SM9646 - Student Enterprise: Sustaining a Venture

What will I learn on this module?

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

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures and workshops which are in the form of action learning sets and through your own experience of developing your venture. The lectures will provide you with an introduction to the theoretical topics which will enable you to develop your venture. The action learning sets are small groups workshops which allows you and your peers to work through the challenges and complexities of running a venture and becoming an entrepreneur. These action learning sets allow you to use your venture to decide which are the most relevant topics for you and allow you to practise these topics which will develop your learning further.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module with subject specialists contributing to the topics

Support will include you being assigned a facilitator who is an academic member of staff with expertise in business start-up. This facilitator will be assigned to you throughout the whole time on the Student Enterprise pathway and will provide you with feedback throughout your time on the module.
The module is supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan which outlines the weekly sessions as well as providing guidance on the tutor-guided independent learning and suggestions for the student independent learning. The eLp will be used as a resource for lecture and seminar materials as well as serving as a communication hub for relevant course information, assessment submission and discussion boards.
You will be provided with a specialist electronic reading list that comprises of various materials including reports, book chapters and journal article that showcases the application of a variety of subject materials.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• You will be able to recognise a variety of entrepreneurial careers, including sustaining a venture. (MLO1)

• Demonstrate an understanding of the graduate labour market or entrepreneurial environment. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• Be able to visualise and articulate a range of future options by scanning the environment and exploring your own capabilities. (MLO3)

• Apply the methods and techniques developed to make judgements on future plans. (MLO4)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Demonstrate the learning ability, qualities and transferable skills necessary for self-employment, employment or further training. (MLO5)

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment (MLO1,2,3,4,5)
You will be required to run your own action learning group session either individually or in a small group.

You will be required to report on your business activity.

You will receive feedback on the above through your action learning sets.

Summative assessment (MLO1,2,3,4,5)
You will be assessed via a 3000 word individual portfolio worth 75% of the module.

This portfolio will be plan for your life after graduation based on either you sustaining your venture after gradation or applying your entrepreneurial skills to a graduate career.

You will also be required to complete a final group presentation worth 25%. This presentation critically reflects on the groups and the individual learning throughout the BA Entrepreneurship Pathway 2.


Student enterprise: growing a venture



Module abstract

We’ve designed Student Enterprise: Sustaining your Venture so you can explore what it takes for you to progress your venture and assess if
it’s a viable option to continue post-graduation. The module will ensure that whatever the outcome of this decision-making process, you have
the necessary skills for an entrepreneurial career, whether that’s working for yourself or applying your entrepreneurial mindset in an

Through the action learning sets, you and your peers will work together on the challenges and complexities of planning for the future. Using
this method allows you to direct and tailor your learning to enable a more transformative experience, for which you’ll receive specialist support
from academic staff who have a background in business start-up and career development.

Course info

UCAS Code N150

Credits 20

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

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