Postgraduate Course: Design, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ODL) (CMSE11297)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This introduction to entrepreneurship provides a fully-on-line enabled curriculum for students to explore design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation as a subject of study and as a practice. The course relies on video presentations, on-line interactive laerning materials and other audio-visual content and reading materials. As an on-line course, there are no physical lectures but there are a few live interactive sessions to support students' learning.
The course raises the student's awareness of the legal, business, managerial, creative, analytical and interpersonal skills relevant to setting up and/or running a new venture , as well as being an innovative thinker in a variety of organisational contexts. During the course, the students are tasked to evaluate an innovative opportunity, and present their ideas in a creative way.
Entrepreneurship has become one of the most powerful and influential forces of change in the world. Technological innovation has led to radical social and economic changes. Companies like Apple, Facebook, Genentech, and Cisco, all derive their success in part due to the innovative application of novel technology. But advanced technology alone is not sufficient to guarantee either user adoption or commercial success. Many ideas and technologies are abandoned or ignored despite presenting apparently significant advantages over incumbent systems. This course introduces students to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, innovation and design thinking. It focuses specifically on how and why some innovations are successfully commercialised, with particular emphasis on the role of the innovator-entrepreneur
Student Learning Experience
This course utilises multiple learning modes, including: independent reading, primary research, video-lecture, case studies, and exposure to practice. Students who participate in and engage with every mode are most likely to gain the most learning from the course. Preparation for every session is essential, as students are expected to be active participants in their own and others learning experience.
1. Entrepreneurial Motivation;
2. Entrepreneurial Characteristics
3. Contexts of innovation and entrepreneurial activity including social innovation and entrepreneurship
4. Opportunity Recognition;
5. Opportunity Evaluation
6. Entrepreneurial growth and strategies , acquiring resources
7. Business models
8. Design thinking, creativity and innovation
9. Leadership and entrepreneurial identities
10. What next?; Outcomes and Exits
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
||Other requirements|| For ECA students only.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5,
Formative Assessment Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 70,
Revision Session Hours 20,
Other Study Hours 71,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Other study hours covers online group work and watching and responding to video recordings
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Individual Short Written Assignments 20%
(assess Learning Outcome 1 and 2)
Individual Project 50% (assess Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Opportunity Report 40%; Video Presentation 10%
Individual Final Essay 30% (assess Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4)
||- A video will be assessed on the clarity of the opportunity idea and the value it generates. Videos that demonstrate significant additional creativity will receive a higher mark.
- The group report will be assessed on the quality of documentation, research and evaluative analysis.
- The final essay will be assessed based on the understanding of the key concepts and ideas learnt during the course. Short written questions will be answered within a predetermined time period
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Knowledge and understanding - Understanding of the relationship between innovation, entrepreneurship and value creation as well as the unique role of the entrepreneurial manager in driving innovation and growth
- Practice: Applied knowledge, skills and understanding - Critical thinking associated with the application of design thinking, entrepreneurial theory and innovation management models to real world organisations and opportunities.
- Generic cognitive skills - Recognise and assess an opportunity in a market space relevant to their programme of study (i.e. design and digital media)
- Communication, numeracy and ICT skills - Communicate critical evaluations of relevant sources of information aided by an effective use of virtual learning environments and other tools
- Autonomy, accountability and communicating with others - Take responsibility for own work, communicate well and also, demonstrate interpersonal skills required for networking and negotiations
|Reading List |
Course readings include textbooks, selections from textbooks, and selected articles. Printed and electronic copies of the textbooks are available for loan from the University Library. Parts of the key textbooks are made available via Resource Lists on Learn Hub site. For your full learning experiences, students are recommended to purchase the essential textbooks. Hard copies of the books are available for purchase at Blackwells bookshop on South Bridge. Some of the books are also available electronically via Kindle. Access to articles and other readings will be made available via Hub website.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Students participating in the course will improve:
* Scholarship and desk research skills;
* Assimilation, communication and presentation of critical evaluations of relevant sources of information; and
* Critical thinking associated with the application of entrepreneurial theory to real world organisations and opportunities.
Subject Specific Skills:
The course will help students increase:
* Ability to reflect upon and theories and concepts underpinning entrepreneurship;
* Awareness of interpersonal skills required for networking and negotiations
* Awareness of the importance of working in team environments
* Understanding of the relationship between entrepreneurship and value creation as well as the unique role of the entrepreneurial manager in driving innovation and growth;
* Ability to employ a theoretical framework in analysing a new business venture opportunity
|Course organiser||Dr Fumi Kitagawa
Tel: (0131 6)50 8068
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Millson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3013