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Our flexible, international BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship builds the skills you need to start and run your own business, as well as make your mark in the corporate world. 

The course combines study of entrepreneurial theory with practical learning and problem-solving. You can pursue a pathway with optional research-based modules which explore different aspects of entrepreneurship, or you can follow a business start-up route and create your own company. The aim is to provide you with flexibility and choice.

Following a common first year focusing on building the foundations for entrepreneurship, the second year provides for your choice of pathway, with the student enterprise route giving an optional route to apply your new leadership and management knowledge to establishing and managing your own business. If you prefer a more conventional approach, you can alternatively choose a route with specialist modules. Between your second and final year, you’re encouraged to extend your horizons with an optional year out. This could be a work placement in an established business or further development of your own start-up (depending on your pathway), or the chance to gain international experience studying abroad.  

The course is covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School. What’s more, when you study at Northumbria you’ll be part of a leading, business-focused university. We rank 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017) 

Most importantly of all, our students value the hands-on, practical ethos of our courses – 100% said they had opportunities to apply what they had learnt (National Student Survey, 2018). 

 

Our flexible, international BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship builds the skills you need to start and run your own business, as well as make your mark in the corporate world. 

The course combines study of entrepreneurial theory with practical learning and problem-solving. You can pursue a pathway with optional research-based modules which explore different aspects of entrepreneurship, or you can follow a business start-up route and create your own company. The aim is to provide you with flexibility and choice.

Following a common first year focusing on building the foundations for entrepreneurship, the second year provides for your choice of pathway, with the student enterprise route giving an optional route to apply your new leadership and management knowledge to establishing and managing your own business. If you prefer a more conventional approach, you can alternatively choose a route with specialist modules. Between your second and final year, you’re encouraged to extend your horizons with an optional year out. This could be a work placement in an established business or further development of your own start-up (depending on your pathway), or the chance to gain international experience studying abroad.  

The course is covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School. What’s more, when you study at Northumbria you’ll be part of a leading, business-focused university. We rank 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017) 

Most importantly of all, our students value the hands-on, practical ethos of our courses – 100% said they had opportunities to apply what they had learnt (National Student Survey, 2018). 

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
N150

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 year sandwich

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or equivalents.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or equivalents.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £9,250

* This is the tuition fee for 2021/22 entry, and the maximum permitted to charge UK students as per Government Regulations. Government are yet to announce 2022/23 fees, if there is a change fees will be adjusted accordingly.


EU Fee in Year 1: £16,500

International Fee in Year 1: £16,500


Scholarships for 22/23 have not yet been announced. Please keep checking for updates.

For information on the range of Scholarships offered in 21/22, visit the funding pages.

 


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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF4038 -

Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision-making processes. You will initially look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making.

Topic areas will include:

• The reporting frameworks and ethical principles that underpin financial reporting
• The nature of international financial reporting standards
• Format and content of the statement of profit or loss and statement of financial position
• The statement of cash flows
• Analysis and interpretation of financial statements using ratio analysis

You will then examine how financial information can facilitate managers in making operational decisions in relation to planning and control.

Topic areas will include:

• Costing (full and variable costing)
• Cost, volume, profit analysis
• Relevant costs for decision making
• Budgeting and variance analysis
• Balance scorecards
• Working capital management

Finally, you will explore the motivations for entrepreneurial activity and techniques that can be used to appraise investment decisions.

Topic areas will include:

• Investment appraisal techniques (payback, accounting rate of return, net present value and internal rate of return)
• Practical aspects of investment appraisal (inflation and capital rationing)
• Risk and uncertainty

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BM9403 -

Business Analysis for Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will develop the knowledge and skills in applying a variety of quantitative data analysis techniques to support business decision making. You will be introduced to business modelling using appropriate analytical tools, and your learning will cover a range of techniques to help business forecasting and data presentation.
In this module you will be exposed to a range of data analysis tools and skills, including:

• Business Analysis and Modelling: management of complex and varied data sets; building spreadsheet models.
• Data Trends and Associations e.g. identifying relationships between business variables.
• Business Forecasting and Predictive Modelling – analysing factors and trends for business planning.
• Business and Dashboard reporting – consolidation, interpretation and presentation of data for professional output.
• Data distribution, data presentation and using summary statistics – handling a range of data for statistical analysis.
• Gaining an understanding of the overlap between business and research data and the selection of appropriate tools for management of both types of data.

Working with these analysis tools, you will learn to develop confidence in dealing with a wide range of data sets. You will become familiar with the role of modelling as an aid to problem solving and will build skills which enable you to interpret data and present your findings to a range of audiences. Very importantly, you will gain a good understanding of the crucial role that analysis of data and interpretation of results plays in the decision-making arena.

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GA4001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9409 -

Preparing for Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Your programme aims to ensure that you are learners for business not just of business upon graduation. This module starts you on this journey through supporting your own professional development. Its aim is to increase your awareness of, and sensitivity to, personal and employability/ entrepreneurship/enterprise skills by focusing on programme-area graduate career opportunities and by giving you the opportunity to work on projects similar to those that graduates within your field will be presented with once in employment. Taking an experiential, team-focussed, project/problem-based approach the module will support you in identifying and developing the key skills, behaviours and acumen that are required to sustainably and responsibly manage organisations and their people. These might include generic areas such as leadership, project-management, resilience, empathy and professional judgement and also discipline-specific capabilities.
You will use this understanding to evaluate, practise, develop and re-evaluate your capabilities in these skills, behaviours and acumen areas, enabling you to develop your own graduate identity to support your successful future employability, entrepreneurship and/or enterprise activity. The activities provide you with authentic insights into the importance and challenges of team-working within organisations as you work to address real organisations’ issues.
Learner/team-led, tutor-guided sessions aim to support you in enhancing your employability and upon building your graduate identity. You will be supported in the practical development of the key attributes and behaviours that are central to your future success within your chosen profession within a project-based environment. Through documenting and reflecting upon your progress towards achieving your own team defined KPIs, so you will enhance your skills, behaviours, capabilities and acumen.
In short at the end of this module you will:
• Have an understanding and increased awareness of, and sensitivity to, those personal skills and attributes which are central to your future employability in your chosen profession or to future entrepreneurial or enterprise activity
• Be better prepared to understand the skills and qualities required by graduates in your field to secure future employment or engage in enterprise activity
• Have practical experience of working on a real-life business project appropriate to your programme area, improving your project management, research, employability and collaboration skills

