SPG8500 : Ideas for Business Enterprise for Postgraduates in Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide students with knowledge and experience of business development, planning and enterprise within the science and engineering sector. In particular the module will focus on generating ideas, constructing and presenting a business proposition.
This module has been designed to improve the commercial awareness and employability of science & engineering students and to widen their career choices. The module develops business skills and awareness of entrepreneurial ability through the provision of opportunities to research a real business proposition.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will include:
The characteristics of successful science and engineering businesses
Business planning
Team working
Ideas generation
Financing an engineering business
The market

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion261:0026:00Pre school study and exam - see rationale below
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading251:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity111:0011:00Group meetings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPG8016Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module brings together personal experiences and industrial knowledge to facilitate understanding of the application and commercialisation of knowledge into business. Lectures will move the students forward from the pre-school activity, and will inform post school activity. During drop-ins the module leader works one-to-one with groups on business development. Leadership skills related to planning and organising, interpersonal and problem-solving skills will be developed through a range of group activities. Guided independent study includes directed study prior to and undirected study following the intensive school periods drawing and expanding on given materials. Assignments afford an opportunity to bring together relevant knowledge, subject specific knowledge and key skills. 30 hours pre-school material will include an introduction to ideas generation and teams which students will use to develop a concept for an enterprise and undertake preparation for the pre-school assignment (presentation) based on available material. There will be one intensive school. Intensive School:
Monday & Tuesday: review of pre-school materials, module context and pre-school assignment delivery.
Weds & Thurs: exercises and practical activities to develop further learning. XING practical session. Friday: Market research workshop based on XING exercise.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation202M30Group Presentation of business idea on day 1 of intensive school.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SPG8016Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering2Mid-term Oral Presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M60Group market research report to demonstrate the viability of the idea (1,500 words per person)
Report2M10Individual reflective report (1,000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the intensive school format, the pre-school assignment will introduce students to ideas generation, the development of the entrepreneur, small business generation & market research and analysis.
Key skills of planning and organising, team working, personal enterprise and communication will be utilised and developed but not individually assessed.
1. Having analysed a number of existing and new business ideas, students will, in groups, select an idea to carry forward into the module - group presentation of this business idea (30%) - pre-school.
2. Following and including,the intensive school teaching students will research the market in groups for their business idea and create a group report on the viability of the idea (60%).
3. Drawing upon their development throughout the module - students will write a 1000 word individual reflective report - post-school (10%).

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