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Undergraduate Course: Innovation and Enterprise (BUST08053)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAll enterprises must innovate to respond to social changes, changes in technology and changes in their market. This course will provide you with both the skills and knowledge to lead enterprises in their development of new products and services, and in the introduction of new and better ways of working. These skills and this knowledge also are a foundation for turning your inchoate enterprise ideas into a successful new venture. These skills and this knowledge will build a platform that you may then extend in more specialised studies of innovation, entrepreneurship, and enterprise in the Schools excellent honours courses.
Course description The aim of this course is to give students an understanding of current concepts for understanding processes of innovation in new ventures and established organisations across all sectors.

The second aim of this course is to provide students with the skills to analyse innovation and work in a group to suggest how processes of innovation and improvement can themselves be improved.

Student Learning Experience
The course will be taught using two hours of lectures per week supplemented by background resources and guided learning exercises delivered through Learn.

The knowledge objectives of the course will be assessed in the end of course examination.

The context specific and general skills aims of the course will be assessed through the group exercises.

Students will be provided with mid-course formative feedback on a non-assessed mid-course submission.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Global Challenges for Business (BUST08035) AND The Business of Edinburgh (BUST08036)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have at least 1 introductory level Business Studies course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be two components of assessment, a group video and an end of term examination.
50% Group Video 50% - 20% peer moderated;
50% Examination 50% - You will be expected to answer 3 out of 6 questions. Maximum word limit of 1000 words for each question.
Feedback Generic feedback on your coursework, together with individual marks, will be available on Learn within agreed deadlines. You will also be able to review your individual feedback electronically via Grademark on Learn within agreed deadlines.

Your examination marks will be posted on Learn (together with generic feedback and examination statistics) as soon as possible after the Boards of Examiners meeting.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a discerning understanding of a range of core theories, concepts, principles and terminology related to innovation in enterprises.
  2. Use a range of professional skills, techniques and practices associated with innovation in enterprises, a few of which are advanced and/or complex.
  3. Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues that are within common understandings in the management of innovation in enterprises.
  4. Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level in the critical analysis of innovation in enteprises.
Reading List
Core Text: Becoming a Critical Thinker, S.Ivory,OUP,2021

Key Journals: Harvard Business Review
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Apply creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, sustainable and responsible business solutions to address social, economic and environmental global challenges.

-Work with a variety of organisations, their stakeholders, and the communities they serve - learning from them, and aiding them to achieve responsible, sustainable and enterprising solutions to complex problems.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

-Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.
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Course organiserMr Ian Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3797
Course secretaryMiss Leah Byrne
Tel: (01316) 513758
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