Module title: Business Growth Issues

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENT09402
Module leader: Stefania Romano
School The Business School
Subject area group: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Prerequisites

Prerequisites – To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module
Is a Prerequisite Required? Yes ? No x?

Module Code
Module Title
Examples of Equivalent Learning

2017/8, Trimester 3, Online,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: N/A
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Stefania Romano
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module online, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will help to engage you in the learning process, and the online materials will encourage you to reflect on your own experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums.
To support your learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leaders will be available for synchronous contact.
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
o A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key points
o Eleven units of learning - an introductory unit, followed by ten subject specific units.
o Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points for each unit
o Podcasts/vodcasts further explaining key concepts (where appropriate)
o Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate)
o Case Studies and outline solutions
o Two online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader
o Self-Assessment Questions

Reflective Exercises
o End of Unit Progress tests
o Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc.
o Examples of assessments - & outline solutions
o A database of Frequently Asked Questions
You are encouraged to identify key skills areas and relate these to your own personal and professional development throughout the module.

Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los

Online directed study establishes a framework of knowledge which the students will apply through prescribed reading, case studies, online exercises/quizzes, and online discussions. Two asynchronous online discussions will encourage you to apply the concepts of Business Growth Issues within your respective organisations/department (or one with which you are familiar). This forum will also facilitate sharing of experiences and learning from each other. You will be provided with a week-by-week schedule of activities and directed reading online. A series of exercises will be available online with automatic feedback. Additionally, you will be directed to relevant electronic resources relating to the weekly topics.
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills

The teaching style and mix of activities will facilitate the development of key skills such as communication, reflective learning and critical thinking. Scholarship skills are developed through the research necessary for completion of the report together with adopting an appropriate writing style, referencing and the synthesis of information from a variety of sources.
Assessment (formative or summative)

Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module via feedback on the self-assessment questions and Case Studies - the outline solutions will be developed by the module leader and appropriate online feedback will be available automatically and as soon as the assessment is completed. This will enable you to self-assess your progress and understanding.
Reflective Exercises within each unit will require you to apply theory to your own experience – your reflections will be captured in an online reflective portfolio which you will be able to review and print off.
Assessment 1 is a series of End of Unit progress tests - (normally 10 questions at the end of each unit, testing your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts within each unit x 10), this is 10% of final module mark.
Assessment 2 addresses learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3 and is 30% of the module mark.
Assessment 3 addresses learning outcomes 1-4 and is a formal report assignment and is 60% of the module mark.



Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
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Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 5
Online Guided independent study 195
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 1-4 13 HOURS= 5, WORDS= 0
Report 40 All 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 50 All 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, Online, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Stefania Romano
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module online, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will help to engage you in the learning process, and the online materials will encourage you to reflect on your own experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums.
To support your learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leaders will be available for synchronous contact.
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
o A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key points
o Eleven units of learning - an introductory unit, followed by ten subject specific units.
o Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points for each unit
o Podcasts/vodcasts further explaining key concepts (where appropriate)
o Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate)
o Case Studies and outline solutions
o Two online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader
o Self-Assessment Questions


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 5
Online Guided independent study 195
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 1-4 13 HOURS= 5, WORDS= 0
Report 40 All 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 50 All 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Emphasis will be on entrepreneurial leadership of small and growing businesses and the key issues facing them. The module workshops will include;
• Growth models to understand the phases of growth and seek evidence in organisations
• Identifying and reviewing examples of building growth businesses, and the role of the entrepreneur in the leadership of these businesses
• The growth of businesses will be evaluated by utilising the strategic management tools including strategic analysis, strategic choices and strategic implementation options

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate entrepreneurial aspirations and reasons for growth
LO2: Understand the importance of growth businesses in the economy
LO3: Discuss and critique the characteristics of the growth stages of developing a business
LO4: Analyse and review successful growth strategies of entrepreneurial businesses

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - BURKE,G CLARKE, L BARROW, P MOLIAN, D (2007) GROWING YOUR BUSINESS: A HANDBOOK FOR AMBITIOUS OWNER-MANAGERS: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0415405181
Core - SCHAPER, M VOLERY,T WEBER,P GIBSON, B ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS ASIA-PACIFIC EDITION: WILEY, 4th ed. - ISBN: 9781118362549
Core - JOHNSON, G SCHOLES, K WHITTINGDON, R (2007) EXPLORING CORPORATE STRATEGY: FINANCIAL TIMES/ PRENTICE HALL, 8th ed. - ISBN: 027371192
GERBER, M E (2001) THE E-MYTH REVISITED: WHY MOST SMALL BUSINESSES DON'T WORK AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT: HARPERBUSINESS, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 0887307287
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