MM387-Leading in the 21st Century - Leadership Challenges and Practices

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Amal Ahmadi

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module explores the role of leadership in leading organisations in the 21st century. It provides students with an introduction to key theories of leadership and understanding their practical application in different organisational contexts. 


By considering contemporary leadership practices and insights, this module will enable students to critically engage with the challenges of effective leadership.

Assessable learning outcomes:

1.         Critically evaluate major perspectives and practices in the field of leadership.

2.         Understand the contextual influences on effective leadership.

3.         Analyse and critically evaluate different approaches to leadership in a variety of organisational settings.  

4.  &n bsp;      Identify strategies for enhancing effective intrapersonal and interperson leadership skills.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module examines leadership as a multi-facetted approach that reflects the ambiguous, complex and high paced challenges that organisations, managers and employees may face. It describes and contrasts key leadership theories including contingency theory or situational approaches, transformational and inspirational approaches, as well as followership. The module looks at how leadership may become everyone’s job and how engaging leadership may become a capacity of the entire organi sation. Theoretical approaches are supplemented by empirical evidence on leadership, leadership in practice and real world contexts for example based on case studies.      

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Through engagement with theoretical leadership literature in addition to real-life case studies, students will be encouraged to develop their own perspective and practice of engaging  leadership. They will undertake a variety of learning activities including lectures, in-class exercises, self-assessment and supplementary reading. Students will be encouraged to relate their own experiences to their studies and to share these with fellow students.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 40
    Wider reading (directed) 40
    Advance preparation for classes 10
    Preparation for presentations 30
    Preparation for seminars 5
    Essay preparation 40
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

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:

Team Presentation (30%): 15 minute group presentations in the final week of the spring term.

Individual Essay (70%): 3,000 words (+/-10%) to be submitted after module ends.

Formative assessment methods:

Through in-class discussions, case study work and group discussions, students receive peer feedback and feedback from the tutor on their understanding of the subject. This will directly support work that needs to be undertaken for the summative assessments.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The pass-mark is 40% for both assessment elements and the overall module.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of coursework

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):


Last updated: 10 November 2021


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