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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 04/03/2022 10:37:23

Title of Module: Business Technology and Enterprise

Code: COMP07063 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Tom  Caira

Summary of Module

This module begins by exploring Enterprise. Students will learn how to model a business and establish how it creates and delivers value and will gain an understanding of the nature and value of customers, value propositions, channels to market, customer relationship management, revenue streams, resources, activities, partnerships, cost structures and how to model these using the Business Model Canvas. Students will further develop their understanding of enterprise in a practical setting, working in groups to identify an innovative idea for a product or service and propose a suitable start-up strategy for the creation of a small business to take the idea to market. Students will also learn about technology’s role in business and its impact on business operations. Students will be introduced to the typical hardware, operating systems, software applications, and network & internet facilities that are utilised by modern day business organisations. They will also develop an awareness of the need to understand and appreciate the social and business implications of the phenomenal development of digital technologies.  Students will further develop their understanding of business technology in a practical setting, working in groups to outline the technology requirements for the start-up business they have previously proposed.

This module aims to develop a number of 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


  • Analytical
  • Inquiring
  • Ethically-minded
  • Emotionally Intelligent
  • Research-minded
  • Collaborative
  • Socially Responsible

Work Ready

  • Enterprising
  • Knowledgeable
  • Digitally Literate
  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Influential
  • Motivated
  • Ambitious
  • Potential Leader


  • Innovative
  • Incisive
  • Creative
  • Imaginative
  • Resilient
  • Driven
  • Daring
  • Transformational


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of digital technologies used in a modern business environment

L2. Display an appreciation for and understanding of the typical issues associated with managing technology in a modern business

L3. Demonstrate an appreciation for and understanding of enterprise, entrepreneurship, and the planning and preparation involved in starting up a small business

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Demonstrating a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the concepts, features and terminology of modern business technology, the Internet and typical office applications.

Displaying a broad knowledge of the general concepts associated with a typical business and the characteristics and importance of the processes that support a business.

Showing an understanding of the planning and preparation involved in starting up a small business.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Utilising application software to assist with the effective completion of module coursework.

Using some basic and routine professional techniques to interpret and model a real or simulated business technology environment.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Evaluating and presenting information and ideas which are routine to the areas of modern business technology and enterprise.

Presenting and evaluating the use of standard application software to meet the needs of a real or simulated business scenario.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Making effective use of standard business application software to manage and maintain documentation and communication.

Displaying and developing inter-personal skills.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Showing basic initiative and autonomy in working on a group project

Developing personal active learning strategies.

Working effectively in a group and taking a leadership role as and when required to successfully complete the group coursework.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Asynchronous Class Activity164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Required Resources:

Module resources on UWS Virtual Learning Environment
The World Wide Web

Extension Resources:

* Bocij, P., Greasley, A. & Hickie, S., (2018) Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management for the Modern Business, 6/e, Pearson

* Tidd, J. & Bessant, J., Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change, 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2020
* Colwell, K., Starting a Business QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner’s Guide to Launching a Successful Small Business, Turning Your Vision into Reality, and Achieving Your Entrepreneurial Dream, Illustrated Edition, ClydeBank Media LLC, 2019

* DK, The Business Book: Big Ideas Simple Explained, UK Edition, Dorling Kindersley, 2014

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorDaune West
External ExaminerT Gaber
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Group coursework worth 50% of the final mark which involves the production of a Company Information Pack for a proposed start-up business.
Group coursework worth 50% of the final mark which involves the production of a Technical report.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work  check mark500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck mark 500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student. The assessment regime will be applied flexibly so that a student who can attain the practical outcomes of the module will not be disadvantaged. If a student has any additional support requirements, or if a tutor is concerned about a student, the tutor in consultation with the School Enabling Support coordinator will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made. (N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School). Students should note that the language of instruction is English and that they will need to have a reasonable grasp of the language in order to keep abreast of the teaching materials and in submitting assessed work.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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