Postgraduate taught 

Management with Enterprise & Business Growth MSc

Business Planning MGT5176

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course examines the processes of entrepreneurship as they relate to planning a start-up and/ or expanding a business.

The creation of a Business Plan is an essential part of funding applications in both the Public and Private sectors integrating all aspects of a business proposal to allow an assessment of viability to be made


12 half day sessions in a 10 week period from January until March.

Teaching will take the form of lectures and workshops.

Excluded Courses



Written Business Plan (2500-3000 words) 60%

Critique of two Business proposals (750 words each) 20%

Group Presentation: 10%

Self analysis of individual learning and performance in a team situation (750 words) 10%


Please note that the length of the assessments is interpreted in a flexible way, a Business plan would

depend on the business chosen by the student concerned so the word count is for student guidance on the typical length required.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course examines the processes of entrepreneurship as they relate to start up and growth businesses

The module explores the character and behaviour of the entrepreneur in exploiting opportunities and examines the critical role of culture in developing entrepreneurial organisations the module also examines the processes of creating a business ,organising and financing a business

The role of external bodies such as government ,banks ,local authorities, technological agencies and others in supporting business is examined


Specific aims are

■ The development of a business plan

■ To examine the development of entrepreneurs and their behaviour

■  To examine Decision making and risk assessment

■  To examine Innovation and its importance

■ To create and evaluate business ideas

■ To understand and assess support available to business

■ To assess the needs of a business as it grows

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Summarise and demonstrate an understanding of the nature of entrepreneurial behaviour

■ Explain the relationship between entrepreneurship and innovation

■ Demonstrate a systematic approach to the evaluation of opportunities

■ Evaluate the nature and consequences of business risk

■ Construct a business plan, analyse and constructively criticise business proposals

■ Analyse and evaluate the processes used to develop a business

■ Analyse and evaluate the relationship between the functional areas of a business

■ Analyse and evaluate their own performance and learning

■ Demonstrate team working and presentational skills

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.