MM304: Developing Personal Leadership

MM304: Developing Personal Leadership

Module code: MM304

Module provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour; Henley Business School

Credits: 20

Level: Level 3 (Honours)

When you'll be taught: Semester 2

Module convenor: Dr Tatiana Rowson, email:

Module co-convenor: Ms Linghe Lei, email:

Pre-requisite module(s):

Co-requisite module(s):

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite module(s):

Module(s) excluded:

Placement information: NA

Academic year: 2024/5

Available to visiting students: Yes

Talis reading list: No

Last updated: 28 May 2024


Module aims and purpose

This module is specifically aimed at giving students a comprehensive view on personal leadership development and how to plan their own leadership skills strategy. The students will be expected to examine the concepts, theories, and evidence needed to develop their understanding and competencies associated with leadership development and explore different approaches for leadership development planning and action. This includes developing self-awareness, contextual awareness and how to design a learning agenda.

The module lead at the University of Reading Malaysia is Dr Siohong Tih.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Understand the role of leadership development in their career and performance
  2. Critically evaluate key aspects of personal leadership development
  3. Employ reflective practice to improve self-awareness and contextual awareness
  4. Design a personal leadership development plan

Module content

  1. Introduction to the module
  2. Personal leadership development principles and planning
  3. Leadership development resources (adaptability, resilience, agility, etc)
  4. Approaches to developing self-awareness
  5. Systemic thinking and contextual awareness
  6. Developing leadership skills and competencies
  7. Applying development strategies to key competencies and skills
  8. Communication skills, persuasion, conflict management
  9. Coaching, (reverse) mentoring and advanced feedback skills
  10. Understanding professional branding and communication
  11. Developing and revising a learning agenda
  12. Summary and conclusions


Teaching and learning methods

Through engagement with theoretical and empirical leadership literature in addition to real-life examples and case studies, students will be encouraged to develop their own personal leadership development plan.

They will undertake a variety of learning activities including lectures, in-class exercises and discussions, reflection, group work, self-assessment and supplementary reading.

Students will be encouraged to relate their own experiences to their studies and to share these with fellow students.

This module may be taught in a different Semester if you are studying at our campus in Malaysia.

For students studying at our campus in Malaysia: This module may be taught in a different semester and the breakdown of study hours may differ to those set out in the Study Hours table (please refer to the Module Handbook for the correct breakdown). In addition, you will be required to complete an additional 40 hours of study, taking the total number of study hours to 240 for this module. This is to comply with the Malaysian Quality Agency (MQA).

16hrs of teaching will be in person and 12 hours will be online.

Study hours

At least 18 hours of scheduled teaching and learning activities will be delivered in person, with the remaining hours for scheduled and self-scheduled teaching and learning activities delivered either in person or online. You will receive further details about how these hours will be delivered before the start of the module.

 Scheduled teaching and learning activities  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Lectures 12
Project Supervision
Practical classes and workshops 16
Supervised time in studio / workshop
Scheduled revision sessions
Feedback meetings with staff
External visits
Work-based learning

 Self-scheduled teaching and learning activities  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Directed viewing of video materials/screencasts 12
Participation in discussion boards/other discussions 10
Feedback meetings with staff
Other (details)

 Placement and study abroad  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Study abroad

Please note that the hours listed above are for guidance purposes only.

 Independent study hours  Semester 1  Semester 2  Summer
Independent study hours 150

Please note the independent study hours above are notional numbers of hours; each student will approach studying in different ways. We would advise you to reflect on your learning and the number of hours you are allocating to these tasks.

Semester 1 The hours in this column may include hours during the Christmas holiday period.

Semester 2 The hours in this column may include hours during the Easter holiday period.

Summer The hours in this column will take place during the summer holidays and may be at the start and/or end of the module.


Requirements for a pass

Students need to achieve an overall module mark of 40% to pass this module.

Summative assessment

Type of assessment Detail of assessment % contribution towards module mark Size of assessment Submission date Additional information
Set exercise Presentation Deck 15 10 slides Semester 2, Teaching Week 7 Group
Written coursework assignment Personal Leadership Development Portfolio 85 2,000 words + appendices Semester 2, Teaching Week 12 Individual

Penalties for late submission of summative assessment

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

Assessments with numerical marks

  • 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 three working days;
  • the mark awarded due to the imposition of the penalty shall not fall below the threshold pass mark, namely 40% in the case of modules at Levels 4-6 (i.e. undergraduate modules for Parts 1-3) and 50% in the case of Level 7 modules offered as part of an Integrated Masters or taught postgraduate degree programme;
  • where the piece of work is awarded a mark below the threshold pass mark prior to any penalty being imposed, and is submitted up to three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline), no penalty shall be imposed;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

Assessments marked Pass/Fail

  • where the piece of work is submitted within three working days of the deadline (or any formally agreed extension of the deadline): no penalty will be applied;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than three working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension of the deadline): a grade of Fail will be awarded.

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.

Formative assessment

Formative assessment is any task or activity which creates feedback (or feedforward) for you about your learning, but which does not contribute towards your overall module mark.

Through in-class activities, discussions and, case study work, students receive peer feedback and feedback from the tutor on their understanding of the subject. This will directly support work that needs to be undertaken for the summative assessments.


Type of reassessment Detail of reassessment % contribution towards module mark Size of reassessment Submission date Additional information
Written coursework assignment Personal Leadership Development Plan 100 3,000 words During the University resit period August/September

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