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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 16/01/2022 12:11:11

Title of Module: Fundamentals of Leadership

Code: BUSN09079 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Christian  Harrison

Summary of Module

The aim of this module is to expose students to the concepts of leadership. Through the analysis of relevant case study materials, students will explore the role that leadership plays in an organisation.

By engagement with 21st century problems facing organisations, students will develop diagnostic skills of synthesising information resulting from strategic analysis, making sound judgments in the absence of complete data and constructively challenging existing organisation ideas and practices. Knowledge and skills relating to problem-solving, team performance and communication will also be addressed. The module offers means by which learners would subject models of leadership to sustained critical scrutiny and reflect on their own personal leadership development. The different theories and approaches to leadership will be critically examined.

Overall, the module integrates theory and practice to enable students to assess the leadership skills which will be required for their future careers.


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. Explain the concept of leadership and their application in organisations

L2. Examine the various approaches of leadership in theory and practice

L3. Evaluate the different theories of leadership and its importance in modern organisations.

L4. Critically reflect on a range of leadership development interventions for their continuous personal and professional development

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 9.

Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and defining features of leadership, and an integrated knowledge of its main areas and boundaries.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of the principles, principal theories, concepts and terminologies of leadership.

Demonstrate knowledge of leadership that is informed by forefront developments

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and materials associated within leadership.

Apply a few skills and techniques that are specialised in practising routine methods of enquiry and/or research.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues in the field of leadership.

Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues.

Draw on a range of sources in making judgements.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Present or convey, formally and informally, information on standard/mainstream topics on leadership to a range of audiences.

Use a range of ICT applications to support and enhance work.

Interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to achieve goals/targets

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise managerial responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources.

Practise in ways that show awareness of own and others’ roles and responsibilities.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level within the field of leadership

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

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Learning and Teaching
Core content delivery will be made available via the virtual learning environment asynchronously and will include activities such as online lectures, videos, podcasts, recommended reading and signposting to additional content and resources. Online
activities will include discussion, live chat, contribution to collaborative documents and webinars. Blended workshop sessions will also be delivered to provide students with the opportunity to engage with their peers and university
academic and support staff.
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 Activity12
Independent Study152
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:

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

Dinh, J.E. Lord, R.G., Gardner, W.L., Meuser, J.D., Liden, R.C., and Hu, J. (2014). “Leadership theory and research in the new millennium: Current theoretical trends and changing perspectives”. The Leadership Quarterly, 25(1), 36-62.

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 Aula

(**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

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorDr Katie Mcquade
External ExaminerTBC
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
An individual assessment consisting of a report of 1500 words long. This will represent 60% of the module mark.
A group assessment consisting of a presentation. 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
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck mark  check mark600

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

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

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

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