Not available in 2013/14
ID301      Half Unit
Leadership in Organisations: Theory and Practice

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Emma Soane NAB4.02, Dr Connson Locke NAB4.16 and Dr Cecile Emery NAB4.09


This course is available on the BSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available with permission to General Course students.

Course content

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and analytical capabilities needed to exercise leadership in organisations. It explores several facets of leadership and considers how leadership develops. The emphasis will be on application of theory, comparing and contrasting ideas approaches to leadership, and self-reflection. The course examines: leadership and management; trait, behavioural and contingency theories of leadership; individual differences in leadership; the dynamics between leaders and their followers; transformational and transactional forms of leadership; team leadership and co-leadership; leadership communication; leadership development; the future of leadership.


15 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.
There will be ten one-and-a-half hour lectures shared with MSc students starting in week one of Lent Term. There will be nine one-hour classes for undergraduate students in Lent Term starting in week two. In addition there will be a revision lecture and class in the Summer Term. Students are expected to prepare for, and contribute to, the classes. Classes will include group work, preparing and giving presentations, case analyses, small group discussions, and self-assessment exercises.

Formative coursework

Students will complete a formative assessment based on previous exam questions. The details will be discussed in week 1. The assignment deadline will be in week 6.

Indicative reading

A full reading list will be provided at the beginning of the term. The main text is:

Northouse, P. (2009). Leadership. Theory and Practice (5th ed.) Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Additional readings are:

Daft, R. (2010). The Leadership Experience (5rd ed.). Mason, OH: Thomson/South-Western.

Goffee, R. and Jones, G. (2006). Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Yukl, G. A. (2009). Leadership in Organizations. (7th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: 5

Average class size 2012/13: 5

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 93.3%



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