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Entrepreneurial Skills for Engineers Unit 1: Introduction

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This unit will help you to understand the background and the overall context of the Entrepreneurial Skills for Engineers course. The unit will provide you with an appreciation of how the different units of the course can collectively help engineers to become more entrepreneurial. We also hope that you will gain an understanding of some of the key techniques and processes that are related to both innovation and entrepreneurship in an engineering context.

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This course is authored by the Nathu Puri Institute (NPI) for Engineering and Enterprise, which was established in 2011 at London South Bank University (LSBU). The Institute conducts research and shares its findings on integrated approaches to engineering education, with the aim of fostering confidence and enterprise in learning and practice. This course was written by the Director of the Institute, Professor Simon Philbin, along with Thomas Empson, Robin Jones, Paul Mansell, Mausam Gaurav and Pavan Kumar Sala.

Type Unit
What you will learn
• Understand the concepts regarding entrepreneurship.
• Appreciate the benefits of learning entrepreneurship for engineers.
• Appreciate of the wider context of innovation and entrepreneurship.
• Reflect on your own objectives for taking this course.
Who should learn
Engineers with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. Engineers looking to develop new products and services, or setting up a new business area or a new start-up company. Engineers working in large companies as well as entrepreneurial engineers who are looking to set up or have already set up a new company.

Job titles include:
• Engineer (mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, industrial engineer, chemical engineer, etc.)
• Project engineer
• Design engineer
• Process engineer
• Quality engineer
• Project manager, programme manager
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