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Discuss selected leadership / followership theories.

Welcome to BUSI 1323 Leadership in Organisations

Module details and learning outcomes

  • Host Faculty: Faculty of Business
  • Host School: Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour
  • Number of Credits: 15
  • Term(s) of delivery:  Term 2
  • Site(s) of delivery: Maritime


This Module is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and analytical capabilities needed to understand, evaluate, and practice leadership skills. The module engages a variety of theoretical frameworks to understand, analyse and apply leadership leverage and tools in the context of leading change.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. Discuss selected leadership/followership theories.
  2. Apply leadership/followership theories to understanding successes and pitfalls of real time leaders and followers.
  3. Develop a critical argumentation around leadership topics.
  4. Gain reflective capacity with regards to the leadership student encounter in their professional lives.
Enquiry-Based Learning and Research-Led Teaching

Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL)

Defined as ‘an approach based on self-directed enquiry or investigation in which the student is actively engaged in the process of enquiry facilitated by a teacher. EBL uses real life scenarios (for example, from case studies, and project work) and students investigate topics of relevance that foster the skills of experimental design, data collection, critical analysis and problem-solving’.

For instance, students will apply their knowledge, which you have acquired in the lecture and the weekly readings to solve several practical cases. In groups you will portray female and/or ethnic minority leaders currently leading international renowned companies and evaluate their leadership during challenges they faced.

Research-Led Teaching (RLT)

An element of Enquiry Based Learning links to RLT, which involves faculty introducing students to their own research where it is relevant to the curriculum being taught as well as drawing on their own knowledge of research developments in the field, introducing them to the work of other researchers. RLT sees students as active participants in the research process, not just as an audience. This is achieved by discussing such developments in lectures and classes and setting reading lists including recent research publications at the frontier of the field. The definition of a diverse assessment regime at the programme level (incorporating an expectation of familiarity with, and use of, such publications in assignments) and the inclusion of projects at every level of the programme is also fundamental to achieving these objectives.

Students will learn about the latest cutting-edge research in the field of leadership and management, including research performed by the members of the teaching team. As a research-led teaching activity, students will analyse qualitative and quantitative data to investigate the communication of a leader in times of crisis.


This course assists employability by giving students a good understanding of how organisations operate and what challenges leaders face at different organisational levels. In equipping students with this it enables them to directly speak to the concerns of any business in terms of creating an engaged workforce. This in turn, will enable students to understand their own value to any firm and present themselves, during recruitment, as commercially aware individuals. It contributes to the following employability descriptors:

a)    Cognitive skills: Students will have the opportunity to solve problems independently by making sensible assumptions in real life scenarios. Ability to reflect on skills gained and impact of proposed leadership practice solutions.

b)    Generic competencies: Students will carry out exercises and case studies in small groups encouraging their joint problem-solving skills. Assessments will test and build their written ability to analyse and evaluate leadership and communicate their thinking and argumentation. 

c)    Organisational awareness: Students will be taught about the key factors influencing leadership at different levels of the organisation in public/private and non-profit organisations and current trends in the field.

d)    Practical and Professional Elements: Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their knowledge and skills gained regarding professional practice.

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