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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap
Tied to N1K307


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the key issues involved in running a business or organisation, in one of the following contexts: private sector, public sector, non-profit organisation or community enterprise.
  • This will be achieved by working closely with staff in the School to develop a consultancy project. Therefore the module is fundamentally a practical and an applied course, allowing students to gain experience of consulting activity.
  • The module differs from the dissertation in the length of, and the remit of the written assessment and the fact that students will provide individual presentations and recommendations to real problems in business or organisations.


  • Putting into practice the information developed from the other entrepreneurial modules - synthesising ideas, theory and practice to offer strategy and solutions for the participating business or organisations.
  • Applying problem solving skills to a consulting project with a business or an organisation - applying appropriate methodologies and knowledge in an entrepreneurial context.
  • The balance between theoretical and practical entrepreneurship.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of the problems involved in running a business or running another organisation, in a private sector, public sector, non-profit organisation or community enterprise.
  • Have generated and appreciated the value of a piece of independent research, a 'Creative Entrepreneurial Consulting Platform'.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be prepared for a career in entrepreneurship or working as a consultant in either the public or the private sector to support entrepreneurial businesses and organisations.
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • Students will be assisted by staff in the Business School to select and develop a consultancy project, on which they will work in groups to gain an understanding of the problems associated in running a business or other organisation.
    • The assessment of the module, by written assignment and individual presentation of a group project is designed to test the knowledge and skills of the students in an applied and practical context.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Seminars 9 Weekly 2 hours 18
    Workshops 2 2 hours 4
    Preparation & Reading 128
    Total 150

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Individual Written Assignment Component Weighting: 85%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Individual written assignment 2,500 words maximum 100%
    Component: Individual Presentation of Group Project Component Weighting: 15%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Individual presentation of group project. All presentations will be video-taped for moderation purposes. 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    Peer and tutor feedback will be provided at compulsory seminar presentation to participating businesses and organisations.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University