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Business, Legal & Professional Issues - TFT00023H

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Anna Bramwell-Dicks
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

In this module, students learn how to take an initial idea for a product or service and create a Business Plan that explores and exploits its potential. The module includes learning about financial planning, making projections, operational planning and other key topics. As part of the learning, students analyse a number of successful businesses to understand how they make money from the product or service and see if these can be applied to their own business ideas. In groups, students work together to create a Business Plan and will present this business concept to a group of “Dragons” in a short, unassessed, pitching session leading to the culmination of a formal Business Plan document.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

To familiarise students with the professional codes of conduct before entering their chosen interactive media industry (be it games, mobile media, computing etc).

To familiarise students with the business, practical and economic issues of employment in the interactive media industry.

To familiarise students with the legal issues of creating interactive media products and content.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

Understand how to manage practical business considerations with creativity and in tandem with the creative process.

Understand the economic context in which media industry professionals operate.

Understand the legal, regulatory and political mechanisms that affect digital media, information and cultural products both nationally and internationally.

Academic and graduate skills

Demonstrate analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application skills at a level able to contribute to a research theme.

Develop oral and written communication skills applicable in professional frameworks.


Task Length % of module mark
20-25 page Group Business Plan
N/A 60
2000 word Individual Reflective Essay
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
2000 word Individual Reflective Essay
N/A 40
8-12 page Individual Business Plan
N/A 60

Module feedback

Students will receive written feedback on coursework assignments using a proforma identifying key requirements and marks awarded for sections of the assignment. This will be available within 20 working days of submission, except in exceptional circumstances which will be communicated to the students.

Indicative reading

Indicative type of book:

Online resources include:

Hardcopy resources include:

China's Creative Industries: Copyright, Social Network Markets and the Business of Culture in a Digital Age, Montegomery, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010.

The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright, Postigo, MIT Press, 2012.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

The 2020/21 academic year will start in September. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can, supported by high quality online alternatives where we must.

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