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Enterprise skills for undergrads – never too early to start?

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Author(s): Ted Sarmiento | Victoria Harte | Ruth Pickford | Lynette Willoughby

Journal: ITALICS
ISSN 1473-7507

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: enterprise | education | employability | level one | computing | information management

ABSTRACT
This paper describes a programme of innovative changes in enterprise education and a subsequent evaluation, brought about by the introduction in 2005 of the Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CETL): Institute for Enterprise at Leeds Metropolitan University. This paper discusses that programme, namely: the Innovation North Foundation and Progression Project, which was one of the first significant developments following its inception.The project was designed to embed enterprise skills into the core curriculum in level one of Computing and Information Management studies, based on the belief that these skills will form not only a part of students’ whole University education, but also play an important role in the support for, and performance in, students’ subsequent careers. The paper, which expands on the practical paper presented at the ISBE 2006 conference in Cardiff in November, includes evaluation data collected from students and staff from two consecutive years that the module has been delivered.This paper suggests that the project, now in its second year, is going some way to being embedded within the curriculum, is subtly introducing students to enterprise and enabling them to reflect on how they apply their skills in a project based scenario. Results from the evaluation show a positive acceptance of the innovative changes from both students and lecturers with only minimal improvements suggested to design and delivery.
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