Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE HPN3007

 
TITLE Community and Entrepreneurial Project (3)

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit takes a project-based learning approach where students continue to strengthen and diversify their skills in project planning and teamwork. Students are linked to a business or retail setting where they will be given a task or tasks to complete under guided supervision to utilise their Home Economics and their project, team-working and entrepreneurial skills. Students will evaluate their experience looking at personal development and also develop a basic business plan.

Study-Unit Aims:

This unit aims at strengthening and broadening students' skills in project planning and teamwork through offering them the opportunity to put their Home Economics knowledge and practical skills, as well as their communication, organisational, teamwork and entrepreneurial skills into practice in a retail or business setting which facilitates any aspect of responsible life or home management. They will explore the concepts of for-profit versus social enterprise practise developing a basic business plan for a small scale venture.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify best practice regarding principles of good project and small-scale business planning and teamwork through analysis of personal experiences and case studies;
- Discuss in groups the value of for-profit versus social enterprise;
- Outline the steps in developing a basic business plan.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Apply Home Economics knowledge and practical skills, as well as their communication, organisational and teamwork skills in a retail or business setting which facilitates responsible life or home management;
- Develop and seek peer feedback on a basic business plan, related to an area of Home Economics, which is created as a team;
- Evaluate processes and outcomes of their personal project work and set targets for self development.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Gardiner, PD. (2005). Project management: a strategic planning approach, Palgrave Macmillan.
- Ryan, J.D. & Hiduke, G.P. (2009) Small business: an entrepreneur's business plan (8th ed.). international student ed. South Western.
- Trodd, L; Chivers, L (eds). (2011) Inter-professional working in practice: learning and working together for children and families. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.

Supplementary Readings:

- Bangs, D.H. (2002).Business planning guide: creating a winning plan for success (9th ed). Kaplan.
- Finch, B. (1997). 30 minutes ...to write a business plan, Kogan Page.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: HPN1013; HPN2008.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM2 No 20%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 80%

 
LECTURER/S Suzanne Piscopo
Lorraine Portelli

 
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