- Department: The York Management School
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gill Bishop
- Credit value: 10 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
- See module specification for other years: 2020-21
|A||Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22|
|B||Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22|
The aims of the module are:
to support you evaluate the academic skills and the wider Masters level skills required to complete your programme
to support you in exploring professional, managerial and leadership skills in the context of your career aspirations and employability;
to introduce you to relevant conceptual frameworks that support the development of skills of critical evaluation, critical reflection and reflexivity required of a Masters graduate in the field of business management;
to develop understanding and appreciation of group work and its relevance for management practice and leadership.
Through this module you will be required to undertake a skills test and from the results of this you will prepare an action plan to improve your academic writing skills and the wider Masters level management and professional skills.
This module will build on different approaches to learning. Students will engage in critical action learning, working in action learning sets. The action learning sets will create a safe and secure learning environment as well as support students in developing their skills working in groups and teams. All students will engage in action learning taking on a range of roles within the learning set meetings. Students will be required to reflect on each learning set meeting and keep a summary of actions resulting from the meeting, in the form of a learning log, these actions will be reflected on and referred to as part of the assessment.
Each member will provide peer support to others in the group and will receive feedback and be challenged by others in the learning set. This is intended to aid individuals in their reflections particularly helping develop more critically reflective and reflexive skills necessary for the completion of the programme.
The assessment for this module will require students to engage in the skills of reflection and critical action learning on an ongoing basis and therefore students will be able to:
Reflect individually and collectively on their own skills and the development thereof and demonstrate an understanding of critical reflection and reflexivity (LO1)
Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of group work and the contribution that critical action learning can make to students personal skills development ( This criteria should be demonstrated in the first instance through reflections based on active engagement in the learning set. For students who have failed to engage in the action learning set ( i.e. students' with Exceptional Circumstances) they will be allowed to demonstrate this L.O through desk based research examining theoretical discussions around the value of critical action learning to a managers personal development. (LO2)
This will enable students to demonstrate competency across three key areas enabling students to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the skills required for a career in management, evaluate their own development needs and demonstrate engagement with opportunities relevant to the development of these skills (LO4: Career and professional skills.
Demonstrate competency in one or more team roles, whether that be as a leader, follower, coordinator, team worker, monitor/evaluator or other key role ( Belbin, 1981) (LO5: Group skills)
The module content will include:
The importance of skills for management learning and preparations for a career in management;
Reflection, critical reflection and critical reflexivity in the context of skills development of the module and in preparation for the research project/dissertation
Learning pedagogies and the principles of critical action learning
The importance of group work, teamwork and developing leadership skills
Tools for learning about self and others in the context of management development
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Individual reflective Statement
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Individual Reflective Statement
Students will receive written feedback in line with University and UYMS guidelines.
Feedback will be provided to support further development of student skills for the final assessment, the independent Study Module (ISM).
Bailey, S. (2015) Academic writing for international students of business, London: Routledge 2015
Belbin, R.M, (1981) Teams: Why they succeed or fail. London: Butterworth- Heinemann
Cunliffe, A.L (2014) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management
Revans, R. W. (1983). Action learning: Its terms and character. Management Decision, 21(1), 39-50.
Reynolds, M. (2011). Reflective practice: Origins and interpretations. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 8(1), 5-13.
Further guidance will be given on relevant reading in the module handbook.