Effectively organize the resources required to establish a new business and obtain financing by writing an analysis of the prospective business enterprise.
Instructor Information: Oduro 'Tach' Takyi
Email Address: email@example.com
Telephone: (510) 684-8960
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Hons.) and an MBA Degree in Business Administration
Instructor at De Anza College since Fall 1984
Classes taught at De Anza: Introduction to Small Business, How to Write a
Business Plan, and The Loan Application Process
Taught the following courses at University of Phoenix: Financial Analysis for
Managers, Research & Evaluation, and Business Research Applications
Industry work experience:
Principal Consultant for almost two decades, Boardroom Planning Group. Written
and reviewed numerous Business Plans of aspiring entrepreneurs seeking funding
in both the private and public sectors in the Silicon Valley and throughout the
State of California.
Also worked as a Learning Consultant for The Permanente Medical Group of
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Office Hours: Can schedule Chat Sessions for students on the Catalyst
You will be required to select a business idea/concept to
fully complete a business plan.
Throughout the term you must be ready to discuss your plan
on a pace that replicates our journey through the book. For
example, upon completion of Chapter 3-Feasibility Analysis,
you must be prepared to complete the worksheets that are
included in Appendix 3.1. In this way, as we move through
the term, you will build your plan progressively until the
final document is completed.
One of the most effective ways for you to experience
entrepreneurship is to experience it through a hands-on
approach. In this course you are expected to interact with
members of the business community, faculty and other
resources you will find necessary to complete your business
Students who plagiarize, submit the work of others as their
own, or cheat on exams will receive an "F" in the course and
will be reported to college authorities. For more
information, see the Student Handbook PowerPoint
presentation on Academic Integrity.
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Develop and conduct a feasibility study analysis for a
2. Write a business plan and deliver an effective
presentation to potential investors
A. Identify the reasons for writing a Business Plan.
B. Develop and screen business ideas.
C. Conduct a Feasibility Analysis.
D. Introduce the Plan, describe and name the business.
E. Identify and evaluate the key components of an
F. Identify and evaluate the key components of a
G. Identify and evaluate the key components of a
H. Describe the management team and the company
I. Identify and evaluate the key components of an
Operations Plan and Product (or Service) Development Plan
J. Demonstrate the ability to identify business risks
and prepare contingency plans.
K. Identify the critical components of a Financial
L. Prepare a compelling Executive Summary for the
M. Prepare for and deliver an Effective Business Plan
Bruce R. Barringer, Preparing Effective Business Plans: An
Entrepreneurial Approach, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009 or
Business Plan Assignment
- Business Plan idea: By the end of the second week of the
term, you are required to come up with your own business
- Feasibility Analysis: Conduct a Feasibility Analysis
during the third week.The deliverable for this section will
be completion of Appendix 3.1 from your text. Instructor
will provide you with an electronic template of Appendix
- Written Plan & Presentation: From weeks 4-11, you will
actually start writing your own business plan. The Plan is a
carefully prepared, cohesive document that contains a
comprehensive analysis of the business that reflects the
considerations of customers and competitors as well as the
viewpoints of the investors and the entrepreneur. The Plan
should provide a framework for the systematic and
comprehensive evaluation of the business idea that will
enable the owner/manager to take an objective and critical
view of the entire business. The plan should help the
owner/manager deal with uncertainties, evaluate risks, and
prepare contingencies enabling them to
anticipate events, rather than react to them.
Students who do not fare too well on the Mid Term will be
provided a Makeup to earn extra credits.
Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a
disability-related need for reasonable academic
accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of
Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form
(also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services
(DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students
are expected to give five days notice of the need for
accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV
form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or
EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).
Distance Learning Center hours of operation:
Monday through Thursday - 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM; Friday from
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, when classes are in session.
Starting Spring 2014, De Anza College will provide all
registered students with online tutoring service through
Smarthinking. Online tutoring will be available in a wide
variety of subjects, 24 by 7, to supplement on-campus
tutoring that Student Success Center provides. We are
testing right now, and information is available at
(Students won't be able to log in or use it yet, the service
will go live first day of Spring, April 7, 2014)
Testing / Grading
Midterm Exam 100 points 20%
Final Exam 100 points 20%
Weekly Individual Assignments 100 points 20%
Idea Presentation 20 points 4%
Feasibility Analysis 50 points 10%
Final Plan Presentation 50 points 10%
Final Business Plan 80 points 16%
Total Business Plan Points: 200 points 40%
Overall Total Possible Points: 500 points 100%
| Individual Weekly Assignments
|__Final Plan Presentation
|__Final Written Plan
|Total Business Plan Points
|Overall Total Possible Points
1. Business Plan Idea: Due by midnight on Sunday, 10/6/13.
2. Feasibility Study: Due by midnight on Sunday, 10/13/13.
3A. Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com. Answer the six questions at
the end of the story. 3B. Pierre Omidyar—Founder of eBay.
Answer the six questions at the end of the story. Both
assignments are due before midnight on Sunday, 10/27/13.
4. Ray Kroc—Founder of McDonald’s assignment. Due before
midnight on Thursday, 10/31/13.
5. Executive Summaries of 'Services' businesses.
Due before midnight on Sunday, 11/10/13.
6. Executive Summaries of 'Products' businesses.
Due before midnight on Sunday, 11/17/13.
7. Presentation & Delivery of Electronic Copy of Final
Business Plan. Due by midnight on Friday, 12/6/13.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you will be unable
to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your
student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
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