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HR9412 -

Business, Economy and Society (Core,20 Credits)

Governments and society are increasingly expecting business organisations to step up and assist in building cohesive societies through the application of more sustainable forms of capitalism. This module introduces you to the global economic, societal, technological and environmental challenges of the 21st century, and identifies how, through greater alignment of business interest with that of society and the economy, business can be a “force for good” as well as best prepared to ‘Take on Tomorrow’. You will focus on how contemporary businesses, broadly defined to include public, voluntary, not-for-profit and social enterprise, interact the economy and society though examination of topical news stories and events. In doing so, you will develop a deep understanding of the relationships between business, the economy and society and the global challenges we all face. You will explore a range of cultural, governmental and ethical issues that arise from current and developing global and national contexts through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key issues include business ethics, the role of business in society, green issues, stakeholder theory, capitalist variants, the nature of globalisation at firm, economic and societal level and the interrelationship between business and government. By the end of the module you will be able to evidence critical thinking and analysis skills while bringing your own experiences as a citizen into your discussion and inquiry.

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MK9414 -

Introduction to Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the business philosophy and practice of marketing. It will examine how organisations can analyse and segment markets to improve performance and profitability by building long-term relationships with their customers. A wide range of marketing decisions is studied together with the influence of the changing marketing environment on these decisions.

Main lectures will introduce the basic theories of marketing:
• The Marketing Environment
• Consumer & Organisational Behaviour
• Target Marketing & Segmentation.
• Marketing Information Systems & Research.
• Dimensions of a Product, Branding and Product Life Cycle.
• Pricing Theory; strategies and tactics.
• The Promotional Mix: Advertising, PR, Direct & e-Marketing.
• Marketing channels

Whilst seminars and topical lectures will apply marketing theory to different case scenarios:
• Service Marketing
• Not for profit Marketing
• Food marketing
• Digital Marketing
• Environmental Marketing
• Sustainable Marketing

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SM9413 -

Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to ideas, examples and theories from the world of entrepreneurship. The module takes a critical approach, looking at evidence, confirmation and conflict in academic theories of the causes and contribution of entrepreneurship. The module introduces you to a range of thinking and supports you in evaluating alternative models and applying them as analytical tools in the understanding of entrepreneurial business.

Specifically, you will learn about the main classical theories of entrepreneurship, new research on the causes and promotion of entrepreneurship and the economic impact of new business.

Topics covered:

• What is theory and why is it important
• How are entrepreneurial businesses different?
• Theories of entrepreneurship
• The economic role of new business
• Scale, sector, structure: categorising business
• Entrepreneurs, owners and managers
• Social enterprise and entrepreneurship
• Risk and Failure
• Trust
• The promotion of entrepreneurship
• Sources of opportunity
• Strategic challenges for new business

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NX9527 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to study abroad in Semester 2 of Year 2. You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning.

When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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SM9536 -

Creativity and Innovation (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature and practice of creativity and innovation and how it can be applied, whether within the context of a new venture or an existing organisation. The module will cover theories relating to innovation and its management within a strategic management context. This will be combined with an introduction to processes of stimulating creativity in a variety of business contexts. The module will seek to facilitate the development of practical skills to promote creative thinking through practice-based elements in which real world problems are introduced for the testing of creative teamworking techniques.
Specific topics will include:

Innovation in a strategic context:
What is innovation, innovation and industrial dynamics, innovation strategy, disruptive innovation

The process of innovation and creativity:
Models of innovation process, sources of innovation, open innovation, innovation management, creativity, design thinking.

The creative environment:
The creative organisation, creative industries, creative class, creative places

Innovation and creativity policy:
Innovation systems and clusters, promoting creative places

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SM9537 -

Born Global Enterprise (Optional,20 Credits)

Some enterprises are ‘born global’ – they operate internationally from the start. Such companies stand out because of the way, speed and scale they gain presence, revenues and market share in several countries simultaneously. They differ not only in their strategic and operational ambition, but also in the way their founders learn, make decisions and use networks creating powerful alliances.

This module will help you gain knowledge and understanding of ‘born global’ firms, their key characteristics, how they are launched and developed. Using case studies, you will also learn about internationalization strategies and learning processes of born globals. You will use your learning to develop a launch plan for a born global startup in your chosen industry.

The topics you will study will draw from the following themes:
• Born global firms: definitions, examples, characteristics, types
• Born global firms: case studies
• International Entrepreneurship: speed, scale and patterns
• Strategies for international success
• Thinking differently: learning processes of born global and their founders
• Use of networks and alliances
• Dilemmas: rapid growth vs control trade-off
• Planning to launch a ‘born global’ startup

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SM9538 -

Business Research and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

This module focuses on ways to conduct independent research, together with the key academic skills of analysis, synthesis and criticality. You will be able to learn about processes and practices of conducting research from the initial idea to reporting results as well as understand the purpose of the research projects. The module examines the principles of research design before progressing to a more detailed treatment of data collection and analysis. You will be challenged to develop research ideas and critique existing literature primarily from academic sources. You will gain an understanding of various means of undertaking a research enquiry specifically to provide insights to solving a relevant problem, including activities as defining hypothesis/research questions, designing research objectives and research design that involves also budgetary limitations, primary and secondary data collection, research methods, and structuring of the final results.

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SM9540 -

Entrepreneurial Management (Core,20 Credits)

Successful entrepreneurship requires a broad understanding of management processes and techniques ranging from finance to strategy, HR and organisational behaviour. This module provides you with an overview of key management techniques and ideas which will be useful in your future entrepreneurial career. You will learn some basic concepts from a range of management disciplines with a focus on essential skills and their application in the entrepreneurial business.

Topics will include the following:

Foundations of strategic management
Entrepreneurial finance
HRM for new businesses
Organisational culture in the entrepreneurial business

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SM9541 -

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module focuses on The Entrepreneur and the Role of the Entrepreneur in Entrepreneurship Theory.

It will develop your learning from Introduction to Entrepreneurship [insert module code] in year one. It is also the module which will help you to decide, through a process of self-analysis, whether you want to take the venture start-up pathway (2) or follow the more theoretical pathway (1).

It will increase your capacity to think on your feet and be innovative; it will develop your life-long learning skills and your self-awareness and teach strategies to develop your psychological resources, such as hope and resilience.

