Strategic Development for Aspiring Managers

Human Resources

Interpersonal Skills and Self-Improvement

Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
Class Room
Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning Fee
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£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

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Course Overview

The course aims to supports organisational and self-awareness in learners. It provides a foundation for a self-critical and reflective approach to personal development to support the learner when operating at a strategic level. Wider context organisational and environmental factors are also considered as contributors to overall strategic success of the individual and the organisation.

Course Content

Introduction to the module


  • Introduction to the module
  • Getting started on your development journey as a strategic manager

Human Resource Mangement and Startegy

  • The meanings of human resource management
  • Linkage between HRM and Strategy
  • Diversity and inclusion in organisations (D&I)
  • Diversity and inclusion practices at workplace

Strategic Direction of an Organization

  • Business and corporate strategies
  • Why does strategic direction matter?
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethics

Strategic Skills of a Leader

  • Why are strategic skills important for leaders?
  • Leaders operating in complex environments

Future Skills and Strategic Ambitions

  • What are strategic ambitions?
  • What skills are needed for future achievement of strategic ambitions?

Leadership Development and Personal Development Planning

  • What are the five components of a leadership development plan?
  • How do you write a leadership development plan?
  • What are the five main steps of personal development planning?
  • The nature of leadership
  • The leadership process
  • Leader Emergence
  • The Trait Approach to Leadership
  • Behavioral Approaches to Leadership
  • Situational (Contingency) Approaches to Leadership
  • Substitutes for and Neutralizers of Leadership
  • Transformational, Visionary, and Charismatic Leadership
  • Leadership Needs in the 21st Century

Leadership Styles

  • What leadership skills do you find most useful?
  • How do you describe your leadership style?
  • What are the leadership styles with examples?
  • How do leadership styles impact team performance?

Achieving Organization Objectives

  • What is Organisation Objectives
  • How do organizations achieve goals and objectives?
  • What are the objectives of your Organisation?

Leadership Development Planning

  • What is a leadership development plan?
  • What are the steps to creating a leadership development plan?
  • What are the main methods used in leadership development?

Talent Management and Development

  • What is Talent management?
  • Which types of risk does talent management address?

HRM Business Performance

  • What is performance in HRM?
  • What is the link between HRM and Organisational performance?
  • What is the role of HRM in business performance?
  • How does HR improve business performance?

Strategic analysis: understanding a firm’s competitive environment

  • Gaining advantages by understanding the competitive environment
  • Using SWOT for strategic analysis
  • A Firm's External Macro Environment: PESTEL
  • A firm's micro environment: Porter's five forces
  • The internal environment
  • Competition, strategy, and competitive advantage
  • Strategy positioning

Evaluating the external environment

  • Evaluating the External Environment
  • The Relationship between an Organization and Its Environment
  • Evaluating the General Environment
  • Evaluating the industry
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Be able to identify personal skills to achieve strategic ambitions

  1. Critically analyse the strategic direction of the organisation
  2. Critically evaluate the strategic skills required of the leader operating in a complex environment to achieve personal and organisational strategic ambitions
  3. Assess the relationship between existing, required and future skills to achieve strategic ambitions

2.  Be able to manage personal leadership development to support achievement of strategic ambitions

  1. Critically discuss the opportunities to support leadership development
  2. Design a personal development plan to direct leadership development in a complex environment
  3. Devise an implementation process to underpin the success of the development plan that can realise substantial changes in leadership style

3.  Be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the leadership development plan

  1. Critically evaluate the achievement of outcomes of the plan against original objectives
  2. Evaluate the impact of leadership style and the achievement of objectives on strategic ambitions in different organisational settings
  3. Critically review and update the leadership development plan

4.  Be able to advocate an employee welfare environment that supports organisational values

  1. Critically evaluate the impact of corporate commitment to employee welfare on strategic organisational objectives
  2. Discuss how an employee welfare environment can affect achievement of strategic organisational objectives
  3. Determine the influence of corporate commitment to employee welfare on the development of organisational values that will realise strategic ambitions
  • 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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  • Unlimited personal tutor support with online sessions
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  • Access to an online community learning forums
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