Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Module Cap
Tied to N1KE12
Tied to N2KE12
Tied to N2KF12


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • to give students an in-depth understanding at an advanced level of the complexities of personal development and the links to organisational development;
  • to critically evaluate relevant models for personal and organisational learning, development and leadership;
  • to develop advanced skills for awareness and reflection upon both self and others.


  • Organisation development, learning in organisations, management and leadership competency models and concepts;
  • effective use of the competency portfolio as a development tool;
  • CPD programmes;
  • motivation, leadership and learning;
  • Personal leadership, governance and accountability;
  • ethical responsibilities of individuals in development;
  • developing self-awareness and reflection capability.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students should have:
  • a specialist knowledge of the relationship between personal development and organisational development;
  • a critical appreciation of the assumptions, implications, and limitations of personal development.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, students should have:
  • advanced skills in, and a critical understanding of, the techniques of development of individuals, groups and organisations.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; 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

  • The learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, facilitated discussion sessions, group work and guided reading. Extensive use will be made of case studies.
  • Assessment of this module is by summative assignment, designed to: test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge; test conceptual understanding and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 hours in total
Group work 9 hours in total
Preparation & Reading 132
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment 3000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback on group and individual activities undertaken during contact hours. Feedback on learning set reflections and action points related to this module.

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