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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module BUSI4L2D1: Entrepreneurship (Online)

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI4L2D1: Entrepreneurship (Online)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None.
Tied to N1T717


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Entrepreneurship (Taught) BUSI 4L310 and Entrepreneurship (Online) BUSI4L2D2


  • To provide students with a critical knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of entrepreneurial management.


  • The entrepreneurial and entrepreneuring individual
  • 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, the students will:
  • have a critical understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour;
  • have a critical understanding of the ways in which entrepreneurial activity in different organisational contexts can be supported;
  • 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 to entrepreneurial behaviours 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, the 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

  • The module is delivered via online learning, divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: video content, directed reading, reflective activities, opportunities for self-assessment and peer-to-peer learning within tutor-facilitated discussions.
  • The formative assessment serves to encourage students to study regularly and to monitor their learning progress. Tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (usually by email and Skype).
  • The summative assessment is designed to 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. The emphasis throughout will be on integrating theory with practice.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Video content, tutor-facilitated discussion, directed reading, reflective activities and guidance for further independent study 100
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Analysis of entrepreneurial case 3000 words max 100% same

Formative Assessment:

1000 word assignment based on a case study.

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