Computer Systems Engineering (3 Years) [BEng]

The Art of Enterprise


Unit code: UCIL24002
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit?: Y

Requisites

None

Additional Requirements

There are no exclusions and the unit is available for students from any School. No previous business or management knowledge is required

 

Aims

This unit addresses the ‘Art of Enterprise’ or the activities needed in order to make things happen; to turn ideas into innovations and effect change. Innovation doesn’t happen by accident – it requires an organised and systematic process of managed change in order to take ideas forward to reality.

Students will appreciate the nature of creating value with innovative approaches to business thinking and practices.

 

 

Overview

The unit expands the student’s appreciation of the working environment whilst developing the practical skills that employers are demanding. The assessment allows students to apply their learning to a business of their choice.

This 10 credit unit takes five key areas:

•                  Innovation – what do we understand by this and what can we learn from nature, music, history and the                            arts?

•                  Creativity and innovation – where do ideas come from?

•                  Characteristics of creative and innovative organisations – the blurred boundaries

•                  Enterprising competences

•                  Organisational learning and managing innovation for competitive success

These topics enable the students to develop an appreciation of the wide range of perspectives that contribute to the identification and creation of good ideas and to their development within the operational arena of a business. Good ideas, opportunity spotting and the ability to innovate are vital for any organisation in any discipline. We explore the areas of history, music, art and the natural world in order to appreciate the diversity and range of ideas and their related opportunities.  Students will use the entrepreneurial management model to assess the importance of creating synergy between the entrepreneurial aspects of an organisation and the managerial aspects.

This unit forms part of the Manchester Enterprise Award.

 

Teaching and learning methods

The unit is delivered as a series of 12 x 2 hour lectures and 96 hours of independent study

 

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and Understanding

    ·        Appreciate the process of idea generation, evaluation and creating value for both entrepreneurs            and organisations

    ·        Recognise the variety of internal and external forces impacting on businesses today both in the              profit and not for profit sectors

    ·        Appreciate key business and management concepts

    Intellectual Skills

    ·        Critically evaluate the role creativity has within an organisation

    ·        Review the relationship between creativity, innovation, management and entrepreneurship

    ·        Critically evaluate the role creativity and its models play in the value creation process

    Practical Skills

    ·        Identify and extract relevant information

    ·        Demonstrate analytical and critical skills by applying concepts methods and concepts

    ·        Demonstrate written and oral presentation and communication skills

    ·        Develop the ability to frame and solve problems and think creatively

    Transferable Skills and Personal Qualities

    ·        Demonstrate teamwork skills and work constructively in groups

    ·        Communicate in an effective manner

    ·        Develop commercial awareness

    ·        Utilise problem-solving skills

    ·        Develop and apply research skills

 

Knowledge and understanding

·        Appreciate the process of idea generation, evaluation and creating value for both entrepreneurs and organisations

·        Recognise the variety of internal and external forces impacting on businesses today both in the profit and not for                profit sectors

·        Appreciate key business and management concepts

 

Intellectual skills

·        Critically evaluate the role creativity has within an organisation

·        Review the relationship between creativity, innovation, management and entrepreneurship

·        Critically evaluate the role creativity and its models play in the value creation process

 

Practical skills

·        Identify and extract relevant information

·        Demonstrate analytical and critical skills by applying concepts methods and concepts

·        Demonstrate written and oral presentation and communication skills

·        Develop the ability to frame and solve problems and think creatively

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

·        Demonstrate teamwork skills and work constructively in groups

·        Communicate in an effective manner

·        Develop commercial awareness

·        Utilise problem-solving skills

·        Develop and apply research skills

 

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Group/team working
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Oral communication
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Written communication
  • Other

Assessment methods

  • Report - 100%

Syllabus

The weekly lecture series is shown below:

 

 

Week 1

Induction and Overview

Introduction to Enterprise Challenge Award projects

Week 2

Creativity

Week 3

Opportunity to Action

Week 4

Innovation & Change – Music

Week 5

Innovation & Change – Nature

Week 6

Summative Assignment Seminar and Formative Assignment Feedback

Week 7

Innovation & Change – History

Week 8

Innovation & Change – Art

Week 9

Organisational Learning

Week 10

Team Management & Effectiveness

Week 11

Engaging in Networks

Week 12

Bringing it all Together

 

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided throughout the Semester during lectures and via Blackboard. Feedback will be provided within 15 working days of submission of formative and summative coursework.

 

Study hours

  • Lectures - 24 hours
  • Independent study hours - 96 hours

Teaching staff

Lynn Sheppard - Unit coordinator

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