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Postgraduate Course: Professional Development (EMBA) (CMSE11588)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis skills development based course is designed to help EMBA students enhance their leadership capability and professional competence as well as their potential to develop strong employability skills and their ability to successfully pitch for promotion or apply to new senior executive roles in a range of organisations.

An underpinning tenant of the course will be to develop students ability to reflect on their learning using appropriate tools and techniques to produce a meaningful and viable learning agenda which will also help develop their critical thinking ability, identify their strengths and weaknesses and explore different approaches and ideas towards their thinking and learning on the EMBA programme.
Course description This course provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon and develop a deeper sense of self-awareness (both intellectually and emotionally) of both personal strengths and development needs.
The course is aimed at increasing knowledge, critical thinking skills, confidence and competence across a range of key personal competencies which have been identified as critical for MBA employability. These include effective teamwork, leadership, and the ability to communicate and present with influence and impact.

The Professional Development course includes workshops focused across the following areas:

Influencing skills
Developing Your Emotional intelligence (includes online EQ assessment and 1:1 coaching session)
Teamwork and Belbin theory (Belbin online assessment completed in advance of April study week)
Leading High Performance Teams (offsite residential programme scheduled to take place during April study week)
Skills and Awareness in Productive Conversations & Giving Feedback
Managing Conflict
Personal resilience
Communicating with impact

Professional Development offers a varied learning experience via an integrated mix of interactive workshops, group work and class discussion, visiting speakers and practical exercises (both on an individual and group basis) supported via a range of online diagnostic tools and independent directed reading. The aim is for students to gain self-awareness through a better understanding of themselves as individuals, team members, leaders, managers and learners. Teaching contributors include members of the Executive Development team and external industry practitioners and consultants.

In this course, there will be opportunities for discussion and debate, and students are encouraged to apply the studied models and ideas covered to their own work experience. There is a strong emphasis on peer-to-peer learning which can be hugely beneficial given the cultural and professional (i.e. wide spectrum of industry representation within the class) diversity within the EMBA cohort.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and the ability to assess personal development needs and take accountability for developing action plans to address these.
  2. Understand and critically evaluate key business models relating to the competencies of effective teamwork, leadership and communication.
  3. Demonstrate enhanced skills and increased confidence in networking, relationship building and giving/receiving feedback.
  4. Work effectively (as both team player and leader) within non-hierarchical and diverse functional and cultural teams.
  5. Communicate and present with influence and impact in a public forum.
Reading List
Stein S and Book H (2011) The EQ Edge (3rd Edition) Emotional Intelligence and Your Success.

Stephen R Covey (2020)
7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Dweck, Carol S (2012), Mindset
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Competencies (C)
C1 Meaningful Interpersonal Interaction
C2 Effective Emotional Intelligence
C3 Authentic Leadership
C4 Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Business Behaviour
C5 Appropriate Communication
C7 Creative and Entrepreneurial Practice
C8 Personal and Professional Competence
C9 Academic Excellence
C10 Intellectual Curiosity
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMrs Amanda Singleton
Tel: (0131 6)50 2444
Course secretaryMr Ross Muir
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