Computer Systems Engineering (3 Years) [BEng]

Manchester Leadership Programme: Leadership in Action Online Unit


Unit code: UCIL20031
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by University College for Interdisciplinary Learning
Available as a free choice unit?: Y

Requisites

None

Additional Requirements

Year 1 students (with the exception of Study Abroad and Exchange students) are not eligible to take this unit.

Aims

Leadership in Action units aim to help students understand what it means to be a leader in the 21st century. The units explore complex current problems and ask how does change happen? Who makes it happen? What does that tell us about leadership and how we do it?

                                   

These units will equip students with the tools to critically evaluate models and approaches to leadership and to apply those to a range of 21st century complex and wicked problems; such as poverty and inequality; environmental sustainability; ethics and responsibility. The units will also help students to develop a toolkit of transferable skills that will boost  students' employability.

 

Overview

Students will explore interdisciplinary perspectives on leadership, how change happens, and the relationship between the two.

Through the modules you will hear from leaders who are influencing change in the world around them, including some of the university's leading academics and high profile leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors, and explore how they, and others, influence change in relation to some of the biggest challenges facing 21st century society.

Leadership in Action Online Unit is delivered entirely via Blackboard.  Students will work through 10 online learning modules, released at intervals through the semester. Each uses a range of bespoke audio/video inputs, case studies, and interactive elearning activities designed to enhance students’ learning and understanding.

You will discuss the topics covered in the learning modules in online discussion boards, as part of an interdisciplinary group of c25 students, supported throughout by a dedicated eTutor.  

The Leadership in Action 10 credit online units are available in both semester 1 and 2

 

 

Teaching and learning methods

The unit is delivered entirely via Blackboard. It is a highly interactive and innovative unit which adopts a blended approach with a range of audio/video inputs and case studies from world – class internal and external contributors.
The unit content is supported by elearning activities designed to enhance students learning and understanding including:
• Tutor-facilitated online discussion forums examining issues raised by related weekly module content
• Questionnaires and quizzes.
• Access to range of elearning tools through Blackboard,
• Self-assessment tools (e.g. Type Dynamics Indicator)
 

 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge & Understanding

·         understand and critically evaluate a range of different models and theories of leadership

·         relate models and theories of leadership to personal practice and context

·         identify ways in which leaders influence change in a range of contexts

·         appreciate different styles of leadership within a cultural context

Intellectual Skills

·         develop critical evaluation skills through the analysis of models and theories of leadership

·         develop reflective learning skills through the application of models and theories to personal context

·         critically evaluate different leadership approaches to social, economic and environmental sustainability

Practical Skills

·         understand, reflect on and evaluate, their own leadership style using a variety of tools

·         appreciate how to apply leadership skills in an academic and occupational context

·         appreciate the importance of teamwork and cultural diversity

·         contribute effectively to electronically-mediated discussions and debates

Transferable skills and personal qualities

·         understand themselves and their leadership styles

·         understand the styles, preferences and tendencies of others and how these impact upon management and employability

·         demonstrate skills that contribute to effective leadership, including influencing, critical thinking and communication skills

 

 

Knowledge and understanding

Students should be able to:

  • understand and critically evaluate a range of different models and theories of leadership
  • relate models and theories of leadership to personal practice and context
  • identify ways in which leaders influence change in a range of contexts
  • appreciate different styles of leadership within a cultural context

Intellectual skills

Students should be able to:

  • develop critical evaluation skills through the analysis of models and theories of leadership
  • develop reflective learning skills through the application of models and theories to personal context
  • critically evaluate different leadership approaches to social, economic and environmental sustainability

Practical skills

Students should be able to:

  • understand, reflect on and evaluate their own leadership style using a variety of tools
  • appreciate how to apply leadership skills in an academic and occupational context
  • appreciate the importance of teamwork and cultural diversity
  • contribute effectively to electronically-mediated discussions and debates

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students should be able to:

  • understand themselves and their leadership styles
  • understand the styles, preferences and tendencies of others and how these impact upon management and employability
  • demonstrating skills that contribute to effective leadership, including influencing, critical thinking and communication skills

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Written communication

Assessment Further Information

1. Summative Assessment (50%). Choice of tasks with common question focused on leadership requiring a 1,500 words max text of a presentation (i.e. a script) to a given audience. Stimulus reading is provided.
2. Assessed Discussions (40%). Individual contributions to x2 online discussion boards, each 600 words max (preceded by x2 formative discussions with feedback). Each discussion is open for 2 weeks.
3. Online Multiple Choice Test (10%). Tests examine knowledge and understanding of unit content. (preceded by formative/practice test with feedback).
 

 

Syllabus

A 1 hour introductory briefing is provided in Week 1 of semester and an assessment briefing in Week 7 (choice of sessions offered). Online learning modules and associated tasks are released at intervals though the semester but, because the unit is studied online, it is free of timetable constraints.

Weeks 1 & 2:

Introductory, face to face, briefing sessions will be provided in Week 1.

Module 1: Introduction to Leadership in Action  

Module 2: Theories and Practice of Leadership

 

Weeks 3 & 4:

Module 3: Understanding and Identifying Problems and Leaders  

Module 4: Leadership and Change  

 

Week 5:

Module 5: Leadership and Ethics

 

Weeks 6 & 7:

Module 6: The Challenge of Environmental Sustainability  

Module 7: Climate Change in Focus

 

Assessment briefing sessions will be provided in Week 7

 

Weeks 8&9:

Module 8: Global Poverty – The Challenge for Society  

Module 9: Global Poverty – Leadership in Action   

 

Week 10:

Module 10: Leadership & Responsibility    

 

 

Feedback methods

1. Summative Assessment: Students can submit 10% of total word limit to tutors for comment. Tutors are also available to answer queries about the tasks.
2. Assessed Discussions: Preceded by x2 formative discussions in tutor groups. Tutors provide ongoing support & feed back to their groups via the discussion boards and provide individual feedback and guidance in week 6, before the assessed discussions begin.
3. Online Multiple Choice Test: Preceded by a practice test, available for 1 week from Week 5 of the semester.
 

 

Study hours

  • eAssessment - 50 hours
  • Lectures - 2 hours
  • Independent study hours - 48 hours

Teaching staff

Samantha Hemsley - Unit coordinator

Sian Yeowell - Unit coordinator

Mark Batey - Unit coordinator

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