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BU5584: THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 14 Oct 2021 13:45


Course Overview

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through workshops, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Trevor Morrow

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of MSc Environmental Partnership Management or Master Of Science In Sustainability Transitions or Master Of Science In International Relations And Management or MSc Strategic Studies and Management or Master of Business Administration (P/T) or Master of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Man't) or Master of Business Administration in Energy Management or Independent Subject Study In Energy Management or MSc International Business Management or MSc Management Consultancy or Master Of Business Administration In Business Analytics or Master Of Science In International Human Resource Management or Master Of Science In Cultural And Creative Communication or Master of Science Professional Communication or Master of Letters in Art and Business or Master Of Public Health

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course aims are:

  • to provide you an understanding of how leadership can be understood with reference to different leadership theory as it has evolved over time;
  • to raise your awareness of the role of context and culture in leadership;
  • to enable you to apply leadership theory as a tool to evaluate leadership in given scenarios;
  • to help you reflect on your own approach to leadership to help you with future leadership challenges.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 10 Tutorials during University weeks 26 - 27

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1 x 1750-word Case Analysis (40%)

1 x 1500-word Reflective Review (30%)

1 x Group Assignment (30%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionAnalyseRecognise and appreciate the impact of the leader-follower relationship
ReflectionApplyCommunicate leadership ideas effectively
ReflectionUnderstandRecognise, understand and appreciate the different leadership theories and approaches
ReflectionAnalyseUnderstand the importance of “context” for shaping appropriate leadership skill-sets, behaviour and approaches
ProceduralApplyBe able to apply a range of leadership tools and techniques in support of addressing different challenges
ConceptualEvaluateArticulate what leadership is and why it is important

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