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.
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.
The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
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. 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).