NEW BUSINESS VENTURING - 2018/9

Module code: MANM298

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the different steps that a new venture takes from developing an initial business idea to creating a business plan and securing funding.  The module will enable students to understand theories of enterprise and entrepreneurship and enable them to relate such theories to practice through simulating the behaviours of an entrepreneur by producing a business plan. This will also enable students to develop critical understanding of  the research methods, structure and format required for their Final Research Project.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

SEARS JA Mr (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

This module is only available to Entrepreneurship MSc students.

Module content

The content will be divided into three sections:

 


Introduction and discussion of theory related to Entrepreneurship and Enterprise including research methods, Lean Approach and traditional business planning;
Development of key Entrepreneurial skills which can be applied to a new business ;
Development of different components of a business plan for a new business venture through practice-based exercise;

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework GROUP BUSINESS PLAN (4000 WORDS) 70
Examination EXAMINATION FOR RESEARCH METHODS 30

Alternative Assessment

If student fails the module i.e. receives a mark below 50% taking account of both assessments, they will repeat the same assessment taking account of the feedback. This is also the case for the group business plan which they will improve on, on an individual basis.

Assessment Strategy



A fully researched group business plan for a new venture 4 000 words


A multiple-choice examination

The assessment strategy is summative and formative and aligns with the learning outcomes. There is also an element of peer assessment where students discuss and weight the contribution they have made to the group project.

If any student fails the module, i.e. receives a mark below 50% taking account of both assessments, they will repeat the same assessment taking account of the feedback. This is also the case for the group business plan which they will improve on, on an individual basis.

 

Formative assessment and feedback

This module approach to feedback places emphasis on providing resources to students which allow them to identify their own strengths and areas for development in order to understand their entrepreneurial capabilities. These resources include:




Prior to the assignment, lecture time will be spent discussing the assignment and feedback process;
A detailed marking scheme which provides guidance on how marks will be awarded for each element of assessment. This marking scheme has benefits for both staff and students. For staff it allows for consistency of marking between markers and for rapid and rigorous marking. For students it makes it absolutely clear what is expected of them. Students will receive a mark for each element of the assignment which they can reference to the marking scheme for detailed individual feedback;
Prior to submission of the Group Business Plan assignment, formative feedback will be provided in a Dragonfly Den where students will pitch their business plans; after submission, students will receive generic feedback via U Learn which explains what students did well and did less well overall.
After the Research Methods examination, students will receive generic feedback via ULearn explaining what students did well and did less well overall.


 

Marking will be done by the module leader and other staff assigned to the module. Other department members will be responsible for second marking which will take two forms. A sample of assignments will be second marked to ensure there is consistency in the application of the marking scheme and, where necessary, there will be statistical moderation to ensure that all marking is consistent and fair between markers. It is expected, and experience has shown, that use of the detailed marking scheme delivers consistent marking.

 

Marks will be returned to students within 3 weeks of submission.

Module aims

  • Evaluate various theories of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship related to setting up a new business or venture;
  • Assess critically and explore the processes involved in developing their own entrepreneurial capability in creating a new venture;
  • Understand the steps to create and structure a business plan for a start-up business or new venture;
  • Analyse and evaluate the different component parts of a business plan, how a business plan is structured, and how it is used;
  • Analyse and understand other steps required for starting up a new venture such as pitching and proto-typing

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Develop an awareness and enthusiasm for individual enterprise and entrepreneurship
2 Critically assess and evaluate theories, models, and tools used by Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in relation to business planning
3 Apply these theories in practical situations
4 Develop problem-solving skills relevant to setting up a new business or venture;
5 Reflect critically on your learning

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ awareness of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise both as a field of academic study and as an area of practice. The learning methods are therefore designed to enhance the theoretical principles of the subject and allow the application of conceptual models and creativity techniques to practical business problems.

 

The Learning Outcomes are met through:



Lectures


Seminars and Workshops


Guest speakers


Case studies


Multimedia resources


ULearn


Support materials


Reading


Individual and Group work



In addition the module teaching team are accessible throughout the semester to address and clarify questions.  Office hours will be provided. Feedback given will be oral and written on an individual basis and summative.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for NEW BUSINESS VENTURING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/manm298

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Entrepreneurship MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.