SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
1 year of undergraduate study and aged 18 or above
Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or above
05 July 2021
16 May 2021 (Midnight - BST)
This course explores the link between entrepreneurial theory and practice. It offers an introduction to some of the key areas of entrepreneurship research, and illustrates these theoretical insights with cases from a wide range of industries, sectors and countries. Students will learn to reflect on the multifaceted nature of entrepreneurship and strengthen their critical thinking skills through discussion and practical exercises, including the development of a start-up business model. The combination of theory, methodology and practice will help students understand the challenges of entrepreneurship in the real world, achieving a complete view of this phenomenon and its different facets.
In the first part of the course, students will explore the foundations of entrepreneurship, including definitions of entrepreneurship, characteristics of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial networks and the context in which they operate. It will also introduce fundamental concepts, such as the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the digital ecosystem.
The second part focuses on start-up planning and will introduce methodological tools such as the Business Model Canvas. The third part will cover entrepreneurial finance, and the fourth part will provide an overview of processes occurring beyond the start-up phase, such as entrepreneurial growth, exit and entrepreneurship policy.
Session 1 Introduction to the course. Why entrepreneurship matters.
Session 2 Entrepreneurship: personality trait, process or method?
Session 3 Exploring what makes an entrepreneur
Session 4 Emotions and entrepreneurship
Session 5 Entrepreneurial networks
Session 6 Entrepreneurial context and characteristics
Session 7 Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Session 8 Digital ecosystems
Session 9 Planning new venture creation: from the idea to the start-up proposition
Session 10 Start-up planning pathways
Session 11 Start-up feasibility planning I: the Business Model Canvas
Session 12 Start-up feasibility planning II: applications of the Business Model Canvas
Session 13 Start-up feasibility planning III: identity, ideas, teams and competition
Session 14 Entrepreneurial finance I
Session 15 Entrepreneurial finance II
Session 16 Entrepreneurial growth
Session 17 Entrepreneurial exit
Session 18 Entrepreneurial policy
Session 19 Summary and conclusion