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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module BUSI46Z15: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI46Z15: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to N2P309


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  • To provide students with the opportunity to build further upon their knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship by in-depth investigation of selected key topics of current interest and relevance. 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, policy-related work, 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 ONE topic of their choice.


  • The following list of topics is indicative:
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Country case studies
  • Policy for enterprise
  • 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

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of taught input, groupwork and discussion, supported by guided reading.
  • 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
Lectures 8 Weekly 3 hours 24
Preparation and reading 126
Total 150

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 2500 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Indivifual written assignment (1500 words). Students also receive feedback on their contributions in class.

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