Entrepreneurship and Professional Development - EENG5770

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Blaine Epsley checkmark-circle


Introduction to entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, circular design; Team building and effective team collaboration; New technology development, technology lifecycle, technology readiness level (TRL); Financial management of large-scale projects and new ventures, sources of financing; Protecting and securing intellectual properties (IPs); Business planning tools for a new technology and start-up; Prototyping and commercialising a new technology and mitigate market risks.


Contact hours

Contact hours 34
Private study hours 116
Total study hours 150



Method of assessment

Business Pitch (10-12 minute team presentation) – (40%)
Business Proposal (8-10 A4 Pages) – (60%)

Indicative reading

Management of Technology – Tarek M. Khalil, McGraw-Hill Science, 1999.
Entrepreneurship and Small Business: Start-up, Growth and Maturity (4th edition) – Burns, P., Palgrave Macmillan. 2016, ISBN-13 : 978-1137430359.
Skills Development for Business and Management Students: Study and Employability – Kevin Gallagher, OUP Oxford; 2nd edition, 2013.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Identify the process of innovation, generating ideas and circular design for complex problems that meet a combination of needs, and how to build a team and collaborate with other team members to exploit an entrepreneurial opportunity;
2. Analyse the lifecycle of a new technology development, and how to assess technology readiness level (TRL);
3. Evaluate the financial performance of large-scale projects and apply an integrated or systems approach;
4. Develop a credible business plan and strategy roadmap for a new technology and start-up;
5. Prototype and commercialise innovations, prepare a risk management process and identify and analyse ethical concerns.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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