MQM1LDC-Leadership Concepts

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

Module Convenor: Prof Bernd Vogel

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This core module is offered in Stage 1 of the MA Leadership, a part-time programme for experienced leaders or managers with significant leadership responsibility. This module is specifically aimed at developing leadership skills in programme members regarding leadership concepts and knowledge and understanding leadership for individuals, teams and organisations. It is delivered by a combination of face-to-face workshops, small group work, transfer to individual programme member context, personal reflection and self-study, over a period of several months alongside other modules within Stage 1. 


This module aims to: 

  • Develop understanding and knowledge in individuals about key leadership concepts 

  • 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, practices from a variety of leadership perspectives

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of different theoretical models and leadership concepts 

  • Awareness of different schools and perspectives of leadership theory 

  • Application of leadership concepts to real-life situations 

  • Awareness of relevance to contextualise leadership insight 

  • Critical understandi ng of leadership concepts and development of analytical skills 

  • Exploration and understanding of leadership effectiveness 

The programme member will receive feedback from peers and tutors on these outcomes throughout the module. This will contribute to their reflective statement in the final assignment for assessment 

Additional outcomes:

  • Understanding and experience of programme member’s own sense of identity 

  • Understanding and exploration of programme members’ sense of purpose 

  • Personal reflection on outstanding moments in programme members’ leadership experience 

  • Developing a set of individualised, situation specific recommendations and action plans for programme members’ leadership thinking and practical activities

Outline content:

The module covers the following topics: 

  • Setting context – a historical time line of leadership thinking and practice 

  • Conceptual underpinnings of leadership 

  • Major schools and perspectives of leadership 

  • Emerging perspectives of leadership 

  • Application of leadership concepts to practice 

Global context:


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

There will be an initial 2 day workshop followed by a period for reflection and practice, then another 1-day workshop. The workshops are accompanied by online learning. The module will require some pre-work, specifically reading and reflection. 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. & nbsp; 

Teaching includes input from tutors, demonstrations of techniques and practice in small groups, and presentations by programme members. Plenary discussion and table discussions are encouraged. Formative and summative feedback is given as appropriate. 

Programme members are expected to draw on their practical leadership experience in their own or other organisations to practice and consolidate their learning through planned activities. After the last workshop in this module, the programme members write 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 27
Project Supervision 33
Work-based learning 40
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 10
    Wider reading (directed) 30
    Preparation for presentations 20
    Essay preparation 30
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


There is one final written assignment of 5000 words, to be completed at the end of this module. This should reflect on the activities which took place both in ‘live’ practice and at the workshops, the learning gained from it, the programme member’s 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 programme member 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. 

Assessment submission is according to the assessment schedule for the student’s cohort. 

Formative assessment methods:

A range of formative assessment methods are engaged in this course to enhance the student experience. These include class polls, in-group discussions, questions and follow-ups. The students receive feedback on interim group presentations. These methods do not preclude direct student feedback as received in the classroom or solicited on the module. 


Penalties for late submission:

As university post-experience postgraduate programmes 

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Minimum of 50% 

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission based on same assignment brief  

One re-submission allowed, capped at 50% 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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