutions of Information and Communication Technologies, and business processes to satisfy the information needs of the organizations, allowing them to achieve their objectives effectively.
    • CSI2.1 - To demonstrate comprehension and apply the management principles and techniques about quality and technological innovation in the organizations.
  • CSI3 - To determine the requirements of the information and communication systems of an organization, taking into account the aspects of security and compliance of the current normative and legislation.
    • CSI3.1 - To demonstrate comprehension of the principles of risks evaluation and apply them correctly when elaborating and executing operation plans.

Transversal Competences

Entrepreneurship and innovation

  • G1 - To know and understand the organization of a company and the sciences which govern its activity; capacity to understand the labour rules and the relation between planning, industrial and business strategies, quality and benefit. To develop creativity, entrepreneur spirit and innovation tendency.
    • G1.1 - To have initiatives and acquire basic knowledge about organizations and to familiarize oneself with the instruments and techniques of generation and management of ideas, which allow solving known problems, and generate opportunities.

Objectives

  1. Understanding the business/company concept and the keys to success in a business start-up as well as the difficulties an entrepreneur faces both from a market and from a human perspective.
    Related competences: G1.1, CT3.2,
  2. To recognize the role of entrepreneurs, identify their profile and the skills needed to start a new company
    Related competences: CT3.6, CSI2.1, G1.2,
  3. The marketing, financial, operational and human elements making up a good business plan.
    Related competences: CT3.3, CSI3.1, G1.2, CT3.2,
  4. The communication skills needed by an entrepreneur to "sell" a business start-up and the ability to convey and defend the plan
    Related competences: CSI2.1, G1.2,
  5. The ability to set priorities for a new business and to realistically appraise the business opportunities.
    Related competences: CT3.3, CSI2.1,
  6. Ability to draw up a viable business plan in a rational, efficient manner.
    Related competences: CSI3.1, G1.2, CT3.4,

Contents

  1. Introduction to key aspects of business
    Introducció a l'assignatura i aspectes clau de l'activitat empresarial
  2. The business idea/project
    El concepte de negoci o projecte
    empresarial
  3. Entrepreneurs; their role in society, traits, and profile
    L'emprenedor; el seu paper a la societat, característiques i perfil
  4. Analysis of business opportunities and brainstorming techniques
    Anàlisi d'oportunitats de negoci i tècniques de generació de idees
  5. From the idea to the company. Contents of the business plan
    De la idea a l'empresa. Continguts del pla denegoci
  6. Differential factors and competitors. DAFO analysis
    Factors diferencials i competència. Anàlisi DAFO
  7. Market opportunities and gaps
    Oportunitat i forats de mercat
  8. Distribution
    Distribució
  9. Communication and marketing
    Comunicació i marketing
  10. Resource requirements and technological viability
    Necessitats de recursos i viabilitat tecnológica
  11. Collaborators and team
    Col·laboradors i equip humà
  12. Sales and costs
    Vendes i costos
  13. Sources of funding and profitability
    Fons de financiació i rendibilitat
  14. "Closing" the plan. Review of the logical structure. Analysis of objections
    Tancament del pla. Revisió de l'estructura lògica. Anàlisi d'objeccions
  15. Presenting the plan. The entrepreneur as salesman. Some communication and presentation techniques
    La presentació del pla. L'emprenedor com a principal venedor. Algunes tècniques de comunicació i presentació
  16. Presentation of the plan to potential investors (role play)
    Presentació del pla a possibles inversors simulats

Activities

Activity Evaluation act


Introduction and team building



Theory
2h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
1h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
5h

Revising success keys to take into consideration when starting up a company



Theory
2h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
7h

Brain storming and other idea generation and business opportunity identificacion tools



Theory
1h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
4h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
6h

Features and profile of an entrepreneur. The experience of a young entrepreneur



Theory
2h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
1h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
6h

Strategy, competitive advantages and SWOT of the business idea. Market research



Theory
2h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
3h
Guided learning
1h
Autonomous learning
4h

Presenting the Innovative Reliable Business Idea


Objectives: 2 4 5
Week: 5
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
1h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
6h

Benchmarking and strategic marketing



Theory
2h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
4h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
5h

Marketin plan and the four P's: place, product, price and promotion



Theory
4h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
4h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
6h

Financial needs analysis. Introduction to finance. The balance sheet. The P&L statement and the treasury plan



Theory
4h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
5h
Guided learning
1h
Autonomous learning
6h

Presenting the marketing plan of our company


Objectives: 1 3 5 6
Week: 9
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
1h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
6h

Financial tools for our company. Ratio analysis and tools for investors



Theory
5h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
4h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
5h

Organizational structure, legal basics and the human factor



Theory
3h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
1h
Guided learning
2h
Autonomous learning
6h

Closing the plan. Revising the check list and communication tools for entrepreneurs



Theory
3h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
2h
Autonomous learning
8h

Presenting the business plan to a jury that simulates an investor's behavior


Objectives: 1 3 4 6
Week: 14
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
1h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
8h

Teaching methodology

The theory classes basically employ lectures and, where appropriate, provide examples of business development so that students can pick up ideas to put into practice during the project sessions.

Some of the theory classes may include a talk by an entrepreneur or director on real-life approaches to the problem under consideration.

The purpose of the lab and directed learning sessions is to help students build up their business plans. This guide details the various methodologies that will be used, which range from groups and brainstorming to marketing research over the Internet, preparation of sections of a business plan, and joint presentations by group members.

Project development will be carefully oriented and monitored to facilitate subsequent drawing up of a business plan. In addition to bibliography, students will be provided with specific articles and reading material in each of the teaching blocks. Students must read these articles and draw conclusions in order to subsequently apply these in the project planning sessions.

Evaluation methodology

The assessment consists of two test exams the presentation and defense of the business plan before a jury comprising course faculty members and - optionally - another member of the teaching staff or guest professional. These three elements of evaluation have the following weight in the final note: First test 10%, second test 10%, and final project presentation 80%.

The presentation of the plan is the culmination of the term"s work and therefore only those plans meeting certain minimum requirements may be publicly defended before the jury. The presentation simulates a professional setting. Accordingly, the following aspects will also be assessed: dress, formal, well-structured communication, etc.

In order to be able to publicly defend the business plan, students must have attended at least 60% of the classes and teams must have delivered on time the activities that have been planned.The plan is the result of teamwork, which will be reflected in the grade given to the group as a whole. Each member of the group will be responsible for part of the project and will be graded individually on his or her contribution.

This approach is designed to foster teamwork, in which members share responsibility for attaining a common objective.

Bibliography

Basic:

Complementary:

Web links

Previous capacities

Students must have passed E3 or any other similar subject in the field of economy.

Students are advised to take this course towards the end of the degree.

It is convenient that students have a reasonable knowledge of the English language.

Addendum

Contents

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Teaching methodology

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Evaluation methodology

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Contingency plan

El pla de contingència consisteix en fer tota l'assignatura a distància de forma interactiva (mantenint el "disseny presencial"). Tot està apunt per fer la teoria, les activitats de laboratori, les presentacions i les avaluacions a distància, amb el suport de les tecnologies.