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'CREATE' (CREATIVITY, RESOURCEFULNESS, ENTERPRISE AND TASK EVALUATION) - 2023/4

Module code: MAN0003

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to build independent learning and research skills which have a practical value for progression, whether that be undergraduate study or employment. The module will run throughout the academic year but will effectively be split into two halves.

The first half will focus on applied professional presentation and networking skills: students will work in groups to identify and approach real-world leaders and secure an interview with them. They will devise relevant questions between them and then record the interview to present back an edited version to the other students on the course.

In Semester 2 they will again work together in (different) groups plan and execute a business solution of their choice. Each member of the group will be assigned a specific role (Managing Director, Marketing Director, Finance Director, Operations Director and Human Resources Director). Students will present the business plan and their reflections on the whole process at the culmination of the module.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

EDWARDS Nick (SBS)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code: N190

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 362

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 44

Guided Learning: 22

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Experiential learning

• Entrepreneurship

• Employability and professional development

• Team working

• Networking

• Innovation and creativity

• Interview techniques

• Commercial awareness

• Business knowledge

• Self-reflection

• Numeracy and literacy development

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation ONLINE PRESENTATION 40
Coursework SEMESTER 2: DEVELOPMENT OF A BUSINESS AND A GROUP BUSINESS PLAN (WEEK 13) 60

Alternative Assessment

For Semester 1 summative assessment students will interview a leader or final year entrepreneurial student and provide a synopsis for course tutors; for Semester 2 summative assessment students will complete an individual business plan and undertake market research as part of this process.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of what it takes to become a successful leader, plan a business solution, and how to identify personal strengths and weaknesses, whilst reflecting on personal learning and experiences. There will be a focus on personal and professional development with a forward looking lens on future employability.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• Group leader interview video and presentation (semester 1)

• Development of a business and a group business plan with presentation (semester 2, developed across the year)

 

Formative assessment and Feedback

Students will receive an extensive amount of verbal formative feedback across the year when completing their summative assessments of interviewing an leader (semester 1) and planning their businesses (semester 2). The students will be closely mentored and guided into making decisions which best represent themselves and the University as they engage with external parties.

 

Additionally, the students will conduct forms of self-evaluation and self-assessment. This will take the form of numeracy and literacy ‘assessment centre tests’ where feedback will be provided to guide on areas for improvement. Students will also complete psychometric tests to provide an insight into their personality types and behavioural tendencies. These formative assessments will enable students to learn more about how and when they work best – identifying core strengths and weaknesses.

 

Students will also partake in a number of self-reflective tasks throughout the year to consolidate learning and identify areas of personal and professional development for the future. 

Module aims

  • Develop knowledge and experience of team working, networking and independent research skills
  • Build awareness of the characteristics of successful leaders. Apply these characteristics through experiential learning
  • Empower students to build an entrepreneurial mind set, commercial awareness and business intelligence
  • Build confidence to approach business challenges and devise creative solutions to overcome them
  • Enhance employability through a developing awareness of the workplace and associated skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and an understanding of what it takes to become a ‘successful’ leader KCPT
003 Show knowledge and understanding of an entrepreneurial mind set, commercial awareness and business intelligence KP
004 Approach business challenges and devise creative and innovative solutions to overcome them CT
005 Enhance employability and associated skills (numeracy and literacy) P
001 Demonstrate an awareness of what it takes to work effectively as part of a team, network with professionals and produce independent research 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 expose students to a range of leadership theories, insights and experiences. This will empower students to build an 'entrepreneurial mind set', develop commercial awareness and advance business intelligence. From this, students will be supported and encouraged to generate creative and innovative solutions throughout the module and be given the opportunity to put these into action.

Students will be mentored but given the freedom to explore avenues and interests they wish to pursue (Semester 1: interview a leader of their choice and Semester 2: plan a business solution of their choice). This freedom will allow students to flourish on a creative level whilst instilling them with the confidence to become independent learners.

 

The learning and teaching methods include:

In semester 1, the teaching and learning methods will include a mixture of lectures and guest lectures (1 hour per week), seminars/tutorials (2 hours per week) and an experiential workshop at the start of the year. The lectures will introduce theories and methods of leadership, the characteristics of a leader, growing a business solution, business success and failure, etc. Guest lectures will provide the students with insights from real leaders and public figures – each with a different and unique story to tell. The experiential workshop will provide the students with an induction to the foundation year (allowing them to meet and greet each other) and will include: team building activities, creative thinking, and problem solving – whilst introducing them to leadership and the module as a whole.

 

In semester 2, the teaching and learning methods will include collaborative seminars/workshops (2 hours per week). The seminars and workshops will be in collaborative spaces and allow the students the chance to work in their groups to develop their business solutions. In these seminars and workshops, students will be mentored, guided and supported in the development of their businesses and given the freedom to be creative and innovative with their ideas.

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.

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Other information

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Programmes this module appears in

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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 2023/4 academic year.