MWM007-Leadership and Change

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Caroline Rook


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module explores the role of leadership and change management in leading successful organisations. The purpose of this module is to explore the multi-faceted concept of leadership and to highlight the crucial role of a leader in driving organisational change. This module examines leadership and change theory and explores how each theoretical approach could be applied in real-world organisations.


The module is designed for practising managers to enable them to:

  • introduce key and related concepts, theories and models of leadership, change, leadership culture and the values, capabilities and approaches that bind them together

  • prepare for their roles as business leaders

  • explore connections between the leadership, culture development and change capabilities necessary to fulfil an organisation's remit

  • identify their development goals as change leaders and practise the core skills of leading change.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students should be able to:

  1. make appropriate and effective use of different approaches to leadership and change

  2. identify the key leadership and change resources required to take an organisation forward

  3. understand and develop their own and others' leadership and change responsiveness capability 

  4. develop their change leadership capability through knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of leaders, the nature and impact of change, and the culture and values in the business environment

  5. demonstrate their ability to compare, contrast and critique the theoretical work in this field and apply this to current business examples

  6. demonstrate by their own behaviours, the attributes appropriate to leading in an ethical and authentic manner, both as an individual and when working as a team

  7. integrate and convert their own and others’ leadership insights and practical experience into the way they leader within a world of constant change, both as an individual leader and collectively, utilising the diversity of leadership colleagues

Additional outcomes:
Students will also develop team working skills through completion of group work, as well as IT skills and presentations skills.

Outline content:

Part 1 looks at Leadership:

  • the long line of thought about leadership and its connection with organisational change

  • sole, collective and distributed leadership

  • leadership talent identification and capability building

  • leadership in context (becoming your own leader)

Part 2 looks at leadership culture, values and change:

  • values-driven leadership behaviour and its impact on culture and performance

  • leadership culture or 'brand' and the interaction with organisational culture and reputation

  • personal diversity in values, cultural intelligence, and the interaction with organisational change

  • leadership culture for sustainable business improvement and transformation

Part 3 looks at change challenges and approaches:

  • drivers and challenges – why leading change is difficult

  • perspectives, strategies, models, frameworks and approaches

  • managing change and transition

  • evaluation of environment and change readiness

Part 4 looks at enabling, enacting and embedding change:

  • making change happen

  • change leadership

  • change leadership interventions and competencies

  • evaluating change and the leadership of change interventions

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module uses a blended-learning approach, incorporating self-study, face-to-face workshop(s) and online tutor support. Key module content will be delivered in 3 one-day (7-hour) workshops. These workshops comprise a mixture of content delivery, discussion in class and break-out into group sessions. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 21
Guided independent study 79
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Several in-class exercises will be provided where tutor gives feedback and where students develop learning through peer discussions.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the standard University policy. 

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Assignment and Group Presentation: 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who fail to achieve an overall module pass mark of 50% will be re-assessed by the failed element only, as below.

• Reassessment by individual assignment (capped at 50%). Date of resubmission to be advised by Programme Admin

• Reassessment mode for group oral assessment and presentation (capped at 50%) to be advised by Programme Admin along with date of reassessment


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 28 June 2018


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