ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Code ULMS700
Coordinator Mrs JJ Johnson
Work, Organisation and Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

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Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 6




Timetable (if known) 60 mins X 1 totaling 6
120 mins X 1 totaling 12
      60 mins X 1 totaling 6
60 mins X 1 totaling 6
Private Study 120


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Individual Written Assignment There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3300 words    100       


To provide students with an understanding of the development of leadership theory together with a critical appreciation of its applicability in a range of business contexts;

To examine contemporary leadership issues including ethical leadership and how leadership relates to diversity;

To concentrate on relating leadership models and frameworks from the literature to practitioner perspectives and concerns.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Define leadership and explain how it differs to management;

(LO2) Identify different sources of power for leaders and their implications for delegation and leader authority;

(LO3) Compare different types of leadership theory – trait, behavioural, contingency and transformational – together with their potential applications;

(LO4) Relate contingency approaches to leadership and authentic leadership to employee engagement;

(LO5) Recognise the business drivers for diversity, together with the significance of cross cultural influences on leadership when leading diverse teams;

(LO6) Critically appraise coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development.

(S1) Adaptability. Students will consider different perspectives from two nations and hence demonstrate adaptability in the approach to leadership considerations.

(S2) Problem solving skills. The challenges of discussing cross-cultural leadership is key to resolving leadership issues.

(S3) Commercial awareness. This is a real ‘theory to practice’ module and students need to apply theory to two leaders in their assignment and also use a commercial example in their presentation.

(S4) Teamwork. Reflection on group discussions.

(S5) Organisational skills. Planning as a group can be a challenge and is a key skill that is developed, hence improving organisational skills.

(S6) Communication skills. Written assignment needs strong communication skills.

(S7) IT skills. Developed through the hybrid teaching model.

(S8) International awareness. Cross-cultural awareness via two different examples from nations.

(S9) Leadership. The focus of the module is leadership.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Hybrid delivery, with social distancing on campus.

1 hour online asynchronous learning per week x 6 weeks
1 hour face-to-face synchronous lecture per week x 6 weeks
2 hour face-to-face seminar every week x 6 weeks
1 hour face-to-face peer-to-peer learning every week (unscheduled) x 6 weeks
Self-directed learning x 120 hours



Trait and behavioural theories of leadership;

Contingency approaches relating leadership to follower characteristics and leadership context;

Leadership styles and their implications for decision making and follower engagement;

Authentic leadership, ethical challenges in the contemporary leadership environment; and considering the implications of  diversity, different national cultures, and coaching and mentoring for leadership approaches and styles.

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.