Type of module:


Summary module description:

Collaborative relationships are crucial in business particularly when problems are hard to define, unpredictable, changing, and where experience and knowledge of particular problems may not lead to the solution. This module explores the attitudes and skills required to take leadership responsibilities in the workplace through reflection, co-coaching, dialogue, inclusive leadership, adaptability and to be cognisant of complexity.


The module aims to prepare students to:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the application of coaching, mentoring and conflict resolution principles.

  2. Show critical engagement with models for examining collaborative relationships.

  3. Work collaboratively with colleagues on a complex task.

  4. Demonstrate an awareness of current leadership debates in a world of complexity.

  5. To determine how effective leadership skills contribute to personal development planning.

  6. Lay the foundation for Year 3 – Personal Effectiveness for Growth and Change.

Assessable learning outcomes:


By the end of the module the student will be able:

  1. Understand a range of leadership styles and models leadership styles, including inclusive leadership.

  2. Evaluate the impact of different leadership styles and models on organisational performance and culture.

  3. Analyse own leadership style and how to adapt to situations.

  4. Evaluate and apply tools for leading teams and developing others such as coaching and mentoring.

Additional outcomes:

Students should demonstrate how they have:

  1. Aligned their leadership style with the culture and values of their organisation.

  2. Applied techniques to promote inclusiveness in the workplace.

  3. Understood the elements of a high performing team.

  4. Developed an open, approachable, authentic leadership style.

  5. Built trust with others.

Outline content:

In the context of their organisations vision, mission and values, students will be required to

examine various leadership approaches to support the creation of an inclusive, high performance work culture. By exploring the range of leadership theories and models, students will critically evaluate their own and others leadership styles. The role of coaching and mentoring as a development tool will be explored, providing students with skills for developing a coaching leadersh ip style.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will be guided, but not directed in their investigations. A formal learning pathway is provided consisting of both self-directed learning, online sessions and live face to face workshops. Students will be guided by the course facilitators as well as the apprenticeship tutor who will support them in the application of new knowledge into the workplace. The students will also be required to demonstrate learning to peers through presentations and group discussions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 21
Work-based learning 141
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 63
    Peer assisted learning 15
    Preparation for presentations 2
    Essay preparation 40
    Reflection 18
Total hours by term 300 0 0
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A 2,000 words assignment.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
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:


Reassessment arrangements:

By resubmission of coursework to the same brief

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 25 May 2021


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