Postgraduate Course: Professional Development (MBA) (CMSE11333)
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This skills-based programme is designed to help full-time MBA participants enhance their leadership and professional competence as well as their ability to successfully pitch for senior executive roles in a range of organisations.
The programme has three important strands: diagnosis (to build awareness of personal strengths and developmental needs), delivery (taught input on underpinning concepts to help individuals become aware of the key requirements for effective team work, leadership and communication); and development (individual feedback and 1:1 professional, leadership and career coaching to help participants articulate and demonstrate improvement in key skills). The programme launches in Semester 1 with an outdoor, experiential activity focused on team skills and self-awareness, and concludes with a leadership challenge in Semester 2. Throughout the MBA, the course provides an integrating role to link in-course skills elements (e.g. presentations) to personal development goals and achievements.
Introduction to Teams and Belbin
Building High Performing Teams (residential over 2 days)
Emotional Intelligence and an introduction to coaching
Networking skills/ Job search strategy
Building your personal brand and Linkedin
Interviews and assessments
Student Learning Experience
The programme launches in Semester 1 with an outdoor, experiential activity focused on team skills and self-awareness, and concludes with a leadership challenge in Semester 2. Throughout the MBA, the programme provides an integrating role to link in-course skills elements (e.g. presentations) to personal development goals and achievements.
This programme consists of 30 hours of workshops and activities supported by a range of online exercises and independent directed reading. Activities include group and individual tasks, with all students being individually coached on their presentation skills. Teaching contributors include faculty and external training providers and consultants.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
||Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
|Assessment (Further Info)
||Students receive direct feedback throughout the course at the end of key skills sessions. Feedback includes the results of diagnostic tests and the feedback is delivered through one-to-one coaching sessions.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and critically discuss key business competencies for effective team work, leadership and communication in senior executive roles.
- Understand how to define a personal development, career plan and job search strategy, through a high level of self-awareness and the ability to assess personal development needs.
- Understand and critically discuss employer requirements in industry sectors of specific interest to the participant.
- Understand the role, nature and application of diagnostic tests and assessment techniques deployed by employers.
|Stein S and Book H (2011) The EQ Edge (3rd Edition) Emotional Intelligence and Your Success. |
Covey S (2004) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Cognitive and Subject-Specific Skills:
Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and the ability to assess personal development needs.
Able to develop realistic leadership, professional and career development plans.
Able to effectively apply the STAR approach in competency-based interviews.
Able to apply a structured approach to the development of personal branding tools such as CV and profiles.
Skills of argument development and persuasion.
Skills of personal promotion and projection (verbal and non-verbal).
Skills for networking and relationship building.
Ability to work effectively (as both team player and leader) in diverse functional and cultural teams.
Ability to communicate and present with influence and impact in a public forum.
|Course organiser||Mrs Amanda Singleton
Tel: (0131 6)50 2444
|Course secretary||Mrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854