RDEV40300 Theory & Practice of Rural Enterprises

Academic Year 2022/2023

The aim of this module is to introduce theories and practice associated with successful development of rural enterprises. Specifically, the course discusses institutional environment (e.g., policy and labour markets), business opportunities (e.g. idea generation, business plans) and details of enterprise start-up (e.g., finance).

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
• Examine a theoretically and culturally diverse range of relevant bodies of literature and research related to rural enterprise
Critically review the Irish, European and global policy context underpinning the development of rural enterprise
Critically reflect on how one's own cultural context influences the qualities and characteristics the drive entrepreneurship
Critically evaluate the role and performance of key stakeholders in fostering the development of rural enterprise in different contexts

Indicative Module Content:

The Policy and Institutional Context for Rural Enterprise
Building Blocks for Rural Enterprise
Social Innovation and Social Enterprise
Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneur

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module employs a range of teaching/learning strategies including lectures, in-class groupwork, flipped lectures and a poster presentation 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Primary Degree

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Flipped Lectures Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Final Assignment based on allocated material Week 11 n/a Graded No


Project: Poster preparation and presentation Week 11 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For the final assignment and posters, individual written feedback will be provided to students within 20 days of receipt of report. For flipped lecture sessions, feedback will be based on peer review and group feedback in class.

Name Role
Ms Aoife Byrne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 09:30 - 12:20