University of Lincoln Assessment Framework
Assessment Briefing 2022-2023
Module Code & Title: Developing Entrepreneurial Capability and Mindset BUS9710M
Contribution to Final Module Mark: 100%
Description of Assessment Task and Purpose: Reflective discussion, Business plan and reflective log
Please note that this is one portfolio consisting of two subtasks and should be submitted as one piece of work. Students are expected to revise and resubmit their previous work taking into account formative and summative feedback that has been received already.
Assessment sub-task 1
You are required to write a reflective discussion of 1,000 words, in which you critically analyse, evaluate and apply different ideas and techniques linked entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial thinking and the individual, the entrepreneurship process and entrepreneurship and society.
Within your reflective discussion, ensure that you show evidence that you have evaluated, assessed, and developed your understanding, skills and mindset linked to entrepreneurship, and have related these to personal development and career goals and plans. Please ensure that you have engaged with and critically analysed the literature by including citations in your reflective discussion.
– You may decide to define and discuss the concept of entrepreneurship and how the issues connected to this have influenced you as an entrepreneurial individual.
– You may decide to discuss issues such as entrepreneurial personality trait theory, or entrepreneurial opportunity creation and recognition, or the new venture creation process, and how these issues relate to you as an entrepreneurial individual.
– You may decide to discuss how you will use the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that you have acquired whilst preparing the business plan in your future career or workplace, and how will you further develop this knowledge, and these skills?
The reflective discussion can contain a mixture of 1st and 3rd person writing, 1st person when you are reflecting on your own knowledge experience and skills linked to entrepreneurship, 3rd person when you are presenting and critically analysing the theory and literature.
Assessment sub-task 2
The second assessment task for this module is a 2,000-word business plan, and a 500-word reflective log.
This plan (2000 words) will provide
– details of the business,
– industry and market analysis,
– customer analysis and value proposition,
– an operations and management plan,
– an appreciation of the financial issues.
Please ensure that you show that you have engaged with the literature whilst developing your business plan, by including citations. You may also want to cite industry-based research and data.
In the reflective log (500 words) you will reflect on yourself as an entrepreneurial individual in relation to the learning and development that has taken place while developing the business plan for this module. You could consider the following –
• In relation to the preparation of the business plan, which areas of the business plan did you find most challenging, and which areas helped you to develop your entrepreneurial knowledge mindset and skills?
The purpose of this assessment is to assess your ability to employ concepts and theory from the field of entrepreneurship practice, and to show that you can develop a business plan.
Learning Outcomes Assessed:
LO1 Apply a structured approach to developing an opportunity into a business concept, taking into account the complexity, challenges and opportunities surrounding entrepreneurial activity within the enterprise start-up and development process.
LO2 Develop and apply functional approaches to the exploration, planning, development, financing and launch of an entrepreneurial project or venture, through the production of a business plan.
LO3 Evaluate, assess, and develop their understanding, skills and mindset linked to entrepreneurship, and relate these to personal development and career goals and plans.
Knowledge & Skills Assessed:
Knowledge and Understanding: Enterprise and entrepreneurship and its various forms.
Subject Specific Intellectual Skills: Assess and solve complex and unpredictable problems and make decisions based on identifying and evaluating appropriate alternatives
Subject Specific Practical Skills: Acquire, evaluate and synthesise a range of information for diverse organisational purposes including new situations;
Transferable Skills and Attributes: Make effective decisions / conclusions through undertaking critical analysis / evaluation, plan and implement projects in an autonomous and independent manner, Communicate effectively according to different situations and in relation to various organisational constituents.
Assessment Submission Instructions:
You are required to submit your final assessment before 12 noon (UK time) on your assigned resit hand in date using the online assessment submission facility on the Module Blackboard site.
Date for Return of Feedback: 15 working days from the hand in date.
Format for Assessment:
The limit for this part of the portfolio is 3,500 words +/- 10%. The word count includes everything in the main body of the text (including headings, tables, citations, quotes etc). It does not include your reference list. The word count should be clearly stated on the first page of the assignment.
In your Appendix, you are allocated 4 pages for additional tables with excessive word count.
Please follow these formatting guidelines:
Font / Size: Arial / 12
Spacing / Sides: 1.5 / Single Sided
Page numbers required? Yes
Margins: At least 2.54 to left and right and text ‘justified’
Referencing: Full compliance with Harvard protocols
Note usual practice is to allow +/-10%. If you submit an assignment which exceeds the prescribed word limit, marking will cease at the point at which the limit has been exceeded and the mark will be awarded based on the extent to which the criteria for assessment have been met up to that point.
Marking Criteria for Assessment:
See Appendix 3 of the module handbook
Please note that all work is assessed according to the University of Lincoln Management of Assessment Policy and that marks awarded are provisional on Examination Board decisions (which take place at the end of the Academic Year.
Tutor feedback on Turnitin. In-text and general feedback.
Assessment Support Information:
Assessment tutorial during workshop.
Individual tutor feedback on drafts.
Important Information on Dishonesty & Plagiarism:
University of Lincoln Regulations define plagiarism as ‘the passing off of another person’s thoughts, ideas, writings or images as one’s own…Examples of plagiarism include the unacknowledged use of another person’s material whether in original or summary form. Plagiarism also includes the copying of another student’s work’.
Plagiarism is a serious offence and is treated by the University as a form of academic dishonesty. Students are directed to the University Regulations for details of the procedures and penalties involved.
For further information, see plagiarism.org
The University of Lincoln is requesting that students enrolled in the Developing Entrepreneurial Capability and Mindset BUS9710M module complete two assessment sub-tasks. The first sub-task requires students to write a 1,000-word reflective discussion that critically analyses, evaluates, and applies different ideas and techniques linked to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial thinking, the individual, the entrepreneurship process, and entrepreneurship and society. The reflective discussion should demonstrate that the student has evaluated, assessed, and developed their understanding, skills, and mindset linked to entrepreneurship and related these to personal development and career goals and plans. The second sub-task requires students to develop a 2,000-word business plan and a 500-word reflective log. The business plan should provide details of the business, industry and market analysis, customer analysis and value proposition, an operations and management plan, and an appreciation of the financial issues. The reflective log should reflect on the student as an entrepreneurial individual in relation to the learning and development that has taken place while developing the business plan for this module. The purpose of the assessment is to assess the student’s ability to employ concepts and theory from the field of entrepreneurship practice and to show that they can develop a business plan. The learning outcomes assessed are LO1, LO2, and LO3, and the knowledge and skills assessed include knowledge and understanding, subject-specific intellectual skills, subject-specific practical skills, and transferable skills and attributes. Students must submit their final assessment before 12 noon (UK time) on their assigned resit hand-in date using the online assessment submission facility on the Module Blackboard site. Feedback will be returned within 15 working days from the hand-in date. The word count limit for this part of the portfolio is 3,500 words +/- 10%, and students are allocated four pages for additional tables with excessive word count. The formatting guidelines include Arial font/size 12, 1.5 spacing/single-sided, page numbers required, margins of at least 2.54 to left and right, and full compliance with Harvard protocols for referencing. All work is assessed according to the University of Lincoln Management of Assessment Policy, and marks awarded are provisional on Examination Board decisions at the end of the academic year.