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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module BUSI47G15: The Entrepreneur's Environment

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI47G15: The Entrepreneur's Environment

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


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To provide students with a holistic appreciation of the environment within which entrepreneurial activities take place and the nature and importance of interactions between them.


  • Drivers and barriers in firm start-up and growth
  • Market failures and policy intervention
  • Hard and soft support measures - infrastructure, finance and training
  • Attitudinal and financial barriers – monitoring an intervention to promote graduate enterprise
  • Policy support for growth
  • Policy and under-represented groups – female entrepreneurship
  • Financial systems and capital access
  • Social capital: roles of networks nature and social capital
  • Corporate environment: clusters, and large-small firm relationships
  • Environmental context: regional dimensions of entrepreneurship
  • International environment
  • Personal task environment context
  • Managing the external environment

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students should have an advanced knowledge and critical appreciation of how external structures and processes impact upon entrepreneurial opportunities and activity, and of the tools entrepreneurs can use in responding to to such environmental factors.
  • A cross-cutting aspect of the module is the policy dimension, and students will achieve an advanced knowledge and understanding of government and other support mechanisms available to entrepreneurs.
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, including market opportunities and regulatory constraints, interact with and impact upon entrepreneurial activities;
  • critically discuss tools and strategies entrepreneurs can use in response to these contextual conditions.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication;
  • planning;
  • organising and time management;
  • problem solving and analysis;
  • 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 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 on management of the entrepreneurial environment 2500 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Individual 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