Module Title:Rural Entrepreneurship
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used such lectures, case studies, tutorials, and guest lectures. The practical formulation of a business plan will form a large part of learner learning to enhance their understanding of the subject. Class and group interaction will also serve to help develop learners’ comprehension and communication skills.
Module Aim: To introduce learners to the concept of Entrepreneurship and to examine some of the key strategic issues in relation to new venture creation in the agribusiness sector in Ireland. Learners will build on their theoretical knowledge and apply it in a practical format through a structured business plan.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Evaluate the Entrepreneurial process and the role of an Entrepreneur in the context of an Agriculture related enterprise in Ireland
LO2 Critically draw and evaluate key management and marketing strategies in new enterprise
LO3 Identify and evaluate the support and sources of finance available to new business starts ups in the agribusiness sector
LO4 Develop and appraise a business plan for an entrepreneurial new venture
LO5 Demonstrate an awareness of the legal and intellectual property issues involved in new venture creation
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
• Definition and Concept of Entrepreneurship • Characteristics of an Entrepreneur • The role of the entrepreneur and their contribution to economic growth and development • Innovation and Entrepreneurship • Entrepreneurship in the Agribusiness sector
New Business Planning
• The importance of business planning • The business planning process • Definition of a business plan • Outline and format of a business plan • Setting up an agribusiness in Ireland
Finance for New Ventures
• Sources of finance • Working capital and cash management • Government and state supports available for setting up an agribusiness in Ireland
New Business Strategy
• Managing the new venture • New venture growth • Marketing in the entrepreneurial new venture • Human Resource Management
The Legal and Regulatory Environment
• Patents, trademarks, copyright and licensing agreements, registered designs • Legal trading structures • Employment law • Health and safety
Entrepreneurship in Practice
• Case studies in Entrepreneurship and business proposals. Review of written business plans
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies A review and evaluation of relevant case studies in the agribusiness sector 5 20.00 n/a
Other The development, formulation and presentation of a business plan 4 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Terminal Examination 1,2,3 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SWSFM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 4 Mandatory