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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module BUSI46R15: Small Business Management (TAUGHT)

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI46R15: Small Business Management (TAUGHT)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to N2K307
Tied to N5K107
Tied to N6K107
Tied to N1KY07
Tied to N2K507
Tied to N5K407
Tied to N1N107
Tied to N6K207
Tied to N5K507


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Small Business Management (Online)


  • To enable students to:
  • Acquire and demonstrate a specialist knowledge and understanding of the literature on the management and economics of small business;
  • Relate this specialist knowledge and understanding to the experience of developing and running a small business;
  • Develop a critical understanding of issues surrounding the development and implementation of policy support for new and small businesses


  • Defining the small firm
  • Start-up, growth and closure
  • Small Firms and the economy
  • Small firms and innovation
  • The development of small firms
  • Supporting small firms
  • The relationship between small and large firms
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students should have a critical knowledge and advanced understanding of:
  • the contribution of small businesses to the economy and different sectors;
  • the role of the entrepreneur and entrepreneurship in small business;
  • the growth, success and survival of small business;
  • the financing of small businesses;
  • the policy environment and factors influencing the success of policy measures.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should:
  • Be able to engage in the critical evaluation of policies towards small firms;
  • Be better equipped to found and run a small business
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 taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading and specially-written self-study material. 
  • The summative assessment of the module is designed to test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge and critical understanding, and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion), timetabled in blocks 24
Prepartation and Reading 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment 3000 words 100% same

Formative Assessment:

Students receive feedback on their contributions in the workshops.

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