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Developing Skills For Business Leadership Assignment

About the book

Mapped to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced module of the same name, Developing Skills for Business Leadership focuses on three core areas for successful professional development and practice: managing yourself and others, transferable managerial skills and postgraduate study skills. Each skill is covered both conceptually and practically by a subject area expert to help all readers analyze and critically evaluate, manage more effectively, make sound and justifiable decisions and lead and influence others.

Covering key concepts such as developing your professional identity, effective management of interpersonal relationships at work, people management and interpreting financial information, this fully updated 2nd edition of Developing Skills for Business Leadership is ideal for all postgraduate business students taking a module in professional development, career development or management skills. Integrating IT skills into each chapter, it includes a new chapter on reflecting and coaching, updated references to the CIPD's HR Profession Map, additional coverage of stress, health and wellbeing and an enhanced international dimension throughout the text. Online supporting resources include an instructor's manual and lecture slides as well as additional case studies, and sample assignments, checklists and exam guides lecturers can use in their teaching.


A must-read for practitioners and scholars alike. Expertly combines academic theory with practical application to ensure an accessible and usable handbook. It captures the essence of what knowledge, skills and expertise is required for busy professionals to succeed in the contemporary workplace.
Dr Sue Mulhall, Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

This text offers a comprehensive introduction to both the practical and theoretical aspects of managerial and study skills. It will be an accessible, useful guide for HRM and management students.
Rachel Williams, Lecturer, Cardiff Business School, UK

NBS8272 : Developing Skills for Business Leadership (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stefanie Reissner
  • Lecturer: Miss Lisa Clark
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites


A key purpose of this module is to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. It is primarily concerned with the development of specific skills pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include thinking and decision-making skills, the management of financial information and resources, a range of teamworking and interpersonal skills, as well as others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work. The module also seeks to develop skills that are of particular significance to effective higher-level people management, and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development (CPD). Finally, the module seeks to help students make the most of their formal programmes of study with the inclusion of key postgraduate study skills, and requires critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

Outline Of Syllabus

Postgraduate study skills
Career skills (including CPD)
Self-management skills
Team management skills
Communication skills
People management skills
Finance skills
Statistical skills
Decision-making and problem-solving skills
Leadership skills
Project management skills

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module learners will be able to:
1. Interpret financial information and manage financial resources.
2. Demonstrate enhanced IT proficiency.
3. Demonstrate an essential people management skill-set.
4. Demonstrate competence in postgraduate study skills.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of this module students will have developed the skills needed to be able to:
1. Make sound and justifiable decisions and solve problems more effectively.
2. Manage themselves and their career more effectively at work or in another professional context.
3. Manage interpersonal relationships at work more effectively.
4. Lead and influence others more effectively.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Assessed
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Independence : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Interpersonal : Assessed
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Assessed
      • Relationship Building : Assessed
      • Leadership : Present
      • Negotiation : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Assessed
  • Application
    • Occupational Awareness : Present
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Financial Awareness : Assessed
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Present
    • Legal Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:306:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Relevant theory will be introduced during lectures with further depth of learning achieved by individual and group activities in class, directed reading and personal reflection. Students will apply their learning to an individual portfolio assignment and, thus, consolidate their underpinning knowledge and understanding.

Skills development will be achieved through individual and group activities. There will also be a requirement for students to work as part of a diverse group and practice their relationship-building, negotiation and oral presentation skills in class. Students are expected to reflect on their group-work experience as part of the portfolio assignment.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Portfolio1M442000 word critical evaluation
Portfolio1M231000 word critical reflection
Portfolio1M3315 minute group presentation plus 5 minutes for questions and answers
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment will be designed to assess the breadth and depth of students’ understanding of the knowledge outcomes and their ability to relate them to practice through the application of skills outcomes.

The portfolio consists of:
- 2,000 word critical evaluation due in the first half of the semester (44% of total mark)
- 1,000 word reflection due at the end of the semester (23% of total mark)
- 15-minute group presentation plus 5 minutes for questions and answers (33% of total mark)

Re-assessment: for individual elements of the portfolio, students will be asked to rework the original submission. For group element, an individual 1,000 words written assignment will be used to reassess those students who have failed both the overall module and the group element.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

This section provides suggestions for suitable resources for this module. The list is indicative only and should not be considered as prescriptive or exhaustive.

Essential reading
1. WATSON, G. and REISSNER, S. (2014) (eds) Developing skills for business leadership. 2nd ed. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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