Mechatronics BEng/MEng

Professional and Entrepreneurial Practice MGT5068

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to introduce the concepts of entrepreneurial thinking through developing knowledge, understanding and practice in creating a minimum viable product to address an opportunity. The aims course to give students the opportunity to develop and practice graduate attributes, particularly in problem solving, adaptability, communication and collaboration. Course content is supported by regular masterclasses from industry.


Mondays 11-1, and Fridays 12.00 - 1.00 p.m

Excluded Courses

MGT1003 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation 

MGT2014 Entrepreneurship

MGT4109 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning




Individual assignment (50%)

Group Business Plan Report (50%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course is designed to address aspects of professional practice for Engineering students and to introduce the concepts of new venture and entrepreneurial planning through knowledge, understanding and practice in the use of developing the business plan. The course is also designed to introduce students to the issues crucial to the development of new ventures, the role of the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial team, and the relationship of the new venture to its environment. The course will draw on the growing body of research and literature related to the development of new ventures.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


Prepare a plan for a new product or development;
Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and procedures for addressing a market opportunity;


Analyse new venture information to identify the viability or otherwise of a proposal, including:

■ Presenting and testing new venture ideas;

■ its relationship to a defined market;

■ describing the relationships between the various business functions;

■ developing a business model.


Identify and address relevant aspects of sustainability and environmental impact;

Show evidence of skills and capability in:

■ critically engaging with and evaluating texts and journal articles;

■ team-working;

■ appraising the work of other students;

■ communicating conclusions effectively;

■ carrying out personal and professional planning

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits