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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module BUSI5C915: Further Topics in Entrepreneurship (Distance Learning)

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI5C915: Further Topics in Entrepreneurship (Distance Learning)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap
Tied to N1KY07
Tied to N6K107


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Further Topics in Entrepreneurship (Block Taught)


  • To provide students with the opportunity to build further upon their knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship by in-depth investigation of selected key topics. The module is based upon theoretical and empirical research, together with case studies. It is relevant for those seeking to develop as entrepreneurs, or engage in related consultancy, academic/practical research etc. Topics explored will be informed by student stated interests. FIVE topics will be explored in depth by the whole group, with students able to undertake guided independent work on a further topic of their choice.


  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Country case studies
  • Enterprise policy
  • Entrepreneurial experience and learning
  • Ethnicity and entrepreneurship
  • Family firms
  • Franchises
  • Gender and entrepreneurship
  • Geography of entrepreneurship
  • Habitual entrepreneurs
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge and technology-based firms
  • Management buy-outs/buy-ins
  • Social entrepreneurship

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students should have an advanced understanding of the different contexts of entrepreneurship in a number of key areas, and a critical appreciation of (a) the specific characteristics and (b) environmental challenges relating to each.
  • In particular, they will achieve insights into (1) the determinants of entrepreneurial performance, and (2) the impact of different cultural contexts upon entrepreneurial behaviour.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students should be able to:
  • analyse in depth the way in which elements of the wider environment interact with and impact upon specific entrepreneurial activities;
  • propose strategies that entrepreneurs can use in response to these contextual conditions in order to achieve their objectives.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication;
  • planning;
  • organising and time management;
  • problem solving and analysis;
  • computer literacy;
  • initiative.

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

  • The module is delivered via distance learning across a six month period, divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: an introductory video, specially prepared lectures, directed reading, reflection through activities, opportunities for self-assessment and peer-to-peer learning within a tutor-facilitated discussion board. Tutors provide feedback on formative work and facilitate discussion board communication as well as being available for individual consultation as necessary (usually by email).
  • The summative assessment of the module, by written assignment, is designed to test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge and critical understanding, and skills of application and interpretation within the management context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Specially produced distance learning resources for each study week, normally including recorded lectures, directed activities, tutor-facilitated discussion boards, self-assessment opportunities, online access to University library resources and guidance for further independent research. 150 hours in total

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment linking issues in the chosen topic to students’ practical knowledge/experience/research 3000 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

1,500 words précis and critique of an appropriate article (or articles) relating to one of the topic areas.

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