module specification

SS5018 - Management and Leadership in Youth and Community Organisations (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Management and Leadership in Youth and Community Organisations
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
40 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
160 hours Guided independent study
50 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
50 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Workbook one, 2000 words
Coursework 60%   Workbook two, 3000 words
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

The module aims to:
1. Introduce students to the key processes for the management of community and youth organisations.
2. Provide opportunity for students to recognise professional, cultural and ethical aspects of leadership and management.
3. Develop students understanding and awareness of the issues of managing in community organisations by means of case-study analysis.
4. Encourage students to reflect on their capabilities as a manager and leader.
5. Provide analytical skills in the context of a structured engagement with work environment


Key processes and theories in management and leadership (LO1)
Planning - mission, goals and culture (LO2)
Leadership behaviours and motivation (LO1)
Power and decision making (LO1, LO5)
Managing change (LO4)
Planning and performance management (LO2, LO5)
Budgeting, funding/fund raising (LO2, LO5)
Ethics and professional issues (LO3)
Reflection on work-related practices (LO4, LO5)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module commences with an introduction to theories of leadership and management, integrating theory with practice and case studies. This will be based on a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. The second part of the module is a structured work-related process. Students will analyse leadership and management through engagement in the workplace and reflect on their own practice. Students will be supported by workshops and individual supervision.

Students reflect on leadership through group work, and then on their engagement with real-world organisations. This structured engagement with employment reflects professional requirements for personal and work-related development

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

1. identify a range of management processes, linking these to practice (LO1)
2. appraise the range of skills required of leaders and managers in various aspects of management and particularly in community organisations (LO2)
3. analyse some of the professional, cultural and ethical issues related to the management of community and other organisations (LO3)
4. evaluate their own strengths in the context of management and leadership (LO4)
5. evaluate key aspects of leadership and management in a work-related context. (LO5)

Assessment strategy

The assessment is based on two workbooks. The first is 40% of the assessment and based on reflection on leadership in structured groupwork in the classroom. This is 2000 words, and enables students to reflect on leadership and management skills shown in defined tasks.

The second is 60% of the assessment and is based on structured work-related activities. This is 3000 words, and reflects engagement with real-world organisations

Formative feedback is provided through group and individual discussion of progress in workbook.


Core Text

Northouse, P. 2015 Leadership: theory and practice (7th ed). London: Sage.

Additional Texts
Banks, S. (ed). 2012. Ethical issues in youth work. London: Routledge
Barnes, P. 2002. Leadership with young people. Lyme Regis: Russell House.

Boddy, D. 2014 Management: an introduction. (6th Ed).. Edinburgh: Pearson .
Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB). 2015. ESB National Occupational Standards Outline. Available at:
file:///Users/patrickmulrenan/Downloads/ESB%20NOS%202015%20Outline%20Website%20(1).pdf (accessed 24 January 2018)
Gill, R. 2006. Theory and practice of leadership. London: Sage.
Gopee, N. and Galloway, J. 2014. Leadership and management in healthcare. London: Sage.
Grint, K. 2005. Leadership: limits and possibilities. Basingtoke: Macmillan.
Mullins, L. 2013. (Management and organisational behaviour (10th ed). Edinburgh: Pearson
Naylor, J. 2004. Management (2nd ed).. Edinburgh: Pearson.
Yukl, G. 2010. Leadership in organisations (7th ed). New Jersey: Pearson


The Kings Fund:
Northouse. Leadership, theory and practice:
Community Tool Box: