A comparison of a first and third year UG enterprise unit: lessons from experiential learning and interdisciplinarity

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Drawing from several years of experience, this work describes lessons learnt in designing, delivering and assessing two interdisciplinary enterprise units offered undergraduate students from any discipline studing at the University of Manchester (UK). Both units are electives (optional). One unit is delivered to first year undergrdaute students whereas the other unit is delivered to third/fourth year undergraduate students. Experiential learning and interdisciplinary cohorts are core aspects of both units. Students work on ‘real-world’ projects to develop a credible and competitive solution within a tight dead-line. In this paper, findings are drawn from data collected from staff and teaching assistants observations, students’ reflective diaries and students’ feedback. Findings showed that in general, students at both levels, year 1 and year 3/4, regarded the experience challenging at first due to the ‘unusual’ learning environment when compared to the education that most students have experienced prior to the units here discussed. However, most students highly regarded the interdisciplinary experiential learning experience. The paper contributes to the growth of knowledge and aids understanding of how experiential learning and interdisciplinarity have been effectively combined and introduced in the university curriculum. Although this works focused on enterprise education the experience-based guidance here described is also applicable to a much wider range of situations and academic areas of study. Keywords: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education; Employability; Experiential learning; Interdisciplinary education;
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’18)
EditorsJosep Domenech, Paloma Merello, Elena de la Poza , Desamparados Blazquez
Place of PublicationValència
PublisherUniversitat Politecnica de Valencia
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9788490486900
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
PublisherUniversitat Politècnica de València
ISSN (Print)2603-5871


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