Module Information

Module Identifier
PDM0120
Module Title
Leading in Universities / Leading for Professionals
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Ms Jacqueline P Urwin (College Librarian - Durham University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Reflective Journal  Reflective diary kept throughout the year to include reflections on the workshops attended, action learning sets and self-analysis of own reflection on leadership (2,500 words)  45%
Semester Assessment Action research leadership project  One action leadership project based on an aspect of leadership (2,500 words).  45%
Semester Assessment Presentation  An assessed presentation of the action leadership project.   10%
Supplementary Assessment Reflective Journal  Reflective diary kept throughout the year to include reflections on the workshops attended, action learning sets and self-analysis of own reflection on leadership with an improvement in the sections which needed further development. (2,500 words).  45%
Supplementary Assessment Action research leadership project  One action leadership project based on an aspect of leadership (2,500 words) with an improvement in the sections which needed further development.  45%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  An assessed presentation of the action leadership project  10%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

show a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current leadership practices.

evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in leadership, mentoring, team building and reflective practice

demonstrate self-direction and originality in tacking analysis of leadership in universities as well as autonomy in planning and implementing these complex pieces of writing.

to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of leading in universities to propose new hypotheses.

Aims

The intention is that, on successful completion of the module, participants will be in a position to understand the wide range of issues that may arise whilst leading others, and to help them to function more effectively as part of a team.

Brief description

The principle behind providing this module is that it delivers the package of awareness, skills and behaviors at a much earlier stage in the career of a university staff member, preparing them for leadership positions, but also providing a range of inter-personal tools and skills, useful at all stages of their careers. The module is designed to develop inter-personal behaviors, widely seen to underpin the key skills for effective leadership, based on increased awareness of self and others and an appreciation of how others perceive us. However, the module also aims to deliver pragmatic outcomes that can be immediately applied in a work context. The module includes an action-research project developed in a real work-place environment, encouraging immediate impact on practice, during the course and placing the theoretical aspects in a real context.

Content

he module involves both taught, work-based elements and independent study. The taught element, consisting of a linked series of 8 leadership development workshops, introducing a number of techniques that can be used in a leadership context and encourages them to use previous and current work as a basis for reviewing their practice as well as their knowledge and understanding of key concepts of leadership.

In addition, participants will be asked to familiarise themselves with selected relevant literature, meet with a peer-mentor and programme mentor and reflect on leadership issues raised in the module and in the work-place, through a personal reflective journal.

Key principles include the following:

• work based practice
• a critical awareness of the research that underpins current thinking on effective leadership
• role plays to support to offer an opportunity to worth with complex situation and mark sound judgments in the absence of complete data
• develop self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, autonomous learning, responsibility for own learning

The module includes:
• an introductory session
• 8 x workshops
• 4 x peer-mentoring sessions
• 2 programme mentor sessions
• action Learning Sets
• an action-Research Leadership Project
• presentation of Action-Research Leadership Project
In addition, participants will be expected to keep a journal of their thoughts and ideas. Elements of this will be included in the final submitted Reflective Journal and drawn upon in writing other elements of the portfolio.
Assessment is through a portfolio, built in stages throughout the module. The portfolio will demonstrate evidence of the development of professional skills and knowledge of leadership in both personal and wider (departmental and University) contexts. This evidence is drawn from normal work activities as well as professional development activities undertaken in the module.

Breakdown of workshops (30 hours)

Workshop 1: Models of Leadership (2 hours)
Develop definitions of leadership, explore and analyse leadership styles together with self-awareness of own leadership style.

Workshop 2: Effective Mentoring (7 hours)
Explore and analyse the role of a mentor in a leadership context together with mechanisms and challenges of the role

Workshop 3: Working in Teams (3 hours)
Develop and appreciation of how teams work as well as your preferred role in a team.

Workshop 4: The Reflective Leader (3 hours)
Explore the theoretical background to reflective practice as well as learn about the different mechanisms of reflective writing.

Workshop 5: Dealing with Difficult Conversations (3 hours)
Explore and develop tools of dealing with difficult conversations in a leadership role.

Workshop 6: Leading Teams (3 hours)
Understand how teams develop and explore the different learning styles of team members together with practical role play of facilitation skills.

Workshop 7: The Expert Leader (3 hours)
Experienced leaders from outside the University giving their own thoughts and ideas of the definition of a leader.

Workshop 8: Solving Problems in Groups (3 hours)
Group work incorporating all concepts from the module

Workshop 9: Action-Research Leadership Project presentations. (3hrs) Assessed.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Through use of students’ own and AU IT facilities for presentation of class and assessed work. Students will be encouraged to use resources provided on Blackboard.
Communication Through contribution to workshop discussion, mentoring sessions and a group oral and visual presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through using tutor feedback on group and individual activities in and outside of workshops to develop written assignments. Through reflection on own performance and practice, including assessed reflection on mentoring practice.
Information Technology Through use of students’ own and AU IT facilities for presentation of class and assessed work. Students will be encouraged to use resources provided on Blackboard.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will receive information about progression to other courses and opportunities for personal development.
Problem solving Through critical evaluation of problems posed during the course, including relating course concepts to case studies and students’ own experience.
Research skills Through finding information from AU library and the Internet to prepare for written and oral work. Research and referencing skills are assessed.
Subject Specific Skills Students will gain a grounding in key concepts of leadership skills.
Team work Through contribution to group exercises and discussion. Reflection on students’ own team working abilities is assessed.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7