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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module BUSI4J710: Entrepreneurial Management

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI4J710: Entrepreneurial Management

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None.
Tied to N1T517
Tied to N1T617


  • None


  • BUSI4J810 Entrepreneurial Practice (FT)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To contribute to the overall aims of the programme by providing students with an opportunity to develop their understanding and skills within a specialised area of entrepreneurial management.
  • To provide students with a critical knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of entrepreneurial management when building and managing Innovation and new ventures in established organizations.
  • To develop links with the Business School’s research strategy by incorporating current research into entrepreneurial behaviour in a wide range of contexts.


  • The building blocks of entrepreneurship Thinking about entrepreneurial management
  • Managing environments entrepreneurially
  • Managing entrepreneurial organisations
  • Building and sustaining the innovative organisation

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, students will:
  • have a critical understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour within firms;
  • have a critical understanding of the ways in which entrepreneurial activity in different organisational contexts can be supported;
  • have knowledge of how to manage the entrepreneurial task environment, particularly in terms of organising and resourcing entrepreneurship;
  • be equipped with knowledge of how to manage networks and relationships for entrepreneurship;
  • have a critical appreciation of opportunities and threats in modern business environments and ways to foster entrepreneurial responses in individuals and organisations to meet these changes;
  • be aware of the key considerations in adopting and fostering entrepreneurial responses within different organisational contexts.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, students will:
  • have developed skills around opportunity identification and exploitation in the entrepreneurial and organisational contexts;
  • have developed means to diagnose, assess, plan and implement change entrepreneurship in organisational contexts.
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 workshops involving a mix of taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading. The emphasis throughout will be on integrating theory with practice.
  • The summative 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 lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion) 24
Preparation & Reading 76
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment (Case analysis) 3,000 words maximum 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Students will receive feedback on their contributions to class and group discussions. Students will receive feedback on a 1500-word assignment calling for the diagnosis of entrepreneurship in a selected firm.

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