Additionally, you will learn you how to create and participate in action learning sets which form the bedrock of the start-up pathway, and decide whether this more experiential approach to learning is right for you.

Through this module you will learn about:

• Different conceptualisations of success in entrepreneurship
• The difference between being an entrepreneur and being enterprising
• Effectual logic versus causal logic in new venture creation
• The psychology of entrepreneurship
• Meta-cognition / self-awareness
o Motivation
o Personality
o Cognition
? Cognitive biases
o Affect
o Identity
o Psychological resources
• Tolerance of uncertainty, ambiguity, risk and failure
• Learning theory and learning styles
• How to create, lead and manage action learning sets

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SM9542 -

International Digital Economy (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand how the emergence of the digital economy has created opportunities and challenges for international business. The module is delivered through lectures and seminars.

The module will cover the following issues:

• The scale and scope of electronic commerce
• Digital infrastructures
• Digitalisation and international business
• International institutions and the digital economy
• Transnational businesses and national governance structures
• International digital platforms

Through this module you will gain skills enabling you to analyse the growth and developing of the international digital economy. On completing the module, you will appreciate the scale, scope and dynamism of the international digital economy.

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SM9543 -

Recognising Entrepreneurial Opportunities (Core,20 Credits)

This module will help you to better understand how entrepreneurs identify opportunities

The module explores two phases of the opportunity recognition process: generation and assessment. Within a spirit of research, we will be led by what interests us at the time, however this will include an exploration of: key philosophical debates (and why these matter to your process); necessary individual and firm level attributes (using intention and orientation models); sources of entrepreneurial opportunities; socialising the opportunity; subjective value and types of value; shadow opportunities; and timing of opportunity.

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SM9544 -

Social Enterprise (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will be exploring the field of social enterprise. While social cause action has existed for a long time, systematic study of the field of activity is recent. That makes exploring and understanding the field an exciting pursuit. You will study the rationale behind the rise of the social economy and the theoretical development in this new field of study. You will also explore the practice of social enterprise, i.e., how traditional social cause activity as well as new and innovative social ventures operate and the exciting area of social enterprise performance assessment. Specific topics will draw from the following:

- The nature of the social economy
- Social cause action: opportunity and need for change perspectives
- Definitional debates in the field
- Statutory recognition of the practice; social enterprise typology
- Social innovation and technology
- Social venture funding
- Poverty and UN sustainable development goals
- Social impact and assessment
- Designing a social enterprise

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SM9545 -

Student Enterprise: Developing a Venture (Optional,20 Credits)

This is the first module of the Student Enterprise pathway. The focus of this module is to support you in developing your business idea into a real-life venture. To do this we will introduce you to venture creation topics with a focus on sales and marketing through weekly lectures. You will then apply these topics your own venture to develop your learning further.
As well as learning how to develop your own venture you will explore what it is to become an entrepreneur. To support you in becoming an entrepreneur will also cover topics which will support the development of your entrepreneurial capabilities. Example topics which may be covered are:

Venture development topics

Lean start-up
Business model canvas
Developing your product/service portfolio
UK Company law and business structures
Developing business strategies
Customer profiling and market segmentation
Marketing for venture creation
Digital marketing
Sales processes for venture creation


Entrepreneurial capabilities topics

Goal setting and growth
Developing critical reflection techniques
Developing a growth mindset
Experiential and self-directed learning
Principles of coaching

Support in developing your venture for your placement year.

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ML5029 -

Placement Abroad (assistantship) (Optional,120 Credits)

You will focus on experiential learning to enable you to develop your linguistic and employability skills whilst immersed in the culture of the host country as an integral part of this module. The placement abroad provides you with the opportunity to develop your oral and written communicative competence in French or Spanish. Living and studying or working abroad will enable you to further develop your understanding of the business, economic, political, social and cultural environment of a French or Spanish-speaking country.

The module aims to enable you to apply your linguistic competences (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in a working environment. You will extend your knowledge of more complex lexical and syntactical structures of the French or Spanish language appropriate to the business and social environment of a wide variety of sectors and disciplines. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and skills to increasingly complex situations as well as develop as an autonomous learner.

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NX9525 -

Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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NX9526 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year abroad at a partner university equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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NX9528 -

Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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NX9529 -

Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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SM9550 -

Business Start Up Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The business start-up year is a full year 120 credit module available on BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship. It is taken as an additional year between levels 5 and 6 and gives you an opportunity to focus on and run your business venture.

The placement consists of 48 weeks of running your own business, supported by the university.

This experience year is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to develop and test your business ideas, and decide whether self-employment, running a business or entrepreneurship is the path you want to take on graduating or in the future. It will also provide you with a rich variety of learning experiences which will enhance and feed into your final year when you return.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. However, when taken and passed, the business start-up year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format "BA (Hons) (with Work Placement Year)". The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, your assigned university mentor, and the University.

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SM9637 -

Business Failure (Optional,20 Credits)

Becoming a successful entrepreneur, launching and growing businesses usually involves significant experimentation. This means many business ideas would disappoint, come to nothing, or fail, with only a few turning into commercial winners. Understanding business failure, stigma which comes with it, and knowing how to communicate and deal with it, is an essential skill of any entrepreneur. In highly volatile and unpredictable world of today, where business closure occurs not only as part of experimentation, but also as a result of unexpected global events, understanding business failure and responsible closure is rapidly becoming a rather important and valuable skill.

This module will help you understand business failure through innovative research-led content, case studies and by hearing from experienced entrepreneurs. You will gain skills and tools to spot the early signs of failure, to understand your legal, social and moral responsibilities as business owner, and to learn how to powerfully reflect on lessons for the future.

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SM9638 -

Business start up (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is an optional module for students on the general pathway of BA Entrepreneurship who are thinking of starting up a business after graduation The focus of this module is to support you in developing your business idea into a real-life venture. To do this we will introduce you to venture creation topics with a focus on sales and marketing through weekly lectures. You will then apply these topics in creating a business plan for your own venture.
As well as learning how to develop your own venture you will explore what it is to become an entrepreneur. To support you in becoming an entrepreneur will also cover topics which will support the development of your entrepreneurial capabilities. Example topics which may be covered are:

Venture development topics
Lean start-up
Business model canvas
Developing your product/service portfolio
UK Company law and business structures
Developing business strategies
Customer profiling and market segmentation
Marketing for venture creation
Digital marketing
Sales processes for venture creation

Entrepreneurial capabilities topics
Goal setting and growth
Developing critical reflection techniques
Developing a growth mindset
Experiential and self-directed learning
Principles of coaching

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SM9640 -

Digital Entrepreneurship (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand the start-up and development of companies operating within digital markets. The module is delivered through lectures and seminars.

