Final year option

During Year 4, you will have the opportunity to undertake either an independent research project in your Major, or the following interdisciplinary project in Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences.

The modules below are 20 credits per semester. You can take the Semester One module then stop, or you can continue onto the Semester Two module. You cannot take the Semester Two module without having first completed Semester One.

Entrepreneurial Skills - Semester One – 20 credits

 The principal goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – people who are creative, inventive and discoverers” - Jean Piaget

Coming together from a range of disciplines problem solving is at the centre of the Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences degree, but is that alone enough make you stand out in your field?

This module is designed to help you become enterprising in your approach to problems by encouraging you to develop skills, behaviours and qualities to ‘make things happen’. An enterprising and entrepreneurial outlook and set of skills in graduates are highly prized by employers globally, and are in fact essential regardless of sector or type of employment you may pursue.

This module will strengthen your diverse skill set by helping you to become an enterprising, creative thinker effective problem solver and communicator, globally and locally culturally aware, a responsible and ethical citizen, a confident and flexible life-long learner and a resilient and effective leader. Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are for everyone – not just for those wanting to start a business!

Working in groups you will be introduced to the principles of becoming an enterprising individual and throughout the module progress to developing your entrepreneurial skills in your groups. You will do this by engaging with research, business plan creation and a pitch of the business plan with the input from external guest speakers.

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of entrepreneurial skills in practice.
  • Apply entrepreneurial skills in the production of a business plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in collaborative group projects.
  • Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to an audience.
  • Engage reflexively in an independent learning environment.

Entrepreneurial Start-Up - Semester Two – 20 credits

 I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed.”Michael Jordan

Coming together from a range of disciplines, generating ideas is central to the Liberal Arts and Naturals Sciences programme. The difficulty is that ideas alone are not enough. You need to know how to make ideas happen – how to turn ideas into action.

This module is an opportunity to take ideas and transform them into action by creating your own business. The module is designed to help you take the enterprising skills you have developed and use them to make things happen through practical application of business start-up.

Students will work in groups and week by week to develop a business idea, progressing the idea to the point of being ready to launch it. Engaging in independent study and through group work, you will explore product viability by designing, planning and testing the viability of your chosen product.

The aim is to effectively start your own enterprise (without actual product launch) with a focus on the experience of the process itself, not on the perceived ‘success’ of the product itself. You will also be given training in how to demonstrate entrepreneurial skills to an external audience or interviewer and presenting your enterprise ideas as a group at the end of Semester 2.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and apply appropriate entrepreneurial skills in practical settings.
  • Work in collaboration with others to apply knowledge and understanding in a group project.
  • Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to an audience.
  • Engage reflexively in an independent learning environment.