MFM002-Leadership, Change and Strategy

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Stephen Simister


Summary module description:

Leadership, Change and Strategy aims to develop students’ understanding of leadership as an important element of management. It also aims to help them reflect on their own potential as leaders, drawing and building upon earlier modules.  Critical to driving performance through leadership is developing strategies for addressing the challenges of change and the activation of corporate strategy and hence this module considers strategy and change as part of the leadership portfolio.


To introduce students to the key concepts of leadership, strategy making and change management within organisations; introduce and expand upon, via personal reflection, the nature of leadership and how they might influence strategic and managerial change within organisations

Assessable learning outcomes:

Assessable outcomes

By the end of the module participants should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Key leadership, strategy and change perspectives, models and theory that influence and challenge practising managers

  • The dynamic nature of leadership, strategy and change and the relationship between them in driving performance

  • Approaches to enabling, enacting and embedding strategy and change through leadership

  • Self-awareness of their own potential role as a leader and manager in organisational practice

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module builds on earlier workshops and aims to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • The nature and theories of leadership and its role within different contexts and cultures

  • The role of leadership in shaping and enabling strategy to meet changing organisational objectives

  • The role of leadership in managing change

  • Approaches to strategy setting in driving performance

  • Approaches to change management and change management tools


Global context:


  • The module is the final Part 3 module of the Certificate of Business and Administration for MPharm Pharmacy undergraduates.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

A blended learning approach comprising a 4-day workshop, facilitated on-line learning, personal study and assessment.  It is intended where practicable during this workshop relevant practitioners from Healthcare, Pharmacy Retailers and commercial organisations for example those involved in Pharmaceutical Research will be asked, as guest speakers to offer insights into practice with a focus on challenges for Leadership, Strategy and Change.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 28
Work-based learning 60
Guided independent study 112
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Individual Report

Organisation analysis report including self-assessment


Group presentation and oral assessment

30 minute group presentation


The assessment will be ‘case based’ and will comprise of group work at the workshop and individual assessment through a written report.  Students will be asked to research a relevant organisation of their choosing within the pharmaceutical industry/healthcare industry, and analyse and evaluate the strategic challenges, change challenges and consider the role of leadership in addressing these challenges and driving performance at both the operational and organisational level. 

Part 1 of the assessment will be a 30 minute group presentation of the analysis (20 minutes for the presentation plus 10 minutes for questions).  There will be both formative and summative assessment and the presentation will be 30% of the overall mark. 

Part 2 of the assessment will be through individual assignment which offers a more in-depth analysis of a chosen organisation which will lead to properly justified recommendations grounded in the material principally from the module but also from the course overall.  5% of the marks for this part of the assessment will focus on individual learning and development reviewing their personal learning journey through the course and additionally identifying potential development needs.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

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

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

40% pass mark for each assessment, with a module overall average of 50% for final pass

Reassessment arrangements:

Submission of a second written report, reflecting on how/why previous performance did not allow for progression

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