The module will cover the following issues:

• The growth and scope of e-commerce
• Business models for digital enterprises
• Digital platforms
• Management within digital markets
• Competition within digital markets
• Public policy and regulatory implications

Through this module you will gain skills enabling you to analyse the growth and developing of digital entrepreneurial activities. On completing the module, you will understand how companies grow and appreciate the dynamic and complex nature of the relationship between the digital enterprise and its wider context.

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SM9641 -

Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue. In addition, the dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by, initially, weekly lectures and seminar-workshops which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings.
The lectures and seminar-workshops will cover the following topics:
1. Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research)
2. Developing a literature review
3. Writing a research proposal
4. Researching ethically
5. Quantitative research techniques
6. Qualitative research techniques
7. Quantitative analysis techniques
8. Qualitative analysis techniques

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models,
2. Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
3. Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
4. Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
5. Recognise the ethical implications of your work
6. Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted

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SM9642 -

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Policy (Optional,20 Credits)

This module focuses on the external context for entrepreneurial businesses and the design and implementation of public policy to stimulate levels of entrepreneurship. You will therefore learn how entrepreneurial success at the level of a country or region can be shaped by the external environment and how governments are seeking to encourage and support entrepreneurship. An entrepreneurial ecosystem is ‘a set of interconnected entrepreneurial actors (both potential and existing), entrepreneurial organisations, institutions and entrepreneurial processes which formally and informally coalesce to connect, mediate and govern the performance within the local entrepreneurial environment’ (Mason and Brown, 2014). You will explore the nature of these elements and their combination in different contexts as a means to understand the differences in levels of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour in different places. Examples will be provided of successful and less developed locations, and the local policy responses.

Specific topics will include:
Definitions and elements in entrepreneurial ecosystems
The role of institutions such as universities, finance capital etc
Measuring entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship policies
Entrepreneurship in metropolitan contexts
High tech enterprise and university spin offs
Rural enterprise
Entrepreneurship policy in developing countries

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SM9643 -

Family Business Studies (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will introduce students to all aspects of family business studies. It will cover seminal issues including the evolution of family businesses and differing interpretations of family business including the distinction between family and non-family business. The role of family businesses worldwide and how they operate in different socioeconomic, political and cultural contexts. Drivers of longevity in family business including succession planning/management, next-generation engagement, innovation, transgenerational issues (such as transmission of skills), change management and entrepreneurship. Finally, there will be special focus areas such as: emotions in family business (including socioemotional wealth); values in family business (including governance and CSR); family business strategy and competitive advantage (including Resource-Based View); and the function family business history (including identity creation/maintenance, branding and impression management).

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SM9644 -

Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry module is a student-led individual project that enables you to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module. The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate an authentic engagement with managers and/or professionals in your discipline, and to integrate the knowledge you have developed during your programme to explore the theory in practice. The learning on this module is experiential and problem based, where the focus is upon you discovering, probing and questioning key practice-based issues. Through the module you will be offered the opportunity to develop and enhance key transferable employability skills including; time management, project management, communication (written, aural and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, problem-solving and analysis.

The module has five thematic areas; explore, review, engage, reflect and connect. These form the key elements of the assessed submission.

Part A (35%, 3,500 Words)

• Explore: Interviewing a manager and/or professional in your discipline. In this interview you will either explore a key issue which you feel the discipline is facing or, alternatively, explore with the manager or professional the key issues that they feel they are facing in practice. It is expected that you will apply appropriate interview methods and provide evidence of the interview within the submitted enquiry report (e.g. within the appendices).
• Review: Critically examining the appropriate literature to support the exploration, displaying an ability to critically assess and appraise the knowledge of your discipline related to a specific key issue arising from your exploration.

Part B (65%, 6,500 Words)

• Engage: Displaying an authentic engagement with the discipline problem/issue identified in Part A, by collecting/generating and analysing further live data (beyond the initial interview) regarding the discipline problem/issue. This live data may be primary data (e.g. further interviews with, or questionnaire to, managers and/or professionals in practice) or secondary data (e.g. industry data). Application of appropriate, ethically-considered, research methods and appropriate qualitative or quantitative data analysis.
• Reflect and Connect: Demonstrating an ability to critically evaluate and reflect on the issues arising from the Management Enquiry. Demonstrating how you have connected and fed-back to the participants of the Enquiry (usually the manager and/or participants) your key findings to provide clear prioritised, well-justified, practical and actionable recommendations for change/enhancement/improvement to existing practice to show how the recommendations would potentially affect workplace professional decision making.

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SM9645 -

Student Enterprise: Growing a venture (Optional,20 Credits)

This is the second module on the Student Enterprise pathway. The focus of this module is to support you in growing your venture. To do this we will introduce you to venture growth topics, focusing on business reporting and planning. You will then apply these topics to your own venture to further develop your learning.

Venture Growth Topics
Principles of business reporting
Financial management and forecasting
Growth strategies, models and theories
Growing sales through customer relationship management
Operations and logistics for growing businesses
Reviewing and managing of resources for business growth

Entrepreneurial Effectiveness Topics
Entrepreneurial leadership
Emotional intelligence
Social capital
Reviewing and developing networks

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SM9646 -

Student Enterprise: Sustaining a Venture (Optional,20 Credits)

This is the final module on the Student Enterprise pathway. The focus of this module is to bring together everything you have learnt on the pathway to support you to in exploring the option of sustaining and progressing your venture after graduation. To do this we will introduce you to topics which will help you to identify what is required to take your venture to the next level and to evaluate if moving forward with your venture is the right option for you. To successfully evaluate this, you will explore other contexts in which you can apply what you have learnt on the Student Enterprise pathway.

Sustaining a venture topics
Principles of business planning
Securing finance for business growth
Running an ethically and socially responsible business
Hiring and employing staff
Professionalising your business
Legal and financial issues of sustaining a business
Options of closing a business

Entrepreneurial effectiveness topics
Understanding and exploring graduate options
Future planning and horizon scanning
Critical self-reflection on your own learning and development
Entrepreneurial identity

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SM9647 -

Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

You will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group of typically 4 individuals (you will select their own team members), participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Newcastle Business School in the form of a mentor and via the Business Clinic.

