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ICT01M1 Entrepreneurship

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Module name:


Scope and form:

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks: Lecture 2h/week, module work 2h/week

Type of assessment:

No formative assessment is foreseen. Summative assessment is based on a coursework (weighting 40%), and written examination (weighting 60%) with a duration 3 hours. A qualifying mark is required for both assessed components. Students must achieve a 60% pass mark in both the coursework and the examination to achieve a pass at this module. If a mark of below 60% is obtained in one or both of these assessments, students must resit the assessed components they have failed.

Qualified Prerequisites:


General module objectives:

The module will cover entrepreneurship practice and procedures, including the essential knowledge, competencies and reflective skills necessary to support the theoretical learning, giving the students the opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills within an enterprise or towards starting an own business enterprise.
The general objectives are:
To introduce students to the general management of a small & medium enterprise (SME), family business, self-employment and  management of an own venture
To introduce students to the characteristics of entrepreneurial positions in an international organisation; entrepreneurial ventures in the public/private sector (e.g. universities and research institutes); and business development consultancies
To explain the stages of the design thinking process for entrepreneurship
To understand the various mechanisms for managing Intellectual Property
To introduce students to Entrepreneurial Finance
To understand the various mechanisms for planning, managing, monitoring and controlling a technology project in an own venture, also by use of software tools, e.g., Microsoft Project
To examine various techniques for employing and managing a software development or engineering team

Topics and short description:

This module considers the whole life cycle of entrepreneurship, from initiation a venture, through to planning, acquiring, scheduling and executing projects and research funds as well as project review and handling Intellectual Property. The principles and processes are contextualised through reference to case studies from a variety of technological settings as well as articles and journal papers, and based on the review and evaluation of relevant best practices. The associated topics of stakeholders, finance, risks, venture administration and quality are discussed in the context of the duties of the entrepreneur. Tools and techniques for venture and finance management are explained and elaborated, to facilitate choosing appropriate techniques and applying them in the professional practice giving stable foundation.
Project and research fund acquisition
Stakeholders and contacts management and communication
Proposals, offers and bids actions
Responsibilities and attributes of the venture manager
Project organisation, team and people management
Project planning, finance management
Project estimation and budgeting
Project monitoring and control, risk management
International entrepreneurship and marketing

Learning outcomes:




Functional knowledge related to starting and managing new ventures and existing innovative organisations

Apply a range of skills related to entrepreneurship, such as spirit of initiative, creativity, analytical and critical thinking, self-awareness, resilience, flexibility, responsibility, leadership and negotiation, communication, independence, teamwork

Application of risk control and management techniques

Critically analyse and assess entrepreneurial processes in different organisational, national and international contexts as well as branches

Apply tools and techniques to analyse project cost, quality and time objectives

Integration and balance of overall acquisition and communication functions

Initiate and plan proposals, projects, offers and bids

Create cost effective projects­, offers and bid applications

Manage stakeholders and contacts relationships and communication

Identify project cycles and critically conduct an economic analysis of a project based on life cycle costs as well as determine the most profitable project

Evaluate and control venture/ project scope, project cost and schedule

Identification of the venture success factors

Apply an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship

Effectively contribute to the achievement of project objectives individually and in the group/team

Analysis of political and ethical context that can influence the venture management

Recommended literature:

Lackeus, M. 2013. Innovative and interdisciplinary approach to management and entrepreneurship. Thesis. CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Feldman, R. S. 2003. Development across the life span (3rd ed.). New Jersey, USA: Prentice Hall.
Bacher, T. & Schwenk, S. 2013. Collection of best practices on innovative VET methods addressed to increase entrepreneurial and digital competences, Eu-project M-ROAD –Project reference: 527279-LLP-1-2012-1-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
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