NX9311 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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What will I learn on this module?

This module examines how our business organisations are organised in order to deliver on their strategic mission in an increasingly competitive globalised environment. This module is designed to develop your understanding of business practice and the key strategic concerns of senior managers. This module will provide, through the exploration of the functions of a business, the foundation for your later career as a manager.

In this module you will be assessed by a Project that involves a presentation and a project whilst working in a team. You will be guided on how to approach this examination in lectures and seminars.

How will I learn on this module?

The module involves one weekly lecture in which the core subject content and learning materials will be presented. You should organise your time to re-read lecture notes and reflect on the content, especially any new theoretical models and terms.

Northumbria University aims to provide you with an enriching learning journey through your studies and will support you in your learning through a variety of learning methodologies, including online and blended learning. All modules resources will be available online should you not be able to access campus, and the University has one of the largest collections of e-learning materials in the UK. This is an example of how the University is anticipating the future, and how you may wish to access learning materials. You will engage with tutors via email and through Blackboard’s Collaborative online video-conferencing facility. The discussion board on Blackboard will enable you to share your ideas and learn from others. Learning in an online environment can be very enjoyable and stimulating.

The Foundation Programme is designed to promote your independent research-rich skills. You will be expected to read beyond the reading list and extend your understanding through research using academic journals, text-books and electronic resources in the Library. You will also participate in paired/group-work that is aimed to develop your team-working and interpersonal skills as a future manager. The learning philosophy of the Programme is influenced by an inquiry-based independent research approach which is both enjoyable and stimulating. Whereas many students may have been told what to do at school or college, we aim to encourage you to become much more independent and control the way you learn and that fits into your own personal; preferences. We recognise that you are an adult and wish to prepare for your future, so we place great emphasis on you developing your own personal responsibility as a learner. This means that instead of relying on your tutor to tell you what to do, you engage proactively with your tutors and discuss what possible approaches are available, what resources could be used and then take control of your learning. For example, you will be required to manage your own reading and note-taking, as well as planning your schedule for study. As part of the research-rich approach (i.e. research oriented), you will be expected to apply theory to a real world context and be able to make linkages between what you have read and what you see in practice. Much of the literature on management development refers to the volatile and uncertain world we now work in, in order to prepare you for your future in management, we want you to become much more independent in learning and able to respond imaginatively to change. This is a key life-skill that we will promote here at Northumbria. You will be encouraged to undertake independent research and develop the skills associated with being a research-rich, lifelong learner. You should plan to undertake at least 10 hours independent reading and note-making each week for this module.

You should take on board the formative and summative comments from staff and identify your own action points as you progress through the Programme. We would like you to see assessment in wider terms of learning, not just a mark on a piece of paper. Assessment is important in changing our ideas and helping us move in a better direction, so take on board formative comments during seminars and reflect on those comments on your summative assignment. It is important that you see each assignment as an opportunity to build your confidence as well as knowledge.

A Teaching and Learning Plan is accessible through the Blackboard module site. Blackboard is a highly developed and useful virtual learning environment that is an important way of accessing materials as well as communication. You will be able to download lecture note, post thoughts to a discussion board and have access through announcements to the latest news. It is vitally important that you keep informed and check both the Programme and module sites several times a week.

You will also have a weekly two-hour seminar that will reinforce the concepts introduced in the preceding week’s lectures. You will learn with others in a variety of ways and that are intended to develop your inter-personal, negotiation and leadership skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic staff are drawn from a range of disciplines within the Newcastle Business School, many of whom have expertise in Leadership, Management and Business Practice. Many have extensive professional experience that they bring to your learning experience, whether this is in the way of previous teaching or management practice in a work-based environment.

Lectures provide an overview of the subject content and materials are accessible on the module site so that you can re-visit the lecture and consolidate your understanding. In addition, weekly seminars follow-on from the theme introduced in the lecture and develop ideas in greater depth through interactive group-work and discussion. Seminars are integral to your learning experience and enable you to learn with others. The nature of the examination and suggestions on how best to tackle it are provided in the dedicated seminar.

Blackboard Ultra is central to your learning journey as it is a one-stop location for resources and guidance. For example, in addition to lecture notes and guidance on the assignment, Blackboard stores a range of electronic resources and hosts a discussion board where you can share ideas with staff and students. In addition, the module Online Reading List can be reached through Blackboard.

You will also receive news from the University through Apps on your smartphone. Please ensure that you download the Apps that are advertised by the University and check what is happening across the University and how these may affect you and your studies on a regular basis.

In addition to the Module tutor and Programme Leader, help is also available through your own dedicated Personal Tutor. The role of your Personal Tutor is to support you beyond your module studies and provide guidance on how you can access support across the University when you have a problem. You should liaise with your Personal Tutor several times in each semester.

It is important that if you have any learning disability or suffer from ill-health, then you obtain the necessary permission from the University for additional support (DSSR). You should liaise with Student Support and Well-being in your first few weeks at University.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
ML01: Develop an understanding of the importance to act and respond to business challenges

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
ML02: Demonstrate how entrepreneurship and innovative approaches can be applied and adapted in different work based situations
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
Demonstrate curiosity and creativity to address organisational challenges within an inclusive environment (MLO3)

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessments will be undertaken throughout the semester on tasks and activities undertaken in the seminars. Formative feedback to be provided which can be reflected on prior to the submission of the summative assessment. Feedback to be provided orally in workshops and tutorials.

Summative assessment to comprise of a group Project (end of year presentation and 2000 word group report) to assess all the Module Learning outcomes.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module aims to provide an introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation and how leaders and managers make their strategic choices. As such this module will promote an understanding of entrepreneurship in continual interaction with a dynamic and opportunity rich environment.

In applying a range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks, the module encourages you to evaluate appropriateness and effectiveness of different approaches to innovative business practice and entrepreneurial decisions. Important subject content and theoretical frameworks will be introduced through the lecture programme, and their application and relevance to exploring contemporary business management will be discussed through seminar activities.

Although the theory of entrepreneurship and innovation informs your learning, you will also learn through case studies of contemporary business practice and explore issues relating to management practice. You will learn through a variety of ways that are aimed to develop your independent research skills as well as your ways of working with others, which are vital to your future career in Business Management.

Course info

UCAS Code N765

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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