NX9307 - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to develop your understanding of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship (ICE) in the context of business and management. It will empower you to build an entrepreneurial mind-set and will give you the opportunity to develop your own ICE tool kit which will be invaluable in your later studies and future career. You will become more confident in generating and implementing new ideas and will begin to develop your own network of business contacts.

Semester 1 sees you being introduced to key ICE concepts through a series of lectures and workshops which are designed to introduce you to the basics of business and management to develop your entrepreneurial mind-set and capability. You will engage with experienced entrepreneurs through guest lectures and round table discussions and you will be given the opportunity to secure and perform an interview with an entrepreneur of your choice.

Semester 2 will allow you to further develop your entrepreneurial capability and effectiveness through the creation and validation of a business solution. Working collaboratively with your team you will develop, test and validate a business proposition and compete with other teams for the ICE Challenge award.

The module centres on collaboration and team work you will be assessed on two key activities in the year. In semester 1 you will be introduced to the basics of business and management and provided the opportunity to network with established entrepreneurs and share your experience with the rest of the group (40%). In semester 2 you will be assessed on your ICE challenge presentation (40%). You will also be required to prepare an individual Logbook of your ICE journey throughout the year which maps your own personal ICE development and experiences (20%)

How will I learn on this module?

A range of teaching and learning approaches will be applied in this module. You will be encouraged to generate ideas throughout and be given the opportunity to put these into action.

In semester 1, you have a one-hour weekly lecture supported by a one hour workshop. In the lectures you will be introduced to key ICE concepts and principles designed to challenge your ideas and understanding of what it is like to be an entrepreneur, and you will hear from guest speakers who will share their own entrepreneurial experiences. You will gain an appreciation of what ICE skills they possess and find out how they developed them. Workshop sessions will provide you with the opportunity to further explore the lecture topics and to build up your own ICE skills through practical activities and challenges.

In semester 2 you will be attending two one hour workshop sessions. Having briefly revisited the ICE concepts, you will begin to develop your business solution. You will need to develop, test and validate a suitable business solution for the assignment brief provided. Each week your team will be required to demonstrate the progress you have made to date in developing your business solution. As semester 2 progresses your team will be preparing your presentation pitch for the ICE Challenge.

At the start of the module you will be provided with a teaching and learning plan (TLP) which details the structure and content of the module on a week by week basis. Here you will also find weekly directed multimedia support where you are directed to access through the e-learning portal (Blackboard) a range of appropriate business documentaries, series and movies etc.

You will be assessed each semester. Semester 1 focuses on the development of ICE skills and how these manifest themselves in established entrepreneurs. In Semester 2 you will demonstrate how you have put these skills into practice by developing and presenting your ICE solution. You will also be required to maintain an individual Logbook throughout the year in order to demonstrate your own ICE development and experiences.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported throughout by the module teaching team who are available to answer your questions either in person or by email. You are encouraged to contact a member of the tutor team for additional support and guidance as necessary throughout the course either individually or as part of your team. Due to the practical nature of the workshops the teaching team will be on hand to facilitate and provide regular formative feedback to ensure that you are making progress throughout.

Your module is supported by the e-learning portal, which includes lecture and seminar material as well as additional resources for independent study. Your lectures will be recorded and uploaded to the e-learning portal which you will be able to access to consolidate your knowledge and develop understanding. Your electronic reading list includes core material to support your lectures/seminars.

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:

• Based upon your knowledge and understanding of key ICE concepts you will generate and present practical solutions. You will use the knowledge and skills from your lectures/workshops to generate and present innovative ideas, displaying a developing ability to analyse commercial problems [LO1]

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• Working collaboratively with others throughout the year you will be generating ideas and presenting practical solutions to commercial problems. By engaging with established entrepreneurs you will develop professional communication and presentation skills. [LO2]
• Throughout the year you will reflect on your own ICE development and experiences by the preparation of your Logbook [LO3]

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

• You will develop your enquiry and project management skills through engaging with members of the business community and the development of your ICE challenge solution. [LO4]

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
You will receive weekly formative feedback throughout the module from the teaching team both on an individual basis and as part of your team.

Summative assessment:

Semester 1
Infographic of the steps to starting your own business (40%) [LO1], [LO2], [LO4]

Semester 2
Development and presentation of business solution (40%)[LO1], [LO2], [LO4]

Semester 1 & 2
Individual Logbook (20%) [LO3]

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is designed to develop your understanding of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship (ICE) in the context of business and management. It will empower you to build an entrepreneurial mind-set, introducing you to the basics of business and management and giving you the opportunity to develop your own ICE tool kit which will be invaluable in your later studies and future career. You will become more confident in generating and implementing new ideas and will begin to develop your own network of business contacts.

In this year long module you will have the opportunity to engage with established entrepreneurs and develop a business solution based on key ICE concepts.

Course info

UCAS Code N755

Credits 40

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

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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