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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK700 - Practical leadership and entrepreneurship
Praktiskt ledarskap och entreprenörskap
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-27 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TSILO
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

The course is full. For waiting list, please contact the director of studies:
Teaching language: English
Application code: 81116
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: C+
Maximum participants: 60
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Project 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites



The aim of the course is to gain insight into and practical experience how to lead and support own and others' innovation work in the engineering field.
This is done both through practical mentoring and through lectures, self-study and self-reflection. The students will reflect on their own and the society's entrepreneurial capacity, its role in various relationships and the importance of
continuously and effectively communication of the innovation processes to potential future users and stakeholders.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Show basic theoretical knowledge of entrepreneurship
  • describe and problematize what it means to work entrepreneurially
  • demonstrate good ability to independently, together with others, plan, implement, lead, evaluate and develop entrepreneurial processes aimed at developing technology-based ideas into concrete values for a target audience
  • retrieve, analyze and cater for the perspective of different social actors on technology-based business ideas
  • be able to relate entrepreneurship to sustainable development, gender equality and ethics
  • demonstrate insights on conditions for entrepreneurial behavior in organizations and in society
  • Iteratively present, review, evaluate and update business ideas
  • work for a team that works well under the conditions of entrepreneurial processes
  • communicate with group members and stakeholders on professional basis in both speech and writing
  • collectively and individually reflect on their approach to cooperation and management of uncertainty as well as their entrepreneurial development potential.


The course mainly consists of a larger project work. This aims to provide the students with practical experience in running and developing an entrepreneurial process, with the aim of creating concrete value for a target audiences. The course has an experience-based approach based on pedagogical research in entrepreneurial learning.
To support student learning, the course deals with basic entrepreneurial methods and theories. A major focus is on the students reflection on practical experience and theoretical perspectives.
Thus, the course trains the students, for example, in (i) dealing with uncertainty through interaction with the outside world and effective decision-making; (ii) entrepreneurial learning in the form of hypothesis testing; (iii) entrepreneurial communication through a pitch of a value offer aimed at an intended audience.


A major project work is the main learning sequence in the course. The project is conducted in groups, is based on students' previous knowledge, abilities and experiences. Based on these, initial business ideas are generated, which is then developed iteratively by students repeatedly seeking feedback and more information for external stakeholders. Based on collected information, the students update and refine their ideas. The external stakeholders are mainly the intended customers in the students' business ideas, and the choice and the outreach of external persons are thus driven by the students themselves. The resulting business idea is presented at a closing pitch opportunity.
Entrepreneurial methods and theories are introduced through literature, lectures and workshops.
Continuous reflection on practice and theory is facilitated through a number of written reflection tasks, in which students reflect on their own learning in the course and the way in which they and their team undertake their entrepreneurial process.
Students receive ongoing feedback and guidance to support their learning.


Literature will be provided on the course website no later than two weeks before the course starts.

Examination including compulsory elements

The course is examined through a combination of written individual reflection, written assignments regarding the progress of the project work and completion and oral presentations.
Individual grades are given by compiling the assessment on individual and group-based tasks.

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