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Leadership in Action 20 Credit Unit


Unit code: UCIL20020
Credit Rating: 20
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Full year
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

eadership 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.

The course unit aims to:

  • encourage an understanding of the importance of leadership of self and others
  • broaden intellectual and cultural interests
  • challenge and equip students/you to confront personal values and make ethical judgements
  • prepare graduates/you for citizenship and leadership in diverse, global environments
  • enhance employability

by:

  • ·         critically evaluating models of leadership and considering the distinction between models grounded in research and practice, versus models that reflect fads or fashion
  • ·         encouraging self-reflection, so that students relate different models of leadership to their current and future contexts
  • ·         exploring issues of leadership from a local, national and international perspective through a series of interactive lectures, delivered by leaders and academics across a range of disciplines
  • ·         providing an insight into leadership that supports economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • ·         enabling students to develop a range of skills to equip them for leadership in the 21st Century e.g. communication, problem solving, critical analysis, cultural awareness and team working
  • ·         providing students with an opportunity to reflect on the ethical dimension of professional and civic life and to equip them with a balanced and liberal understanding of wider issues facing 21st century societies.
 

Overview

The unit provides you with the tools to critically evaluate models and approaches to leadership and to apply those in a range of C21st contexts.  Further, the unit will show the relationship between contemporary issues and the practice of leadership.

Lectures provide a conceptual framework for thinking about leadership, and are supported by the core unit reading list.  Lectures also explore a range of leadership issues and challenges for the C21st, including some of the following: 

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Access to Higher Education
  • Culture and diversity
  • Energy futures and Environmental sustainability
  • Business Ethics and Responsibility
  • Urban regeneration, social inclusion and sustainable communities

You will hear from leaders who are influencing change in the world around us, including some of the University’s leading academics and high profile leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Apart from the core leadership lectures, each Semester’s lecture programme is different.  

Students taking the unit for 20 credits complete the 10 credit UCIL20021 unit in Semester 1, and then undertake a supervised individual research project on a subject of your own choice in Semester 2.

 

Teaching and learning methods

The unit uses a variety of teaching methods including:

·         9 x Interactive lectures, including lecturer-led Q&A and individual and group activities

·         Tutor-led face-to-face group tutorials (in week 3 and week 8 lecture slots)

·         Tutor-facilitated online discussion forums/seminars examining issues raised by weekly lecture

·         Access to range of elearning tools through Blackboard, including shared wiki to support group project and individual, guided reflective journal to support learning about leadership

·         Self-assessment tools

And for 20 credits:

·         One-to-one tutorials

·         Face to face and online research workshops

 

 

 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and 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 analyses 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
  • work effectively as part of a team and appreciate 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 team working, influencing, critical thinking and communication skills
  • demonstrate research and presentation skills
 

 

Knowledge and 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 analyses 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;
  • Work effectively as part of a team and appreciate 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 team working, influencing, critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate research and presentation skills

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Group/team working
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Research
  • Written communication

Assessment Further Information

1.       ePoster proposal  (Group Task, Week 5): Students complete short project proposal form.  (0%, but mandatory)

2.       Group ePoster: In groups, students identify a complex, C21st problem of their own choice, and analyse 3 leaders seeking to influence change in response to the chosen problem. Interactive, electronic poster, comprising 10 powerpoint slides 3,000 words max. + bibliography (50%). Includes peer assessment.

3.       Assessed Discussions (Weeks 9, 10, and 11; in tutor groups): Discussion questions are based on the lectures in weeks 9, 10 and 11. The week 11 asks students to draw on learning from the whole course. 600 words per discussion (1800-2000 max). (40%)

4.       Online Multiple Choice Test (week 7; 20 questions): Tests Leadership theory, based on prescribed Unit Reading List. (10%)

20 credits

In addition to the above:

1.  Two stage Project Proposal - form to complete. (0% but mandatory)

2.  Individual Project. Report 3500 words (50%)

 

Syllabus

The unit content is delivered via 9 x weekly, 90 minute lectures and 2 tutorials.                                                                                                      

·         Lectures 1 and 11 introduce and examine key leadership theories which will be applied throughout the course.

·         The first tutorial introduces the concept on tame and wicked problems, and leadership in response to them.

·         Lectures in weeks 2-10 examine leadership and complex problems, from different perspectives, covering a  range of leadership issues and challenges for the 21st century, including some of the following: 

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Access to Higher Education
  • Culture and diversity
  • Energy futures and Environmental sustainability
  • Business Ethics and Responsibility
  • Urban regeneration, social inclusion and sustainable communities

·         Weekly, facilitated, discussion boards ask students to think about the problems, and challenges for leaders presented, and to analyse them, applying their understanding of leadership theory, in particular leadership in response to wicked problems, in response to them.

·         The final tutorial focuses on students’ group projects.

Note that, apart from the core leadership lectures, each Semester’s lecture programme is different.  

In addition to the above, students taking the unit for 20 credits also complete a supervised individual research project. For this project you will  identify, and research, a specific, current, complex problem, examining that problem from a range of perspectives, to present a balanced picture of the problem, the challenges it presents and the leadership approaches and practices that might address it/the kinds of leadership needed to solve / address it.

 

Recommended reading

 

 

Feedback methods

Formative

1. ePoster Proposal: Written feedback on proposal form returned at the start of week 7.  Verbal feedback from eTutor in week

    8 ePoster group tutorial.

2. Assessed Discussions are preceded by x 3 formative discussions in tutor groups. Tutors provide ongoing support & feed back

    to their groups via the discussion boards and provide individual feedback and guidance via feedback form in week 7, before

    the assessed discussions begin.

3. Practice MCQ test in week 5 introduces test format and includes automated feedback re. correct answers.

Summative

1. Written feedback on ePoster project (Group)

2. Written feedback on Assessed Discussions (Individual)

3. MCQ test – automated feedback re. correct answers.

20 Credit Unit

In addition to the above:

Formative:

1. Project Proposal Form. Two stages. Written Feedback on each stage, and individual face to face tutorial to discuss

2. Written feedback on mid project update

Summative:

1. Written feedback on Individual Report

 

20 credit students have access to a supervising etutor for any additional guidance needed throughout the research project.

 

Study hours

  • eAssessment - 20 hours
  • Lectures - 13.5 hours
  • Practical classes & workshops - 10 hours
  • Tutorials - 2 hours
  • Independent study hours - 154.5 hours

Teaching staff

Sian Yeowell - Unit coordinator

Mark Batey - Unit coordinator

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