Could You Be an Entrepreneur?

Module description

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.

Additional Information:


This module integrates international issues through practical examples and mini-cases.

External Engagement: 

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?
Module code:BEM2010
Module level:2
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Ajit Nayak - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






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


Module aims

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching11Tutorial
Guided independent study60Preparing for tutorials
Guided independent study28Conducting interview with an intrepeneur
Guided independent study40Out-of-class entrepreneurship practice exercises

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Tutorial discussions and exercisesIn class1-9Verbal

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
Individual Essay 1502000 words1-8Written feedback
Individual Essay 2502000 words1-9Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual Essay 1Individual Essay (50% 2000 words)1-9August/September assessment period
Individual Essay 2Individual Essay (50% 2000 words)1-9August/September assessment period

Syllabus plan

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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