BM6106: New Business Enterprise

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BM6106: New Business Enterprise

Module Title New Business Enterprise
Module Code BM6106
Module Tutor Dinipre Allen
School Business School
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This is an integrative module, enabling students to draw upon and apply learning from a range of previous studies. It is also an opportunity to develop the practical skills necessary for the creation of a sustainable new venture. With tutorial guidance, small groups of students working in teams will select an entrepreneurial idea and develop it into a written business plan, for eventual presentation and discussion with an expert panel.

The module will be appropriate for business students and those from other disciplines, including the creative industries, with an interest in self-employment and entrepreneurship. Throughout the module, there will be a series of supporting seminars on relevant topics, plus regular business planning tutorials in which students will share and discuss problems encountered at various stages of the development of their business plans.

Indicative Syllabus

The module covers the full range of issues in establishing a new business (in private or third sectors), with a focus on SMEs and small family or freelance enterprises. This includes business plans and planning; business ideas and opportunities; enterprise start-up; market analysis; sales forecasting; promotion and PR; legal forms of business; profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheet forecasting; breakeven analysis; sensitivity analysis; sources of funds; funding strategies; bank lending; venture capital; accounting for sales tax or VAT and PAYE; enterprise growth and growth strategies; operations planning; sustainability; business incubation; exit strategies; risk analysis; contingency planning.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  1.  Evaluate the process of, and management issues in, the start-up of a new venture, including factors contributing to the success or failure of a sustainable new venture (PLO1)
  2.  Critically evaluate the constraints on, and risks of, new business development and be able to formulate recommendations for managing these aspects (PLO3).
  3.   Undertake a detailed appraisal of a particular business opportunity through the medium of compiling and evaluating a business proposal (PLO1, PL04)
  4. Evaluate the requirements and priorities for funding and financial management of new and developing businesses, including use of support sources and enablers (PLO2)
  5. Have developed communication and literacy skills, through the conducting of primary research, the analysis of published materials, presentations and the preparation and defence of a written business plan (PLO6)
  6. Have enhanced capabilities for independent learning and for working with others, through the pursuit of a complex and intensive group project (PLO5)
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 75% Coursework: Group work, other: 3000 words or equivalent
002: 25% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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