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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI4S115: Strategic Leadership

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To develop the required skills for understanding organisations, their structure and culture.
  • To review the leadership skills required to manage organisations.
  • To demonstrate a critical appreciation of emergent issues and challenges faced in fostering ethical leadership practices


  • Understanding organisations
  • Organisational design and culture
  • Fundamental of leadership
  • Leading change
  • Strategy and leadership
  • Leadership competencies assessment/Developing leadership skills
  • Leading across cultures
  • Cross-cultural dimensions of leadership characteristics
  • Self reflection

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will have a knowledge and understanding leadership concepts in the following areas:
  • Understanding Understanding and critical reflection of one’s leadership skills and competeneces.
  • Analysing the main strategic competences of organisations.
  • Ability to reflect on one’s own leadership qualities and interpersonal skills.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to understand, criticize, and apply leadership from a systematic information processing, affective, social exchange and dynamic systems perspectives.
  • Ability to understand how to project an image as a confident, powerful individual.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a range of approaches to leadership in practice and the outcomes of leadership within a multi-cultural environment.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication.
  • Understanding social perception and social communication processes involving explicit and implicit processes.
  • Understanding how social processes are embedded in context and the role of leadership/followership in managing contextual linkages.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module will be delivered by the Management and Marketing department of the Business School.
  • Lectures demonstrate what is required to be learned and the application of the theory to practical and relevant examples.
  • Seminars will be linked with case studies and provide detail exercises to demonstrate the implications of the theoretical frameworks.
  • Coursework will assess students' ability to implement theoretical concepts covered in the module.
  • The resit opportunity for the group presentation will be an individual assignment of 1000 words, based on a case study analysis.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 Block taught or once per week as timetabled 2 hours 20
Seminars and/ or practicals 4 Block taught or once per week as timetabled 1 hour 4
Preparation, exercises and reading 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 2500 words 100% Yes
Component: Assignment 2 - Group Presentation Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group Presentation 10 minutes 100% Individual assignment of 1000 words, based on a case study analysis

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment is via a proposal of 1000 words, focusing on the approach and context to be adopted for the subsequent summative assignment.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University