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Postgraduate Course: Developing Leadership for Major Programmes (CMSE11529)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course explores a number of questions for understanding effective leadership in the context of major programme management. Leadership will be examined from:

- Historical and current examples and theories from social science in the areas of psychology, sociological, and neuroscience.
- Various cultural perspectives.
- Different contexts such as across industries and in different circumstances such as crisis and uncertainty.

Students will focus on key issues that will help them in their leadership of major programmes by identifying:

- What motivates effective team performance.
- Methods for that help leaders build a strong and resilient programme team.
- The leadership development techniques to enhance their leadership performance.
Course description This interactive course requires students to explore various leadership frameworks that are associated with effectively leading major programmes. From these leadership frameworks, students will be asked to develop their personal leadership framework, which will include personal characteristics, mindsets, and behaviours to drive success in the complex context of major programmes. The course will also focus on evidence-based approaches to both leader performance and leader development.

Outline content

Defining leadership today and leadership requirements for programme management.

The leadership task
- What are the personal characteristics, mindsets, and skills required for today's leaders according to research evidence?
- How are leadership success and leadership potential defined? What is effective leadership?
- What is the context facing programmes leaders today?

Understanding Human Motivation at Work: The role of purpose, autonomy, and relatedness.
- How does one overcome the reluctance to take on leadership roles and how does finding one's purpose help leaders focus their mind?
- How do leaders motivate others and manage performance with compelling visions, goal setting, engagement under psychological safety while operating under uncertainty?

Understanding the complexity of leadership in major programmes.
- In leading diverse teams, often with a broad range of skills and domains of activity, and sometimes located around the globe, how does a leader capitalise on different perspectives and practice inclusive leadership?
- How do leaders use data in decision making effectively to overcome biased thinking when leading programme teams?

Developing One's Leadership.
- How do individual leaders develop their leadership and the leadership potential in others through coaching and other developmental techniques?
- How do leaders serve as role models for ethical behaviour?

Student Learning Experience
Students are expected to come to class meetings having read assigned readings and to participate in open discussions, experiential activities (e.g., role play, group assignments, self-assessments), and case analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: ( Data Science for Decision Makers (MSc) (PGEE11201) AND Governance, Oversight, Assurance and Stakeholder Engagement (MSc) (PGEE11241) AND Procurement for Programme Delivery (MSc) (PGEE11206) AND Negotiations (MBA) (CMSE11280) AND Understanding, Sustaining and Enhancing Resilience (CMSE11461) AND Accounting, Sustainability and Finance (CMSE11522) AND Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (MSc) (PGEE11207)) AND
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of leadership, including the various processes, procedures and practices for effective leadership and management in programme management based on personal characteristics, mindsets, and behaviours.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of core theories, models, and frameworks of leadership, as well as with current research findings, to form a basis for building personal insight for effective programme leadership of teams and individuals.
  3. Identify one's own leader development goals based on self assessments to design a plan for engaging in future developmental opportunities.
Reading List
All required readings will be available online. Students should be familiar with the University Library's electronic journals system. In addition, students will be expected to keep up-to-date with developments in the area through news media and business and organisational websites.

The Art of Leadership, 7th Edition, (2021). Authors: George Manning and Kent Curtis. McGraw Hill. e book version

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course covers attributes relating to both UEBS graduate mindsets and skills.

Mindset Attributes cover enquiry and lifelong learning, personal development, and outlook and engagement. Students in this course will:

- Focus on current thinking in leadership theory and research and specifically, as tied to the current contexts for complex programme management. These topics will require familiarity with and development of research methodologies and critical analysis that will serve as foundational requirements for lifelong learning.
- Engage with their own leader development by identifying content and developmental techniques they will put into practice.

Graduate skill attributes cover research, communication, personal autonomy, personal effectiveness, and communication: Undertake ethically and socially responsible evaluations of policy and practice. Students on the course will:

- Compile and analyse case studies to write reports, analyse trends, and make recommendations around improving leadership and leader development using current research and theories.
- 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.
- Analyse and demonstrate ways to communicate creatively and substantively with a variety of stakeholders.
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Course organiserProf Susan Murphy
Tel: (01316)51 5548
Course secretaryMiss Charlotte Brady
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
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