SPG8015 : Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module provides an introduction to enterprise and entrepreneurship for science and / or engineering students by:
1) Developing students' knowledge, understanding, and practical experience of enterprise and entrepreneurship within science and/or engineering.
2) Exploring the entrepreneurial mindset and developing the entrepreneurial experience of students
3) Enabling students to consider enterprise and entrepreneurship activity within their wider economic, social and political contexts.
4) Developing students' knowledge and understanding of the role of innovation in enterprise development
This module has been designed to improve employability of science and engineering students and to widen their career choices. The module develops business skills and awareness of entrepreneurial ability through a variety of business case studies (student-generated or university-generated ) which are unpacked and critically evaluated to allow students to better understand the deployment of enterprise skills in a small business through to a corporate setting. This includes generating ideas, evaluating ideas, developing networks, protecting business expertise and understanding entrepreneurial traits and their contribution to employability.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will include:
Introduction to enterprise and entrepreneurship
The role of the entrepreneur - teamworking, learning styles and leadership
The Entrepreneurial Mindset - activities to bring characteristics to life
The wider business environment and intrepreneurship in a small business context
Business support and the development of business mentoring and networks
The role of innovation in technology-based businesses
Evaluating the viability of ideas and new business proposals
Business development and integration in the future Science and Engineering environment
Analysis of a small business to identify entrepreneurial characteristics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion158:0058:00Preparation for assessments.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Preparation for written exam.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork54:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Week 1 Exploring entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering.
Week 2 Practice and Planning.
This module brings together independent study and lectures to deliver the theoretical underpinning of key themes of enterprise and entrepreneurship. Independent study includes directed study and undirected study between and following intensive school periods, drawing and expanding on given materials. Pre-school material may include case study interviews(fieldwork), familiarisation and critical evaluation of a current enterprise environment (small business in development/operation) in Science and Engineering. This will lead to the development of assignment 1 (presentation) based on the evaluation of a business that the student has identified. Tutorials provide the opportunity for individual progress meetings.
The first intensive school will follow the pre-school material and will take the following format: Monday: Context, review or pre-school learning, setting A1. Tuesday - Thursday: exercises and practical activities to develop further learning, with guest speakers (entrepreneurs and industry partners). Friday: Individual assessed presentations (A1)

During mid-school, students will be given relevant reading and resources to allow them to prepare for the exam in week 2.

Second intensive week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: exercises, lectures from guest speakers, entrepreneurs and practical activities to further develop learning and practice. Friday - written examination based on a case study - innovation within an organisation. Introduction of post-school assignment which takes the form of an individual reflective report by students on the development of their entrepreneurial awareness and skills. Assignments afford an opportunity to bring together relevant knowledge, subject specific knowledge and key skills. There is a particular focus on personal development which will require students to study independently and spend time reflecting on the experiences the module presents.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201M30From case study
Oral Presentation251M30Evaluation of a small business and its entrepreneurial features.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M40Reflective report (max 2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module will introduce the entrepreneurial business environment. Assessment draws upon practical issues within a social, economic and political consideration of innovation and business change. Learning is explicitly developed and evidenced using pre and post school development of knowledge, theory and skills.
1) Students will understand the basics of an entrepreneurial business and the impact upon its development and operation following a case study visit(s)/interview - an oral or video presentation of their findings against their own definition of 'entrepreneurial' from the literature, will test their understanding of Week 1(30%).
2) Students will pull learning across the module together in an exam developed around a given case study idea into aspects of a business proposition - written examination (30%)
3) Students will develop a wide range of key skills within the graduate skills framework through experiential learning that considers the entrepreneurial mindset - through reflection and review students will develop an evidence base for the future (40%).

Reading Lists