Core Module Information
Module title: Developing Academic and Professional Skills for Business Leaders

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE11156
Module leader: Nick Pilcher
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Enhancing self-awareness
Developing as a team member and leader, valuing difference
Networking as a skill
Creating your brand
Career planning
Reflective practice

Digital literacy
Sourcing data
Interpreting and evaluating data
Using data

Developing as a self-regulated learner
Academic Literacy – including study skills and referencing/citations
Assessment Literacy
Feedback Literacy

Developing Skills to include
Professional communication and persuasive writing in academic and business contexts
Time management
Presentation using different media
Inner Feedback (using external sources of information to evaluate knowledge and understanding)

In relation to whether these are separate topics within the module, the intention is that they will be delivered discretely, but in an order that allows for them to be iteratively and cumulatively drawn upon to complete the tasks and transfer the knowledge form these tasks to other MBA modules and content. See below for more details of this in the Learning and Teaching Methods (Approaches).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Within a critically reflective frame:

LO 1: Demonstrate critical knowledge of digital and non-digital tools to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing, for example by identifying and selecting for use appropriate digital sources.

LO 2: Evaluate information in line with academic and professional requirements, for example regarding its effectiveness in business and contexts.

LO 3: Critically evaluate your self-awareness and valuing of difference (for example the organizational business advantages of diversity) in an academic-professional context

LO 4: Critically assess the development of your skills in leading and working in a team, for example through reflection and consideration of what has been effective and why.

LO 5: Critically evaluate the assessment terminologies and conventions in use in your programme of study

LO 6: Demonstrate an ability to work with feedback to progress your learning and development, for example through revising approaches to academic work in line with feedback received

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Pilcher
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module of study is framed using a ‘scaffolding’ approach similar to Laurillard’s whereby you will discuss key business concepts in class as they relate specifically to the MBA and your academic work and professional experience. Such discussion and assignments will help you align and understand how these concepts are used in the MBA and how they relate to academic work and the professional environment. Specifically, in this module, you will be enabled to engage actively in your learning and professional development through the acquisition of knowledge (LO 1, LO 2, LO 3, LO 4, LO 5, LO 6), sometimes collaborating in teams to meet group targets (LO 1, LO 4, LO 6), engaging in discussions – online and in person (LO 3, LO 4) and by practising skills (LO 4, LO 6) and producing items of assessment – formative and summative (LO 5). All engagement will be specifically in a business and MBA context and designed to help you understand what is required of you for the MBA in terms of academic and business knowledge – to help you integrate and incorporate theoretical concepts to underpin and explain your business actions. This is envisioned as being attained as follows: The indicative content outlined above will be tailored to the MBA you will follow. Specifically, it will be grounded in and based upon themes from the MBA module 2 that runs parallel to the module and be focused on the themes form that module such as ‘Business organizations: and purposes of business; core business functions of a firm; Principles of HR management, and Business growth and Strategies’. As an example, when studying the content and Enhance related content of Digital Literacy and Sourcing data, the students will do this, for example, to identify the Principles of HR management. Source material will be based on a core module 2 text by Sloman and Jones entitled Essential Economics for Business.

The approaches outlined intend to support your personal and professional development. At the same time, they aim to challenge your thinking, your readiness to take responsibility and to enhance your agency as a student and future business leader. You are invited to engage to the full, working as an individual and from within a team.

Note: The connections between the learning types and the learning outcomes indicated here are not exhaustive. This module invites you to engage to the full and to learn as much as possible to enhance your readiness for study within the MBA Business Leadership and Practice programme.

The module aligns with and promotes the ENhance themes. Specifically, Citizenship and community for both beyond and within the university (LO3, LO4, LO6). Digital and information Literacy (LO1, LO2) both academically and more widely. Inclusion (LO4, LO5, LO6), Research and Practice, through all LOs and incorporating MBA module content, Intercultural Competence abilities, and recent research by the Module Leader from the book Pilcher, N., & Richards, K. (2022). Enhancing Student Support in Higher Education (pp. 5-21). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. Global Outlook by integrating student experiences into the content throughout all LOs, and Employability through LO4 and integrating material and sessions from the Careers team.

Formative Assessment:
Formative learning opportunities are designed into this module and take a number of formats, including enabling you to engage with sources through Digital and Information Literacy and Research and Practice, which will help you to better understand the strengths and limitations of your own work and the facilitation of peer-peer feedback. These opportunities will be scheduled into the module and their timing advised in the Assessment Brief.

In addition, formative assessment which is not credit-bearing, but is required, will take place at identified points in the module to support your learning and professional development. This formative assessment will consist of both written and oral tasks, including presentations, and at times involve students collaborating effectively to meet group targets. All the formative assessment will focus on key business topics and areas that you are studying elsewhere on the MBA to help you to understand and align your academic and professional work with the requirements of the MBA and to help you develop your work to include theory to underpin and justify your understanding of and approach to business. These tasks will also directly relate to the summative assessment which is credit bearing, and will incorporate aspects relating to Citizenship and Community, Inclusion, Global Outlook, and Employability. Further detail is provided in the assessment brief which accompanies the module and is located in the Moodle (VLE) space.

It is provisionally scheduled for Week 8; confirmation will be advised in the Assessment Brief

Summative Assessment:
A patchwork text (a specific type of portfolio) in which you will present evidence of your learning and development generated during the module submitted with a critically evaluative account and an action plan (2,500 words). This piece of work is of a sufficient length to allow you to express and contextualise your understanding of business concepts and theories for the MBA in a depth that is appropriate for a postgraduate level. The work will also allow you to incorporate key university themes. Production of this assessment will require you to draw on your skills of Digital and Information Literacy and also of Research and Practice that you have learned throughout the module. In its content your assessment will allow you to evidence your Citizenship and Community knowledge beyond and within the university, of Inclusion and Intercultural Competence, of your Global Outlook and of what you have learned in relation to your Employability. All these aspects will relate to the key business concepts and knowledge required for your MBA. In this way it helps prepare you for the MBA you are doing and also for the future in your career.

Further detail will be provided in the Assessment Brief for the module.

Week 15

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 ALL 14/15 , WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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