MQM2SLI-Strategic Leadership & Innovation

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 15 [7.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Stephen Simister

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 builds on the foundational knowledge covered in previous modules to recognise how leadership supports the development of future ways of working.  In this module the leadership challenges of setting strategic direction, including vision & purpose of an organisation. This includes analysing external environment and the impact of organisational structures & marketing strategies. 


The module aims to: 

  • Develop the capability of individuals to plan, manage and reflect on their practical leadership skills in the organisation. 

  • Encourage development of behavioural skills in individuals to increase the effectiveness of their leadership. 

  • Review knowledge of strategic leadership models within organisational structures and across supply chains. 

  • Develop awareness of programme management, risk assessment and mitigating actions. 

  • Recognise the importance of developing leadership capability within an organisational setting. 


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. 

K2: Organisation structures; business modelling; diversity; global and horizon scanning perspectives; governance and accountability; technological an d policy implications. 

K3: New market strategies, changing customer demands and trend analysis. 

K5: Systems thinking, knowledge/data management, research methodologies and programme management. 

K14: Working with board and other company leadership structures. 

K16: Working with corporate leadership structures, for example, the markets it operates in, roles and responsibilities, who its stakehold ers are and what they require from the organisation and the sustainability agenda. 

K17: Crisis and risk management strategies. 

Additional outcomes:

Additional Learning Outcomes: 


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

S12: Oversee procurement, supply chain management and contracts such as consideration of sustainable approaches. 

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

S18: Optimise skills of the workforce, balancing people and technical skills and encouraging continual development. 



B1: Work collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation. 

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


Additional Outcomes 

• Confidence 

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

Outline content:

The module covers the following topics: 

  • Organisational structures 

  • Leading across the matrix organisation and supply chains.  

  • Managing risk 

  • Strategic thinking – Understanding markets, workforce planning, systems thinking and data management. 

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 a Learning Coach, who supports the cohort throughout the module.  The learners follow an inquiry based approach, and each person participates in a facilitated Action Learning set of approxim ately 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 50
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 15
    Wider reading (directed) 15
    Peer assisted learning 3
    Advance preparation for classes 2
    Essay preparation 35
    Reflection 15
Total hours by term 0 150 0
Total hours for module 150

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

No examination. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 4,000 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 of 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 requirements: 

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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