module specification

SH6000 - Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Online presentation
Coursework 75%   Workbook
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module has been designed to develop students’ understanding, theoretical knowledge and practical skills of leadership and management in the context of professional practice. Students will develop analytical skills to understand critically of the role of management in leading teams and in providing ethical and quality services in the context of resource constraints and changing social environments.The module will embed employability skills by simulating work environments and will employ skills of problem solving and decision making, staff appraisal and professional behaviour required for provision of policy and practice in professional contexts. 

Module aims

This module explores key concepts, approaches, skills and styles relevant to leadership and management practices and examines how they are affected by changing trends in professional settings. The context of recent changes in organisational structures, management styles and service priorities are explored In relation to leadership and management. The pursuit of quality and efficiency in service provision is examined and how it can best be managed and by contrasting managerial, professional and stakeholders’ perspectives. Ethical issues arising from different leadership and management approaches, across professional sectors are discussed. 


The syllabus will cover relevant theory, policy, practice and ethical issues.

As part of the process students will consider team dynamics: this will be important for developing students’ self awareness, identify their strengths and weaknesses in regard to their own development, assess and mapping analytical skills. The curricula will cover but not be restricted to the following:
• definitions and principles of leadership and management including team working, how groups and teams function and how to develop effective team working;
• examining  roles  within leadership  including effective communication; problem solving; managing conflict; decision-making; establishing shared goals and managing change;
•  an exploration team dynamics to develop students’ self awareness, identify their strengths and areas to develop in regard to their personal and professional development;
• definitions and styles of  leadership and management;
• models of social values and professional issues, cultures and users’ rights and needs;
•  the impact of  policies and organisational issues  in relation to stakeholders, together with  financial aspects of managing services.

Learning and teaching

Students' learning will be structured around the weekly contact time with the teaching team and will be complemented by the students' independent work, based on the guidance supplied in lectures, group work, and interactive workshops. Enquiry based learning and problem based learning will be used to help students to comprehend theoretical concepts. Students will be required to engage continuously and constructively with the module and in particularly in group work and where exercises reflect a proxy work environment. Every week, students will be required to read recommended chapters in textbooks, to access Weblearn, web sites or DVD materials containing relevant educational material and to participate weekly interactive workshops developing academic and multimodal communication skills.

Learning outcomes

1. Apply theoretical knowledge and approaches to teamwork, leadership and management within professional settings.

2. Analyse the effects of different approaches, policies and contexts on services, and on practices in relation to leadership and management.

3. Discuss the organisational and managerial context as it relates to the delivery of services and to professional practice within dynamicchanging environments.

4. Apply theoretical knowledgetoethical and anti-oppressive practice in a range of professional organisational contexts.


Assessment strategy

Students will demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through two summative assessments:
1. A group online presentation, which assesses the ability to develop, research and link a management case study or project to theory.  (LO1, LO2)  25%
2. An individual workbook allows students to reflect on practice and theory in a structured manner. (LO1,2,3 and 4) 75%


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