Surrey University Stag


Module code: MAN2147

Module Overview

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore the underpinning principles, foundations and current thinking relating to entrepreneurship in variety of contexts. Students will first consider the challenge in reaching an agreed definition of entrepreneurship. The importance of entrepreneurship ventures to support the growth and stability of the economy, organisations and society will be explored through comparing different entrepreneurial pathways, followed by a deep dive investigation of social enterprise. Students will investigate whether entrepreneurs are born or made, and the common traits and characteristics associated with successful commercial and social entrepreneurs. Students will progress to undertake an assessment of their own characteristics and reflect on how these may be further developed to support their entrepreneurial thinking and personal effectiveness across a range of contexts including entrepreneurial ventures, work and study.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: N100

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • Introduction to entrepreneurship

  • Characteristics and traits of an entrepreneur

  • Entrepreneurship pathways and their associated ecosystems: includes definitions and associated pathways i.e Hybrid, start up and digital

  • Social enterprise deep dive

    • Distinguishing features of social entrepreneurship (compared to civil society sectors/activism)

    • Characteristics of social entrepreneurs

    • Social Innovation and social value creation

    • Social Impact and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    • The Social Entrepreneurship ecosystem (tools: value map; theory of change, social business modelling - social business model canvas)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework GROUP POSTER 70

Alternative Assessment

If a student fails the module, i.e., receives a mark below 40% taking account both assessments, he/she will repeat the same assessment taking account of the feedback. This is also the case for the group report which they will improve on, on an individual basis.

Assessment Strategy

Individual Assignment (30%): A critical evaluation and analysis of a social enterprise of your choice. Group presentation (20%): students will present their understanding of a given social challenge and the scope for an effective innovative solution. Group Report (50%): A written group project, conducted in small groups, evaluating social innovation potential of an existing or proposed product or service and its implication on the social business model. This project will use an entrepreneurial tool ‘social business model canvas’ and will offer students a choice of product/services. The small group format will enable students to develop innovative solutions to social problems based on dialogue and team work.

Formative assessment and feedback
•Students will receive individual and group feedback during the module from the tutor.

Module aims

  • Define entrepreneurship and recognise characteristics and traits of the entrepreneur (commercial and social)
  • Recognise the choices and pathways in entrepreneurship and the benefits and challenges of each pathway
  • Develop a tool set to explore Social Enterprise opportunities

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Analyse definitions of entrepreneurship and their currency in today’s economy KC
002 Describe the importance and impact of entrepreneurial ventures for the economy, organisations and society KC
003 Analyse a range of entrepreneurial pathways KC
004 Describe the unique properties of a social enterprise and explore a new social enterprise opportunity KC
005 Analyse characteristics and traits of successful commercial and social entrepreneurs, and assess own entrepreneurial characteristics and how to further develop personal effectiveness PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop your awareness of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise both as a field of academic study and as an area of practice. The module is structured to develop your critical understanding of societal challenges and social responsibility through a case study approach. The learning methods are therefore designed to enhance your understanding of the significant role social enterprises play in addressing social problems in an innovative and entrepreneurial way, with an objective of creating social and economic value. In order to achieve the above learning outcomes, the teaching will be delivered as follows: a) Interactive Lectures: the aim of the lectures is to give students an understanding of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship and their role in society b) Guest lecturers: Role models and subject matter experts c) Case study analyses d) Individual and group projects, presentations e) Surrey learn and support materials f) Feedback Sessions: the module teaching team will be available throughout the semester to give feedback to address and clarify questions. Oral and written feedback will be given to all students.

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
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Management (Entrepreneurship) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (HRM) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Business Management (Dual degree with SII-DUFE) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (Business Analytics) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (Marketing) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Business Management BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2021/2 academic year.