NX9510 - Developing an Entrepreneurial Mind-Set

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you can expect to learn how to generate and implement ideas in the context of starting up a new business. “Developing an entrepreneurial mind-set” will increase your capacity to think on your feet and be innovative in a global economic environment; it will develop your life-long learning skills, learning power (Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) and your self-efficacy - your belief in your ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task.

The module will develop the following themes:

• Aspects of personality and social identity theory
• Personal motivations, values, ambitions and goals – setting direction
• Confidence and resilience
• Self-discipline, drive and personal organisation
• Pushing yourself beyond your perceived limitations to achieve results
• Tolerance of uncertainty, ambiguity, risk and failure
• Ethical, social and environmental awareness
• Creativity, innovation and problem solving

How will I learn on this module?

You will be supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan (TLP) which outlines the contact time in facilitated sessions (workshops), and provides details of tutor-directed and independent study/learning.

The aim of the sessions will be to introduce the core principles of developing an entrepreneurial mind-set. This will be aided by the extensive use of case studies and examples to ensure you can see how this knowledge can be applied.

Facilitated learning opportunities will offer you the chance to apply theory. You will be encouraged to critically review your own and other student’s work which will help your development towards the achievement of the Northumbria Graduate Characteristics. You will be given space and support to allow for formative and summative assessment, as well as opportunities for self-reflection.

Facilitated sessions will include module specific sessions, coaching and reading group sessions which will facilitate learning across all programme modules. You will also be expected to engage and participate actively in self-directed team working to support your learning on this module. You will also be expected to engage and participate actively in a substantial amount of self-directed team working to support your learning on this module and to develop your capacity and confidence as an effective learner.

Directed learning will focus on pre-reading, activity based learning through specially designed exercises, and the use of the e-Learning Portal (eLP). Independent learning will be based upon your own initiative in further exploring and researching areas of interest.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This module will be designed and managed by the designated module tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on this module. Academic guidance will be provided in facilitated sessions and via email where appropriate. All relevant instructions and notes will be accessible online and through mobile devices via the e-Learning Portal (eLP).
The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan (TLP) which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent study and team activities. An interactive approach to facilitated learning sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and your own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of participation, both individually and within teams. You can therefore expect the reflective-practitioner approach to learning to be embedded in all facilitated sessions through undertaking activities which promote the application of theory to practice.
Directed learning will include a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for facilitated sessions, use of the e-learning platform and other on-line resources, group work and individual challenges, together with reflection on these activities.

Independent learning will centre upon you identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, reflection, research etc.
Critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of competence.

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:
1. You will demonstrate knowledge and some evidence of critical understanding of underlying concepts and principles associated with developing an entrepreneurial mind-set.
2. You will demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of your knowledge and how these limitations influence your analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will demonstrate the ability to use self-reflection to support changes in your own behaviour and to development your entrepreneurial mindset.
4. You will demonstrate evidence of qualities and transferable skills applied in a business and organisational context, requiring exercise of personal responsibility and decision making.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will demonstrate an appreciation of how your own cultural and ethical values may impact on your ability to engage and work ethically, constructively and sensitively in diverse environments and teams.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be as follows:

• Group Work (75%) 1500 word team based project report
(MLO’s addressed = 1,2,4,5)

• (25%) 1000 word Individual Learning Contract and 10m interview.
(MLO’s addressed = 3,4,5)

Formative assessment will be as follows:

• Feedback received from peers and academic staff on performance and evidence of conducting directed and independent learning activities in group work, assignment discussion and reflection, team coaching sessions, reading group sessions and other theory and practice related discussions. Criteria will be provided to enable participants to understand what is expected of them and how they will be assessed on their performance. Participants are required to demonstrate self-reflection and reflective practice.





Module abstract

Graduates who aspire to employment, new venture creation or self-employment need to be flexible and adaptable. “Developing an entrepreneurial mind-set” will increase your capacity to think on your feet and be innovative in a global economic environment; it will develop your life-long learning skills and your self-efficacy - your belief in your ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task. In the context of increasing numbers of graduates and a shortfall in the number of graduate jobs available, the need to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set has never been greater. In this module, you will develop self-awareness, and clarity regarding your motivations, values, ambition and goals; confidence, resilience, self-discipline and personal organisation, as well as your response to uncertainty, ambiguity, risk and failure together with an awareness of ethical, social and environmental issues. You will be encouraged and supported to go beyond your perceived limitations to achieve results.

Course info

UCAS Code N1N4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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