E-Basics, which stands for Entrepreneurship Basics, is a starter toolkit containing modular, self-paced learning on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, set out in an 'easy to use and learn' format.
Purpose and process
The E-Basics (Student version) online/CD course aims to give participants a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts associated with initiating, developing and running an enterprise. It is meant for potential entrepreneurs, particularly students, women and young people, who are passionate about exploring the idea of setting up an enterprise of their own and who have a minimum secondary school level educational qualification plus basic digital literacy skills. It is also appropriate for young entrepreneurs who have already started their own business and now need some additional tools for applying to their day-to-day business operations in order to help it grow.
The E-Basics Student Version consists of 3 segments: Getting started in Business; Developing your Business; Running your Business. In addition, there is a technology-aided, optional supplementary course lasting 20 hours which is also available as a CD or online and can be interwoven with the main programme. In both cases, the user can control the pace of their own learning and can revisit sections in order to refresh their knowledge or further practise certain skill sets. There is a strong emphasis on using appropriate technology efficiently and effectively to improve one's business practice and at various junctures of the E-Basics course, interested participants are asked to first complete sections of specific technology training before proceeding further.
The course delivers the training in a fun and interactive manner interspersed with examples, case studies and other interesting and interactive activities:
Module 1: Introduction to the Course (30 mins)
Section I: Getting Started in Business (5 hrs) - Module 2: Defining Entrepreneurship; Module 3: Generating a Business Idea; Module 4: Identifying a Business Opportunity
Section II: Developing your Business (6 hrs) - Module 5: Defining a Business Plan; Module 6: Considerations when Starting Up; Module 7: Setting the Price; Module 8: Communication & Negotiation Skills
Section III: Running your Business (8 hrs 30 mins) - Module 9: Defining Business Operations; Module 10: Marketing; Module 11: Managing Cash Flow; Module 12: Keeping Records; Module 13: Making the Sale; Module 14: Dealing with Issues; Module 15: Evaluation & Training Wrap-up
- continuously develop and strengthen their own business ideas and practices
- construct a well thought-out business idea to enhance an existing business or in preparation for developing a new business
- plan for their own enterprise
- obtain a clear understanding regarding all the fundamentals of setting up and running a venture of their own.
Curricular or thematic relevance
E-Basics can be used as a standalone programme on Entrepreneurship or as a supplement to a vocational course or qualification.
How to organise:
As this is self-directed learning, it could take place during timetabled lessons and/or in extra-curricular time, or entirely in the student's own time.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Ongoing assessment and self-review approaches are built into each of the course modules
Files for download:E-Basics.zip / 193360kB
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