University of the West of Scotland

Module Descriptor

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 23/09/2022 15:39:48

Title of Module: Exploring Management and Leadership

Code: BUSN10073 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr  Kae  Reynolds

Summary of Module

Summary of Module

The number of published studies in the field of leadership and management is vast and spans several decades. However, despite such a large body of scholarship, leadership and management remain elusive concepts. This module introduces students to the concepts of leadership and management and encourages students to explore these autonomously. The aim is to provide a critical insight into leadership and management and discuss their varying conceptions.

The distinction between leadership and management is often made in literature. However, in the world today one question remains unanswered: Is leadership now increasingly needed by all managers? Students will examine the similarities and differences between leadership and management. The functions and activities of management and leadership will be discussed.

Students will develop skills in critical engagement with leadership and management research and theory. They will be able to display critical awareness of current developments in both fields and its importance in modern organisations. This critical reflection will be instrumental in meeting the leadership development needs of 21st century graduates as well as identifying potential sources of development.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the activities and roles of leaders and mangers in organisations

L2. Explain the nuanced conceptualisation of leadership and management.

L3. Critically analyse the nuanced conceptualisation of leadership and management

L4. Evaluate a variety of theories of leadership and management and their importance in modern organisations.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Review the theoretical perspectives on leadership and management.
A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of leadership and management
Identify the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of effective organisational leaders.
A critical understanding of the tools that can be used to measure aspects of

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Evaluate the nuanced concepts of leadership and management in varying organisational settings.
Retrieving, interpreting. and manipulating primary and secondary information from a variety of sources including electronic sources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Reflect critically on leadership and management within differing organisational contexts.
Provide diagnostic analysis of different organisational scenarios, identifying challenges and ways of addressing them.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Communicating effectively to a range of audiences, including peers and tutors
Interpreting complex secondary materials
Making effective use of information retrieval systems and information technology applications to support and inform learning.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Working effectively, together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate.
Reflect on their personal leadership style, and their ability to contribute to the group process.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Learning and Teaching
The module will be taught by a combination of recorded lectures and tutorials. In the tutorials a variety of participative teaching methods will be used. The approach to learning and teaching places emphasis on participation and support. Students will be encouraged to take a pro-active and autonomous approach throughout with tutorials particularly aimed at encouraging debate and discussion between students. Focused group discussions, syndicated breakout discussions and individual support during tutorials will be strategies aimed at ensuring a quality student experience on the module.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity0
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Schedlitzki, D., & Edwards, G. (2019). Studying Leadership: Traditional and Critical Approaches. Sage.

Peter G. Northouse, Leadership: Theory and Practice, Seventh Edition. © 2016 SAGE Publications, Inc.

Harrison, C. (2018). Leadership Theory and Research: A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms. Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan

Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery in the module handbook and made available via Moodle

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Group assessments require additional assurance of regular attendance.

Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorBobby Mackie
External Examiner Robert Stevenson
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
An individual assessment consisting of a written piece of work of 1500 words long. This will represent 60% of the module mark.
A group assessment consisting of a written piece of work of 2500 words long. This will represent 40% of the module mark.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work check markcheck mark 600

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck mark  check mark400
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity, and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)