Could You Be an Entrepreneur?
The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial potential. The module is premised on the notion that entrepreneurship is a skill that can be learnt through action-oriented and practice-based learning. The module is designed to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to develop a set of practices that will enable students to think and act more entrepreneurially. In the module, students will have the opportunity to challenge the common myths about entrepreneurship and to develop specific techniques for generating business ideas.
This module integrates international issues through practical examples and mini-cases.
In the past we have invited several entrepreneurs to share their experiences of starting their own company. These have included entrepreneurs from digital businesses to social enterprises.
This module will help you answer the question – Could you be an entrepreneur? – and explore self-employment as a career.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Could You Be an Entrepreneur?|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial potential.
The more detailed aims of this module are:
1. to introduce students to both theoretical and practical concepts of entrepreneurial practice
2. to equip students with the skills and personal reflection required to develop an entrepreneurial mindset
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurial practice
- 2. Demonstrate specific entrepreneurial skills such as play, empathy, creation, experimentation and reflection
- 3. Demonstrate understanding of key theoretical concepts in entrepreneurship practice and apply them to real-life examples
- 4. Appreciate the challenges of entrepreneurial action
- 5. Critically analyse and reflect upon personal entrepreneurial skills and practices
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. Demonstrate analytical and reflective skills
- 7. Engage with real world entrepreneurs
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. Determine whether or not an entrepreneurial route may be of future career interest
- 9. Develop reflective skills and practice
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||11||Lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||11||Tutorial|
|Guided independent study||60||Preparing for tutorials|
|Guided independent study||28||Conducting interview with an intrepeneur|
|Guided independent study||40||Out-of-class entrepreneurship practice exercises|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Tutorial discussions and exercises||In class||1-9||Verbal|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Individual Essay 1||50||2,500 words||1-8||Written feedback|
|Individual Essay 2||50||2,500 words||1-9||Written feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Individual Essay 1||Individual Essay (50% 2,500 words)||1-8||August/September assessment period|
|Individual Essay 2||Individual Essay (50% 2,500 words)||1-9||August/September assessment period|
- Visionary entrepreneurs and introduction to effectual knowledge
- Idea generation
- Entrepreneurial risk-taking
- Finding cash
- Prediction and controlling the future
- Taking the plunge
- Principles of effectuation
- Entrepreneurial failure
- Effectuation in action
- Practices of entrepreneurship: play
- Practices of entrepreneurship: empathy
- Practices of entrepreneurship: creation
- Practices of entrepreneurship: experimentation
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Dew, N., Read, S., Sarasvathy, S. D., & Wiltbank, R. (2009). Effectual versus predictive logics in entrepreneurial decision-making: Differences between experts and novices. Journal of Business Venturing, 24(4), 287-309.
- Read, S., Sarasvathy, S., Dew, N., Wiltbank, R. and Ohlsson, A-V. (2011). Effectual entrepreneurship (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
- Sarasvathy, S. D. (2001). Causation and effectuation: Toward a theoretical shift from economic inevitability to entrepreneurial contingency. Academy of management Review, 26(2), 243-263.
- Sarasvathy, S. D. (2009). Effectuation: Elements of entrepreneurial expertise. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
- Wiltbank, R., Dew, N., Read, S., & Sarasvathy, S. D. (2006). What to do next? The case for non-predictive strategy. Strategic Management Journal, 27(10), 981-998
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