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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap None.


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Develop students' ability to master the knowledge and understanding at an advanced level of key issues in the conceptualisation and practice of leadership.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop the ability to critically understand current approaches and empirical research in the field of leadership studies.
  • Provide students with the ability to increase their professional effectiveness as leaders.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to enhance their communication, organisational, problem solving and analytical skills.


  • Introduction.
  • What is Leadership?
  • Leadership, Management and Change.
  • Critical review of leadership theory development: trait theory to transformational leadership.
  • Leaders follower relations.
  • Transformational/transactional leadership.
  • Transformational leadership case study.
  • A new integrative, holistic model of leadership.
  • Are leaders born or made?
  • Developing effective leadership.
  • Review.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • a specialist knowledge of the nature of leadership from a number of perspectives;
  • a critical appreciation of the assumptions, implications and limitations of leadership studies.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • advanced skills in, and a critical understanding of, the process of leadership.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication.
  • Interpersonal communication.
  • Oral communication.
  • Teamwork.
  • Planning, organising and time management.
  • Problem solving and analysis.
  • Using initiative.
  • Computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading. The written assignment will test students' understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth. The group presentation will test students' ability to work effectively in collaboration with others and to critically assess the relevance and validity of others' views.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion) 24
Preparation and Reading 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 3,000 words maximum 100%
Component: Group Presentation Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group Presentation 30-40 minutes 100%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University