DM3003-Personal Effectiveness : Personal Growth and Change

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: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Dorota Bourne


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module explores achieving personal and professional growth in a complex, ambiguous and uncertain work context through an evaluation of self in relation to stakeholder, customer and supplier management. By developing an understanding of approaches to engagement, facilitating cross functional working and negotiation, students will explore how they themselves can change as they seek to deliver organisational growth. The module also considers the particular issues associated with the leadership of change. This module considers personal wellbeing and resilience, as well as the capacity for sustained personal development.


In this module a systematic knowledge of management will be deployed to allow students to consider on how their personal growth and development. Throughout, they will be exposed to the complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty that underpin many management situations.

The module aims to prepare students to:

  1. Recognise and evaluate their organization as an inter-related system.

  2. Drive and manage cross functional change in their organization.

  3. Manage key stakeholders during change.

  4. Effectively influence and negotiate with all parties involved in change.

  5. Develop their skills to manage change both personally and as a leader.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  1. Identify strategies for organizational improvement and the management of stakeholders. 

  2. Shape common purpose and engage stakeholders in improvement initiatives.

  3. Evaluate models of conflict management and resolution and successfully apply these.

  4. Evaluate negotiation strategies and practise these.

  5. Evaluating cross functional working to deliv er positive results.

  6. Apply change management models to enable continued organizational and team improvements.

Additional outcomes:

Students should demonstrate how they have:

  1. Taken responsibility for each step of the personal development process and lifelong learning

  2. Analysed their interpersonal skills and taken responsibility to further development of these through engagement with all relevant stakeholders in a professional and inclusive manner.

  3. Applied their thinking with adaptability and agility to changing organisational needs.

  4. Developed the ability to ameliorate barriers to well-being. 

  5. Set an example, act in ethical, fair, consistent and impartial manner.

  6. Respond well to feedback and need for change.

  7. Are open to new ways of working and new management theories. 


Outline content:

Students will work in the context of change and growth, analysing and planning for their own needs as change agents as well as the needs and agenda of stakeholders: from customer to employee. In doing so students will apply learnings from the previous two years to increase their self-awareness, leadership and change management skills. The context of learning will be at organizational level, viewing the organization as an evolving, growing system. 

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 86
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 45
    Essay preparation 30
    Reflection 18
Total hours by term 200 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:

A 2,000 words assignment.

Formative assessment methods:

Will be embedded in the learning path and workshop activities.  Peer review will be an integral element 

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor 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[1] (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:


Reassessment arrangements:

By resubmission of coursework to the same brief

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 9 September 2020


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