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  • Manchester Enterprise CentreEnterprise Elective Units

    Available for all undergraduate and postgraduate students

    Inspiring, educating and developing enterprising individuals -

    enabling them to make an impact in their chosen career

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    Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) is based within Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester and is an integral part of the Universitys commitment to embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship teaching and learning within the curriculum.

    Enterprise and entrepreneurship skills are increasingly important and so is the Universitys desire to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to gain valuable experience that will help them secure the best job or successfully set-up their own business.

    A key strength of the Centre is ensuring that your core discipline knowledge can be applied in an enterprising context - providing you with the ability to recognise commercial opportunities and the insight, confidence, knowledge and skills to act upon them.

    We enable students to recognise the value of creating opportunities and give them the insights, confidence, knowledge and skills to realise them.

    Core and elective taught units in enterprise and entrepreneurship which are available in all Faculties and are taken by around 2,000 students, including research students, across the University each year:

    - Company projects sourced to enhance curricular teaching

    - Many multi-disciplinary classes

    - External speakers (businesses) included in classes and round-table events

    Master of Enterprise (MEnt) - a one-year postgraduate degree which combines advanced study with practical application in a business context, the programme enables students to kick-start- a business - to test it, to build it and to develop it.

    Extra-curricular activities including:

    - Venture Competitions

    - Conferences

    - Summer School

    - Accelerator Workshops

    - Speaker series

    - Mentoring for students with ideas

    Enterprise elective units available for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Schools across the University Enterprise units are for students from any subject background and enable you to apply your subject knowledge in a commercial context. Dont worry if you have a limited knowledge of business as most of our units dont require prior study or experience in this area.

    Enterprise isnt just about starting your own business - its about identifying opportunities, creating ideas and turning those ideas into reality.

    How will enterprise skills help me? Study one of the enterprise units and give your CV and employability a huge boost. Gain an understanding of how businesses work, learn how to apply innovative thinking in your area of expertise, develop your capability to succeed in the face of uncertainty and respond to challenges in many different situations. This will give you an advantage whether you want to get a job with an existing employer or go it alone and set up your own business.

    What will I learn? Our taught units complement your specialist subject knowledge by embedding innovative business enterprise thinking into your education. We give you the opportunity to practice enterprise skills in a safe, supportive environment, often taking you outside your comfort zone in order to give you the best possible learning experience. You will experience real business situations that provide a range of transferable skills, enabling you to make a positive impact in your career right from the start.

    How will enterprise skills help me? Whether you want to get a job with an existing company or go it alone and set up your own business, study one of our enterprise units and make a positive impact in your career right from the start.

    People with these skills are vital in supporting global economic growth. A good degree and well-written job application may secure you an interview, but its the ability to convince people that you can make a difference that will get you the job.

    Discover how ideas are generated, analysed and developed into products and services Gain knowledge about how businesses operate Experience complex, real-world situations that will enable you to explore different ways of solving a problem

    Develop the ability to break down large problems and tackle key issues whilst monitoring the overall aims and objectives of a project Build the initiative, ambition and confidence to start up your own venture, or to innovate within an existing organisation

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    Undergraduate units - Open elective options

    Postgraduate - Open elective options

    Postgraduate - School specific options

    Undergraduate units - School specific options

    There are a wide range of electives available for students at all levels please contact the Centres main office if you would like to discuss these options in more detail.

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    Unit code Unit title Semester CreditMCEL10012 Enterprise and Innovation for Scientists 2 10

    MCEL10001 Exploring Enterprise 1 10

    MCEL10002 Entrepreneurial Skills 2 10

    UCOL22001 Essential Enterprise 1 10

    UCOL24002 Art of Enterprise 2 10

    MCEL30001/2 Tools and Techniques for Enterprise 1/2 10

    MCEL30011/2 or 40002 Advanced Technology Enterprise 1/2 10/15

    MCEL30052 Enterprise Feasibility 2 10

    MCEL30051 or 40031 Enterprise Strategy and Marketing 1 10/15

    MCEL30022 Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development 2 10

    MCEL30061 Enterprise in Healthcare 1 20MCEL40021 Entrepreneurial Commercialisation of

    Knowledge1 15

    Unit code Unit title Semester Credit

    MCEL60032 Business Creation and Development 2 15

    MCEL60142 Developing Enterprising Individuals 2 15

    MCEL60091 Innovation and the Commercialisation of Research 1 15

    MCEL60021 Shaping Ideas for the Market 1 15

    Unit code Unit title Semester Credit

    BIOL60760 FBMH only

    Commercialisation in Life Sciences Full year 45

    Unit code Unit title Semester CreditMCEL20011 EEE only

    Sustainable Commercial Development 1 10

    MCEL30031 CS only

    Enterprise Management for Computer Scientists (Yr. 2 & 3)

    1 10

    MCEL30032 CS only

    Managing Finance in Enterprise for Computer Scientists (Yr.2 & 3)

    2 10

    MCEL40042 CS only (wk 7-12)

    Business Feasibility Study (projects)

    2 15

    BIOL31080 FBMH only

    Life Sciences Enterprise Project Full year 30

    MCEL33321 AMBS only

    Cases in Sustainable Development 1 10

    MCEL20032 AMBS only

    Business Intrapreneurship Skills 2 10

    MCEL40011 EEE only

    Advanced Technology Enterprise 1 15

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    More details on popular open elective units

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    Introduction to thinking entrepreneurially and applying entrepreneurial skills

    Exploring Enterprise MCEL10001 Semester 1 Level 1

    Entrepreneurial vision and creativity are increasingly considered to be key features of a successful economy. Many firms look for the entrepreneurial characteristics of risk, innovation and judgement in their hiring process, as a means of distinguishing between candidates for graduate-entry jobs. This module introduces those characteristics of entrepreneurship and shows how they can be applied in a range of sectors, from the arts to the sciences. Factors in the broader political, social and economic environment can impact on entrepreneurial opportunities, either positively or negatively. Students will learn how to identify these factors and consider responses to them. Assessment methods

    Formative assessment: Group presentation - mark not used Summative assessment: Individual assessment - 100%

    Entrepreneurial Skills MCEL10002 Semester 2 Level 1

    Spotting a business opportunity is an important skill for those in both large firms and small start-ups. This unit simulates the processes that entrepreneurs go through when researching and presenting a potential business opportunity to potential investors, as seen on the BBC programme Dragons Den. Students will gain confidence and skills to think entrepreneurially by developing an idea for a product or a service which has potential commercial value. They will be guided through the steps to create a Business Plan, which will then be pitched to a potential panel of investors.

    Assessment methods

    Formative assessment: Written project proposal summary - mark not usedSummative assessment: Narrated pitch deck of slides plus executive summary - 100%

    Business Feasibility Study MCEL40042 Semester 2 Level 3/4

    Students have the opportunity to draw on their undergraduate subject specialism skills as well as learning new skills on this module. Students are provided with a typical business brief supplied by a real client and learn to identify ways in which value may be created for the client, for example in the form of a new product, service, process, business model or marketing strategy. Students gain practical experience in working with the current moral climate and value system of their client and prevailing legal and regulatory frameworks. Assessment methods

    Formative assessment: Weekly meetings with the lecturer to discuss the progress of the project mark not usedSummative assessment: Business report - 50%; Short project proposal briefing document, - 30%; Individual reflective report - 20%

    Tools and Techniques for Enterprise