MQM1PLD-Personal Leadership Development

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

Module Convenor: Dr Jean-Anne Stewart


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module is part of Stage 1 of the MA Leadership, a part-time programme for experienced leaders or managers with significant leadership responsibility. This module is specifically aimed at developing personal leadership skills in the programme members. It is delivered by a combination of face-to-face workshops, small group and action learning sets, personal reflection and self-study, over a period of several months, alongside other modules covering leadership concepts and frameworks.



This module aims to:

? Develop the capability of individuals to plan, manage and reflect on their individual personal leadership development

? Encourage development of behavioural skills in individuals to increase the effectiveness and appropriateness of their leadership

? Increase the level of self-awareness in programme members

? Develop the awareness of the ethical and practical issues in relation to leadership

Assessable learning outcomes:

Assessable outcomes

? Knowledge of a range of different theoretical models and approaches to learning and leadership development

? Knowledge of a range of techniques for problem-solving, decision-making and managing feedback

? Critical analysis in order to engage others, assess the leadership context and decide on the most appropriate interventions

? Communication skills, including questioning, listening and managing difference and conflict

? Self-awareness and respect for others

The programme member will receive feedback from peers and tutors on these outcomes throughout the module. This will contribute to their final assignment for assessment

Additional outcomes:

Additional outcomes

? Confidence

? Understanding of their own personal leadership style

? Understanding the importance and use of reflection in learning and personal development

Outline content:

Outline content:

The programme covers the following topics:

The role of the leader and leadership styles

Leadership development – self and others

Learning and leadership development models and core theories

Practical tools and techniques

The role of reflection and the reflective leader

Assessing the context of leadership

Managing difference and resolving conflict

Practical leadership skills development

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching methods include working in a whole group of up to 50 with one or two tutors, and in smaller groups and action learning sets of up to 8 programme members. Other learning activities take place in pairs and individual reflection.

Teaching includes input from tutors, demonstrations of techniques and practice in small groups. Plenary discussion and table discussions are encouraged. Formative and summative feedback is given as appropriate.

Programme members are expected to draw on their practical leadership experience in their own or other organisations to practice and consolidate their learning through planned leadership development targets. At the final workshop in this module, the programme members prepare their learning journey summaries and make their leadership development summary presentations. They then complete additional leadership practice and write their assignments. They have access to the Virtual Learning Environment throughout the programme, until the end of their registration period.

Programme members are encouraged to keep a personal learning log, paper or electronic, during both this module and the complete programme.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 16 12
Supervised time in studio/workshop 32
Guided independent study 140
Total hours by term 188.00 12.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Following on from the first workshop, programme members develop a personal leadership development plan with their desired developmental goals and targets, during the subsequent ‘practice’ period of several months. Programme members will design a range of leadership development and learning activities which provide the opportunity to demonstrate acquired skill and develop further. These will be discussed in the final assessment, which will comprise: 

  • A written assignment of 5000 words, based on the experience of the leadership practice and personal leadership development during the overall period of the module. This should reflect on the activities which took place both in ‘live’ practice and at the workshops, the learning gained from it, the programme member’s learning reflections, and be underpinned with reference and critical analysis of the relevant literature. 

The assignment is the only piece of work assessed in this module. It is expected that the programme member will reference the other elements of their development portfolio, such as learning logs and reflective documents, and include them as required in the appendix of the assignment. These additional elements of the portfolio will be included in the same electronic submission as the assignment.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Requirements for a pass


Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment arrangements

One re-submission allowed, capped at 50%

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 19 November 2018


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