Module details

The Award in Science and Technology Leadership is a 35-credit programme consisting of four 5-credit modules plus a 15-credit embedded assignment performed within the delegate’s organisation.

The modular structure of the programme allows for delegates to complete the programme at a pace to suit their own needs and commitments within a period of 12 to 24 months. Throughout the programme delegates will undertake a sequenced timetable of lectures, seminars, interactive tasks and discussions including one day intensive workshops at the University of Liverpool, supported by  online materials and guided reading before reflecting on the same themes in the final work based project.

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    Science Leadership and Ethics

    (5 credits)

    The demand for skilled and experienced leaders who can guide their firms or organisations to compete in today’s highly competitive, fast-paced, global, Science and Technology based economy has never been higher. This module will develop the leadership skills necessary for scientists and engineers to exercise leadership, responsibility and initiative throughout their career.

    Focused around a one-day intensive seminar the 5-credit Postgraduate-level module explores the relationship between leadership and good ethical practice. Delegates will be introduced to the principles and practice of leadership to enable them to identify and develop the elements of leadership and management pertinent to their own workplace and particular interest.

    Facilitators: Eann Patterson and Chris Rhodes

    Influencing Technical Decision-Makers

    (5 credits)

    The ability to write and present an effective technical case to an internal or external committee such as a client, Board of Directors, or Government select committee is a vital part of a scientist’s or engineer’s job role.

    Centred on a one-day intensive seminar this 5-credit Postgraduate-level module investigates and demonstrates how advanced technical communication skills can aid science and engineering professionals influence both internal and external key technical decision-makers.

    The module provides delegates with the opportunity to improve and gain confidence in presenting and defending complex technical arguments to expert and non-expert audiences through individual and group exercises assessed by leading practitioners in their field.

    Facilitators: Steve Graham and Stuart Edwardson

    Evidence Based Scientific Writing

    (5 credits)

    Focused around a one-day intensive seminar, this course will examine:

    • How to present data-based evidence
    • Why good technical writing matters
    • What is good technical writing
    • How may it be achieved.

    This three week module will provide delegates with the knowledge, skill and confidence to enable them to produce clear, readable and effective technical reports that raise both the delegate’s professional credibility and their organisations ability to provide well-articulated technical solutions.

    “Good writing is clear thinking made visible”- William Wheeler, journalist and author

    “When writing about science, don't simplify the science; simplify the writing” - Julie Ann Miller, former editor of Science News

    Facilitators: Nick Bryan and Stuart Edwardson

    Scientific Impact and Reputation

    (5 credits)

    Technical excellence is the goal of all engineering organisations and individuals, whether in government or private industry, national or international.* This 5 credit Postgraduate level module examines the relationship between technical quality and reputation and provides delegates with the knowledge and techniques to enhance their scientific & technical impact.

    In an increasingly competitive scientific environment, organisational and individual reputation for quality and excellence matters more than ever. Centred on a one-day intensive seminar this module analyses:

    • What constitutes high quality technical work,
    • How an organisation establishes a strong technical reputation
    • The route to becoming a highly regarded technical expert.

    Facilitators: Genevieve Boshoff and Eann Patterson

    Applied Technical Quality

    (15 credits)

    Delegates will apply their learning from the previous modules in the context of a work-based project.

    All delegates will be directed and supervised by individual supervisors and a set of supporting lectures will be provided to help delegates plan and deliver their project, and prepare for each assessment stage.

    Assessment will be via the production and presentation of a project report including a question and answer session in front of a panel of technology sector professionals.

    Facilitators: Steve Graham and Stuart Edwardson