Module title: Entrepreneurship and Natural Area Development

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV11118
Module leader: Kathy Velander
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science


2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kathy Velander
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is taught in weekly lectures covering the major themes of design thinking (LO2), governance of and assessment of impacts in natural areas (LO1), and business development (LO3 and LO4). The relationship between these topics is explored and applied to creating a business to solve a problem identified through visits to natural areas and/or in discussion with stake holders.

Formative Assessment:
A formative assessment will be carried out in week 2 will enable problem solving to be discussed and applied along with a demonstration of various means of presenting information to stakeholders. This will guide support the students in the design process and add value to their final presentation which is summative.

Summative Assessment:
Four summative assessments will be undertaken. The first and fourth will be individual work. The first report on funding for rural businesses in Scotland will be background material for the business plan. The business plan (assessment 3) will be constructed as a group, but each section will be attributable to an individual and hence marked separately. The final presentation of the social enterprise developed in the module will be a group presentation and accounts for 20% of their marks.

Specific details are provided below
1) Report: Sources of funding for rural businesses in Scotland (20%) (1,000 words)
2) Presentation showing the problem chosen to address, the social enterprise developed to address it and how it will contribute to solving the issue (20%) (20 min total)
3) Business plan for social enterprise (see above) (35%) (1,500 - 2,000 words each)
4) Reflective essay on the process of moving from identifying the problem to creating a solution (25%) (1,000 words)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face External visits 18
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 122
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 20 3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Reflective Log 25 4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Oral Presentation 20 1,2,3 12 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 35 1,2,3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 45
Component 2 subtotal: 55
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will use the process of Design Thinking to address an issue related to natural area management. Topics addressed will be based on real problems faced by stakeholders and local communities within these areas. Background material will be presented including: design thinking, information about governance, the role of environmental impact and how companies can help address these issues as well as provide greater benefits for all stakeholders and the wider community. Your assignment will be to develop a business that will develop an environmentally sustainable product (e.g. activity, device, app, physical infrastructure) that will benefit to the local community.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Identify the implications of governance and potential impacts of developing a business or product in a natural area;
LO2: Apply design thinking to problem solving related to natural area management and nature-based tourism development;
LO3: Design a business or development based on an issue related to natural area use or management;
LO4: Critically appraise the group process of developing your business or product

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