ADVANCED LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (CCE)

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N124705
Module Leader Irene Bonnar
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module builds on knowledge and understanding of current business trends in Oman in view of Oman's Economic Diversification Plan Vision 2020 and thus provides a context for students, as engineers, to come up with innovative and creative business solutions. It provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable insights into entrepreneurial and leadership skills. It will develop in students a critical, analytical, creative and innovative approach towards lifelong learning and life skills needed for the working environment. These incorporate among others advanced life skills such as strategic planning, business ethics, decision making, and critical thinking, establishing effective working relationships, emotional intelligence, responsibility and accountability. During the module the student will be able to critically examine and reflect upon a range of topics concomitant with entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Students will also develop the practical skills and knowledge to effectively develop a business plan and explore the governmental and private funding options. The focus will be on the development of analytical skills, creativity and innovation, market research, budgeting, developing organisational structure, evaluating the viability of the concept through SWOT analysis and help them to integrate their findings and knowledge through a pragmatic and interactive approach to their learning.Through blended learning comprising of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and Blackboard students will be able to develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and work collaboratively to develop a wide range of innovative, creative and practical solutions using existing research and ideas. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively as well as individually to put forward and discuss ideas to prepare a business plan. The emphasis will be workshop sessions by local funding agencies in Oman, talks by entrepreneurs as guest speakers. The focus will be on students' ability to research and relate to a local context looking at issues relevant in Oman and how these fit into the global picture. The focus should be on practical applications but incorporate the theories and ideas in the field using appropriate reading and research. Students will have exposure to training videos and material in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)for further research. By adopting methods of training from the workplace, the aim is to prepare and provide the student with the skills and creativity needed in both the engineering context and the working world in general which will help to meet the needs for an independent and capable workforce in Oman. Students will benefit from virtual classroom and will be able to discuss their progress with their tutors through blackboard and discussion forum.Through blended learning comprising of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and Blackboard students will be able to develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and work collaboratively to develop a wide range of innovative, creative and practical solutions using existing research and ideas. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively as well as individually to put forward and discuss ideas to prepare a business plan. The emphasis will be workshop sessions by local funding agencies in Oman, talks by entrepreneurs as guest speakers. The focus will be on students' ability to research and relate to a local context looking at issues relevant in Oman and how these fit into the global picture. The focus should be on practical applications but incorporate the theories and ideas in the field using appropriate reading and research. Students will have exposure to training videos and material in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)for further research. By adopting methods of training from the workplace, the aim is to prepare and provide the student with the skills and creativity needed in both the engineering context and the working world in general which will help to meet the needs for an independent and capable workforce in Oman. Students will benefit from virtual classroom and will be able to discuss their progress with their tutors through blackboard and discussion forum.

Syllabus

The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The Omani context : Introduction to Vision 2020 and the development of human resources within developing Oman. Leadership and Entrepreneurial skills - current Business trends, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Non -Profit & Non Governmental Organisation (NGO's) and other business opportunities. Strategic Planning for Business start up SWOT for Business Planning Sources of Governmental and Private funding opportunities in Oman Business Ethics and Personal Business commitment Organisational Behaviour - Emotional Intelligence (EQi) and Motivation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Discuss the concept of entrepreneurship as possible career choice2. Analyse and discuss the need for entrepreneurial and Leadership skills as an engineer.3. Build in Business Ethics in the plan that would initiate a business4. Research different sectors with scope for SMEs5. Evaluate various governmental and non- governmental funding options for SMEs.6. Initiate the process of applying and securing Government / Private funding for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)7. Apply SWOT analysis for strategic (profit/non-profit based) business planning8. Produce a viable Business Plan that would initiate a new business business9. Present business idea and factors that will play a vital role in the success of entrepreneurship.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Through blended learning comprising of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and Blackboard students will be able to develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and work collaboratively to develop a wide range of innovative, creative and practical solutions using existing research and ideas. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively as well as individually to put forward and discuss ideas to prepare a business plan. The emphasis will be workshop sessions by local funding agencies in Oman, talks by entrepreneurs as guest speakers. The focus will be on students' ability to research and relate to a local context looking at issues relevant in Oman and how these fit into the global picture. The focus should be on practical applications but incorporate the theories and ideas in the field using appropriate reading and research. Students will have exposure to training videos and material in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)for further research. By adopting methods of training from the workplace, the aim is to prepare and provide the student with the skills and creativity needed in both the engineering context and the working world in general which will help to meet the needs for an independent and capable workforce in Oman. Students will benefit from virtual classroom and will be able to discuss their progress with their tutors through blackboard and discussion forum.

