Postgraduate taught 

International Human Resource Management & Development MSc

Developing Skills for Business Leadership MGT5342

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to help students to develop personal effectiveness and credibility at work through developing and improving a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful professional management practice and effective leadership within the People Profession. It aims to develop both students' employability and study skills through evaluation of their own strengths and weaknesses and an emphasis on reflective learning and on putting theory into practice. Areas covered include self-management skills, thinking and decision-making skills, the interpretation and management of financial information, team-working, communication and negotiation skills, and the development of interpersonal and influencing skills. The course therefore provides opportunities for applied learning, continuous professional development and reflective practice. Finally, as one of the first courses on the programme this course seeks to help learners make the most of their formal programmes of study and develop their employability through the inclusion of key postgraduate study skills and critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.


This is an intensive course which has been scheduled to run approximately across 9 x 2 hour lectures in the first two weeks of the semester

Excluded Courses



This course will be assessed by a 15 minute group presentation (30%) (ILOs 1-5) and a written assignment (70%) (All ILOs).

Course Aims

This course aims to enable students to:


1. Develop personal effectiveness and credibility for the workplace.

2. Acquire and improve a range of skills pivotal to successful professional management practice and effective leadership.

3. Hone a wide range of managerial skills including decision-making, the management of financial information, team-working, interpersonal, influencing and communication skills.

4. Enhance their employability through skills development and a focus on reflective learning and continuous professional development.

5. Get the most from their studies through the development and application of key postgraduate study skills including critical thinking and critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. To manage themselves effectively, professionally and ethically at work or in other professional contexts applying reflective practice and continuous professional development

2. Identify and assess context relevant skills and knowledge to manage interpersonal relationships at work and across organisational boundaries

3. Demonstrate the ability to make sound and justifiable decisions and solve problems in a variety of professional contexts

4. Compare, evaluate and select key theories in order to lead and influence others effectively.

5. Show a critical application of how to interpret financial information and how to argue for and manage financial resources.

6. Exercise holistic thinking through summarising and critically applying theories and ideas relating to the complexities of people management

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.