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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap
Tied to N1K017


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with a critical knowledge and understanding of the concept and practice of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour in modern society, organisations, communities and individuals.


  • Thinking about entrepreneurial management
  • The entrepreneurial and enterprising individual
  • Entrepreneurial and enterprising organisations
  • Entrepreneurial and enterprising environments

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, students will:
  • have a critical understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour;
  • have a critical appreciation of the different approaches to categorising the attributes, behaviours and skills of entrepreneurial individuals;
  • have a critical understanding of the ways in which entrepreneurial activity in different organisational contexts can be supported;
  • be equipped with knowledge of how to manage the entrepreneurial task environment, particularly in terms of managing networks and relationships;
  • be able to critically assess the policy drivers to supporting entrepreneurship, particularly within different cultures;
  • have a critical appreciation of the changes in society which are fostering entrepreneurial responses in individuals, communities and organisations.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, students will:
  • be aware of the key considerations in adopting and fostering entrepreneurial responses within different organisational contexts;
  • have developed skills required to acquire resources from key stakeholders in their task environment.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

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

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading. The emphasis throughout will be on integrating theory with practice. The written assignment will test students' understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply what they have learned through critical analysis of a particular organisation, focusing on the role of the individual, the organisation and the entrepreneurial task environment.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion) 28
Preparation and Reading 122
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

Students will receive feedback on their contributions to class and group discussions.

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