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NCL2100 : Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Charlotte Hope
  • Demonstrator: Mrs Jenny Brady, Miss Amelia Reeves, Mr Gareth Trainer
  • Owning School: Academic Services
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module allows students from any subject area to use their discipline in an enterprise and entrepreneurial context to develop solutions to challenges set within the module. In semester one, students take part in an open, creative project whereby they can tackle a challenge affecting their discipline area or engaging their personal interests to create a new business venture, service or product. Once students have developed their confidence in providing innovative solutions, in semester two there is the opportunity to work on a live consultancy project for a relevant employer or organisation; developing intrapreneurship and employing creative problem solving with a more contextualised project brief.

In a fast changing and highly competitive world all organisations need creative, enterprising and entrepreneurial people. This module aims to enhance employability by developing these key attributes and allowing students to see the link between the skills they develop for their employability and those for business start-up and self-employment.

The aim of this module is;
To develop enterprising behaviours, attributes and skills which enhance employability through working in teams on complex, real life problems and challenges.
To demonstrate the positive and potentially transformational impact of enterprise, entrepreneurship and creativity in wider society by exploring challenges and horizon scanning to develop solutions which have the potential to become new ventures.
To relate enterprise and entrepreneurial skills to employability by demonstrating how these skills are in demand by relevant graduate employers.
To provide inspiration and confidence for students to tackle real life problems and create entrepreneurial solutions.
To show that being enterprising and entrepreneurial is about making meaning and creating change – making a difference, and making things happen in a variety of contexts.
To create opportunities for experiential learning and assessing risk which aims to build confidence in handling the uncertainty and rapid change which characterises the 21st century.
To examine the theoretical principles of venture creation and development including opportunity recognition, creativity and innovation.
To apply the knowledge of theory and practice of key business functions in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
To evaluate the viability of solutions to problems and potential new ventures/products/services.
To develop an awareness of personal strengths and capabilities, and how complementary strengths are essential to team and organisational success by reflecting on the ongoing experience of the module in a reflective journal.
To create opportunities for interdisciplinary working and to develop the skills of networking.
To develop enterprise awareness and an enterprise mindset to contribute to entrepreneurial capabilities.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Building a Strong Foundation
2.       Intrapreneurship & Reflective Practice
3.       Developing a Consultative Approach
4.       Consultancy Challenge
5.       Understanding Customers and Clients
6.       Resourcing Projects (Costing & Intellectual Property)
7.       Client Field Trip
8.       Report Writing
9.       Effective presentations
10.       Project Review & Assessment Success
11.       Client Presentations
12.       Tutorial Drop-ins

1.       Venture Creation and Megatrends
2.       Social and International Entrepreneurship & Future Trends
3.       Accelerator Fieldtrip
4.       HACKATHON
5.       Funding and Finance
6.       Social Media and Marketing
7.       Pitching & Selling
8.       Business Viability and Intellectual Property
10.       Preparing for Final Assessment
11.       Tutorial Drop-ins
12.       Tutorial Drop-ins

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00Group assessment preparation for Venture Creation and Consultancy project; and Individual Essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Client Presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical26:0012:00Hackathon & Consultancy Challenge
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops152:0030:00Compulsory workshop sessions with lecture content and practical exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork22:004:00Client Visit & Accelerator Field Trip
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity221:0022:00Weekly reflective blog
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery32:006:00Assessment support
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study172:0072:00Reading texts from module Reading List + engagement in relevant learning activities eg networking
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will use an extremely varied range of teaching methods. It will provide highly participative opportunities for experiential learning and use flexible pedagogy to meet the learning and skills outcomes. At the beginning of the module students will be given an introduction to the module and an appreciation of varied learning styles to help them in the transition. Students will work on real life consultancy projects from employers or organisations which are relevant to their degree discipline. This will provide students with the opportunity to see how the development of their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are relevant to employers and their own employability development.

• Field work: Students will be required to meet with and, take part in activities with the organisation they are working with on the consultancy project. In semester two students will be scheduled to visit an entrepreneurial organisation in the local area.
• Drop-in Surgery: Gives students the opportunity to get immediate feedback on their project/assessment ideas
• Assessment preparation and completion: two of the three projects in this module involve students working collaboratively; which in a multi-disciplinary environment requires additional coordination than in single-honour programmes.
• Reflective learning activity: As the reflective assessment is regarded as an important individual developmental activity (with an emphasis on developing an entrepreneurial mindset), there is an increased demand for students to reflect on their learning, thus the hours enable this.
• Independent study: Students will be required to read independently on entrepreneurship topics.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M40Group employer based consultancy project to develop a solution to a current challenge. Peer assessment component also included.
Essay2M30Reflective essay (2000 words) Individually assessed using reflective journals as evidence.
Prof skill assessmnt2M30Presentation in form of an Exhibition Stand at Business Expo event. Peer assessment component also included.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1MIndividuals reflect on their progress and activities in their reflective blog. Feedback to improve reflective practise.
Reflective log2MIndividuals reflect on their development over semester 1. Feedback to help prepare for final essay assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A1: Group Enterprise Consultancy Report: (1000 words per person, expected team size around 4). Students will be assigned a consultancy project Client and brief to work on where the aim is for the team to demonstrate the viability of a solution to an issue or challenge identified in the Client brief. This assessment will test the knowledge, understanding and the application of theory of venture creation in an employability context (intrapreneurship); students will also demonstrate their proficiency in market research and working effectively with an organisation to generate creative solutions to live problems.

A2: Presentation in the form of an exhibition stand: Students will work in groups to develop their own business idea in semester two. Students will present their ideas at a Business Expo event to a hypothetical audience of potential investors for Proof of Concept funding. Students will need to articulate the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the module as well as their business idea. As a practical skills assessment this will also involve demonstrating effective communication and presentation skills.

A3: Reflective essay (2000 words). Students will be encouraged to record their progress throughout the module via weekly reflective blogs. The reflective essay will test understanding, critical evaluation and application of theory, knowledge and skills taught including entrepreneurial behaviours and an enterprising mind-set. Students have two formative assessment opportunities to encourage high quality reflective practice and preparation for this final assessment.

Reading Lists