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Undergraduate Course: Entrepreneurship and Business Growth (BUST10163)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to enhance your understanding of what it takes to develop a growing entrepreneurial start-up and the financing of these new fast growth (scaling) ventures. In following the entrepreneurial journey through lectures, case studies and guest lectures, you will learn about scale-up growth trajectories and the importance of financiers such as business angels and venture capitalists in supporting growth.
Course description The course provides students with a solid grounding in the theory and practice of growing and financing of entrepreneurial ventures. Knowledge, awareness and understanding of key theories are developed through lectures and workshops while practical insights into growing a business are supported by interactive case studies and guest lecturers that have direct experience of entrepreneurial growth.


- What is a fast growth firm and why does it matter?
- Theories of fast growth: what explains why some firms grow?
- The value of support in scaling a business: what is the role of teams and entrepreneurial ecosystems in supporting growth?
- Understanding the entrepreneurial finance landscape: what role do banks, crowdfunders, business angels and venture capitalists play in supporting growth?
- Entrepreneurial business valuations: what are the main methods of valuing a fast growth business?
- Business exit: what happens to growth firms and how do they harvest value?

Taught over ten two-hour sessions, it successively builds your understanding, awareness and insights into fast-growth businesses. During the course, you will be asked to critically reflect on a case study of a for-profit fast-growth business using the theories, insights and knowledge that you have developed in the course. By the end of the course, and again on your own, you will be asked to critically analyse (although in a non-technical way) the financing choices and implications facing a for profit fast growth business.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Planning for a start-up (BUST08040) OR Planning for a start-up (BUST08052)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have at least 4 Business courses at grade B or above. This MUST INCLUDE one course equivalent to BUST08040 or BUST08052 Planning for a start-up. This course cannot be taken alongside BUST08040 or BUST08052 Planning for a start-up. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  126
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% coursework (individual case study) - assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3.«br /»
50% coursework (individual essay) - assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4.
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 from the same date.
Final marks will be posted on EUCLID 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. Understand and discuss critically what growth theories tell us about venture development and growth.
  2. Critically evaluate entrepreneurial growth business models and the value of entrepreneurial support.
  3. Understand and discuss critically entrepreneurial financing and have developed a greater literacy in how entrepreneurial ventures are valued.
  4. Understand and critically evaluate business harvesting (entrepreneurial exits) strategies available to fast growth entrepreneurs
Reading List
Greene, F.J. (2020) Entrepreneurship theory and practice, Red Globe. ISBN : 9781137589569.
Key journals: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice; Harvard Business Review; Small Business Economics.
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.

-Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.

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.

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.
KeywordsBusiness growth,scale-up,entrepreneurship,entrepreneurial finance
Course organiserDr Augusto Rocha
Course secretaryMs Morgan Wilson
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