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SM9654 -

Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship (Core,20 Credits)

This module offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of and interest in contemporary issues in entrepreneurship.

The word “entrepreneurship” has evolved over recent years and the term now covers a diverse range of social and economic actors, processes and situations. Entrepreneurship as an academic domain has exploded in diverse ways. This module aims to introduce you to some of the key themes of contemporary entrepreneurship research. The content will be flexible in order to showcase the current, leading-edge research interests of faculty and will have three broad themes:

Entrepreneurial performance and growth: Consideration of the links between economic and entrepreneurial performance, and lessons for growth, prosperity, economic policy and job creation. Possible topics will include creative/rural industries entrepreneurship, small business creation and development,innovation, incubation and networks, supporting small business, and SME finance and venture capital.
Entrepreneurial actors: Consideration of the person of the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial behaviours as well as socioeconomic dimensions such as labour markets, demography and entrepreneurial heterogeneity. Possible topics will include gender, entrepreneurship, social, community and ethnic entrepreneurship, management and leadership skills development and growth issues.
Entrepreneurial frameworks: Consideration of entrepreneurship theoretical frameworks and the ethics of entreprenership, as well as the impact of culture (organisational, regional, national and international) including entrepreneurship education and training. Possible topics will include entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurship education, sustainability and environmental issues, and entrepreneurial philanthropy.

On completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills and oral & written communication skills.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF4038 -

Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision-making processes. You will initially look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making.

Topic areas will include:

• The reporting frameworks and ethical principles that underpin financial reporting
• The nature of international financial reporting standards
• Format and content of the statement of profit or loss and statement of financial position
• The statement of cash flows
• Analysis and interpretation of financial statements using ratio analysis

You will then examine how financial information can facilitate managers in making operational decisions in relation to planning and control.

Topic areas will include:

• Costing (full and variable costing)
• Cost, volume, profit analysis
• Relevant costs for decision making
• Budgeting and variance analysis
• Balance scorecards
• Working capital management

Finally, you will explore the motivations for entrepreneurial activity and techniques that can be used to appraise investment decisions.

Topic areas will include:

• Investment appraisal techniques (payback, accounting rate of return, net present value and internal rate of return)
• Practical aspects of investment appraisal (inflation and capital rationing)
• Risk and uncertainty

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BM9403 -

Business Analysis for Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will develop the knowledge and skills in applying a variety of quantitative data analysis techniques to support business decision making. You will be introduced to business modelling using appropriate analytical tools, and your learning will cover a range of techniques to help business forecasting and data presentation.
In this module you will be exposed to a range of data analysis tools and skills, including:

• Business Analysis and Modelling: management of complex and varied data sets; building spreadsheet models.
• Data Trends and Associations e.g. identifying relationships between business variables.
• Business Forecasting and Predictive Modelling – analysing factors and trends for business planning.
• Business and Dashboard reporting – consolidation, interpretation and presentation of data for professional output.
• Data distribution, data presentation and using summary statistics – handling a range of data for statistical analysis.
• Gaining an understanding of the overlap between business and research data and the selection of appropriate tools for management of both types of data.

Working with these analysis tools, you will learn to develop confidence in dealing with a wide range of data sets. You will become familiar with the role of modelling as an aid to problem solving and will build skills which enable you to interpret data and present your findings to a range of audiences. Very importantly, you will gain a good understanding of the crucial role that analysis of data and interpretation of results plays in the decision-making arena.

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GA4001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9409 -

Preparing for Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Your programme aims to ensure that you are learners for business not just of business upon graduation. This module starts you on this journey through supporting your own professional development. Its aim is to increase your awareness of, and sensitivity to, personal and employability/ entrepreneurship/enterprise skills by focusing on programme-area graduate career opportunities and by giving you the opportunity to work on projects similar to those that graduates within your field will be presented with once in employment. Taking an experiential, team-focussed, project/problem-based approach the module will support you in identifying and developing the key skills, behaviours and acumen that are required to sustainably and responsibly manage organisations and their people. These might include generic areas such as leadership, project-management, resilience, empathy and professional judgement and also discipline-specific capabilities.
You will use this understanding to evaluate, practise, develop and re-evaluate your capabilities in these skills, behaviours and acumen areas, enabling you to develop your own graduate identity to support your successful future employability, entrepreneurship and/or enterprise activity. The activities provide you with authentic insights into the importance and challenges of team-working within organisations as you work to address real organisations’ issues.
Learner/team-led, tutor-guided sessions aim to support you in enhancing your employability and upon building your graduate identity. You will be supported in the practical development of the key attributes and behaviours that are central to your future success within your chosen profession within a project-based environment. Through documenting and reflecting upon your progress towards achieving your own team defined KPIs, so you will enhance your skills, behaviours, capabilities and acumen.
In short at the end of this module you will:
• Have an understanding and increased awareness of, and sensitivity to, those personal skills and attributes which are central to your future employability in your chosen profession or to future entrepreneurial or enterprise activity
• Be better prepared to understand the skills and qualities required by graduates in your field to secure future employment or engage in enterprise activity
• Have practical experience of working on a real-life business project appropriate to your programme area, improving your project management, research, employability and collaboration skills

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HR9412 -

Business, Economy and Society (Core,20 Credits)

Governments and society are increasingly expecting business organisations to step up and assist in building cohesive societies through the application of more sustainable forms of capitalism. This module introduces you to the global economic, societal, technological and environmental challenges of the 21st century, and identifies how, through greater alignment of business interest with that of society and the economy, business can be a “force for good” as well as best prepared to ‘Take on Tomorrow’. You will focus on how contemporary businesses, broadly defined to include public, voluntary, not-for-profit and social enterprise, interact the economy and society though examination of topical news stories and events. In doing so, you will develop a deep understanding of the relationships between business, the economy and society and the global challenges we all face. You will explore a range of cultural, governmental and ethical issues that arise from current and developing global and national contexts through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key issues include business ethics, the role of business in society, green issues, stakeholder theory, capitalist variants, the nature of globalisation at firm, economic and societal level and the interrelationship between business and government. By the end of the module you will be able to evidence critical thinking and analysis skills while bringing your own experiences as a citizen into your discussion and inquiry.

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MK9414 -

Introduction to Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the business philosophy and practice of marketing. It will examine how organisations can analyse and segment markets to improve performance and profitability by building long-term relationships with their customers. A wide range of marketing decisions is studied together with the influence of the changing marketing environment on these decisions.

