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Postgraduate Course: Innovation-driven Entrepreneurship (CMSE11202)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis introduction to entrepreneurship provides a on-line enabled curriculum for students to explore entrepreneurship and innovation as a subject of study and as a practice. The course relies on multiple teaching methods including short lecture video presentations, interviews with individuals with a variety of venture experiences, and other audio-visual content and reading materials. As an on-line course, there are no physical lectures, while students will be engaged in a face-to-face group project with a component of making a creative presentation.

This course teaches some of the generic and transferable skills required to become an entrepreneur and raises the student's awareness of the legal, business, managerial, creative, analytical and interpersonal skills relevant to setting up and running a new venture. More broadly, the course encourages students to be an innovative thinker in a variety of organisational contexts. The primary focus is on the development of an opportunity evaluation for a venture exploiting a novel idea and/or technology both for commercial and social purposes.
Course description Entrepreneurship has become one of the most powerful and influential forces of change in the world. Technological innovation driven by scientific research 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. However, 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. It focuses specifically on how and why some innovations are successfully commercialised, with particular emphasis on the role of the innovator-entrepreneur, with specific reference to science-driven innovation, which may be relevant to your programmes of study.

1. Entrepreneurial motivation
2. Entrepreneurial characteristics
3. Contexts of entrepreneurial activity including social entrepreneurship
4. Opportunity discovery
5. Opportunity evaluation
6. Acquiring resources
7. Business models
8. Entrepreneurial growth and strategies
9. Entrepreneurial leadership, identities
10. Exits and outcomes

Student Learning Experience:
This course utilises multiple learning modes, including: independent reading, primary research, video-lectures, group discussion, case studies, and exposure to practice. Students who participate in and engage with every mode of study are most likely to gain the most learning from the course. Preparation for the group project is essential, as students are expected to be active participants in their own and others learning experience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
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: 100 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% coursework (group) - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
50% coursework (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 4, 5

Feedback Formative feedback:
Feedback will be provided on a short, non-marked written assignment. Students are asked to take in and reflect on formative feedback to improve for the summative assessment.

Summative feedback:
The Project report will be assessed on the quality of documentation, research and evaluative analysis.

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.

Individual essay will be assessed on the critical appraisal of their learning from the opportunity evaluation project, and application of the course concepts in real world contexts.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise and critically assess an opportunity in a market (and/or social) space relevant to their programme of study
  2. Critically analyse and consider different business situations where innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities are present or possible
  3. Research a business start-up opportunity and marketplace to evaluate the attractiveness and/or feasibility of an opportunity
  4. Communicate and demonstrate interpersonal skills
  5. Understand and apply the course concepts in the contexts of innovation, and venture creation and development
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Act with integrity, honesty and trust in all business stakeholder relationships, and apply ethical reasoning to effective decision making, problem solving and change management

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.

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.

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.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is delivered online.

This course utilises multiple learning modes, including: independent reading, primary research, lecture, group discussion, case studies, and exposure to practice.
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Course organiserDr Marta Bernal Valencia
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
Course secretaryMs Morgan Wilson
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