Core Module Information
Module title: Leadership in Organisations

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HRM09105
Module leader: Malcolm McGregor
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


Description of module content:

Students will examine contemporary leadership and will develop an understanding of the role of a leader in: developing organisational success through consideration of managerial roles and decisions; the leadership of change; power and influence, ethical leadership; cross-cultural leadership; and leadership development. This will be examined in the context of significant organisational change.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Understand the different ways of defining and conceptualising leadership at the strategic, operational and tactical levels of analysis.
LO2: Review the different leadership theories (models, philosophies and styles) and understand the impact of leadership on followers, organisations and performance.
LO3: Review how leadership is interpreted and understood in practice.
LO4: Evaluate the interpretation of leadership in a practitioner environment.
LO5: Outline and examine critically the impact of internal and external influences on leadership practice in Industry 4.0.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Brian Howieson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The Module will be taught weekly. These two-hour weekly lectures will be supplemented by 4 Guest Seminars. In these 4 seminars, speakers from the public, private and third sectors in the UK will be asked to discuss the leadership in their organizations (past, present and future). It is the intention that these seminars will be interactive with full student participation. Moreover - and to ensure the equivalence of student experience - the seminars (facilitated at ENU by the Module Leader) will be recorded and uploaded to Moodle thereby allowing access from students on all programme.

LO 1 will be achieved through case study analysis and review of best practice.
LO 2 will utilize current thinking on academic models and theories and apply them to business to map areas of excellence and scope for improvement.
LO 3-4 will be explored using a participative and interactive approach to teaching and learning in lectures and seminars. These sessions will make use of lecture input, case studies and small and large group discussions.

A Study Guide will also be provided on Moodle.

Aspects which are considered important in designing the learning materials include:

• Module aims and learning outcomes.
• Clear and early communication of assessment strategies.
• Teaching and learning approaches which give students opportunities to build confidence and communicate that confidence.
• Strategies that encourage the students’ capacity to look at the overall process and not look at the individual components in isolation.
• Making provision for peer-group support and interactions, whether a student is studying on or off campus.

Learning will be supported by module materials, a recommended text, directed reading of articles, books and on-line publications via Moodle. Students are given weekly directed reading and will be expected to prepare for classes in advance by reading a selection of cases and articles.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills.

The assessment strategy for the module is to develop students’ organisation skills, their critical analysis and reflective skills and other employability skills. Students will continue to ‘learn how to learn’ through direction to other sources of information – they will learn how to seek out information, evaluate the validity, currency, quality and relevance of the information they source from the Internet. The students will be engaging in group discussions/debate and presentations, encouraging the development of critical thinking, verbal presentation of arguments, team working and co-operation and consideration of the views of others. Specialist guest lecturers will be invited to deliver ‘real world’ examples and – through these sessions – students will examine and debate current practice in leadership.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be via student self-assessment on the Module Moodle page.

Summative Assessment:
In terms of summative assessment, there will be two components. The components will be a Case Study and a Reflective Essay. Early feedback to the students will be provided after the Case Study that will prepare them for the Reflective Essay component. Throughout, students will be encouraged to be innovative and to engage in deep learning around the module topic (s).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Seminar 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 LO1, LO2 8 , WORDS= 2000
Essay 50 LO3, LO4 14/15 , WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HRM09105 - Leadership in Organisations