MMM020-Leadership Theory and Practice

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Bernd Vogel


Type of module:

Summary module description:

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


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. The lectures are delivered as ‘lectorials’ in which each two-hour session includes an hour seminar for small group activities, discussions debates and individual reflections.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There will be one essay to be submitted in the second week of the summer term, week commencing 22nd April, 2019.

The word count is 3000 words. Students may +/- 10% the word count for essays without penalty.  

The assessed in-class group presentation will take place in the tenth week of the Spring term (week commencing 18th March, 2019). These presentations will be done over 10minutes for each group and double-marked.

Formative assessment methods:

A range of formative assessment methods are engaged in this course to enhance the student experience. These include non-assessed quizzes, in-class polls, in-group discussions, questions and follow-ups. These methods do not preclude direct student feedback as received in the classroom or solicited on the module.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of essay and presentation of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of a new written paper (on a different topic) in August/ September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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