The unit will prepare students for starting and running a small IT business. It will enable students to research and develop a new IT business proposal. The students will role-play four forms of business ownership: sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation and trusts. The unit provides the opportunity for them to have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, including the types of IT-related businesses; business plan development; business functions: marketing, location, operations, staffing, accounting; government assistance;  e-business; home-based business; taxation; borrowing; franchising; social, environmental and ethical considerations.

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NIT2171 - Introduction to ICT Management

NIT2271 - ICT Change Management

NIT2171 OR NIT2271

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Distinguish the various forms of ownership of small businesses, including IT businesses;  
  2. Evaluate various IT business opportunities;  
  3. Prepare a proposal for starting and running a business; and  
  4. Appraise sources of finance for starting and running the business.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (one hour) 10%
Project Team Project: Business Website Development 40%
Examination Final Examination (3 hours) 50%

Required reading

Small Business Management: Entrepreneurship and Beyond 6th Edition
Hatten, T. S (2015)
Sydney: Cengage Learning

Recommended Text: Longenecker, Justin G, Moore, Carlos W, Petty, J.W, Palich, Leslie, E (2003) Small business management : an entrepreneurial emphasis 12th ed. Thomson South-Western, Mason, Ohio.

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