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Block-4 Scanning Environment

Block-4 Scanning Environment

Code: RSE1RX004
Extent: 10-ECTS (270 h)
Timing: Year-1 | Period 1 & 2
Language: English
Level: Basic studies
Type: Compulsory

Prerequisites
No prerequisites, however this block is open to RB1X students only

Block description
No Company Is an Island. Out of all the business environmental factors, an entrepreneur should focus only on the relevant factors for further analysis. All the factors are not equally important and affecting to the business. In this context, an entrepreneur has to scan the business environment to select only the most affecting factors from the information overload. This step paves the way of environment analysis and forecasting. Different types of methods, tools, and techniques are used for analysis. Scanning the business environment entails the acquisition and use of information about activities and events in an organisation’s external environment, the knowledge of which would assist management in planning the organisation’s future courses of action. Because information about macro and micro environment is of great importance to Experience&Wellness entrepreneurs, in this study-block participants will learn how to scan changing business environments.

Block subjects
Sj1: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning; Sj2: Business Networking; Sj3: Economics; Sj4: Business Sustainability; Sj5: Business Research; Sj6: Commercial Law; Sj7: Budgeting and Taxation; and Sj8: Business War-Gaming

Cooperation with the business community and other organisations
Students will take part in learning activities about selected local partner organisations or local community members.

International aspects
In this study-block taught in English it is ensured that the learning activities include a global/ international perspective. The Facilitators infuse international elements into the learning content and international resources are used in the courses readings. The facilitators also use instructional methods appropriate to a culturally diverse student population. International guest speakers are always sought.

Learning and teaching methods
In this study-block three main learning methods are used: (1) classroom learning; (2) directed learning; and (3) self-directed learning. A proportion of the hours provide the opportunity for teaching contact between students and experts (facilitators and industry partners). Classroom learning takes the following forms: interactive lectures and small group discussions. Various forms of directed learning are used, in the courses such as individual and/or group assignments and exams. Self-directed learning is also an important part of the courses of this study-block, and students are encouraged to develop the ability to learn on their own and thus take more responsibility for setting the objectives of their learning. Students should put emphasis on text review and vigorous reflection (and debate). This is particularly important to explore and develop ideas from specific texts and evaluate issues related to Scanning Environment. Reading texts support the learning activities. In short: 120 hours of classroom learning + 149 hours of directed and self-directed learning. The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h.

Assessment criteria
100% assignments and exams
The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.

Resources
Handouts and essential reading list posted in Moodle

Course Management System (CMS)
The Course Management System used in this course is MOODLE

Feedback and Development
The facilitators will provide students with feedback, and students will be asked to complete an anonymous feedback form at the end of each course. The courses will be improved based on student feedback.

Recognition of Prior Learning, RPL  (in Finnish AHOT)
Studies (in form of courses or parts of courses) completed at other educational institutes and/or work experience are not accredited as such in this course directly, but the required competences can be demonstrated by a 'skill test', individually agreed with the facilitator.

Facilitators
Mr Pekka Lampi; Dr. Mário Passos A.; Dr. Kalevi Tourunen; Mr. Kristian Sievers; Ms Soile Kallinen; and Ms Hanna Moisio