Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Throughout the course we will study the key concepts of leadership, power and decision-making. Main types of leadership will be introduced, and their characteristics studied and analyses to understand the effectiveness of certain leadership types in different situations. Other topics include: characteristics of teams and the role of the leader within such teams; leadership styles in conflict management and their effectiveness.
Who is this course for?
The course is open to all, no prior knowledge is assumed.
Learning and Teaching
Week 1 and 2
- Module introduction
- Why study leadership?
- Leadership versus management.
- Personality traits and effective leadership.
- Leadership formation- situational and exchange approaches.
- Leadership types.
Week 5 and 6
- Power- its definition and uses.
- Leadership and Power.
- Power and conflict.
- Leadership and conflict resolution
- Work-teams and effective leadership.
- Description of a Group Dynamics Team Building Exercise.
- Culture and Leadership styles.
- Case study- Critical leadership development
- Leadership ethics.
- Are leaders necessary?
- Recap and feedback.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The assessment for this course is: To complete a range of examples of leadership exercises throughout the course.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Buchanan D. and Huczynski A. (2004) (5th edition) Organizational Behaviour- an introductory text Prentice Hall
Western S. (2008) Leadership: a critical text Sage
Slocum J.W. and Hellriegel D. (2007) Fundamentals of Organizational Behaviour Thomson Higher Education
Northhouse P.G. (2007) Leadership: Theory and Practice Sage
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cf.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.