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Archived Version 2017 - 2018

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module aims to review and introduce the portfolio of skills and competencies required of effective entrepreneurs. Describes the various controversies surrounding the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills. Delivers core people skills for entrepreneurs. The module introduces students to the different perspectives, theories and research underpinning entrepreneurial creativity. In particular the module aims to: Review the differing approaches to understanding entrepreneurial creativity and functioning Introduce the variety of models and tools available to aid diagnosis and understanding of creativity thinking & problem-solving Explore the need to synthesise appropriate approaches and techniques to cater for a variety of organisational and environmental challenges.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the skills required by entrepreneurs.
2. Assess your skills for entrepreneurship.
3. Evaluate the different approaches to creativity
4. Critically assess approaches to opportunity recognition for new business ideas
5. Critically assess approaches to opportunity recognition and opportunity evaluation for innovations in innovations in enterprises
6. Critically analyse the conditions required for the development of skills required for entrepreneurship

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36A mixture of face to face lectures and live webinars
Independent Study214No Description
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

What is an Entrepreneur?
Defining what an entrepreneur is and what it means in the social enterprise context

Entrepreneurial Traits, Competencies, Skills and Attitudes
Discussion of the research on entrepreneurial traits, competencies, skills and attitudes and the applicability to social enterprises

Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Linking creative and entrepreneurial approaches

Problem Solving Skills
Problem identification; problem definition; problem solving skills development

Creative Thinking Skills
Exploring a range of creative thinking techniques; development of personal as well as employee/volunteer creativity

Collaborating for Innovation
How to innovate via others; examining collaborative approaches such as partnerships

Self-Management and Development
Understanding the importance of self reflection and continuous development

Understanding and Developing Teamwork Skills
The role of the entrepreneurial team; team skills development

Listening and Communicating Skills for Different Situations
Understanding the communication process; the different ways of listening

Motivating, Influencing and Persuading
Types of motivation, approaches to influencing and approaches to persuading

Managing and Using Change
Types of change; planned and unplanned change; incremental and radical change; the changing social enterprise landscape

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Thompson, L. L. & H.S. Choi (eds) (2006) Creativity and innovation in organizational teams. Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 0, .,
  • Drucker, P. (1999) Innovation and entrepreneurship: practice and principles. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.: 0, .,
  • Imminck, R & O Kane, B. (2002) Look before you leap: a guide to self-employment. London CIPS: 0, .,
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