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The Intensive Training Programme and the Master in Entrepreneurship Programme share the first eight modules listed below. The full programme and study-unit descriptions can be obtained by following this link.


 Module 1 & 2: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (double module) (10 ECTS)

This module assumes no prior business knowledge or business experience on behalf of the student. In addition, the module assumes that the student does not yet have a business idea to develop and exploit or that the student is ready to begin that journey.  The module is broken down into three sections: entrepreneurial behaviours and activities, business planning and risk reduction processes and business development and risk management processes.  

 

Module 3: Creativity and Innovation – from Ideas to Products & Services (5 ECTS) 

This module covers the early stages of creating and identifying new commercial opportunities, how to develop ideas from a single opportunity into a product or service range and how to protect innovative products and services from commercial threat.   

 

Module 4: Marketing and strategy for Entrepreneurs (5 ECTS)

This module uses a combination of business theory and practical activities to enable students to gain a clear understanding of the principles and processes of marketing from undertaking basic market research to developing a complete marketing proposition. 

 

Module 5: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs  (5 ECTS)

The business plan is a key management tool that describes, ideally in less than 30 pages, exactly what a new business intends to do over a a typical three-year period.  The document also defines timelines, milestones, resource requirements and associated cash flow forecasts. This module illustrates how to create a business plan but, more importantly, how to use a business plan as a management tool – particularly for business risk assessment. 

 

Module 6: Enterprise Finance – Funding for Growth (5 ECTS)

Business finance is often the most challenging aspect of business for those new to enterprise. This module will introduce students to the main forms of financial documentation including Balance Sheets, Profit & Loss accounts and Cash Flow Forecasts.  Students will be taught how to raise the right form of business finance according to business need and against the business plan.  Emphasis will be placed on accurate cash flow forecasting as a pre-requisite for growth funding. 

 

Module 7: Risk Management - Products and Projects (5 ECTS)

This module provides a thorough introduction to the concepts of project planning and project management with an emphasis on how best practice can be used as a mechanism to manage and minimise business risk.  Best practice for working with internal teams and external partners will be defined. 

 

Module 8: Performance Management - People and Organisations (5 ECTS)

This module is designed to give students an insight into how people and organisations are managed in business.  The module includes topics that define how to choose the correct business model; how to manage stakeholder expectations; how to build teams and manage employees and organisations. 

 

Module 9: Mentored entrepreneurship project (20 ECTS)

Throughout the course students will be expected to demonstrate subject knowledge and understanding through a series of assignments that involve creating new businesses, including a business plan and cash flow forecast.  The extended project allows students to apply that knowledge and understanding within a mentored business project of which there are three options.


Module 10: Entrepreneurship Project (30 ECTS)

Throughout the course students will be expected to demonstrate subject knowledge and understanding through a series of assignments that involve creating new businesses, including a business plan and cash flow forecast.  The extended project allows students to apply that knowledge and understanding within a mentored business project during which the student would be expected to create a comprehensive operational business plan for a business that the student wishes to start or be involved with. The operational plan shall possibly and ideally build on the mentored project developed during the second semester. 

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