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Module Title

Leadership, Management, Leadership Theories, Leadership Styles, Management Development

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2003
ApprovedJuly 2013
AmendedAugust 2016
Version No.4

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF10 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The aim of this module is to enable students to evaluate leadership theory and practice and to explain how effective leadership and management behaviour can influence organisational performance.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically evaluate contemporary leadership theories and emerging trends.
2. Analyse the significance of the function of leadership and its influence on organisational performance.
3. Explain the sources of leadership power and the contribution of followers in creating and sustaining leaders.
4. Evaluate a range of variables which impact on leadership effectiveness, such as gender, culture and environment.

Indicative Module Content

Management and leadership philosophies and theories; leadership styles, skills, effects and principles; leadership in action; organisational leader case studies; strategies for management development; power and authority; team leading; creating and sustaining leadership; leadership contexts

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Coursework Preparation
Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a workshop based module, supported by directed study.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3
Component 2 4

2. Students will deliver a presentation and run an activity, in groups. This accounts for 30% of the module assessment.

1. Students will undertake an exam requiring them to apply the main leadership theories to a business context. This accounts for 70% of the module assessment.

Indicative Bibliography

1.ADAIR, J., 2006. Effective leadership development. London : Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
2.*NORTHOUSE, P.G., 2016. Leadership: theory and practice. 7th ed. London: Sage. *Denotes core text

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781