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Starting a Business 4: Business Processes

Understand how business works and performance can be improved so that you can take your business forward and manage growth.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Starting a Business 4: Business Processes

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Why join the course?

A successful business relies on processes and information systems; it is important that an entrepreneur pays close attention to how their business works and how performance can be improved so that they are in a position to take it forward and manage growth. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course covers efficient business processes to improve productivity.

This course is the fourth in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsThis is the fourth course in a series of six, designed to help you on the journey of entrepreneurship. In this course, we concentrate on the importance of understanding the business process. Controlling operations and technologies plays an important part in the growth of a business. This course will help you develop an understanding of how your business works, as well as highlighting some of the challenges you might face as your businesses grow. Through videos, activities, and quizzes, this series of business courses introduce case studies of young entrepreneurs who are already on the journey. They share their business challenges with you and a panel of business advisers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 seconds Through discussion and activities, you have plenty of opportunity to define and work on your business plan, as well as helping others.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsSign up now to "Starting a Business: Business Processes."

What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of business processes: controlling operations and technologies
  • Efficient business processes: adapting processes to facilitate business growth
  • How to improve productivity to meet increased demand
  • Information system types within business
  • The business plan: business processes and information systems

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Discuss the importance of both business processes and information systems by contributing to the course comments.
  • Identify the challenges a business faces when managing growth.
  • Evaluate the entrepreneur’s business challenge: How can Sophie increase productivity to meet the demands of sales?
  • Identify the business processes in a business plan.
  • Investigate where your business is going to operate.
  • Assess who is involved in the processes.
  • Using your own business idea or a company of your choice, investigate the information and systems required to track business processes.
  • Record the skills required to design and run the business processes.

Who is the course for?

This course is part of the ‘Going to University’ collection which has been specifically designed for schools and colleges. The course can be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource or can be studied independently by students.

Who will you learn with?

Steve King

Senior lecturer at the Leeds Enterprise Centre. Research focuses on the adoption of new technology by organisations and the impacts therein. Fascinated by the potential of MOOCs.

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $54 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.