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SPG8094 : Enterprise Project

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

The aims of this module are:
(i)       To enable students to gain experience of integrating appropriate scientific and business skills in order to devise an innovative product or service and to develop this innovation to proof of concept.
(ii)       To enable students to gain experience of developing an innovation, through original technical investigation and quantitative market research, and creating a case for support, including a business plan, in a form suitable for presentation to a potential funding body or investor.
(iii)       To enable students to gain experience of undertaking a substantial individual enterprise-related project, possibly in conjunction with a real-world partner, within fixed time and resource constraints and of reporting their findings and interpretations to others.
(iv)       To enable students to develop and extend their research and problem solving skills in their chosen area.

The Enterprise Project module tests your ability to create, develop and document (or work towards developing and documenting) an innovative product or service which will be of commercial interest to the relevant business sector. You will have to work within a fixed time period and with limited resources. You might create your original idea through networking with other entrepreneurs and business people. You might have to generate, analyse and interpret data regarding your innovation, or you might have to obtain data from other sources. On completion of the Enterprise Project, you will prepare a substantial written report, in a format suitable for presentation to a potential investor, to demonstrate the commercial viability of your idea.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project will follow the plan subject to changes imposed by (a) changes in availability of resource, (b) changes in direction as the project evolves and (c) opportunities that may arise through interaction with external bodies. You will be responsible for organising your time so that you can complete any literature study, site work, laboratory investigations, market research and financial planning, prior to the submission of a final enterprise report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00Writing up report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Methodology and Planning Report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Staff & externals' presentations during induction
Guided Independent StudyProject work1430:00430:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Hands-on workshop in Robinson Library
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Drop-in surgery with Module Leader in Dec/Jan.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision111:0011:00Project supervision as required
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In taking this module, students are set the task of creating, developing and documenting (or working towards these aims) an innovative product or service which falls within their chosen area. They must complete the development of their concept within a fixed period of time and with limited resources. They gain the skills and knowledge delivered by the module by “learning through doing” as they undertake the project. They are, in addition, supported by one or more academic, or other, supervisors who can advise on methodologies and interpretations. On completion of the project, students submit an enterprise report in a form suitable for presentation to a potential investor, or other source of funding.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M15Methodology and Planning Report
Dissertation3M85Enterprise report - max 75 pages
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students’ performance in the execution of the enterprise project under the specified time and resource constraints, in the creation and development of an innovation, and in the production of a written business case in an appropriate format, are assessed though examination of the enterprise report itself.
The Methodology and Planning Report enables us to ensure the students start their dissertation work in good time and have thoroughly planned it. It gives a formal opportunity for the supervisor to give feedback.

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