Main lectures will introduce the basic theories of marketing:
• The Marketing Environment
• Consumer & Organisational Behaviour
• Target Marketing & Segmentation.
• Marketing Information Systems & Research.
• Dimensions of a Product, Branding and Product Life Cycle.
• Pricing Theory; strategies and tactics.
• The Promotional Mix: Advertising, PR, Direct & e-Marketing.
• Marketing channels

Whilst seminars and topical lectures will apply marketing theory to different case scenarios:
• Service Marketing
• Not for profit Marketing
• Food marketing
• Digital Marketing
• Environmental Marketing
• Sustainable Marketing

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SM9413 -

Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to ideas, examples and theories from the world of entrepreneurship. The module takes a critical approach, looking at evidence, confirmation and conflict in academic theories of the causes and contribution of entrepreneurship. The module introduces you to a range of thinking and supports you in evaluating alternative models and applying them as analytical tools in the understanding of entrepreneurial business.

Specifically, you will learn about the main classical theories of entrepreneurship, new research on the causes and promotion of entrepreneurship and the economic impact of new business.

Topics covered:

• What is theory and why is it important
• How are entrepreneurial businesses different?
• Theories of entrepreneurship
• The economic role of new business
• Scale, sector, structure: categorising business
• Entrepreneurs, owners and managers
• Social enterprise and entrepreneurship
• Risk and Failure
• Trust
• The promotion of entrepreneurship
• Sources of opportunity
• Strategic challenges for new business

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NX9527 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to study abroad in Semester 2 of Year 2. You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning.

When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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SM9536 -

Creativity and Innovation (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature and practice of creativity and innovation and how it can be applied, whether within the context of a new venture or an existing organisation. The module will cover theories relating to innovation and its management within a strategic management context. This will be combined with an introduction to processes of stimulating creativity in a variety of business contexts. The module will seek to facilitate the development of practical skills to promote creative thinking through practice-based elements in which real world problems are introduced for the testing of creative teamworking techniques.
Specific topics will include:

Innovation in a strategic context:
What is innovation, innovation and industrial dynamics, innovation strategy, disruptive innovation

The process of innovation and creativity:
Models of innovation process, sources of innovation, open innovation, innovation management, creativity, design thinking.

The creative environment:
The creative organisation, creative industries, creative class, creative places

Innovation and creativity policy:
Innovation systems and clusters, promoting creative places

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SM9537 -

Born Global Enterprise (Optional,20 Credits)

Some enterprises are ‘born global’ – they operate internationally from the start. Such companies stand out because of the way, speed and scale they gain presence, revenues and market share in several countries simultaneously. They differ not only in their strategic and operational ambition, but also in the way their founders learn, make decisions and use networks creating powerful alliances.

This module will help you gain knowledge and understanding of ‘born global’ firms, their key characteristics, how they are launched and developed. Using case studies, you will also learn about internationalization strategies and learning processes of born globals. You will use your learning to develop a launch plan for a born global startup in your chosen industry.

The topics you will study will draw from the following themes:
• Born global firms: definitions, examples, characteristics, types
• Born global firms: case studies
• International Entrepreneurship: speed, scale and patterns
• Strategies for international success
• Thinking differently: learning processes of born global and their founders
• Use of networks and alliances
• Dilemmas: rapid growth vs control trade-off
• Planning to launch a ‘born global’ startup

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SM9538 -

Business Research and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

This module focuses on ways to conduct independent research, together with the key academic skills of analysis, synthesis and criticality. You will be able to learn about processes and practices of conducting research from the initial idea to reporting results as well as understand the purpose of the research projects. The module examines the principles of research design before progressing to a more detailed treatment of data collection and analysis. You will be challenged to develop research ideas and critique existing literature primarily from academic sources. You will gain an understanding of various means of undertaking a research enquiry specifically to provide insights to solving a relevant problem, including activities as defining hypothesis/research questions, designing research objectives and research design that involves also budgetary limitations, primary and secondary data collection, research methods, and structuring of the final results.

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SM9540 -

Entrepreneurial Management (Core,20 Credits)

Successful entrepreneurship requires a broad understanding of management processes and techniques ranging from finance to strategy, HR and organisational behaviour. This module provides you with an overview of key management techniques and ideas which will be useful in your future entrepreneurial career. You will learn some basic concepts from a range of management disciplines with a focus on essential skills and their application in the entrepreneurial business.

Topics will include the following:

Foundations of strategic management
Entrepreneurial finance
HRM for new businesses
Organisational culture in the entrepreneurial business

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SM9541 -

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module focuses on The Entrepreneur and the Role of the Entrepreneur in Entrepreneurship Theory.

It will develop your learning from Introduction to Entrepreneurship [insert module code] in year one. It is also the module which will help you to decide, through a process of self-analysis, whether you want to take the venture start-up pathway (2) or follow the more theoretical pathway (1).

It will increase your capacity to think on your feet and be innovative; it will develop your life-long learning skills and your self-awareness and teach strategies to develop your psychological resources, such as hope and resilience.

Additionally, you will learn you how to create and participate in action learning sets which form the bedrock of the start-up pathway, and decide whether this more experiential approach to learning is right for you.

Through this module you will learn about:

• Different conceptualisations of success in entrepreneurship
• The difference between being an entrepreneur and being enterprising
• Effectual logic versus causal logic in new venture creation
• The psychology of entrepreneurship
• Meta-cognition / self-awareness
o Motivation
o Personality
o Cognition
? Cognitive biases
o Affect
o Identity
o Psychological resources
• Tolerance of uncertainty, ambiguity, risk and failure
• Learning theory and learning styles
• How to create, lead and manage action learning sets

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SM9542 -

International Digital Economy (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand how the emergence of the digital economy has created opportunities and challenges for international business. The module is delivered through lectures and seminars.

The module will cover the following issues:

• The scale and scope of electronic commerce
• Digital infrastructures
• Digitalisation and international business
• International institutions and the digital economy
• Transnational businesses and national governance structures
• International digital platforms

Through this module you will gain skills enabling you to analyse the growth and developing of the international digital economy. On completing the module, you will appreciate the scale, scope and dynamism of the international digital economy.

