module specification

HR7135 - Leading, Managing and Developing People (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Leading, Managing and Developing People
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 200
20 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
144 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 80%   Leading, Managing and Developing People Portfolio.
Coursework 20%   Continuous Professional Development Plan..
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module provides you with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of people management. The module aligns with a number of the core knowledge membership standards and core behavioural membership standards set out in the Professional Map of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). However, the module content will be valuable whatever your chosen career specialism.

The module will familiarise you with major contemporary research evidence on leadership and management, identifying effective approaches to Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development practice. Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes will be covered, including contemporary and emerging developments in practice.

The module encourages and enables you to develop a strong sense of awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader, manager and colleague.

During the module, you will build a portfolio of valuable skills required for effectiveness in leadership and in people management. These include leading dynamic teams, decision-making skills, interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

Finally, the module includes some key post-graduate level study-skills, which will help you to engage fully with your academic studies and apply your academic learning to your professional practice. The study-skills will help you build the bridge between theory and practice, facilitating your continuing professional development.

Module Aims

a) you will have the necessary competencies to lead, manage and develop yourself and others effectively. 

b) you will be organisationally and socially aware, equipped to develop ethical, inclusive and sustainable strategies for leadership and management.  

c) you will be able to deliver best practice people management whilst enhancing your impact and value either to the HR function or to the wider organisation.


You will appraise and evaluate theories related to managing yourself, managing stress in yourself and others and postulate diverse strategies for well being.
You will explore theories, concepts and ideas for developing yourself and others in professional contexts.
You will appraise and distinguish between different leadership theories and practices both at domestic and global levels.
You will explore aspects of group behaviour, team working and presentation skills.
You will analyse culture as it operates at an organisational level, and also distinguish and differentiate between different socio-cultural patterns of work and behaviour. .
You will evaluate theories and concepts related to Interpersonal Communication and Managing Conflict
You will evaluate theories and concepts related to Motivation, Commitment and Engagement at Work
You will evaluate theories and concepts related Organisational Performance, Emerging Work Models, Flexible Working and the management of change within organisations.
You will consider theoretical underpinnings of Ethical Decision-Making and Inclusive Leadership.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module makes use of a range of teaching and learning methods.  These include tutor input, videos, group discussions, role-plays and exercises using case studies.

There will also be significant opportunities for your self-reflection. This will be stimulated from your learning on the materials covered during formal class delivery by the lecturer, and also from your “friendly consulting” with your peer students during informal class exercises. Further reflection will be prompted from guest speaker appearances and from structured experiential activities on the module, such as the formative team presentation.

The module will be supported by pre-session work and by web pages that will facilitate student learning.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, you will be able to:

LO1. Evaluate and apply the main competencies of leaders, distinguishing between key leadership theories, including inclusive leadership.

LO2. Critically evaluate key theories and evidence relating to leadership capabilities, including change leadership, engagement, decision-making, negotiation and conflict management.

LO3. Deploy theory and concepts for self-development, using appropriate tools and methods.


Here is the link to the electronic reading list (see module menu in Weblearn).