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- ItemOpen AccessBusiness Information Systems(2012) Thompson, Derrick; Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC); Commonwealth of LearningThe Business Information System course will prepare future entrepreneurs to use information and communication technology to support the growth and success of their business venture. They will be prepared to maximize the potential of the internet to attract and support customers, communicate with employees and others and support business operations. The entrepreneur will be able to employ business applications to automate their business practices and operations.
- ItemOpen AccessBusiness Plan Development(2011-09) Carbol, Barry; Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC); Commonwealth of LearningThis course is designed to help prepare future entrepreneurs to formalize and communicate their business idea to a variety of audiences including potential funders such as banks, other lending institutions, government agencies, and venture capitalists. This course will help ensure that future entrepreneurs understand how to conduct a competitor analysis by asking key questions about their competitors. It will also guide them through the process of profiling customers and determining the target market for their goods or services. With this as a background, and drawing on the other courses in this certificate program, future entrepreneurs will be develop a complete business plan for their business venture including all of the financial components, competitive analyses, and customer profiles. // This course forms part of the Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Entrepreneurship (BBE) developed through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth.
- ItemOpen AccessThe Culture of Leadership(2013) Hirtz, Sandy; Munoz, Patricio; Commonwealth of Learning; Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)The Culture of Leadership examines the place of educators and leaders within a rapidly developing global world. This course will provide learners with an understanding of the importance of developing a safe, collaborative and inclusive professional environment. Central to this aim, is the necessity for all educators and leaders to partake in lifelong learning and understand the importance of positive personal and professional values, including effective reflective practices. // This course is action-oriented and will engage learners through scholarly literature, real case studies, diverse narratives and global-focused readings. On completion of this course, educators and leaders will be equipped with the fundamental skills with which to adapt to change in both a confident and flexible manner. // This course forms part of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership developed through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth.
- ItemOpen AccessIntroduction to the Blue Economy(2016) Hoareau, Kelly; Commonwealth of Learning; Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)Oceans are vital, not only to a wide array of biodiversity and ecosystems, but also to the food chains, livelihoods and climate regulation for a human population heading towards nine billion people. That is why this short course is essential because it introduces the concept of the blue economy and explores how countries can benefit from it thus the livelihoods and well-being of people living on coastal areas and islands. // Upon completion of this course you should be able to: 1. Explain The Blue Economy concept. 2. Recognise the importance to sustainably manage the marine resources. 3. Identify ways in which entrepreneurs can create innovative business opportunities. 4. Describe the economic benefits of the Blue Economy. 5. Describe the relationship between the Blue Economy and sustainable development.
- ItemOpen AccessLife Skills Course(2013-06) Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)Research suggests that a well articulated and efficiently implemented life skills curriculum, successfully addresses a number of societal issues and pressures and acts as a direct investment in a nation’s human capital. The implementation of a life skills course has increasing significance for a society undergoing social and economic transformation and who is committed to improving the quality of life of its people. This training creates an opportunity for the inculcation of fundamental life skills for operating successfully at home, in the world of work, as well as fulfilling the demands of a changing society. // The goals of the Life skills course include: a life skills curriculum that would impact on and develop lifestyles that will lead to personal success, health and well‐being of the individual and the community; high quality of life skills facilitators with the relevant knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes; and a support network for life skills participants.
- ItemOpen AccessMentoring, Coaching, and Consulting(2012) Modesto, Stanslaus T; Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC); Commonwealth of LearningThe Mentoring, Coaching, and Consulting course prepares entrepreneurs to become business mentors and coaches, and to be able to establish a consultancy within their sector or industry. Entrepreneurs should be willing to coach and mentor their employees and subcontractors. They ought to be able to share their experiences with fellow entrepreneurs and individuals, exploring the potential of establishing their own businesses. Many entrepreneurs will be interested in taking their specific expertise to aspiring business - persons, and employees in their organisations to help them succeed in business ventures, and perform entrepreneurial tasks more competently. The course, therefore, systematically exposes students to definitions of key concepts, and how these function in the context of an enterprise; and guides students on the conduct of mentoring, coaching and consulting on the basis of views about learning, as well as on how to evaluate the efficacy of coaching and mentoring interventions.
- ItemOpen AccessTransport and Logistics - Stevedoring: Level 1(2009-12) Commonwealth of Learning; Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)This course is intended for cargo handlers who are new to the stevedoring and ports industry, either in permanent or casual employment. The course focuses on the terminologies used in port and stevedoring operations, driving within a port environment, safety issues surrounding work in a port environment, communication skills, and the core knowledge and skills that relate to cargo operations. It also provides further skills in aspects of cargo operations that are location or enterprise specific, as well as in first aid. // This qualification has some standards in common with, and can lead on to Certificate in Stevedoring Levels 1 to 3, which are intended for cargo handlers and port machinery operators.