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Undergraduate Course: Leadership and Entrepreneurship (LLLM08001)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an overview of entrepreneurship theory and practice. The course explores entrepreneurship as an integration of practical skills and theoretical insights, providing students with the necessary abilities to begin their start-up journey.
Course description 1) Academic Description

The course is aimed for students to understand the link between entrepreneurial theory and practice. It offers an introduction to some of the key areas of entrepreneurship research, and illustrates these theoretical insights with cases from a wide range of industries, sectors and countries. Students will learn to reflect on the multifaceted nature of entrepreneurship and strengthen their critical thinking skills through discussion and practical exercises, including the development of a start-up business model. The combination of theory, methodology and practice will help students understand the challenges of entrepreneurship in the real world, achieving a holistic view of this phenomenon and its different facets.

2) Outline Content

The course is divided into four parts. In the first part, students will explore the foundations of entrepreneurship, including definitions of entrepreneurship, characteristics of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial networks and the context in which they operate. It will also introduce fundamental concepts, such as the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the digital ecosystem. The second part focuses on start-up planning and will introduce methodological tools such as the Business Model Canvas. The third part will cover entrepreneurial finance, and the fourth part will provide an overview of processes occurring beyond the start-up phase, such as entrepreneurial growth, exit and entrepreneurship policy.

3) Student Learning Experience

Through lectures and tutorials which connect theory and practice, the students will develop a holistic view of entrepreneurship. They will learn to use the Business Model Canvas as an effective methodology to build their start-up propositions. This model allows students to contextualise the start-up journey within a broader context, identifying other factors influencing the development and survival of a start-up. The tutorials will provide an opportunity for students to work in groups and learn from their peers.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. distinguish the different dimensions of the entrepreneurship phenomenon;
  2. explain basic concepts of entrepreneurship and their practical implications;
  3. apply the Business Canvas Model to develop a start-up proposition;
  4. critically evaluate the feasibility of a start-up proposition.
Reading List
Essential Reading:
Greene, F. J., 2020. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. London: Macmillan Education.

Recommended Reading:
Barringer, B.R., 2019. Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures. 6th ed. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Osterwalder, A., and Pigneur, Y., 2010. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Osterwalder, A., Pigneur, Y., Bernarda, G., and Smith, A., 2014. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Problem solving; analytical thinking; critical thinking
KeywordsEntrepreneurship,Business Model Canvas,Start-up Feasibility Planning
Course organiserMr Maximillian Jaede
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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