Module code: MANM361

Module Overview

Leadership is the process through which individuals influence and are influenced by one or more people to accomplish group / organizational goals. It is one of the most important determinants of employee well-being and performance as well as organisational effectiveness. A central part of effective leadership and management is decision making under various organizations and contextual conditions. The rationale for this module is to enable students to critically evaluate different approaches to leadership and decision making in organisational settings and to understand the determinants of leadership and decision-making effectiveness and leadership development.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Leadership theory

  • Decision-making theory

  • Models of organizational leadership and organizational development and change

  • Global working and diversity management

  • Leadership development diagnostics and methods

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Practical, technical, and self-reflective skills relevant to leadership and decision-making at work.

Advanced critical and conceptual understanding of leadership and decision making.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A 2-hour closed book examination (essay based).

  • A self-development portfolio (circa 3000-words) based on an self-reflection, and use of diagnostic tools to understand own leadership style and development needs, in the context of contributing effectively to organizations as a psychologist.

Formative assessment

Verbal feedback on class activities. Feedback on the portfolio also serves a formative function.


In writing and verbal feedback from the module team based on activities contributing to the portfolio.

Module aims

  • Introduce and provide frameworks of concepts, theories and processes of leadership effectiveness and development
  • Develop students' critical analysis of theories and models of leadership behaviour.
  • Develop students' critical analysis of concepts and theories of decision making in organizations.
  • Provide an integrative understanding of the role of leaders in developing organizations (e.g. organization strategy) and leading organizational change.
  • Provide an evidence-based appreciation of leadership development.
  • Enable students to develop awareness of their own leadership styles and development needs.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand models of leader effectiveness in organizations. KC
2 Understand and evaluate frameworks of performance management. CP
3 Critically evaluate models and theories of leadership. KC
4 Critically evaluate concepts and theories of decision making (including system 1 and system 2 decisions and the role of intuition in decision making). KCP
5 Describe challenges of top management roles in organizations, including strategy development and leading change, how they are managed, and critically evaluate models of organizational change and development. KCP
6 Identify their own leadership style and evaluate their own leadership competency development needs in readiness for a career as a practitioner psychologist. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop a practical and critical theoretical perspective on performance, engagement and well-being

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Seminar-type small-group activities

  • Case study activity

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Occupational and Organizational Psychology MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.