MMM020-Leadership Theory and Practice

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Bernd Vogel

Email: bernd.vogel@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module addresses key leadership theories and concepts. It debates their relevance and significance for different contexts. The module also explores leadership practice and applications.


Aims:
To provide students with an introduction to key theories of leadership and understanding their practical application in different organisational contexts.

Assessable learning outcomes:
To introduce students to key theories and ideas concerning leadership and to explore their practical application in organisations. By the end of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe and assess key theories of leadership.
2. Understand how leadership theories and practices play out in organisations.
3. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to leadership in a variety of organisational settings.
4. Understand the relationships between leadership, performance and culture.

Additional outcomes:
Develop critical and analytical skills concerning the idea and application of concepts concerning leadership challenges.

Outline content:
Leadership will be considered as a relational and process phenomenon. The module describes, contrasts, and explains leadership theories including contingency theory or situational approaches. The module then explores the relevance and significance of current ideas concerning leadership including transformational and inspirational approaches, energizing leadership, or followership and how they may fit with organisations and contemporary expectations of people in organisations. Theoretical approaches will be supplemented by empirical evidence on leadership, leadership in practice and their links with organisational performance. The course will also explore applications in real world contexts for example based on case studies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be taught in a number of four-hour lectures and seminars running through the Spring term. Exercises will be included where students can experiment with leadership concepts and methods. In addition three tutorials will be held in smaller groups.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

There will be one essay to be submitted by a specified date at the end of the module.

The word count is 3000 words. Students may exceed the word count for essays by up to 10% without penalty.





Relative percentage of coursework

Coursework has a 50% weight in the overall assessment of the module.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

One 2-hour unseen written paper.


Requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.


Reassessment arrangements:
By examination only (one two hour unseen written paper) in August/September. Coursework will not be included in the re-assessment.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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