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M88
Award in Entrepreneurship and the Development of an Entrepreneurial Mindset

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 9 ECTS

Duration: 18 Sessions

Contact Hours: 45

Self Study Hours: 120

Assessment Hours: 60

 

Course Description

The unit will systematically provide educational leaders and educators with a framework leading to the acquisition of entrepreneurship concepts and expose participants to the key issues faced by an entrepreneur who ventures into a new business. It will also enable them to acquire the awareness of the role of the entrepreneur in business creation and that entrepreneurship is a manageable process that can be applied in all organisational contexts. This unit will further enable participants to demonstrate the meaning and importance of the entrepreneurial mindset and how this is derived from a novel approach in the teaching of entrepreneurship, and in developing soft transferable skills and competencies. This course aims to empower its participants to:

a) Comprehensively develop a mindset, and set of skills, that enable individuals to identify and make the most of opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks, and succeed in a variety of settings,

b) Critically identify the set of characteristics associated with successful entrepreneurs,

c) Adopt differing teaching styles of entrepreneurship, with particular reference to Malta, and how these can lead to the development of the entrepreneurial mindset,

d) Systematically acquire the ability to lead a team of educational leaders which can develop and implement an entrepreneurial mindset teaching programme,

e) reflexively devise and determine the role and impact of mentoring in the teaching of the entrepreneurial mindset,

f) Systematically manage the creative transformation from “idea to market”,

g) Systematically understand the concept of entrepreneurship within an educational context,

h) Critically demonstrate awareness of the differing types of entrepreneurship and how these can be applied in different circumstances,

i) comprehensively identify the many linkages between entrepreneurship and new business creation,

j) Comprehensively identify and systematically analyse all aspects of marketing, particularly value proposition and market research that underpin successful start-up businesses,

k) Apply specialised theoretical and practical Knowledge underpinning entrepreneurship,

l) Systematically appreciate how entrepreneurs manage risks in new business ventures,

m) Demonstrate the various environmental factors, external to the individual, which can influence the extent of entrepreneurship in new business venture.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria:

• An MQF Level 6 qualification with a minimum of 180 ECTS

Overall Objectives and Outcomes


By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

Competences

a. Critically identify the set of characteristics associated with successful entrepreneurs
b. Adopt differing teaching styles of entrepreneurship with particular reference to Malta
c. lead a professional learning team of educational leaders which can develop and implement an entrepreneurial mindset teaching programme
d. Devise and determine the role and impact of mentoring in the teaching of the entrepreneurial mindset
e. Systematically manage the creative transformation from “idea to market”

Knowledge 

a. Systematically acquire the awareness of the concept of entrepreneurship within an educational context
b. Critically demonstrate awareness and application of the differing types of entrepreneurship and how these can be applied in different circumstances.
c. Recognise the many linkages between entrepreneurship and new business creation
d. Comprenensively identify and analysis of all aspects of marketing particularly value proposition and market research which underpin successful start up businesses

Skills

a. Demonstrate an effective visual and verbal action plan,
b. Critically assess verbally the ideas of other participants,
c. Communicate effectively the advantages of entrepreneurship education to those they lead.
d. Systematically collect, analyse and interpret targeted data,
e. Demonstrate an effective understanding of the buying behavior of consumers,
f. Analyse the critical characteristics of key competitors,
g. Critically assess market development and identifying trends.
h. Critically evaluate the differing types of on line tools which contribute to an effective promotional campaign,
i. Critically understand the importance of social media in business start up,
j. Develop a digital strategy and plan,
k. Critically demonstrate the importance of data collection techniques,
l. Conduct research using appropriate digital resources.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.  

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.

Certification

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
1) Baron, R.A. (2014); Essentials of entrepreneurship: evidence and practice; Edward Elgar Publishing;Clayton Christensen (2016); The Innovator’s Dilemma
2) Coopersmith, Mark & Danner, John (2015) The Other ‘F’ Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work; Wiley;
3) Heidi M. Neck Christopher, P. Neck, Emma L. Murray (2016) Entrepreneurship: The Practice and Mindset;
4) Hisrich, Robert D., Peters, Michael p., Shepherd, Dean A. (2017) Entrepreneurship. 10th ed., New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education;
5) McDonald M & Wilson HN (2016) Marketing Plans: How to prepare them, how to profit from them 8th Edition;
6) Ries, Eric (2011); The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Concept 1 Edition

 

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