Course Description

This non-formal course aims to provide individuals with knowledge and skills in preparing and analyzing a business plan as well as in making business decisions.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify, screen and select business ideas and opportunities;
  2. Define a business plan or a new enterprise plan and explain the importance of preparing it;
  3. Enumerate and describe the components of a new enterprise plan;
  4. Identify the information needed when preparing a new enterprise plan;
  5. Prepare a complete new enterprise plan based on a pre-screened and selected business idea; and
  6. Determine whether a business idea is worth pursuing based on the findings of the plan.

Course Delivery and Materials

The course is delivered online using a combination of:

  • Guided independent study using print-based modules and course guides; and
  • Computer mediated communication on UPOU’s learning management system (MyPortal).

Admission Requirements

Individuals interested in taking the course must have a high school diploma, and proficiency in mathematics and reading and writing in English.

Course Structure

The course covers the following:

Identifying and generating business ideas and opportunities
Screening and selecting business ideas and opportunities
Introduction to new enterprise planning

  • Objectives of new enterprise planning
  • Parts of a new enterprise plan
  • Limitations of a new enterprise plan
  • Basic steps and tools in preparing a new enterprise plan
The market plan
The production/technical plan
The financial plan
The organization and management plan
Socio-economic aspects of new enterprise planning
Practicum – Actual preparation of the plan
Presentation of the plan

Enrollment

Interested participants may register online using the Online Sign-up form, or visit the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, UPOU HQ, Los Baños, Laguna. Details of course offering will be emailed a month before the start of class. (This includes the admission form with the assessment of fees and payment procedures.)

Schedule of Course Offerings

For inquiries, please email FMDS at fmds-cep@upou.edu.ph or call us at (049) 536-6010.