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Module Code: ENT301TC
Module Title: Capstone Project
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2022/23
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Department of Intelligent Operations and Marketing
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this dissertation module is to enable students to undertake a significant piece of independent research on a particular topic in practice of entrepreneurship. This module provides students with opportunities to: (i) apply their learning to analyse contemporary and ‘cutting edge’ problems and issues of relevance to entrepreneurs; (ii) deepen their knowledge and understanding of a particular practical topic of interest to them; (iii) produce a project of practical value from conception to a final report; (iv) further their independent research skills (i.e. data management, project management, writing and presenting findings); (v) enhance their intellectual and employability skills and their career prospects, and (iv) make an original contribution with practical value.
Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate a substantial and systematic understanding of current and recent theory and research focus in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

B. Critically evaluate and apply relevant theories to construct suitable conceptual frameworks to study the research topic.

C. Develop skills of conducting a research project through producing a reasonable research design, paying attention to research ethical considerations, collecting data through appropriate methods and analyzing data using suitable approaches.

D. Present findings in a coherent and logical flow in the report writing.

E. Think, learn and work independently whilst demonstrating initiative, responsibility, self-discipline, self-motivation, self-direction and originality in tackling and solving practical problems in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Method of teaching and learning 
As this capstone project is executed with independent research and test, students are expected to independently manage the time and workload with the support of their project supervisors. Support to research methodology and method training is provided through semester 1 and 2.
Students are expected to work on their confirmed project plans once their supervisors approve.
Supervisors are expected to meet with their students and support in key aspects of their capstone projects including topic selection, research design, research methodology and methods, data analysis, findings, as well as application and further test (if applicable).
This module will cover the knowledge and skills required for conducting independent research, problem identification, research methodology, data analysis, and further test in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The topic of the project is to be approved by the Programme Director and the student’s supervisor in light of the student’s career plans and interests. The syllabus is effectively the stages of researching and preparing the final report as a capstone project. It will therefore vary depending on the nature of the research topic, problem and questions being investigated. However, it is expected that these stages will typically include a selection from the following:

• The nature of practical research.

• Research ethics.

• Alternative approaches to practical research.

• Stages in planning and undertaking a capstone project.

• Identifying research problems, questions and hypotheses that generate original contributions to problem solutions.

• Research methods, strategies and techniques and their evaluation, selection and application.

• Designing and executing a capstone project.

• Searching, reviewing, and critically evaluating research literature for solving the focused problem(s).

• Data collection and analysis.

• Presenting and reporting data and findings.

• Recommendation of solutions.

• Application and test of the solutions.

• Writing a report that can be inspirational for relevant practices.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 6    14    20  110  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Interim Presentation On Progress 15.00
2 Final Dissertation 85.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 9/19/2020 10:52:44 PM