Module code: MANM568

Module Overview

This module focuses on innovation and leadership in business and management education. On the one hand students will focus on strategic versus operational aspects of curriculum design in the context of innovation, technology and leadership. Various approaches to curriculum design and innovation will be introduced to help students design their own course. This module also explores the challenges and opportunities of different leadership roles in the business school context, such as those with and without authority, which is relevant for pursuing a career in academia.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

RIVERS Christine (SBS)

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: 118

Seminar Hours: 6

Tutorial Hours: 6

Practical/Performance Hours: 2

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 8

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

This module focuses on three areas:

  • Strategic considerations for innovative curriculum design and leaders in business schools

  • Operational aspects for innovation and leadership in the classroom  

  • Leadership with and without authority  

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Video Presentation (based on an observed session) (10 min) 80
Coursework Reflective Account (5 min) 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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


  • Knowledge and understanding of strategic and operational challenges and opportunities one might face when innovating curriculum and taking on leadership roles

  • Personal and professional development and insights gained during the module


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • Video presentation, (80%), 10 minutes

The video presentation refers to learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

  • Reflective account (5 min, 20%)

The reflective account should be submitted as an audio recording and refers to learning outcome 3, 4 and 5.


Formative assessment

  • As part of teacher training it is paramount that student practice teach, which is a component assessed summatively in module MANM411. There are 2h dedicated to formatively assessing students’ capabilities to teach. This might include the use of digital tools, linking global and cultural concepts as part of their teaching session or facilitating a session on other subjects of their interest.


  • Feedback will be provided online via the virtual learning environment and face-to-face during personal learning consultations. Feedback will be given to formative and summative assessments.

Module aims

  • Give students an overview of strategic and operational processes to curriculum design and how to innovate programmes and modules.
  • Explore challenges and opportunities of different leadership roles with and without authority.
  • Advance reflective and prospective practices including feedback, mindfulness to self and others, self-awareness, resilience, resourcefulness and confidence

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate innovative thinking to curriculum design and leadership from a strategic and operational perspective. CP
002 Apply learning and teaching approaches, language and terminology to innovative curriculum ideas and leadership opportunities. PT
003 Develop digital resources for teaching teams and leadership roles PT
004 Provide constructive and developmental feedback to peers that fosters reflection, self-awareness and confidence in the context of becoming an educator. PT
005 Apply reflective and prospective thinking skills at an advanced level PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Teaching formats include:

  • Live online seminars to exchange knowledge and facilitate discussions

  • Practice Teach workshop to increase confidence and self-awareness

  • 121 Coaching sessions to discuss study progress and direction for professional development 

  • Guided learning and captured content on Surreylearn complement the live sessions to deepen understanding.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Experiential learning

  • Reflective learning and mindfunless practice

  • Guest lectures

  • Group discussions

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.

Reading list
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: MANM568

Other information

The module refers to the pillars of globalisation, employability, resilience and resourcefulness and includes considerations for sustainable business school education such a digitisation.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business and Management Education (Teacher Training) PGCert 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 2023/4 academic year.