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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module BUSI55415: Leading Your Team

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI55415: Leading Your Team

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap
Tied to N1KG07
Tied to N1DL07
Tied to N1DE07
Tied to N1DB07
Tied to N1KG12
Tied to N1DL12
Tied to N1DE12
Tied to N1DB12
Tied to N1KG14
Tied to N1DL14
Tied to N1DE14
Tied to N1DB14
Tied to N2K107
Tied to N2K112
Tied to N2K114
Tied to N1KB07
Tied to N1K512
Tied to N1KR07
Tied to N1KH12
Tied to N1K114
Tied to N1KS07
Tied to N1KJ12
Tied to N1K214


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To allow students to reflect on themselves and the people who work in their organisation. The emphasis will be on understanding the people in the organisation as they are now and see whether they are appropriate to the current needs of the organisation.
  • To allow students critically review leadership of teams in an applied organisational context.


  • The content of this module is set with a medium sized organisation or department context and covers the following areas:
  • Leadership and management styles of directors or key manager in a medium sized organisation or department.
  • Key Steps in Management.
  • Impact of personality and behaviour on leadership and team members using models such as MBTI, Emotional Intelligence etc.
  • Theoretical and best practice approaches to motivation.
  • Theoretical and best practice approaches to developing and delegating to team members.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students should:
  • Have a critical understanding of their own approach to leadership and management.
  • Have a critical understanding of how to elicit the best from individuals in teams.
  • Know the impact of personality and behavioural approaches and their impact on leadership and management.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, students should:
  • Have developed their strengths and weaknesses in their approach to leading and management teams by modifying their own behaviour.
  • Be able to value the diversity that other personal styles bring to the organisation.
  • Be able to show a critical understanding of the theoretical models of team building and motivation and their application in the workplace.
  • Be able to critically review the key attributes of effective teamwork; targets, roles, commitment, leadership and flexibility.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of the module, students should:
  • Be able to lead an effective team in a medium sized organisation or department.

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

  • Lectures and seminars, supported by guided reading, will be used to introduce and explore the key concepts and theories.
  • Established questionnaires will be used to help students identify personality and behavioural issues. The results will be used to understand themselves and how they can develop, and to value to diversity of others.
  • Role plays, case studies and groups exercises will help them develop their own synthesised models. The assignments and mentor support will then help them adapt and apply these to the specific needs of their own organisation.
  • A pre programme questionnaire will enable students to think about the reasons for starting this study and identify their own learning objectives.
  • A formative assignment will enable students to think about the impact of personality on leadership performance.
  • The summative assignment will require the student to analyse the leadership and management practices of their organisation in relation to the models discussed and best practice examples with a medium sized organisation or department. They will also consider how, what they are, and what they do, impacts on the performance of the people they work with. This assignment allows students to consider the practical application of the subject covered.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 4 In 2 day consecutive sessions (one is residential) 37
Tutorials 1 Once 5 hours 5
Mentor visits 1 Once 5 hours 5
Visit by students to the place of work of one of the other students 1 Once 5 hours 5
Preparation & Reading 98
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 3,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

A practice assignment covering issues in this module plus the module Managing Process Improvement develops relevant assignment writing skills for senior managers returning to study.

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