Module Title:   How to Run an SME

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   CY-0212M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   SCIM (Dept of Computer Science)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr A.J. Cullen

Additional Tutor(s):   Prof V Zharkova

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To develop a broad understanding of the concepts and principles behind the success of small and medium enterprises. To develop the skills of group work.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts, principles and theories are explored in formal lectures delivered primarily by outside speakers. These are supported by discussions after the lectures by practical exercises developing the skills necessary to produce credible business plans, by directed study and small group research. The external industrial and commercial speakers are used to re enforce the concepts and principles with real life experience. Individual work is combined and enhanced into a group submission of a completed feasibility plan.

Lectures:   10.00          Directed Study:   78.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

analyse the concepts at an abstract level which lie behind successful small and medium businesses.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

produce business feasibility plans and work in groups.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

develop analytical, research and communication skills; small group interaction.

  Coursework   50%
  Business Feasibility Plan (group submission - 1000 words per student) total 5000 words.
  Coursework   50%
  Individual coursework (1000 words)
  Coursework   100%
  Supplementary individual coursework (2000 word business feasibility plan)

Outline Syllabus:
Introduction and overview of the basics of running a business including team-building and group work. Case studies delivered by entrepreneurs. Assessment of personal skills, working effectively in groups. Developing business ideas and understanding business concepts. Planning and developing a successful feasibility plan.

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