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Undergraduate Course: Strategic Leadership Development (BUST10123)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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 Foundations of Business and Organisational Behaviour 2 as well as tying in other courses that look at the role of managers and leaders.
Course description The 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 following topics will be covered:
- Personality characteristics and behaviours of effective leaders
- Measures of leader effectiveness
- The role of followers in the process of leadership
- Leadership within teams
- Shared leadership
- Cultural and diversity issues in leadership
- Strategic leadership and upper echelon theory
- The role of leaders in organisational culture and change
- Leadership development processes and techniques
- Leadership development program evaluation


- Introduction: The Role of Strategic Leadership in Today's Organizations
- Responsibilities of Upper Echelon Leadership and Introduction to Leader Development
- Developing Individual Aspects of Leaders Part I - Cognition
- Developing Individual Aspects of Leaders Part II
- Underlying psychological mechanisms and forms of leadership within an ethical framework.
- Shared and Team Leadership at the Top
- Leader Development Basics and Beyond: Techniques of Feedback and Action Learning
- A leader's role in Strategy and Change
- Evaluating Leader Development Activities

Student Learning Experience

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.

The two-hour class sessions combines lecture input, class and case discussions, role plays, team-based projects in class, and student presentations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Organisational Behaviour 2 (BUST08028) OR Human Resource Management 2 (BUST08027) OR Organisation Studies (BUST08011) OR Managing Employment Relations (BUST08010)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically 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.
  2. Identify how leaders can make strategic business decisions and enhance organisational efficiencies.
  3. Identify and apply underlying theories of leadership at all organisational levels including strategic leadership.
  4. Demonstrate effective leadership skills within role play and experiential classroom learning activities.
  5. Analyse needs assessment data for leadership development program planning purposes and identify different forms of leader development program evaluation including identification of relevant outcome variables.
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills

- 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, socio-economic, educational and professional backgrounds, and with persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences that affect leadership and leader development.
Additional Class Delivery Information The class will meet weekly on Tuesdays in Semester 2 from 4.10-6.00 pm.
Course organiserProf Susan Murphy
Tel: (01316)51 5548
Course secretaryMr Paul Kydd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3824
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