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NBS8692 : Leading in the Workplace (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1.To develop a critical understanding of some of the key factors that impact upon and influence the practice of leading and influencing people in organisations and the workplace and address ethical, corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues associated with these factors whilst doing so.

2.To develop an awareness of the concepts and approaches which underpin the differing theoretical and practical perspectives employed for understanding how to lead and influence people in organizations and the workplace.

3.To enable you to understand your own and others’ leadership and influencing skills and roles more effectively.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will be organized in five thematic units (workshops) each covering a different area of theory and practice of relevance to leading people in the workplace:

1.Introduction to Leading in the Workplace: Definitions and induction to study; what do we mean by leadership in the workplace?; key skills for leading and influencing others
2.The Nature of the Workplace: How we understand and interact with the working environment; decision making; organizational design; structure and culture; teams and group working
3.Communication and Engagement: How we engage and interact with each other in the workplace’ employee engagement; understanding individuals; effective organizational and interpersonal communication
4.Influence in the Workplace: How can we impact effectively on the organization and its aims; Understanding strategic management; marketing; handling financials; using marketing principles; CSR
5.Enacting Change: Adapting and transforming the workplace; the nature of change; change management; resistance and motivation to change

Each area for study will consider the assumptions, approaches and implications of the organizational issue considered, focusing on management, leadership and influencing issues, and the emphasis of units and areas of study will be tailored to take account of current issues and emerging trends in organisations and employee relations. The same thematic areas (with different content will form the basis of the co-requite module Employee Relations: Principles and Practice). Issues of ethical and sustainable approaches to people work and organizations relevant to the areas studied will be addressed through the module. Employability skills of self-awareness, leadership, influence, self-management, team working, and problem solving will also be addressed as part of the module’s studies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1164:00164:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops66:0036:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered through a series of thematic workshops that will be delivered in parallel with those for Employee Relations Principles and Practice. The workshops will explore principles, practices, concepts and theories and will provide you with information to develop an understanding of leadership challenges in an organizational setting. Workshops will also provide opportunities for you to develop skills of analysis through discussion with academics and practitioners, case studies and videos, to practise skills in group exercises and role-plays, and undertake self-assessment using established instruments and will aid your development of skills of analysis and evaluation with respect to ‘leadership’ issues in organizations, including ethical concerns (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d). Oral and informal feedback will be given as part of workshops. Directed study will be linked to workshops and supported through distance learning to encourage students to extend the understanding of practice, research and theory in the areas addressed, as well as its implications for their own practice and leading people in organizational settings more generally (1a, 1b, 2a, 21b, 3a, 3b). Assessment is through two pieces of individual coursework focusing on the application of module principles to your own workplace. The second of these will be a synoptic assessment that will seek to explore issue from this module in parallel with those explored in Employee Relations: Principles and Practice. These will address all the module learning outcomes and ensure that students will integrate your learning across these two core modules.
The module is being offered as part of the proposed MA in Employee Relations and forms part of an integrated programme of study at the Certificate stage of this programme.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50An individual essay 2000 words
Essay2M50Synoptic individual coursework; 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment is through two pieces of individual coursework focusing on the application of module principles to the student’s sown workplace.
The second of these will be a synoptic assessment that will seek to explore issue from this module in parallel with those explored in Employee Relations: Principles and Practice.

Reading Lists

Timetable