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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Learning
Module Code ES540
School 79
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Peter Tiernan
Semester 2: Peter Tiernan
Autumn: Peter Tiernan
Module TeachersEmer Ni Bhradaigh
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the key issues in the theory, policy and practice of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education at a national and EU level. Participants will critically reflect on entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and behaviours in all disciplines; in all sectors (public, private, not-for-profit); and in their own lives.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate the key theories and principles of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.
2. Compare and contrast various entrepreneurship education policies, practices and challenges across the European Union.
3. Assess and evaluate the opportunities and challenges for embedding entrepreneurial learning in their own organisation.
4. Integrate innovative teaching and learning approaches that foster entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour into their own teaching practice.
5. Persuade key internal and external stakeholders relevant to their discipline to engage with entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial learning.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study114Reading online & offline literature, meetings with internal & external stakeholders
Assignment Completion100Preparation for 3 assignments listed, including off/online group learning
Online activity5Guided lectures
Seminars13Webinars with guest entrepreneurial educators & policymakers
Tutorial18On-campus workshops
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Key concepts and trends in entrepreneurship
Creativity, innovation, opportunity recognition and exploitation, marshalling of resources

Key concepts and trends in entrepreneurship education
Business plans, experiential learning, decision making, dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity

EU policy and sample member state policy
Current and future trends in member state entrepreneurship policy

Case studies of key behaviour, competencies and attitudes of successful entrepreneurs
Case studies highlighting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education in a range of contexts

Embedding entrepreneurship education in higher education
Negotiating with key internal and external stakeholders. Developing tool-kits and assessment methods

Teaching approaches for the entrepreneurial educator
Case studies for student engagement & networking tools for engaged experiential learning

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Collaborative Wiki Evaluation of a key policy document20%
Group presentationGroup class presentation (face-to-face / webinar / video) with Q&A. - on key trends in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, reflecting on how this impacts current practice30%
EssayPrepare a proposal for the embedding of enterprise or entrepreneurship in your subject discipline or in your institution.50%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Barnett, B.: 2011, Teaching 2030, Teachers College Press, New York,
  • Bradley, F. & Kennelly, J.: 2008, Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference: innovation, learning and sense of place in a globalising Ireland, Blackhall Publishing, Dublin,
  • Greene, Patricia & Mark Rice (eds): 2007, Entrepreneurship Education, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham,
  • Hegarty, C.: 2011, Irish Case Studies in Entrepreneurship, Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative, Oak Tree Press, Cork,
  • Kirby, D.: 2003, Entrepreneurship, McGraw Hill, Berkshire,
  • Rae, D.: 2007, Entrepreneurship: from opportunity to action, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire,
  • Read, S et al: 2010, Effectual Entrepreneurship, Routledge, Oxon,
  • Thorpe, H. & Goldstein, B.: 2010, Engines of Innovation: the entrepreneurial university in the 21st century,, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill,
  • Seelig, T.: 2012, Ingenius: A Crash Course on Creativity, Hay House, London,
  • O'Gorman, C. & Cunningham, J.: 2007, Enterprise in Action: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship in an Irish Context, 3, Oak Tree, Dublin,
Other Resources

7686, Report, Bakhshi, H., Scheider, P. and Walker, C., 2008, Arts and Humanities Research and Innovation, Briston, England., http://www.nesta.org.uk/library/documents/arts-humanities-innovation-report.pdf, 7687, Report, Crow, M., 2008, Building an Entrepreneurial University, Arizona, USA., http://economiceducation.us/dotAsset/693823.pdf, 7741, Report, European Commission, 2008, Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, especially within non-business studies, Brussels,
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