Module Details

Module Code: ENES E8007
Full Title: Enterprise and Operations
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner:: Angela Hamouda
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: This module will provide students with the skills necessary to develop a business from idea formation through the various stages of the business life cycle.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Analyse the practicalities of what is involved in the start-up stage and operations of a business.
MLO2 Critically assess the importance of strategic planning and the management of an enterprise
MLO3 Team-build and apply group skills in the work environment
MLO4 Research and analyse enterprise supports available (both financial and non-financial supports) at national level and the awarding criteria required for grant funding.
MLO5 Apply the key dimensions of quality as a critical success factor in business operations.
MLO6 Critically assess the importance of the supply chain in the management of business operations
MLO7 Examine the key areas to be focused on for the growth and sustainability of a business.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Enterprise Start-Up
Designing and developing a new venture start up, Developing the business idea through feasibility study, Challenges faced at start-up stage, Identifying resources required, Case studies
Enterprise Supports (An Irish Context)
Financial and non financial supports (education, mentoring, information and advice, networking), Criteria for grant funding
New Venture Management Team
Building an effective team, Characteristics of an effective team, Self assessment of team, Complimentary skills, Developing roles
Research for Operations Set up
Organisational structure, Premises, Resource efficiencies, Systems and process design, Efficiency and innovation in operations
Strategy Development
Developing a Mission, establishing goals and objectives for the business, Risk assessment (SWOT Analysis), Outsourcing
Quality Management
Quality and the enterprise, Quality and small business Quality management, quality assurance, quality control , Process capability, Statistical process control, Six sigma quality
Supply Chain
Supply chain management, Supply chain uncertainty, The bullwhip effect, Planning and Controlling the Supply Chain, Inventory management, Materials requirement, Enterprise resource planning, Just in time and Lean Systems
Growth and Sustainability
Setting Direction and Targets for your Business, Assessing Business Efficiency, Delegation, Financing business growth
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 11 Learning Outcome 1,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Development of a Feasibility Study
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 13 Learning Outcome 1,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Presentation of Feasibility Study
Assessment Type Other % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 6 Learning Outcome 1,2,4,5,6,7
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
In Class Test
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Lectures based on module content Every Week 2.00 2
Tutorial Contact Tutorials alligned to module content Every Week 1.00 1
Independent Study Non Contact Student to follow course content Every Week 3.00 3
Directed Reading Non Contact As assigned to students Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Allen, K.. (2009), Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers, Pearson Education.
  • Gundry, L.. (2007), Enterprise Strategy: changing patterns in new venture creation, growth and reinvention, Thousand Oaks, London.
  • Monk, Ellen, F.. (2006), Concepts of Enterprise Resource Planning, Course Technology, Canada.
  • Deakins, D.. (2009), Entrepreneurship and Small Firms, McGraw Hill.
  • Russell & Taylor. (2009), Operations Management, Pearson Education.
  • Drucker, P.. (2007), Innovation and Entrepreneurship: practice and principles, Butterworth, Heinmann, Oxford.
  • Zimmerer, T.W.. (2004), Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Pearson/Prentice Hall.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • [Journal], Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.
  • [Journal], Journal of Small Business Management.
  • [Journal], International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
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