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MN20433: Decision making & leadership

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN10001 OR take MN10071 OR take MN20080 OR take MN20291 OR take MN10570
Aims: 1. Developing an understanding of the principles the psychology of decision making which underlie leadership in government, industry, and society.
2. Review of research on decision making, leadership and management, examining topics such as heuristics & biases, cognitive expertise & skills, leading changes in organisations, leader-follower relationships, and leadership tactics.
3. Take the theoretical aspects of decision making & leadership and relate them to real situations.

Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
* Identify and critique leadership styles based on various theories discussed.
* Understand the strengths and weaknesses of various leadership styles based on context.
* Understand what makes a good leader and good decision making
* Understand leader-follower relationships.
* Identify dysfunctional organisations and propose strategies for change.

Skills: At the end of this unit, students should gain the following skills:
A. Knowledge and Understanding
* Students will be able to appreciate the complex nature of decision making & leadership research. (T,F,A)
* Students will develop an understanding of the influence of contextual variables when studying decision making & leadership. (T,F,A)
* Students will be able to explain and apply their knowledge and understanding of key decision & leadership theories to their own experiences. (T,F,A)
B. Cognitive Skills
* The application of imagination, inventiveness and critical thinking. (F,A)
* Develop critical reflexivity towards the module content and examples of practice. (F,A)
C. Transferable Skills
* Written and verbal communication skills (A)
* Analytical skills (A)
* Research skills (T,A)
* Time management skills (A)
* Critical thinking skills (A)

Content: Content will cover some or all of the following:
* Leadership and Management - are they different?
* The Psychology of decision making : Thinking fast & slow
* Judgement, heuristics & biases
* Cognitive expertise: Naturalistic decision making (NDM)
* Transactional and Transformational Leadership
* Leadership as the management of meaning and emotion
* Women & Leadership
* Servant leaders, distributed leadership and leaderful organisations
* Dysfunctional and toxic leadership
* Current Status of Leadership Research.

Programme availability:

MN20433 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 2)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)


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