MQM1NSP-Neuroscience and Psychology

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Passmore


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This is the second of two modules making up the Post-Graduate Certificate level of the Masters in Coaching and Behavioural Change. It comprises 10 days of workshop delivery, together with inter-workshop practice, reading and reflection.

This module is designed to offer an experiential and practical training in core technologies of Coaching and Behavioural Change. This draws upon many of the schools of psychology, and coaching techniques already covered by students in the first module of the Post-Graduate Certificate (Foundations of Coaching). The tools and techniques covered in the module will be presented and practiced in a coaching style, thus giving students an intense coaching practice opportunity.

This module is designed to allow external student participation, from corporate clients and individuals 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 a wide range of tools and techniques which deliver effective behavioural change

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

• To expose students to a wide range people with whom to work, thus increasing their experience and flexibility both as coaches and coachees

• To develop an understanding of a broad range of psychological tools and techniques for use at an individual and organisational level

• To ensure students have a basic understanding of psychology, and insight into the leading edge neuroscience which informs coaching practice

Assessable learning outcomes:

• 2,500 word Individual Reflective Assignment

• 2,500 word Individual Critical Assignment

• Observed skills in using the tools and techniques during the workshops

• Ability to integrate learning from this module with learning from the Certificate in Coaching, module one.

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

Outline content:

Workshop one:

• Foundations of Psychology

• Psychology and its organisational applications

• Understanding the development of first wave Behavioural and Cognitive approaches

• Explore their application to coaching

• Apply these approaches to organisational and wellbeing issues

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

Workshop two:

• Introduction to relevant psychological theories of change

• Understanding the development of approaches such as mindfulness, compassion focused and acceptance and commitment approaches as tools for behavioural change

• Explore their application in coaching

• Positive psychology and its applications

• Apply these approaches to organisational and wellbeing issues

• Setting the scene for motivational approaches to behavioural change

Workshop three:

• Introduction to relevant psychological theories of change

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

• Neuroscience

• Timeline work

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

• Explore it application in coaching

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

• Ten days of workshop

• Expert tutors with practical experience of applying the tools and techniques

• Plenary presentations, demonstrations and practice sessions

• Inter-module activities and exercises

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 40 20
Tutorials 10 5
Practicals classes and workshops 50 25
Work-based learning 100 50
Total hours by term 200.00 100.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

2,500 word individual reflective assignment

2,500 word individual critical assignment

Formative assessment methods:

• Observed coaching sessions, feedback from peers, tutors and learning advisors.

Penalties for late submission:

University standard penalties apply.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

50% for the module overall

Reassessment arrangements:

1 resubmission of any assignment with a mark below 50%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 17 September 2018


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