Personal Effectiveness in Business Management

Interpersonal Skills and Self-Improvement

Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
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Unit Code
Level 7
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Course Overview

This module aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the intricate interplay between ethics, business acumen and personal effectiveness within the contemporary business environment. Recognising the profound impact of ethical decisions on both organisations and society at large, this course delves into the foundational principles of moral philosophy and their application in real-world business scenarios. Simultaneously, learners will be equipped with skills and insights to enhance their business acumen, enabling them to make informed decisions that drive organisational success. The module further emphasises the significance of personal effectiveness, focusing on the development of leadership competencies, emotional intelligence and resilience. Through a blend of case studies, experiential learning and reflective practice, students will be empowered to navigate the complexities of the modern business world, championing ethical conduct, demonstrating astute business judgement and maximising their personal and professional potential.

Course Content

Fundamental Principles of Ethics in Business

  • Analyzing Ethical Theories and Business Practices
    • Key Ethical Theories and Their Application to Modern Business Practices
    • the Role of Ethics in Shaping Business Decision-Making and Corporate Culture
    • How Ethical and Unethical Behaviors Affect Organizational Reputation and Societal Perceptions
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Case Studies
    • Case Study of Ethical Dilemmas
    • Developing Problem-Solving Skills to Address Ethical Challenges in Business Scenarios
  • Personal Beliefs and Business Ethics
    • Personal Values and Beliefs in Relation to Business Ethics
    • Developing a Personal Ethical Framework for Business Decision-Making.

Business Acumen and Decision-Making

  • Components of Business Acumen
    • Key Aspects of Business Acumen 
    • Role of Business Acumen in Organizational Strategy and Execution
  • Application of Business Models
    • Practical Application of Business Theories and Models to Real-World Scenarios
    • Skills to Adapt and Apply Theoretical Knowledge to Achieve Business Objectives
  • Risk and Reward Assessment
    • Potential Risks and Rewards Associated with Business Decisions
    • Strategic Thinking to Balance Risks and Opportunities
  • Enhancing Business Acumen
    • Strategies to Develop and Enhance Business Acumen in Professional Settings
    • Continuous Learning and Adaptation to Evolving Business Landscapes

Personal Effectiveness: Leadership, Emotional intelligence, and Resilience

  • Emotional intelligence in Leadership
    • the Impact of Emotional intelligence on Leadership Effectiveness and Team Dynamics
    • Strategies to Enhance Emotional intelligence Skills in Leadership Roles
  • Resilience in Business Environments
    • Resilience in Effectively Managing Challenges and Uncertainties in Business
    • Techniques for Maintaining Focus and Performance Under Pressure
  • Collaborating with Diverse Teams
    • Effective Collaboration Strategies in Diverse Team Settings
    • Leadership Approaches to Foster inclusive and Productive Team Environments
  • Leadership Style and Development
    • Self-Assessment of Personal Leadership Style
    • Action Planning for Continuous Leadership Development and Growth

Integration of Ethics, Acumen, and Personal Effectiveness

  • Ethical Solutions in Business Dilemmas
    • Ethical Solutions to Complex Business Scenarios
    • integrating Ethics in Business Decisions
  • Justifying Business Decisions
    • Business Acumen in Decision Making
    • Personal Effectiveness in Organizational Success
  • Presenting Findings and Recommendations
    • Clear and Coherent Presentation of Strategies
    • Ensuring Ethical Considerations
    • Stakeholder Engagement and Buy-in
  • Evaluating Feedback and Self-Analysis
    • Feedback Assessment
    • Self-Analysis For Improvement
    • Strengths and Areas For Improvement in Decision Making
  • Understanding Group Ethical Performance
    • Psychological Processes Influencing Ethical Behavior in Groups
    • Ethical Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
    • Ethical and Legal Considerations Affecting Organizational Choices
    • Analyzing and Fostering an Ethical Culture within Organizations

Political Acumen, Organizational Change and CSR

  • Influence of Political, Legal, and Regulatory Factors
    • Methods to Navigate Political and Legal Landscapes in Business
    • Business Ethics in Developing and Revising Corporate Governance Policies
    • Economic and Ethical Concepts in Domestic and International Business Challenges
  • Foundations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)some text
    • Understanding CSR in Business Ethics
    • Global Business Ethics and CSR
    • CSR and Its Impact on Business Sustainability
  • Global Business Practices
    • Ethical Practices in International Business
    • Cultural Sensitivity and Global Ethics
    • Managing Ethical Challenges in Global Business
  • Technology and Ethics
    • Ethical Implications of Technological Advances
    • Technology, Privacy, and Data Protection
    • Digital Ethics in Business Practices
  • Environmental Ethics
    • Sustainable Business Practices
    • Corporate Environmental Responsibility
    • Ethical Decision-Making in Environmental Issues

Innovation, Creativity, and Ethics in Business

  • Fostering Ethical Creativity
    • Creative Problem Solving within Ethical Boundaries
    • Balancing Innovation with Ethical Considerations
    • Case Studies on Ethical Creativity in Business
  • Ethical Decision-Making in Innovation
    • Ethics in Product Development and Marketing
    • Intellectual Property and Ethics
    • Ethical Challenges in Innovative Business Models
  • Ethical Leadership in a Creative Environment
    • Promoting Ethical Standards in Creative Teams
    • Leadership Roles in Fostering Ethical Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Ethics
    • Ethical Foundations of Social Entrepreneurship
    • Impact of Social Enterprises on Society
    • Balancing Profit and Ethical Values in Social Ventures
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Understand the fundamental principles of ethics in the business context

  1. Analyse key ethical theories and their relevance to contemporary business practices
  2. Compare and contrast the impacts of ethical and unethical behaviours on organisational reputation and societal perceptions
  3. Evaluate case studies to determine ethical dilemmas and recommend appropriate courses of action
  4. Reflect critically on personal beliefs and values in relation to business ethics

2.  Develop business acumen and decision-making skills relevant to organisational success

  1. Investigate the components of business acumen and their implications for strategic planning and implementation
  2. Apply business models and theories in practical scenarios to achieve desired outcomes
  3. Assess the potential risks and rewards associated with specific business decisions
  4. Design strategies to enhance business acumen in real-world contexts

3.  Cultivate personal effectiveness skills, focusing on leadership, emotional intelligence and resilience

  1. Examine the role of emotional intelligence in leadership and its influence on team dynamics
  2. Develop strategies to enhance resilience in challenging business environments
  3. Collaborate effectively with diverse teams, demonstrating leadership competencies and interpersonal skills
  4. Reflect on personal leadership styles and devise action plans for continuous development

4.  Apply ethical considerations, business acumen and personal effectiveness insights to real-world business scenarios

  1. Propose ethical solutions to complex business dilemmas by integrating moral philosophies and practical insights
  2. Justify decisions made in business scenarios, underlining the importance of business acumen and personal effectiveness
  3. Present findings and recommendations to stakeholders, ensuring clarity, coherence and ethical considerations
  4. Evaluate feedback and self-analyse areas of strength and potential improvement in business decision-making processes
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


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  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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