SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN223798
Module Leader Christopher Smith
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

The learner must be employed in a full-time, part-time or voluntary capacity

Summary of Content

Leadership-1 is a -1 critical determinant-1 of organisational -1 effectiveness. It is -1 sometimes defined as an influencing-1 process-1 aimed at goal achievement.-1 In -1 this module -1 the -1 student -1 will -1 explore various aspects-1 of -1 the process-1 whereby an individual-1 aims -1 to direct-1 the behaviour-1 of others-1 and -1 examine -1 the importance-2 of -1 the -1 social -1 context -1 for -1 this process. The -1 student is invited-1 to apply -1 the -1 theoretical models-1 to -1 their own practice.


The -1 syllabus of -1 the module -1 will -1 cover -1 the -1 following issues: -1 Personality -1 traits approach -1 to leadership -1 Situational leadership Contingency-1 theory of leadership Leadership,-1 power-1 and authority Leadership-1 and diversity The -1 role of leadership-1 in -1 culture building Management vs leadership and impact on staff

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theoretical approaches to leadership;2. Critically analyse differences and similarities between two concepts: 'leadership' and 'management'3. Critically evaluate the impact of theories of leadership on managing people.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be expected to draw on academic theories and techniques in order to frame, analyse and solve actual work-based problems. To this end learning will involve not only formal but informal learning strategies and assessment. This module particularly emphasises the integration of learning and work e.g. the student's assessment may involve them in conducting actual work based analysis and decision making within a work context. The module utilises an interactive lecture programme where students are encouraged to participate and contribute. Students are required to undertake a programme of specified reading for independent learning, and reflect upon managerial practices within the workplace. The teaching and skills development programme will be supported via GCU Learn, which will also enhance the students' ability to utilise e-communication.

Indicative Reading

Armstrong, M. (2014), A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice (13 th edition), Kogan Page Bolton, G.E.J, (2014) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development (4th edition) Sage Publications Gibbs, G, 1988, Learning by Doing. A Guide to Teaching and Learning Methods. FEU Jasper, M. (2013), Beginning reflective practice, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning. Johns, C., EBL (2013), Becoming a reflective practitioner, 4th edn, Wiley-Blackwell. Kolb, D. A. (2014) Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development, 2nd edition, Pearson, FT Press Moon, J.A. (2004), A handbook of reflective and experiential learning: theory and practice, Routledge Falmer. Northouse, P. G. (2013) Leadership: Theory and Practice (6th edition) Sage Publications Northouse, P.G. (2015), Introduction to Leadership: concepts and practice, 3rd edition, Sage: London Schein, E. (2014) Organizational Culture and Leadership (4 th edition), Jossey-Bass, San Francisco Torrington & Hall, (2014), Human Resource Management, (9 th edition), FT Prentice Hall Taylor, S. (2008) People Resourcing (4 th edition), CIPD Western, S. (2008) Leadership: A critical text, Sage Yukl, G. 2013, Leadership in organizations, 8th global edn, Pearson Education Inc, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. -28

Transferrable Skills

Self-management: self-motivation, time management and critical self-reflection and evaluation of personal performance. Communication skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills when participating in the group work and group presentation. Research skills: data gathering using secondary methods, and data analysis. C & IT skills: engaging in a virtual learning environment; using MS Powerpoint and MS Word packages for presentations and report writing; accessing and using industry databases such as FAME, MINTEL, KEYNOTE. Using Refworks software to develop referencing skills, and Turnitin software to improve writing style.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 105.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Typically a presentation which reflects on students development as leaders in relation to personal & org achievements over the period of the programme. Requires organisational and academic endorsement.