NX9439 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

APPLY NOW BOOK A VIRTUAL OPEN DAY Add to My Courses Register your interest / Course PDF

What will I learn on this module?

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 contributory factors and promotion of entrepreneurship and the economic impact of new business.

Topics covered:

• 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

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through presentations, seminars, workshops, independent learning and work-related projects. The presentations will improve your knowledge and understanding by introducing you to mainstream academic theory. The seminars and workshops will help you to test their value and their limitations, as well as giving you a chance to discuss them with the tutors and your peers. You will be encouraged to apply the theory to business examples.

Learning is supported by tutors or coaches and the overall pattern is set out in a Teaching and Learning Plan (TLP) which describes the key topics and guided sessions, and lists key readings, preparation and individual and group activities. The module is about entrepreneurship and you will have to be actively entrepreneurial in identifying and exploiting learning opportunities in the local economy.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from peers and tutors during small group seminars and tutorials. In addition to this you will be supported by the University’s e-learning portal which will provide you with the Teaching and Learning Plan, Assessment Brief and other electronic support facilities.

You will be provided with an electronic reading list which comprises a number of key academic sources, journal articles and published reports which support the development of your knowledge on this module.

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) Demonstrate knowledge of academic theories of entrepreneurship and an ability to interpret them.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2) Identify and evaluate business, management and leadership knowledge as a means to understanding the strategy and performance of small, medium and global companies.

3) Search for, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data to support investigation into business activity.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4) Demonstrate an ability to include cultural and ethical context in analysis of entrepreneurial activity

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment will occur in the form of

• Group Presentation (40%)
• Analysis and evaluation of a student or recent graduate entrepreneurial business. (2,500 words, individual, 60%)

Formative assessment will be given interactively from peers and tutors/coaches throughout the course. More structured feedback is scheduled into some of the workshop sessions.





Module abstract

Entrepreneurs are critical to business and economic success but there are widely different academic approaches to understanding them, their behaviour and the factors that help them to thrive. This module introduces you to entrepreneurship through the key ideas, examples and theories in the field. You will look at local businesses as well as global success stories like Facebook and Tinder. You will also analyse and engage with international businesses started by students like you.

The module helps you understand, analyse and explain start-up businesses, their founders, their economic and social impact and the ways governments respond to innovation and enterprise. We will meet some fascinating people, some brilliant ideas and some challenges on the way.

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 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 

Admissions Terms and Conditions - northumbria.ac.uk/terms
Fees and Funding - northumbria.ac.uk/fees
Admissions Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/adpolicy
Admissions Complaints Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/complaints