This module will enable students to acquire critical and transferable skills associated with the creation and growth of new business ventures. The module focuses on the development process, from start up to early stage growth of new ventures (new small businesses spin-offs from large firms, and especially innovative, technology-based firms). It covers essential processes associated with new venturing- opportunity identification, self-efficacy, ideas generation, bricolage and bootstrapping, developing business models, networking, marketing, financial, and behavioural aspects in different environments.
The module is practical in scope and character and is concerned with enabling students to critically examine and organise different forms of learning, skills development, and aspects of creating and managing new and entrepreneurial (especially technology-based)ventures.

This module focuses on the management of innovation activities and how businesses may benefit from the development and application of technology. It introduces the management of innovation and technology as a multiple perspective approach, which incorporates the key areas of the business and management together. The unit provides a clear overview of the critical theories and concepts of innovation management. It also highlights the issues and factors involved in the management and development of new products, new services, new technologies, and new business models. Since managing innovation and technology is crucial to a firm’s success, understanding the above factors can lead to the success of the innovative firm in the short and long-term.

This module introduces students to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Students will learn the fundamental structure and concepts used in the MBTI, as well as developing an understanding of their own 'personality type' according to the theory. The theory is then applied to a variety of workplace and human resources issues.
It is expected that students will engage reflexively and critically with the theory of the MBTI and their own 'type'.
Topics to be covered will include the origins and ethical foundations of the MBTI, detailed explication of the theory itself and sessions applying this theory of personality to a range of work issues such as communication, conflict, stress and career selection.


To take a reflexive and academic approach to considering the impact of personality on a variety of work situations, via the MBTI

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module students should be able to:
1. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the origins, theoretical basis and ethical orientation of the MBTI;
2. show a reflexive awareness of the benefit of understanding personality dimensions of oneself and others, particularly with regard to work and careers;
3. critically analyse the strengths and limitations of the application of the MBTI to the world of work, for example, communication, conflict, stress and careers.

Module Description
This module contributes to enhancing students' overall learning experience and performance. It forms part of the School's objective of developing students as active learners with the reflective ability to form holistic views on business and to benefit from research-led teaching. The module is systematically linked to the Induction programme and the requirements of the first year modules. As the module is compulsory for all EBS first year students, the aim is that the skills learned will benefit student learning and performance in all other modules as well.

Module Aims
This module aims to support students in the transition to university. It contributes to students' understanding of the requirements of academic study and aims to support students in developing the necessary skills to successfully undertake university studies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of the importance of search engines and library resources for independent research and as an integral part of being an active learner.
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of the nature and scope of referencing and its importance in developing professional skills.
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of academic offences and their consequences.
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of the importance of effective reading and writing skills for developing and organising arguments and narratives, including:
o The importance of different reading techniques for understanding and critically evaluating a text
o The importance of developing skills for writing and reading multiple forms of text (e.g. student essays, examination answers, CVs, job applications, journalistic articles, emails, etc.)
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of how to use feedback effectively and how to reflect on previous coursework with a growth mindset.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

The module aims to develop a variety of personal transferable skills by encouraging students to:
* Identify and distil key features and arguments covered in texts and presentations.
* Develop coherent and well-structured lines of argument supported by relevant analysis and concepts.
* Become better equipped to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant information for the purposes of decision-making.
* Become better equipped to apply analytical skills and a critical judgement to handle business problems.
* Develop the ethical awareness required in being professional.
* Communicate effectively in writing and presentations.

The aim of the module is to enable 2nd year EBS students to engage with an ever-changing business environment and link subject understanding with the broader context of employability.
Graduate recruitment and making choices about post-graduate study starts early. Sometimes opportunities can be advertised as early as the summer between your 2nd and 3rd year. The purpose of this module is to ensure you are prepared to take advantage of graduate opportunities at the point they are advertised.
The module consists of two compulsory 2-hour lectures to introduce the graduate labour market, timelines for recruitment and introduction to the graduate recruitment processes such as different interview techniques and assessment centres. Post-graduate study will also be covered.
The module will be supported by a Conference(s) at Essex Business School, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a professional, business-led environment and hear from external speakers, industry experts and EBS alumni.
The module will be completed with a final 1 hour evaluation lecture to reflect on how you can use the knowledge and skills identified from the conference.


- develop a comprehensive understanding of employment and post-graduate opportunities available to EBS students after graduation
- provide knowledge about the job market and its requirements
- develop wider employability skills
- engage with an ever-changing business environment lining subject understanding into the broader context of employability

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module you will:
1. Be adequately prepared for the graduate selection process and expectations of employers and post graduate providers.
2. Have a clear understanding of your own interests, skills and competencies, needed for lifelong career management.
3. Have a clear understanding of the need for work relevant and transferable skills.