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Impactful Entrepreneurship

Module description

This module is one of five modules included in the With Proficiency In (WPI) Entrepreneurship programme. 

Impactful Entrepreneurship is a first-year elective that introduces students to technology and the circular economy while building creative confidence. In other words, the module seeks to develop student knowledge of innovation within the context of the circular economy. By exploring the latest trends in technology and their relationship to business, students will build a stronger contextual understanding. The lectures will be delivered entirely online and workshop time will be project based and immersive in nature. Through utilising the contemporary practice of design thinking and human centred design, students will explore technology and the emerging concept of the circular economy in order to create impactful solutions.

It is delivered in semester one and repeated in semester two to give maximum access to all students. 

No pre-requisite or co-requisite modules are required to take this module. This module is suitable for non-specialist students and intended for interdisciplinary pathways.

Full module specification

Module title:Impactful Entrepreneurship
Module code:BEM1026A
Module level:1
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Adam Lusby - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



BEM1026 Impactful Entrepreneurship is a non-requisite module for BEM1026A Impactful Entrepreneurship.

BEM1020 & BEM1020A Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a non-requisite module for BEM1020 Impactful Entrepreneurship 



Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The module aims to introduce a creative toolset and technological skillset underpinned by an introductory understanding of the circular economy. By the end of the module, students will have a contextual understanding of the types of technologies that are increasing the connections between the cyber-physical world and how they might be applied creatively to affect a positive change through business.  

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. articulate contemporary aspects of technology, creativity, and the circular economy;
  • 2. design and present circular economy innovations;
  • 3. evaluate the impact, feasibility, and desirability of circular economy innovations.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. demonstrate the connection between creativity, technology, and the transition towards a circular economy.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. develop a human centred design approach to project work;
  • 6. work successfully in a high-performance team environment.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity15Online delivered lecture content via ELE
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity12Workshops
Guided independent study123Preparing for workshops and preparation for formative and summative assessments. Out-of-class technology and innovation practice exercises derived from initial workshops, circular case studies, and project build

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In workshop critiques of project ‘design sprint’ (project-based accelerated innovation development)During workshops1-6Verbal
Walk-through talk-through presentation10 minutes1-6Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group circular technology project and individual peer review (weighted mark)45Science fair pin-up + innovation. Peer review approx. 30 minutes to complete1-6Verbal and written feedback
Individual presentation and A1 poster 40A1 poster board for science fair 2-minute presentation1-6Verbal feedback and written feedback
Individual workshop participation 5Participation in the three project-based workshops Design Thinking 1, 2, 3 1-6Verbal feedback
Individual online quiz 10Two online quizzes as part of the online lecture series 1, 2 ,4Automated online feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group circular technology project and individual peer review (weighted mark) (45%)Individual reflective essay (1,750 words, 45%)1-6August/September Reassessment Period
Individual presentation and A1 poster (40%)A1 poster board for science fair and 500 word reflective essay on process (40%)1-6August/September Reassessment Period
Individual workshop participation (5%)Reflective essay on design thinking process (500 words, 5%)1-6August/September Reassessment Period
Individual online quiz (10%)Individual online quiz (10%)1, 2, 4August/September Reassessment Period

Syllabus plan

The module will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to topics including exponential mindset, circular economy and its guiding principles, and the fourth industrial revolution with a focus on industry 4.0
  • Design thinking and circular by design
  • Stages of prototyping: low to high fidelity

The module utilises in-classroom and/or online workshops. The first workshop session will act as an introduction to the module covering module layout and general housekeeping. The workshops will help to guide the cohort through the assignment project to completion.

Additional Information:


Contemporary global challenges will be presented alongside global solutions being developed to tackle them. 

External Engagement: 

Contribution by our design, circular economy, and technology network will allow students to interact with experts and practitioners in their field.  


In understanding our contemporary context and developing skills in how to effect positive change, students will be better equipped for the “future of work”.


By developing skills and understanding in how to enable circular innovation the students will have the potential to create positive impact. 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Introductory Material:

Liedtka, J. (2018). Why Design Thinking Works. Available at:

Patagonia. (2015). Better Than New - Patagonia's Worn Wear® Repair Truck & Facility.
Available at:

Webster, C. (2012). The Art of Design For Disassembly.
Available at:

Stahel, W. (2019). Circular Economy – Users Guide. Routledge/Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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