Indicative Reading

Websites: Ministry of Information, Sultanate of Oman http://www.omanet.om/english/home.asp Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company (MEEPAS) http://www.meepas.com/ http://www.meepas.com/Omaneconomicsnapshot.htm http://www.meepas.com/Omanemergingeconomy.htm http://www.meepas.com/oman2007.htm Ministry of National Economy, Sultanate of Oman http://www.moneoman.gov.om/index.asp Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Oman http://www.mocioman.gov.om/ OCIPED - The Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development http://www.ociped.com/ Know your Leadership Style - OCIPED Survey Questionnaire http://www.ociped.com/survey/survey5.asp The Public Establishments for Industrial Estates, Oman (for information on Industrial Estates in Oman) http://www.peie.om/index.php The Knowledge Oasis, Muscat http://www.kom.om/index.shtml The Knowledge Mine (TKM) (Support for start-up business ideas, business viability information, Business Plan surgery, Ernst & Young Big Business Idea Competition) http://www.kom.om/index41f7.html?lang=en&sub=tkm Ernst & Young Oman Website (Ernst & Young Big Business Idea Competition) http://www.ey.com/global/content.nsf/Middle_East/About_Us__Oman The portal of Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Description of Sanad Programme) http://www.chamberoman.com/sanad_occi_sanad_objectives.asp Shell's Intilaaqah Funding Programme http://www.intilaaqah.org/index.html http://www.intilaaqah.org/intilaaqah-faq.html GroFin - SME Finance and Development Company http://www.grofin.com/home.asp?pid=115 On Business Ethics http://humanresources.about.com/od/businessethics/Business_Ethics.htm Business Ethics Primer from International Business Ethics Institute, London http://www.business-ethics.org/primer.asp Business Ethics FAQ from Institute of Business Ethics, London http://www.ibe.org.uk/faq.htm Other http://www.quickmba.com/ Dissertations -720 Al Shauibi, Khalid (2007) Towards the creation of an Entrepreneurial Society in Oman The impact of Government intervention to facilitate the development and success of small and medium enterprises in Oman. MBA Dissertation thesis, University of Nottingham. Available at edissertations.nottingham.ac.uk/1620/1/07MBAlixas6.pdf Al Hadhrami, Mouza (2006) Long Lasting Tourism Developing Sustainability Tourism in Dhofar-Sultanate of Oman. MSc Dissertation thesis, University of Nottingham. Available at edissertations.nottingham.ac.uk/549/2/06MScLixmmsa.pdf Budhwar, Pawan, Al-Yahmadi, Saud and Debrah, Yaw, Human Resource Development in the Sultanate of Oman. International Journal of Training and Development , Vol. 6, pp. 198-215, 2002. Available at SSRN: <http://ssrn.com/abstract=330368> Books: -720 Finch, B. (2006). How to Write a Business Plan . London: Kogan Page Ltd. ISBN: 9780749445539 Forsyth, P. (2009) Effective Business Writing . London: Kogan Page Ltd. ISBN: 9780749454531 Morris, M. J. (2008) Starting a Successful Business: Start Up and Grow Your Own Company. London: Kogan Page Ltd. ISBN: 9780749451059 Reuvid, J. & Millar, R. (2004) Start up and run your own business . London: Kogan Page Ltd. ISBN: 9780749454159 Reuvid, J. (2008). Working for Yourself: An Entrepreneur's Guide to the Basics. London: Kogan Page Ltd. ISBN: 9780749450588 Journals / Magazines: Oman Economic Review Business Today IEE Engineering Management Global Journal of Engineering Education Additional reading will be suggested by the tutors

Transferrable Skills

Advanced Planning Skills Analytical skills - situations, organisations and people Advanced interpersonal skills Professional presentation skills Research and professional writing skills Evaluative and critical thinking skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Workshop 48.00
Independent Learning (FT) 7.00
Assessment (FT) 22.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 25.00 n/a Oral presentation
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 n/a Business Plan (Major written task)
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 n/a SWOT Analysis (Minor written task)