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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3008 Social Enterprise Consultancy Project

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Alex Kevill

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

During this module you will learn about social enterprises and how these kinds of organisations are challenging the way in which the third sector and current for-profit business are perceived.Working directly with a start-up social enterprise, you (as part of a student team) will deliver a project to a consultancy brief over a 6-8 week period within the module. This will develop your team-working skills, your ability to project manage and at the same time gaining an in-depth understanding of how social enterprises are managed.You will be expected to actively contribute to discussion and developing new social enterprise ideas as part of a student consultancy team that provides advice on 3rd sector growth strategies.


This module aims to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for student to acquire and develop a deep understanding of how social enterprises (and other 3rd sector organisations) combine business practices with effecting social change, specifically the creation of earned income opportunities.
In addition, students will develop a wider range of personal skills through working in collaboration with a charitable or community organisation outside the University on a project relevant to the needs of the organisation and to academic study for a degree in business or other programmes.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Explain and discuss the theoretical basis of social enterprise economics, their wider role in the UK economy and to be able to critically analyse how social enterprises will contribute to the development of social value in society
- Synthesise broad theoretical topics (including models of income generation, social and environmental value creation, Government third sector policy, social mission, social impact auditing and public service delivery) to communicate the impact of their work to non-academic audiences
- Demonstrate development in, and reflection of, their project planning and execution skills

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to design, record and manage their work in cooperation with their peers and an academic supervisor to achieve a valuable outcome
- Apply a range of team working related skills including: creativity and innovation; motivation; interpersonal communication; presentation; and research skills in a problem solving context

Subject specific
- Plan, implement and present a project working with a start-up social enterprise, exercising the transferable skills listed above


Indicative content:
1. Understanding social enterprise and the Third Sector
2. The changing economic environment for third sector organisations
3. Interventions in social enterprise development
4. Untapped income potential within a current social enterprise
5. Understanding the range of funding available
6. An international perspective on social enterprise and the support structures available
7. Developing an effective strategy to increase a social enterprises' income
8. Understand the requirements of external funders and investors
9. Delivery of a consulting project to a brief
10. Project management
a. research
b. delivery
c. exit, handover and evaluation
11. Articulating skills
Supported by workshops covering case studies, guest speaker interviews and group presentations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours74.50
Total Contact hours25.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be expected to complete a minimum of 76 hrs working on their project including time spent on a preparative report, maintaining relevant records, writing the final report and giving a 15 minute presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance will be expected at every workshop session, and non-attendance without good reason will be followed up. Progress issues will be addressed informally during the interactive workshop sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectFinal group report, 3,000 words30.00
Oral PresentationGroup presentation max. 15 minutes15.00
Reflective logReflective essay draw from weekly logs, 1,800 words55.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/01/2018


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