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LEC.201: Enterprise for the Environment


Department: Lancaster Environment Centre NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF5//RQF5
Study Level: Part II (any yr) Credit Points: 15
Start Date: 12-01-2015 End Date: 20-03-2015
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Dr NM Watson

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

CMod description

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    This second year module provides a dedicated 15 credit module that complements existing provision and focuses specifically on the development of academic and practical skills relevant to gaining employment with environmental companies and related organisations.  It exploits the unique opportunities offered by LEC's Enterprise and Business Partnerships unit and the close links that have been developed with resident companies.

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

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    The aims of the module are:

     

    • To provide students with opportunities to learn about the role of the environment and climate change as driving forces for business innovation and commercialization.

     

    • To provide an understanding of the main features and types of businesses, their core operating activities, governance and regulation.

     

    • To explore the specific commercial opportunities the environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation offer.

     

    • To provide students with experience of real business environments and insights from people running businesses.

     

    • To de-mystify the processes of working with and in a business.

     

Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

  • Satisfactory completion of LEC Part 1 courses

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • Optional module within all LEC degree schemes

  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • Students will be asked to develop a 3000 word business plan proposing a level of necessary investment from a potential investor.  Students will be asked to consider the new application of an existing environmental technology or service.  The lecture programme will provide details of the overall structure of the plan and a full brief for the cwa provided at the start of the course.  80% of the marks will be awarded for the assessment of this written report, with 20% being awarded against the presentation made in Workshop 5.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The aims and scope of the module are:

     

    1.     To expose students to a rich mixture of experiential learning opportunities in considering the role of the environment and climate change in driving business innovation and commercialisation.

     

    2.     To provide an understanding of the main features and types of businesses, their core operating activities, governance and regulation.

     

    3.     Explore the specific commercial opportunities the environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation brings.

     

    4.     Allow students to experience real business environments and meet with people running businesses.

     

    5.     To de-mystify what working with and in a business is like

     

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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    Upon successful completion of the module, students will:

     

    • Have developed a knowledge how government policy is shaping the role of UK Universities in wealth creation.

     

    • Appreciate the specific market opportunities that climate change currently offers and the likely growth markets in the next 20 years.

     

    • Understand the different kinds of trading entity, how they are enshrined in law and the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of trading entity.

     

    • Be able to read and interpret basic company accounts and demonstrate an understanding of what such information reveals about a company's performance across a 3 year period.

     

    • Understand the necessary components of a business plan, and produce a plan to attract new investment.

     

    • Appreciate the need to protect intellectual property in a commercial strategy and understand the legal forms of protection available.

     

    • Understand the value of a market-led rather than purely technologically-driven new product or service development.

     

    • Appreciate the need for a range of human talents to develop effective teams capable of creating new businesses, products and services.

     

    • Gain insights from real company environments and the people owning, managing and working within them.

     

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will ...

     

    1.   Have developed a knowledge of the policy context in which government is steering the role of Universities in wealth creation.

     

    2.   Understand the different kinds of trading entity, how they are enshrined in law and the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of trading entity.

     

    3.   Appreciate the specific market opportunities that climate change is and will bring and the likely growth markets in the next 20 years.

     

    4.   Be able to read and understand basic company accounts and suggest what these accounts tell you about a companies performance across a 3 year period.

     

    5.   Be able to write a business plan to attract new investment and understand the necessary components of the plan.

     

    6.   Understand the types of legal protection for intellectual property available and an appreciation of IPR in a commercial strategy.

     

    7.   Understand the value of a market-led rather than purely technologically-driven new product or service development.

     

    8.   Appreciate the need to consider a range of human talents in the development of teams to develop new businesses, products and services.

     

    9.   Experience real company environments and the people owning, managing and working within them.

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