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SM9543 -

Recognising Entrepreneurial Opportunities (Core,20 Credits)

This module will help you to better understand how entrepreneurs identify opportunities

The module explores two phases of the opportunity recognition process: generation and assessment. Within a spirit of research, we will be led by what interests us at the time, however this will include an exploration of: key philosophical debates (and why these matter to your process); necessary individual and firm level attributes (using intention and orientation models); sources of entrepreneurial opportunities; socialising the opportunity; subjective value and types of value; shadow opportunities; and timing of opportunity.

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SM9544 -

Social Enterprise (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will be exploring the field of social enterprise. While social cause action has existed for a long time, systematic study of the field of activity is recent. That makes exploring and understanding the field an exciting pursuit. You will study the rationale behind the rise of the social economy and the theoretical development in this new field of study. You will also explore the practice of social enterprise, i.e., how traditional social cause activity as well as new and innovative social ventures operate and the exciting area of social enterprise performance assessment. Specific topics will draw from the following:

- The nature of the social economy
- Social cause action: opportunity and need for change perspectives
- Definitional debates in the field
- Statutory recognition of the practice; social enterprise typology
- Social innovation and technology
- Social venture funding
- Poverty and UN sustainable development goals
- Social impact and assessment
- Designing a social enterprise

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SM9545 -

Student Enterprise: Developing a Venture (Optional,20 Credits)

This is the first module of the Student Enterprise pathway. The focus of this module is to support you in developing your business idea into a real-life venture. To do this we will introduce you to venture creation topics with a focus on sales and marketing through weekly lectures. You will then apply these topics your own venture to develop your learning further.
As well as learning how to develop your own venture you will explore what it is to become an entrepreneur. To support you in becoming an entrepreneur will also cover topics which will support the development of your entrepreneurial capabilities. Example topics which may be covered are:

Venture development topics

Lean start-up
Business model canvas
Developing your product/service portfolio
UK Company law and business structures
Developing business strategies
Customer profiling and market segmentation
Marketing for venture creation
Digital marketing
Sales processes for venture creation


Entrepreneurial capabilities topics

Goal setting and growth
Developing critical reflection techniques
Developing a growth mindset
Experiential and self-directed learning
Principles of coaching

Support in developing your venture for your placement year.

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ML5029 -

Placement Abroad (assistantship) (Optional,120 Credits)

You will focus on experiential learning to enable you to develop your linguistic and employability skills whilst immersed in the culture of the host country as an integral part of this module. The placement abroad provides you with the opportunity to develop your oral and written communicative competence in French or Spanish. Living and studying or working abroad will enable you to further develop your understanding of the business, economic, political, social and cultural environment of a French or Spanish-speaking country.

The module aims to enable you to apply your linguistic competences (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in a working environment. You will extend your knowledge of more complex lexical and syntactical structures of the French or Spanish language appropriate to the business and social environment of a wide variety of sectors and disciplines. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and skills to increasingly complex situations as well as develop as an autonomous learner.

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NX9525 -

Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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NX9526 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year abroad at a partner university equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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SM9550 -

Business Start Up Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The business start-up year is a full year 120 credit module available on BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship. It is taken as an additional year between levels 5 and 6 and gives you an opportunity to focus on and run your business venture.

The placement consists of 48 weeks of running your own business, supported by the university.

This experience year is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to develop and test your business ideas, and decide whether self-employment, running a business or entrepreneurship is the path you want to take on graduating or in the future. It will also provide you with a rich variety of learning experiences which will enhance and feed into your final year when you return.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. However, when taken and passed, the business start-up year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format "BA (Hons) (with Work Placement Year)". The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, your assigned university mentor, and the University.

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SM9637 -

Business Failure (Optional,20 Credits)

Becoming a successful entrepreneur, launching and growing businesses usually involves significant experimentation. This means many business ideas would disappoint, come to nothing, or fail, with only a few turning into commercial winners. Understanding business failure, stigma which comes with it, and knowing how to communicate and deal with it, is an essential skill of any entrepreneur. In highly volatile and unpredictable world of today, where business closure occurs not only as part of experimentation, but also as a result of unexpected global events, understanding business failure and responsible closure is rapidly becoming a rather important and valuable skill.

This module will help you understand business failure through innovative research-led content, case studies and by hearing from experienced entrepreneurs. You will gain skills and tools to spot the early signs of failure, to understand your legal, social and moral responsibilities as business owner, and to learn how to powerfully reflect on lessons for the future.

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Business start up (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is an optional module for students on the general pathway of BA Entrepreneurship who are thinking of starting up a business after graduation The focus of this module is to support you in developing your business idea into a real-life venture. To do this we will introduce you to venture creation topics with a focus on sales and marketing through weekly lectures. You will then apply these topics in creating a business plan for your own venture.
As well as learning how to develop your own venture you will explore what it is to become an entrepreneur. To support you in becoming an entrepreneur will also cover topics which will support the development of your entrepreneurial capabilities. Example topics which may be covered are:

Venture development topics
Lean start-up
Business model canvas
Developing your product/service portfolio
UK Company law and business structures
Developing business strategies
Customer profiling and market segmentation
Marketing for venture creation
Digital marketing
Sales processes for venture creation

Entrepreneurial capabilities topics
Goal setting and growth
Developing critical reflection techniques
Developing a growth mindset
Experiential and self-directed learning
Principles of coaching

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Digital Entrepreneurship (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand the start-up and development of companies operating within digital markets. The module is delivered through lectures and seminars.

The module will cover the following issues:

• The growth and scope of e-commerce
• Business models for digital enterprises
• Digital platforms
• Management within digital markets
• Competition within digital markets
• Public policy and regulatory implications

Through this module you will gain skills enabling you to analyse the growth and developing of digital entrepreneurial activities. On completing the module, you will understand how companies grow and appreciate the dynamic and complex nature of the relationship between the digital enterprise and its wider context.

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SM9641 -

Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue. In addition, the dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by, initially, weekly lectures and seminar-workshops which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings.
The lectures and seminar-workshops will cover the following topics:
1. Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research)
2. Developing a literature review
3. Writing a research proposal
4. Researching ethically
5. Quantitative research techniques
6. Qualitative research techniques
7. Quantitative analysis techniques
8. Qualitative analysis techniques

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models,
2. Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
3. Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
4. Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
5. Recognise the ethical implications of your work
6. Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Policy (Optional,20 Credits)

This module focuses on the external context for entrepreneurial businesses and the design and implementation of public policy to stimulate levels of entrepreneurship. You will therefore learn how entrepreneurial success at the level of a country or region can be shaped by the external environment and how governments are seeking to encourage and support entrepreneurship. An entrepreneurial ecosystem is ‘a set of interconnected entrepreneurial actors (both potential and existing), entrepreneurial organisations, institutions and entrepreneurial processes which formally and informally coalesce to connect, mediate and govern the performance within the local entrepreneurial environment’ (Mason and Brown, 2014). You will explore the nature of these elements and their combination in different contexts as a means to understand the differences in levels of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour in different places. Examples will be provided of successful and less developed locations, and the local policy responses.

