FP3112 - Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship


Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship


20 CC   10 ECTS

Centre for Foundation Studies


Tutor contact: 60 hours

Self-directed study: 140 hours

Lectures, seminars, workshops

Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
60 0 140

Students are expected to attend all timetabled classes.

  • Introduction to business functions (including human resources management, operations, marketing & finance)
  • Examples of leadership and management
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Understanding organisational structures and behaviour
  • Introduction to strategy
  • Influences on business (including contract law & the formation of contracts)
  • Introduction to entrepreneurship

  1. To introduce students to a range of business functions.
  2. To develop students' understanding of operational and strategic practices in the modern world of business.
  3. To provide a foundation-level knowledge base of business and entrepreneurship.

Lectures accompanied by workshops, group work and in-class case study exercises. Formative assessment will be ongoing and will comprise activities that enable a student to appraise their own learning and guide them towards the development of self-study.

LO1 Explain a range of business functions.

LO2 Describe and discuss the difference between leadership and management, and identify styles of leadership and management.

LO3 Demonstrate knowledge of corporate social responsibility and how businesses engage with this.

LO4 Identify the core concepts of entrepreneurship, strategy, decision making, and leadership skills, and relate them to a given business scenario.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
1Case Study, 1200 words50%1 & 2Coursework
2Report, 1200 words50%3 & 4Coursework

Reassessment will use the same mode of assessment.

Buchanan, D.A. and Huczynski, A.A. (2010). Organizational Behaviour. (7th ed.). Harlow, UK: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall.

Boddy, D. (2014). Management: An Introduction. Harlow, UK: Pearson.

Burns, P. (2014). New venture creation: a framework for entrepreneurial start-ups. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan

Fearns, P. (1998). Business: An Integrated Approach. (5th ed.). London: Hodder and Stoughton

Hall, D., Jones, R. and Raffo, C. (2008). Business Studies. (4th ed.). Ormskirk, UK: Causeway Press Ltd

Mullins, L. (2010). Management and Organisational Behaviour. (10th ed.). Harlow, UK: Financial Times/Prentice hall.

Cath Edmondson

Centre for Foundation Studies

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