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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BUST08023)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis introduction to entrepreneurship provides a fully-online enabled curriculum for students to explore entrepreneurship as a subject of study and as a practice. The course relies on video presentations, speaker events, and traditional content. There are no physical lectures.

Students work independently to learn about entrepreneurship theory. Students work in a group to evaluate an innovative opportunity. The course provides students a "sandpit" to explore the early stages of entrepreneurship.

The course balances an introduction to entrepreneurship theory with a forward-looking approach to opportunity exploitation. It will focus primarily on developing a foundational understanding of entrepreneurship concepts, frameworks and theories, with a strong reliance on case examples to help students transfer ideas from theory to applications.

Students will develop knowledge and understanding associated with entrepreneurship theories, concepts and frameworks. These will primarily be linked to opportunity recognition and exploitation, but will also address entrepreneurship as a phenomenon that occurs in a variety of organisational contexts and extends beyond profit-maximization as primary motivating factor. Students will develop skills associated with opportunity recognition and assessment, basic evaluation of entrepreneurial innovations and organizations, and professional writing and communication skills associated with resource acquisition and implementation. The course presents these in the context of a positive philosophy for change agency, intrinsically-driven motivation, personal responsibility and accountability.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Fundamentals of Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship (BUST08024) OR Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BUST08015)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group project-based opportunity assessment (40%), including peer evaluation (5-10%); examination 60%.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
After completing this course, students should be able to:
Identify entrepreneurial contexts
Identify entrepreneurial characteristics, and reflect on their own interest in entrepreneurial activity
Identify an opportunity, research basic aspects of the opportunity and market, and present a simple plan for its exploitation
Prepare a written opportunity assessment

Cognitive Skills:
Students participating in the course should improve:
Scholarship and desk research skills;
Assimilation, communication and presentation of critical evaluations of relevant sources of information; and
The application of entrepreneurial concepts to real world organizations and opportunities.

Subject Specific Skills:
After completing this course, students should be able to:
Reflect upon frameworks and concepts underpinning entrepreneurship;
Understand the relationship between entrepreneurship and value creation and the unique role of the entrepreneurial manager in driving innovation and growth;
Work both independently and in a team-based environment to assess an opportunity and propose ways it could be exploited
Employ a theoretical framework in analyzing a new business venture opportunity
Cooperate in team environments

Although not required or assessed, students will have the opportunity to:
Build interpersonal skills in networking and negotiations
Develop their professional writing and communication skills
Develop team-based leadership skills
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Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course is NOT available to students who are studying Business as part of their degree programme.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Adam Bock
Tel: (0131 6)50 8246
Course secretaryMiss Anne Cunningham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827
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