SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB722746
Module Leader Michelle Rutherford
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This core module aims to provide experiences learners with opportunities to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary leadership in the context of an evolving health, social acre and educational landscape. Drawing upon learners' existing knowledge base and experience of leadership, the concepts, theories and issues introduced during this module are intended to stimulate critical thinking, creativity and debate. Students will be expected to interpret the key principles of advanced leadership at professional, organisational and strategic levels.


Contemporary issues in leadership Theories and styles of leadership Strategic leadership and operational management Components of leading successful organisations Leading, planning and managing change Ethics of effective leadership Developing and supporting leaders Entrepreneurial Leadership

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically appraise contemporary issues of relevance to leadership.2. Evaluate theories and styles of leadership.3. Critically analyse strategic leadership and operational management.4. Evaluate the components of leading successful organisations.5. Synthesise leadership concepts in the context of planning and managing change6. Critically examine the ethics and legality of leadership7. Creatively analyse strategies and approaches which develop and support leaders.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is offered by attendance and online to accommodate learners who are situated locally and at a distance. A range of teaching and learning strategies appropriate to each mode of delivery will be adopted to maximise students engagement and promote creative, self directed learning. For those students electing to attend, delivery will draw upon lectures and seminars with the virtual learning environment GCU Learn utilised as the platform for communication and module learning resources. For students electing to study on-line, GCU Learn will provide the platform for learning during the module with delivery drawing upon lectures, seminars, synchronous and asynchronous discussion. All students will be required to undertake and submit a formative assignment in preparation for the summative module assessment.

Indicative Reading

Adair J (2009) How to grow leaders: The 7 key principles of effective development. London: Kogan Page Buchanan, D., Huczynski, A., 2019, Organisational Behaviour , Pearson Cox, C; Hill, M & Lack, V (2011) Advanced Practice in Healthcare: Skills for Nurses & Allied Health professionals. London: Routledge. Lewis JP (2007) Fundamentals of Project Management (3 rd Ed.) Amacon Books: New York Lock D (2007) Project Management (9 th ed.) Gower Publishing: Aldershot Complexity and Healthcare Organisation: a view from the street. 2004. David Kernick. Radcliffe Medical Press A Reader in Health Policy and Management. 2009. Ann Mahon, Kieran Walshe and Naomi Chambers. Open University Press Street Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the individual in public services. 1980. Sage NHs Education for Scotland - Scottish Government - Department of Health - Centre for Review and Dissemination. The centre undertakes high quality systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of health and social care interventions and the delivery and organisation of health care - Institute of Advanced Leadership - NHS Leadership Academy - Institute for Innovation and Improvement - The Kings Fund: Ideas that Change Health Care -

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable learners to develop the following transferable skills associated with Master's level study including: - work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence; - developing study and IT skills to underpin effective learning; - developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different contexts; - demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations; - developing communication skills, written, oral, listening, and presentational; demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team; - developing self-marketing/presentation skills and, - underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice. -360

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 80.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 180.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% 4000 word essay