Specific topics will include:
Definitions and elements in entrepreneurial ecosystems
The role of institutions such as universities, finance capital etc
Measuring entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship policies
Entrepreneurship in metropolitan contexts
High tech enterprise and university spin offs
Rural enterprise
Entrepreneurship policy in developing countries

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Family Business Studies (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will introduce students to all aspects of family business studies. It will cover seminal issues including the evolution of family businesses and differing interpretations of family business including the distinction between family and non-family business. The role of family businesses worldwide and how they operate in different socioeconomic, political and cultural contexts. Drivers of longevity in family business including succession planning/management, next-generation engagement, innovation, transgenerational issues (such as transmission of skills), change management and entrepreneurship. Finally, there will be special focus areas such as: emotions in family business (including socioemotional wealth); values in family business (including governance and CSR); family business strategy and competitive advantage (including Resource-Based View); and the function family business history (including identity creation/maintenance, branding and impression management).

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Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry module is a student-led individual project that enables you to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module. The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate an authentic engagement with managers and/or professionals in your discipline, and to integrate the knowledge you have developed during your programme to explore the theory in practice. The learning on this module is experiential and problem based, where the focus is upon you discovering, probing and questioning key practice-based issues. Through the module you will be offered the opportunity to develop and enhance key transferable employability skills including; time management, project management, communication (written, aural and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, problem-solving and analysis.

The module has five thematic areas; explore, review, engage, reflect and connect. These form the key elements of the assessed submission.

Part A (35%, 3,500 Words)

• Explore: Interviewing a manager and/or professional in your discipline. In this interview you will either explore a key issue which you feel the discipline is facing or, alternatively, explore with the manager or professional the key issues that they feel they are facing in practice. It is expected that you will apply appropriate interview methods and provide evidence of the interview within the submitted enquiry report (e.g. within the appendices).
• Review: Critically examining the appropriate literature to support the exploration, displaying an ability to critically assess and appraise the knowledge of your discipline related to a specific key issue arising from your exploration.

Part B (65%, 6,500 Words)

• Engage: Displaying an authentic engagement with the discipline problem/issue identified in Part A, by collecting/generating and analysing further live data (beyond the initial interview) regarding the discipline problem/issue. This live data may be primary data (e.g. further interviews with, or questionnaire to, managers and/or professionals in practice) or secondary data (e.g. industry data). Application of appropriate, ethically-considered, research methods and appropriate qualitative or quantitative data analysis.
• Reflect and Connect: Demonstrating an ability to critically evaluate and reflect on the issues arising from the Management Enquiry. Demonstrating how you have connected and fed-back to the participants of the Enquiry (usually the manager and/or participants) your key findings to provide clear prioritised, well-justified, practical and actionable recommendations for change/enhancement/improvement to existing practice to show how the recommendations would potentially affect workplace professional decision making.

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Student Enterprise: Growing a venture (Optional,20 Credits)

This is the second module on the Student Enterprise pathway. The focus of this module is to support you in growing your venture. To do this we will introduce you to venture growth topics, focusing on business reporting and planning. You will then apply these topics to your own venture to further develop your learning.

Venture Growth Topics
Principles of business reporting
Financial management and forecasting
Growth strategies, models and theories
Growing sales through customer relationship management
Operations and logistics for growing businesses
Reviewing and managing of resources for business growth

Entrepreneurial Effectiveness Topics
Entrepreneurial leadership
Emotional intelligence
Social capital
Reviewing and developing networks

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Student Enterprise: Sustaining a Venture (Optional,20 Credits)

This is the final module on the Student Enterprise pathway. The focus of this module is to bring together everything you have learnt on the pathway to support you to in exploring the option of sustaining and progressing your venture after graduation. To do this we will introduce you to topics which will help you to identify what is required to take your venture to the next level and to evaluate if moving forward with your venture is the right option for you. To successfully evaluate this, you will explore other contexts in which you can apply what you have learnt on the Student Enterprise pathway.

Sustaining a venture topics
Principles of business planning
Securing finance for business growth
Running an ethically and socially responsible business
Hiring and employing staff
Professionalising your business
Legal and financial issues of sustaining a business
Options of closing a business

Entrepreneurial effectiveness topics
Understanding and exploring graduate options
Future planning and horizon scanning
Critical self-reflection on your own learning and development
Entrepreneurial identity

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Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

You will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group of typically 4 individuals (you will select their own team members), participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Newcastle Business School in the form of a mentor and via the Business Clinic.

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Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship (Core,20 Credits)

This module offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of and interest in contemporary issues in entrepreneurship.

The word “entrepreneurship” has evolved over recent years and the term now covers a diverse range of social and economic actors, processes and situations. Entrepreneurship as an academic domain has exploded in diverse ways. This module aims to introduce you to some of the key themes of contemporary entrepreneurship research. The content will be flexible in order to showcase the current, leading-edge research interests of faculty and will have three broad themes:

Entrepreneurial performance and growth: Consideration of the links between economic and entrepreneurial performance, and lessons for growth, prosperity, economic policy and job creation. Possible topics will include creative/rural industries entrepreneurship, small business creation and development,innovation, incubation and networks, supporting small business, and SME finance and venture capital.
Entrepreneurial actors: Consideration of the person of the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial behaviours as well as socioeconomic dimensions such as labour markets, demography and entrepreneurial heterogeneity. Possible topics will include gender, entrepreneurship, social, community and ethnic entrepreneurship, management and leadership skills development and growth issues.
Entrepreneurial frameworks: Consideration of entrepreneurship theoretical frameworks and the ethics of entreprenership, as well as the impact of culture (organisational, regional, national and international) including entrepreneurship education and training. Possible topics will include entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurship education, sustainability and environmental issues, and entrepreneurial philanthropy.

On completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills and oral & written communication skills.

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