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NBS8622 : Entrepreneurial Consultancy

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fiona Whitehurst
  • Other Staff: Professor James Cunningham
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To module aims to synthesise the theoretical and empirical knowledge gained in the first semester of the programme by applying this knowledge to support the development of a growing entrepreneurial small business. This will enable students to develop their practical skills in consulting practice for a real small business client. These skills include team work, diagnostic skills, scenario building, strategic analysis, recommendations development and reporting.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. The purpose of entrepreneurial consultancy
2. Understanding and validating the problem
3. Beneficiaries and value proposition
4. Teamwork and managing the process
5. Solution development
6. Reporting and presentation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion127:0027:00Preparation of final group report and presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops72:0014:00N/a
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00PiP - Flipped classroom Foundational Workshops (shared with the Sustainable Innovation Consultancy and Digital Trans for SG)
Guided Independent StudyProject work113:0033:00Independent work equivalent to 3 hours per week for each week in the semester
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity112:0022:00Timetabled slots for students to meet and develop project outputs
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is about working with entrepreneurial small businesses in a facilitated way to support their development and growth (taking into account how they want to develop and grow their business).Therefore a largely workshop based approach to teaching and learning is most appropriate. Foundational workshops at the beginning of the module will enable students to understand the role that they will be taking as consultants during this module. To facilitate group work students will have timetabled slots each teaching week to progress the outputs they need to deliver (for the client and for the assessment).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M75Group report to the client business (3000 words)
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Observation of professional practice - group presentation to the business client with questions and discussion.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj2MFeedback on project provided during guidance surgeries with Teaching Team
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This is a consultancy based module designed to support a small business client and so the assessment focuses on the deliverables of the report, and the presentation and discussion with the business. Both deliverables will enable students to demonstrate that intended knowledge and skills learning outcomes for the module. Reports will indicate the contributions of individual team members for the assessment of team working, while the presentation will also provide the opportunity for team work to be shown. Peer assessment will be used.

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