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Undergraduate Course: Green and Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BUST10119)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of the course is to enhance participants' capabilities to recognise, assess and articulate opportunities related to the green economy; to understand the resources required to underpin venture development and growth; and know from where and how to access these resources.

The course builds on knowledge and skills developed through the more generically-focused 3rd year Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation by focusing specifically on the opportunities, issues and challenges associated with venture creation and growth in the green and sustainable market space, where a range of internal and external drivers (including particular regulatory systems and regimes) help to shape the environment for venture creation and growth.
Course description This course will draw on theories of entrepreneurship and the growing academic literature on sustainable business, where enterprises seek to have little or no negative impact on the environment, community, society, or economy, to explore how effective individuals and organisations identify and pursue new opportunities with a focus on those related to green/clean and environmental aspects of the market.

The context of new venture creation will be explored as will the way in which existing business which previously lacked an explicitly green or environmentally-focussed agenda are increasingly looking to the potential that 'greening' their business may offer.

Syllabus / Topics:

Design Based Thinking and Sustainable Lifestyles
The Context of Green and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Green Business Models
Business Plans for Green and Sustainable Businesses
Issues in the Exploitation of Green and Sustainable Opportunities
Scaling Green and Sustainable Ventures
Sustainable Corporate Entrepreneurship
Financing Green and Sustainable Ventures

Students Learning Experience

The course is based on 2 hours of formal course delivery per week for 10 weeks. Teaching will include lectures, case study work, seminar-style discussions, group work and guest speakers where appropriate. Students will be expected to engage in regular pre-reading of course materials, to be discussed in the first class, and to analyse case studies for discussion. Additional teaching support may be drawn in to assist with and assess group projects.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BUST08015) AND Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation (BUST10117)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA pass in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BUST08015) AND Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation (BUST10117)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Reflect upon and critically evaluate theories and concepts underpinning green and sustainable entrepreneurship and venture creation.
  2. Understand and discuss critically the linkages between entrepreneurship and venture creation, development and growth within the context of green and sustainable opportunity exploitation in new and existing organisations.
  3. Understand and discuss critically the issues which are relevant in the identification and screening of opportunities within the green and sustainable economy, for commercialisation and exploitation within new and existing ventures.
  4. Recognise and critically discuss the key issues in presenting green opportunities within traditional business planning documents and the most effective ways of pitching such opportunities to different stakeholder groups.
  5. Identify and then critically assess a range of possible green and sustainable market opportunities in a structured and systematic way, against a background of economic, social, political/legal and technological/environmental drivers.
Reading List
Reading Lists will be available on Learn.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course, the student will be able to identify the resource requirements of green and sustainable businesses, the types of organisations and other sources likely to provide them, and under what conditions;

Cognitive and transferable skills

On completion of the course students should be able to:
- analyse different business situations where green and sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities are present or possible;

- appreciate the motivations of individuals in deciding to pursue new venture opportunities in the green and sustainable economy.

- generate and assess critically ideas for green and sustainable business ventures within new or existing businesses;

- assess the resources required to pursue an opportunity with this the green and sustainable market space;

- develop a business feasibility plan which can guide the exploitation of a green sustainable business opportunity and assist with the acquisition of resources from those interested in supporting ventures in the green and sustainable part of the market;

- locate and access materials/data drawn from multiple sources of information and assess its relevance to issues and problems at hand;

- work together in a team to deliver a multifaceted project to a tight deadline.
Course organiserDr Benjamin Spigel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5552
Course secretaryMiss Anne Cunningham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827
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