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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 16/06/2022 17:30:20

Title of Module: SFEDI Diploma Business & Enterprise Support

Code: BUSN08060 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Alan   Murray

Summary of Module

The qualification is built on research that underpins the SFEDI National Occupational Standards and the expertise of the Insitute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and the University of the West of Scotland. Having been designed to be flexible to meet the range of demand within enterprise learning we recognise the needs of industry to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial individuals to support the sustainability and growth of business and the wider community. The Diploma in Business and Enterprise Support is accredited by SFEDI (the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) and delivered by the University of the West of Scotland.The Diploma comprises 5 Units each covering a topic which is critical to the business and enterprise support role. All 5 Units must be completed in order to obtain the Diploma and each Unit has its own Learning Outcomes and it's own individual assessment. All assessments have been designed to allow the learner to reflect on their own professional work, performance and impact in order to create meaningful opportunities for work based learning. In addition there will be 2 observed advisory sessions which will take place during Units 3 and 4.

  • The Diploma provides business and enterprise professionals with the knowledge and skills to carry out their roles in an effective and efficient manner.

  • The Diploma provides the opportunity for the learner to widen their knowledge of the bigger picture of support services on a local, regional and national scale.

  • The Diploma provides the opportunity for the learner to develop their professional networks within the field of business and enterprise.

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 different theories of economic development and the contribution of business enterprise to economic development at different geographical scales.

L2. Demonstrate an understanding of business and enterprise support structures at a local, regional and national level and the ways of assessing the impact of business and enterprise support interventions.

L3. Demonstrate an understanding of the skills needed by business advisers to build effective business support relationships with clients.

L4. Demonstrate an understanding of the skills needed by business advisers to work with their clients to develop their businesses.

L5. Demonstrate an understanding of the skills needed by the business adviser to manage their continuing personal professional development.

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 8.

Understanding the principles of small enterprise management and development.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Identifying necessary concepts and practices and applying them to overcome specific business challenges.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Analysing small business issues and problems. Developing effective strategies for given solutions.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Communicating effectively to a target audience using both speech and writing. Interpreting, using and evaluating complex data, ideas and concepts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Taking responsibility for own work.

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
This module adopts a new pedagogical approach that digitally and physically accelerates, empowers and enables an interactive student-centric educational experience. Core educational content is hosted through a versatile virtual learning platform that allows staff to customise and communicate learning cognisant to their field, industry and the expectations of students. Primary lecture material is digitally captured and curated through vibrant multi-media vod and Touchcasts and a range of social media platforms. This enables students to review content and engage in mobile, interactive and immediate manner between staff and students. This digital practice supports and drives distinctive physical teaching and learning. Here the dynamic face-to-face engagement of student learning is embedded through a series of active learning practices/activities that link and interrogate theory with live industrial practice and contextualised experience. This integration and networking between the digital, physical and industrial contexts provides students with an innovative and convergent educational experience.
The Diploma itself has been designed with the busy professional in mind and is highly flexible. Students follow a simple process through each Unit. Firstly they will engage with the core learning materials for the Unit which will be in the form of a lecture which will be either delivered face to face, as a prerecorded video lecture or as a live streamed video lecture. The slides and notes from each lecture are also provided to all participants. Students will then engage with the support materials for the Unit and complete the Unit activity which may involve reading a research article or watching a video and then they will reflect on a set of key questions. Following this they will then engage with the trainer and other learners in an online tutorial where they will discuss the learning and insights from the Unit lecture and the Unit activity in order to frame the learning in the context of their professional role. Finally with support from the trainer students will complete the assignment for the Unit which will be uploaded to Turnitin using the link provided where they will be marked and the marks then verified.
All training is delivered by the University of the West of Scotland lecturing team within the School of Business and Creative Industries. In addition to being academics specialising in the field of enterprise and entrepreneurship they have had extensive careers in the enterprise network working as business support practitioners for the leading enterprise support agencies in Scotland. They have all completed the Diploma themselves and they have designed the Programme to be as flexible, relevant and engaging as possible in order to meet the needs of the busy professional.
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 Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Independent Study270
300 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:

Murray, A. and Scuotto, V. (2015). “The Business Model Canvas. A tool for Market - Driven Entrepreneurs”, Symphonya Emerging Issues in Management.

Murray, A. and Palladino, R. (2020). “Developing human capitals in today’s entrepreneurs: A practitioner perspective”, Journal of Intellectual Capital.

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance 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 Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMarketing, Innovation, Events and Tourism
ModeratorDr Robert Crammond
External ExaminerTBC
Accreditation DetailsSFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Report - 60%
Portfolio of Written Work - 40%
(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) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck mark check markcheck mark 600

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work check mark  check mark400
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
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements. The UWS Equality and Diversity Policy can be viewed here:
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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University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

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