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Undergraduate Course: Strategic Leadership Development (BUST10123)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course will have a special emphasis on the content, process, and evaluation of leadership development at all organisational levels with special attention to understanding strategic leadership. The course is designed to build upon the basic knowledge and fundamental concepts that students will have gained in the prerequisite courses Business Studies 1 and Organisational Studies as well as tying in other courses that look at the role of managers and leaders. The proposed course mainly draws from this theoretical background on leadership content and process theories, leader effectiveness, employee learning and development, proper program evaluation techniques, and also introduces some new theoretical perspectives on the process of employee and specifically management development at all organisational levels. The course allows students to not only research what methods are effective in helping develop organisational leadership, but students will work individually and in groups to understand leader development personally. The course will comprise lectures, individual and group assignments, presentations and discussions that examine the complexities of current debates on both leader and leadership development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Organisation Studies (BUST08011)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes:
By the completion of this course, students will be able to:
┐ Assess leadership and management skills of a particular individual or individuals within a particular organization or industry using case studies of effective and ineffective leadership.
┐ Identify how leaders can make strategic business decisions and enhance organisational efficiencies.
┐ Identify and apply underlying theories of leadership at all organisational levels including strategic leadership.
┐ Demonstrate effective leadership skills within role play and experiential classroom learning activities.
┐ Analyse needs assessment data for leadership development program planning purposes.
┐ Identify different forms of leader development program evaluation including identification of relevant outcome variables.
┐ Conduct research using scholarly journals and business resources. Compile and analyse results to make recommendations, write reports, analyse trends, and make recommendations around improving leadership and leader development.
┐ Identify issues for leaders from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational and professional backgrounds, and with persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences that affect leadership and leader development.
Assessment Information
┐ Exams: (50% in total - Midterm 20%, and end of year Final Exam 30%).
The format of Midterm and Final Exams: the paper will be divided in three parts. Part I (30 points) a series of Short Answer Questions ┐students to answer all. Part II (15 points each) Short Answer essays ┐ students to attempt three of the five topics. Part III Long Case Application Questions (25 points) on a case which presents an organizational scenario ┐ students to answer the set of, typically, 3 to 4 specific questions worth differing point values. The final exam concentrates on content within the second half of the course for Part I and Part II, but the last application question covers content over the entire course. Students will be provided with a sample examination paper.
┐ Class participation: (this includes participation in individual and group presentations, discussions, participation in class exercises (group or individual), and case analysis 20%). The participation grade is based on the learning activities for the day. One day may include discussion and case study. One day may include a group exercise and a group presentation. The marking scheme is broad. This will be explained in the course booklet.
┐ Group Project: (analysis, writing, presentation, and peer review 20%). The students will receive a grading rubric and outline for the group project and the percentages for written paper, presentation, and peer review will be provided. (4,000 words)
┐ Journal completion: (10%)
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Readings will be drawn from primary research articles and practitioner journals. In addition, there will be a textbook for the course. Humphrey, R.H. (2014) Effective leadership: Theory, cases, and applications. London: Sage.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserProf Susan Murphy
Tel: (01316)51 5548
Course secretaryMr Paul Kydd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3824
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