MGT129 Topics in Entrepreneurship

MGT 129: Topics in Entrepreneurship (2 units)

This class fulfills a partial elective requirement for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor or the Business Minor. Two 2-unit courses can be combined for the equivalent of a 4-unit elective course. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing

NOTE: MGT129 is a rotating topics course. Students can repeat MGT129 with different topics 3 times or up to 6 units of credit. 

Course Descriptions:

MGT 129: Developing an Entrepreneurial Workforce (2 units)

This course is intended to equip students with the insights, knowledge and practical tools that will enable them to go forth as entrepreneurs to develop and lead a workforce that will perform at the highest possible level. They will learn to hire, develop and inspire people who can bring the necessary skills and abilities to their workplace, to encourage innovation and initiative by offering meaning and purpose, and to strengthen employee commitment by fostering a sense of personal dignity in each worker as well a sense of community among people who are committed to shared goals.

MGT 129: The Artist as Entrepreneur (2 units)

Whether a painter, sculptor, writer, musician, dancer or software designer, many creators are likely to be self-employed.  A knowledge of the law is essential for self-employed creators who must promote and protect their work in order to succeed as working artists.  To thrive in the marketplace, artists and other creative professionals must view themselves as entrepreneurs and learn the business and legal issues which could help, or hurt, their business.  This course is designed for artists and other creative professionals who want to understand how to navigate the legal landscape and learn to protect their works, limit their liability, and grow a thriving, creative business.  This course emphasizes the role of copyrights and contracts in the creative industries.  Copyright protects creators’ rights to their works, but contracts can alter those rights.   Students will learn how copyright and contracts can affect their use of and control over creative work and learn strategies to help them use the law to their advantage

MGT 129: Topics in Entrepreneurship – Business Writing (2 units)

This course provides pragmatic and practical tools for preparing business correspondence and technical documentation that is concise, easily comprehended, and professional, regardless of a student’s current writing capabilities. As practice and reiteration are essential to writing well, the course will emphasize the composition of brief intra- and inter-office correspondence, letters, memos, and research reports. 


MGT 129: Topics in Entrepreneurship: Frontiers in Real Estate (2 units)

Real estate is a multi-faceted industry that is undergoing important changes. The sector offers tremendous opportunities that extend well beyond vocations as real estate agents, brokers, and developers, and encompasses mortgage companies and banks (involved in financing the real estate deals), appraisers, investment banks, servicers, title companies, city regulators and planners, and various other government agencies. Over the past twenty years, the real estate industry has developed strong linkages with US financial markets and the IT sector, which has led to significant improvements in financing and investment opportunities, risk management, and the diffusion of information. Beyond that, the trend of corporate social responsibility is permeating real estate and is having a transformational effect on most aspects of planning, development and investment. Moreover, recent availability of large datasets and cutting-edge information technology. Technology is opening exciting opportunities for a new breed of real estate tech companies. This class explores the amalgamation of traditional real estate with innovations in finance, IT, and appreciation for social responsible investing to trace out the new frontiers in the industry.