MNM3LC-Leadership and Change

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Stephen Simister


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Leadership and Change places practising managers at the centre of their development as effective change leaders, faced with real dilemmas, and choices about courses of action. Through exploration of the links between leadership, the change context, culture, and change practice, they will be able to make informed decisions about how to mobilise the leadership and change resources at their disposal (individually and collectively). The key themes are: concepts, theories and models of leadership and their relevance to organisational change circumstances; the challenge of change and the key organisational and people factors impacting on its nature and enactment; the role, nature and impact of values and culture in both pursuing and responding to change and its leadership; and the core skills and techniques required to enable, enact and evaluate effective change.


The module is designed for practising managers who aspire to understanding and developing their leadership capability and strengthening their change leadership expertise.

The key objectives are to:

  • Introduce key and related concepts, theories and models of leadership, change, leadership culture and the values, capabilities and approaches that bind them together.

  • Prepare for their roles as business leaders.

  • Explore connections between the leadership, culture development and change capabilities necessary to fulfil an organisation’s remit.

  • Identify their development goals as change leaders and practise the core skills of leading change.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that programme members will be able to demonstrate their ability to:

  • Make appropriate and effective use of different approaches to leadership and change.

  • Identify and apply the key leadership and change resources required to take an organisation forward.

  • Understand and develop their own and others' leadership and change responsiveness capability.

Additional outcomes:

  • Make appropriate and effective use of different approaches to leadership and change.

  • Identify the key leadership and change resources required to take an organisation forward.

  • Understand and develop their own and others’ leadership and change responsiveness capability.

  • Develop their change leadership capability through knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of leaders, the nature and impact of change, and the culture and values in the business environment.

  • Demonstrate their ability to compare, contrast and critique the theoretical work in leadership and change and apply this to current business examples.

  • Demonstrate by their own behaviours, the attributes appropriate to leading in an ethical and authentic manner, both as an individual and when working as a team.

Outline content:

The key topics of study address the aim of enabling students to develop an appreciation and understanding of:

  • Historical perspectives of leadership.

  • Modern forms of leadership including followership, sole, collective and distribute.

  • Leadership talent identification and capability building.

  • Leading in context (becoming your own leader).

  • Values driven leadership behaviour and its impact on culture and performance.

  • Leadership culture or ‘brand’ and the interaction with organisational culture and reputation.

  • Personal diversity in values, cultural intelligence and the interaction with organisational change.

  • Leadership culture for sustainable business improvement and transformation

  • Change leadership interventions and competencies.

  • Evaluating change and the leadership of change interventions.

The module core addresses four fundamental topics within the subject area:

  1. Leadership,

  2. Leadership culture, values and change,

  3. Change challenges and approaches and

  4. Enabling, enacting and embedding change.

Global context:

Consideration is given to leading within a global context taking account of different cultures and values.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module content is delivered through a combination of taught sessions, supported by key reading from texts and other sources, practical activities for each topic with group and cohort discussion. In addition, on-line support material will also be provided.  Guest speakers may be included in order to study contemporary situations. Case material is included to stretch the practical application of theory and experience. An element of self-reflection is included to build awareness and identify development needs.

Contact hours:

This table shows the contact hours for delivery on the Apprenticeship Levy programme. All terms 
Lectures 21
Work-based learning 37
Guided independent study  
Wider reading (directed) 27
Essay preparation  15
Total hours by term 100
Module total hours (10 credit module = 100 hours) 100

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 21
Practicals classes and workshops 7
Work-based learning 20
Guided independent study: 52
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

There are no examinations for this module

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

An individual written assignment of 3,500 words.  To be submitted once module study is complete.


Formative assessment methods:

Not applicable

Penalties for late submission:

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

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The assignment must achieve a minimum mark of 50% to achieve a pass.

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of the same assignment based on formative feedback.  One re-submission allowed, capped at 50%.  Resubmission period is in accordance with the arrangements laid out in the programme guide issued to each student.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 17 July 2019


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