BM6211: Action Learning Through Enterprise

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BM6211: Action Learning Through Enterprise

Module Title Action Learning Through Enterprise
Module Code BM6211
Module Tutor James Carr
School Business School
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

With the support of an academic supervisor, students engage with a real-world enterprise project, whether their own business, sharing a third-party start-up or business development project, providing counselling/consultancy support or managing an innovative project within an established organisation. The focus is on experiential learning and the broad learning aim is the application, contextualisation and critical evaluation of knowledge of entrepreneurial behaviour and process, enterprise skills, learning and enterprise support. The project is supported by a series of topic seminars and action learning sets.

Indicative Syllabus

The module covers a range of subjects, including: Entrepreneurial behaviour; Enterprise skills (e.g. creativity, negotiation; sales); Entrepreneurial learning; Entrepreneurial management; Action learning; Reflection; Self-development; Creative problem-solving; Improvisation; The management of innovation; Enterprise policy and support; Enterprise counselling and consultancy.

A significant proportion of the learning is student-led, with the direct involvement of private or third sector collaborating organisations, visits and invitations to chosen “enablers” and guest speakers or advisors, plus interaction and advice to and from peers.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

1.     Have an integrative understanding of the generic challenges in entrepreneurial processes, innovation and change (PLO2).

2.     Have a critical understanding of the key ”soft” skills required for developing and managing entrepreneurial processes, innovation and change; the key concepts of entrepreneurial behaviour and the application of both hard and soft skills to the growing/improving of commercial or social enterprises (PLO1).

3.     Apply the core concepts and processes of action learning to entrepreneurial contexts (PLO4).

4.     Evaluate how enterprise policy, available support structures and appropriate “enablers” are identified and channelled to add value to organisations (PLO3).

5.     Have developed communication and literacy skills through social processes of interviewing, negotiation and persuasion, conducting of primary and secondary research, participation in seminars and tutorials, preparation of a conceptual paper, maintenance of a learning log, production of a critical reflection, and making an assessed presentation (PLO6).

6.   Have enhanced independent and cooperative learning and working capabilities through the planning and execution of an investigative project, personal management of time, research and writing; working with others in the development and execution of a complex and challenging project in a social context (PLO5).

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 48
Independent Learning Hours: 102
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 30% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1000 words or equivalent
002: 70% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 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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