Module Code: H8EP
Long Title Entrepreneurship
Title Entrepreneurship
Module Level: LEVEL 8
EQF Level: 6
EHEA Level: First Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: ROSALIND BEERE
Module Author: Isabela Da Silva
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Demonstrate knowledge of the issues and processes involved in the successful creation of a new enterprise. Students will develop an understanding of the entrepreneur as an agent of change in the economy.
LO2 Students will show an understanding of the nature and importance of enterprise to the economy and understand the issues associated with the viability of a new business
LO3 Distinguish and evaluate the cross functional nature of management practices required for the successful enterprise. Demonstrate judgement in the viability of any enterprise project.
LO4 Categorise the key entrepreneurial competencies in skills such as communication, analysis and business acumen necessary for enabling a successful entrepreneurial venture.
LO5 Become familiar with the use of key frameworks in idea development, assessment, business model development and industry analysis.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements

Programme entry requirements  


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
What makes an entrepreneur? Advantages of becoming an Entrepreneur. Characteristics of Entrepreneurs. Profile of today's Entrepreneurs.
The Entrepreneurial Mindset
Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Creative thinking. Barriers to creativity. The creative process.
Start-up Venture Commercialisation
Sources of potential opportunities. Screening ideas in search of opportunities. Entrepreneurial Manager and Strategist.
Challenges of the Entrepreneurial Start-up
The legal forms of the entrepreneurial organisation. Forms of entrepreneurial venture financing. Strategy - vision and mission of the new start-up. Succession planning.
The Entrepreneurial Venture Plan
Why successful Entrepreneurs create strategic plans. The strategic planning process. Strategic thinking. Basic financial reports. Projected financial analysis. Breakeven analysis. Cash management. The business plan. Elements of the business plan. Business plan format.
Building the Organisation
Maintaining the Entrepreneurial spirit. Developing Entrepreneurial teams. Facing the strategic challenges of growth. Embracing instability and chaos. Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Utilising Frameworks
Understanding and applying frameworks such as Porter’s industry analysis, Lean Business Canvas, BCG Matrix.
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Case Study % of total: 25
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Individual case study of an entrepreneur and company
Assessment Type: Essay % of total: 25
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 2,4
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Essay: Entrepreneurship and idea generation
Assessment Type: Business Plan 1 % of total: 50
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Business plan: business opportunity recognition, assessment and evaluation
No End of Module Assessment
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
Reassessment Description
Candidates will attempt the repeat assessment for the module, if they do not successfully pass the module. Learners are required to attempt all assessments attaching to a module. For those modules where all learning outcomes are assessable with a final examination, the student does not have to re-sit failed individual CA components.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classroom and demonstrations 2 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Directed e-learning 3 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Mentoring and small-group tutoring 1 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Independent Learning 8 Every Week 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Kuratko, D. and Hodgetts, R.. (2014), Entrepreneurship, theory, practice and process, 9th. Cengage.
  • Scarborough N. and Cornwall J, (2018), Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Global Edition 9th.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Dollinger, M.J. (2003) Entrepreneurship: Strategies and Resources, Prentice Hall.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • [Website], GEM. (2013), Entrepreneurship in Ireland, Forfas.
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