AHME02-Neuroscience and Psychology for Behavioural Change

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Tatiana Rowson

Email: t.rowson@henley.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module explores advanced leadership development and coaching skills alongside their underlying neuroscientific and psychological underpinning.  It comprises 8 hour of online content, together with 12 hours of live tutorial and discussion board, guided coaching practice, reading and reflection.

This module is designed to offer practical training in core technologies of Coaching and Behavioural Change. The tools and techniques covered in the module will be presented and practiced in a coaching style, thus giving students the opportunity to see coaching in action and try the techniques themselves.

This module is designed to student participation who wish to undertake further study in psychological theories and neuroscience that will help them to deepen their understanding and employ a broader range of tools and techniques in their coaching practice.



• To gain practical experience and understanding of basic and advanced coaching tools and techniques which deliver effective behavioural change 

• To enable students to learn from their own practical experience and reflection

• To explore psychological tools and techniques for use at an individual and organisational level

• To understand neuroscience and psychology of change which informs advanced-level coaching practice

Assessable learning outcomes:

• 1,500 word Individual Reflective Assignment

• 1,500 word Individual Critical Assignment

• Reflection on skills of using the tools and techniques during the module

• Ability to integrate learning from this module with learning from the other leadership elements of the MSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies

Additional outcomes:

• Increased awareness and confidence in working with a wide range of individuals

• Increased flexibility and resources to respond to presenting issues from coachees

• An understanding of how people develop patterns of behaviour, and how these can be changed

• Personal experience of the world from different perspectives

• Ability to explain the psychological underpinnings of effective coaching and behavioural change interventions

Outline content:


• Foundations of Coaching

• Understanding the Neuroscience approach to behavioural change

• Explore the structure of the brain, common human biases and functions which relate to coaching practice through a neuroscience approach

• Setting the scene for third wave cognitive behavioural approaches and their translation to coaching

• Introduction to the Transtheoretical Model of change 

• Understanding the development of motivational interviewing approach as a tool for behavioural change

• Explore it application in coaching 

Global context:

The content will be in an international context to reflect the global nature of employment and deployment. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The content is delivered on-line in a guided self-study format with directions to associated content, text books and journal articles.  The module is structured around selected psychological approaches to coaching, with a series of practical activities for each topic.  An on-line tutor will support students as they work through the content.   The on-line tutor will ensure students cover the key topics from the syllabus with a range of support material and facilitated on-line discussion both synchronous and asynchronous.


Contact hours below are shown in the Autumn term for illustrative purposes only. 

For clarity, in the table below, the 'lectures' are online, the 'tutorials' refer to tutorials and discussion boards and the 'work-based learning' refers to practical coaching application.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Tutorials 12
Work-based learning 20
Guided independent study 60
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1,500 word individual reflective assignment

1,500 word individual critical assignment

Formative assessment methods:

• Live online tutorial session, discussion boards, feedback from peers and tutors. 

Penalties for late submission:

University standard penalties apply

Assessment requirements for a pass:

  • 50% on written assignment

Reassessment arrangements:

1 resubmission, in line with overall programme regulations

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 4 July 2018


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