MQM2DTL-Digital Technology Leadership

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

Module Convenor: Dr Vaughan Michell


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is specifically focused on the concept of technology as an enabler and provider of competitive advantage as an aspect of digital leadership.

Digital technology leadership is specifically aimed at developing leadership skills in programme members regarding technology concepts and the application of leadership principles. It aims to develop technology leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. It is delivered by a combination of face-to-face workshops, small group activities, personal reflection and self-study, over a period of several months, alongside other modules covering in this stage of the programme.


This module aims to develop an understanding in individuals of:

• Digital Age & Technology Principles

• Technology Innovations & Solutions

• Technology & Process Operating Model

• Technology Leadership & Capability

Assessable learning outcomes:

• Knowledge of a range of different theoretical work process, technology and design models and technology leadership concepts

• Awareness of different approaches and perspectives of digital technology principles, operating models, governance and leadership

• Application of technology leadership concepts to business cases

• Critical appraisal of technology leadership concepts and development of analytical skills

Additional outcomes:

• Understanding and experience of participants’ knowledge of people, process and technology

• Understanding and exploration of participants’ analytical and design ability

• Personal reflection on outstanding moments in participants’ technology leadership experience

• Developing a set of individualised, situation  specific  recommendations and  methods  for  participants’ technology leadership thinking and practice

Outline content:

The module covers the following topics:


• Technology principles, work and capabilities in the digital age

• Technology Innovations and solutions

• Digital technology operating model

• Technology Solution Design

• Digital technology governance

• Leadership of Technology and Technologists

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 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.

Participants are expected to draw on their practical leadership experience in their own or other organisations to support their learning and 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
Lectures 20
Project Supervision 40
Work-based learning 40
Guided independent study 100
Total hours by term 200.00
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:


This comprises a final 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, 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 participant 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:

Minimum of 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

One re-submission allowed, capped at 50%

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 19 December 2018


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