|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%|
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7