MQM1FLP-Foundations of 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: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Chris Woodrow

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module forms part of the PGDip Leadership (Senior Leader Apprenticeship) programme and, as such, sets out to provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by senior leaders in today’s world.  The module covers the foundations of leadership, giving a broad introduction to the latest research, thinking and application of leadership. It develops understanding of major conceptual approaches and emerging perspectives in the leadership area, providing a foundation for learning in subsequent modules. The module is designed to meet the learning outcomes of Apprenticeship Standard, specifically including the overall strategic direction of their area of responsibility, encouraging employees to understand the organisation’s vision. This also covers how leaders might lead and respond to crisis management and find solutions that meet the needs of stakeholders in a responsible, ethical and inclusive way.  


The module aims to: 

  • Develop an understanding in individuals about the foundations of leadership, in the context of today’s complex and challenging organisational environment 

  • Develop the capability in individuals to engage with leadership practices based on relevant leadership thinking 

  • Develop a critical and analytical approach to leadership thinking and practice 

  • Encourage programme members to discover and apply leadership strategies, tools and practices from a variety of leadership perspectives 

  • Develop an awareness of the ethics, diversity and inclusivity issues in relation to leadership  

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that programme members may be able to demonstrate their ability in the following areas: 


To know and understand: 

K1: How to shape organisational mission, culture and values. 

K6: Ethics and values-based leadership theories and principles. 

K10: Organisational/team dynamics and how to build eng agement and develop high performance, agile and collaborative cultures. 

K11: Approaches to strategic workforce planning, for example, talent management, learning organisations, group work, workforce design, succession planning, diversity and inclusion.

K12: Influencing and negotiating strategies both upwards and outwards. 

Additional outcomes:

Additional Learning Outcomes: 


S2: Set strategic direction and gain support for it from key stakeholders. 

S5: Lead and respond in a crisis situation using risk management techniques. 

S7: Challenge strategies and operations in terms of ethics, responsibility, sustainability, resource allocation and business continuity/risk management. 

S14: Create an inclusive culture, encouraging diversity and difference and promoting well-being. 

S17: Lead and influence people, building constructive working relationships across teams, using matrix management where required. 

S19: Manage relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders. 

S20: Lead within their area of control/authority, influencing both upwards and outwards, negotiating and using advocacy skills to build reputation and effective collaboration.



B1: Work collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation. 

B2: Take personal accountability aligned to clear values. 

B3: Curious and innovative - exploring areas of ambiguity and complexity and finding creative solutions. 

B4: Value difference and champion diversity. 


Additional Outcomes 

• Confidence 

• Understanding the importance and use of reflection in learning and leadership  


Outline content:

The module covers the following topics: 

• A historical timeline of leadership thinking and practice 

• Conceptual underpinnings of leadership 

• Major schools and perspectives of leadership 

• Emerging perspectives of leadership 

• Ethical and diversity issues

• Application of leadership concepts to practice 

Global context:

The module is taught with reference to the global context of the learners’ organisations and their experiences. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching and learning takes place through a blended learning approach. The teaching and learning methods comprise a combination of self-study via a range of online materials on the Canvas learning platform, face-to-face workshops with Faculty, and interaction with a Learning Coach who supports the cohort throughout the module.  Each person participates in a facilitated Action Learning set of approximately 6 - 8 learners in week 6 of the module. 

Materials on Canvas include content on-screen, videos, PowerPoint presentations, journal articles, book chapters, practical activities and reflection points.  

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 7
Seminars 4
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Work-based learning 80
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Peer assisted learning 3
    Advance preparation for classes 2
    Essay preparation 40
    Reflection 20
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

No examination. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 5,000 word individual assignment, to be submitted as per the submission schedule for the cohort. 

Formative assessment methods:

Facilitated learning activities are undertaken during the module, including formative feedback on the  assignment. 

Penalties for late submission:

These are in accordance with the mode of study arrangements laid out in the programme specifications. 

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Formative assessment is either a “Proceed” or “Revise”, and emphasis is placed on providing feedback. 

Reassessment arrangements:

Formative reassessment arrangements: 

One resubmission. 


Reassessment arrangements for summative assessment: 

Reassessment by 100% assignment, capped at 50%. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Expenses when attending workshops (in the case of a workshop taking place at Greenlands.) 

Last updated: 9 March 2022


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