module specification

MN7186 - Developing Effectiveness in Management and Leadership (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Developing Effectiveness in Management and Leadership
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 200
155 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio
Running in 2024/25

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Module summary

This module has an experiential learning focus, and is devised to enable students to develop their identities as influential managers and leaders. It is based on the principles that personal growth and sustained development of leadership and management potential are relational activities, essentially supported by ongoing personal knowledge and understanding.

Through a reflective, action learning approach, the module enables students to become aware of themselves, their values and their purpose, and identify their personal development needs and influence their management and leadership potential. It connects individual and team based learning and development ,  and encourages a lifelong, life-wide attitude to personal development. It enables students to become aware of enablers and barriers to individual, team and organisational success and their  relationship to leadership and management in a global context.
Students will work in purposeful groups, identifying and setting their own targets for development, as individuals and as a reciprocal learning community. They will then devise an agreed vehicle for meeting those targets with their tutor, and report on the progress of their development through a portfolio of assessment tasks.

Module aims

The module aims to assist students in becoming aware of and influence their personal potential and development needs with regard to leadership and management in a global context.


Self awareness
Leadership and management theory and practice
Project management
Critical reflection skills
Acquisition of self development and improvement skills
Communication and presentation skills
Decision-making and problem solving
Time and priority management
Creative thinking
Communities of practice
Team working
Working in a global context
Personal leadership potential
Personal development planning
Values and identity

Learning and teaching

There will be an emphasis on learning from experience in this module.  Students will form a supportive learning community, belong to identifiable learning groups and be involved in collaborative and individual tasks.  There will be encouragement of good working and social relationships amongst members of the course. Extensive use will be made of the reflective practitioner model. Students will be provided with opportunities to justify choices made and develop awareness of their personal and professional values and identity.
The learning groups will be enabled to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Opportunities will be given to create a portfolio of evidence of personal development and leadership potential, drawing on a wide range of evidence collected as part of the experiences provided by the course.   These will include individual tasks, ie, learning styles and similar specific inventories, management and leadership competence self-assessment questionnaires, team development profiles, and generic occupational personality assessments such as Myers Briggs.  Group tasks will be devised to enable students to develop awareness of how groups work and the part that individuals play in their success.
The evidence produced will be used as a basis for development work during the module and as an input to the assessment.  The assessment tasks will enable students to guide their own professional development, as individuals and as a group, reflect critically upon their own and others’ development, and recognise the main enablers of and barriers to personal and organisational success. The assessment tasks will be submitted at regular intervals throughout the module, and build to form a portfolio of evidence. It is anticipated that the feedback given will enable participants to reflect and respond, and build their leadership potential.
Students will be able to use individual and group opportunities for learning, and will prepare responses to the tasks set independently, and present their responses in the face to face sessions. Use of online resources and communication will be encouraged.

Learning outcomes

  • To understand and demonstrate  the principles of goal-related self–development and improvement
  • To understand and demonstrate the principles of a reflective mindset in a global context
  • To understand and demonstrate awareness of working in reciprocal, purposeful groups, of team based working and their relationship to leadership and management, and individual, team and organisational  success
  • To demonstrate  personal leadership and management potential


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