Health & Social Sector Leadership (Dumfries Campus) MA

Leadership and Teamworking DUMF2072

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide students with a set of leadership and teamworking knowledge and skills that can be readily adapted for use in different work environments. Drawing on examples from a wide range of employment sectors, topics will include high performance teams, Agile project management techniques and working as an effective team member. This course will provide a theoretical and practical foundation for the Professional Leadership Skills course at Level 3. 


The course will be delivered in 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x1 hour practical session or seminar over 10 weeks, plus a mid-semester test in Week 6 (during which no lectures or practical sessions or seminars will be scheduled).

Excluded Courses







Week 6 - Short Answer & Multiple Choice Test (15% weighting) [ILOs 1 & 2]


Week 10- Team exercise and group presentation - analysis of dysfunctional team scenarios and presentation of proposed solution(s).  (30% weighting) [ILOs 1 - 5]


Exam period: a theoretical and reflective essay which reviews the student's own performance in the team exercise and group presentation and, drawing explicitly on theory, outlines areas and strategies for self-improvement. (55% weighting) [ILO 6]

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with some of the core knowledge and skills to enable their development as effective leaders and team members in a wide range of employment sectors. This will include building and managing high performance teams, Agile project management theory, evaluating the performance of teams, recovering teams that are performing poorly, and developing the student's ability to reflect on their own performance in leadership and teamwork situations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Interpret theories of primary leadership styles, evaluate tools and techniques for managing small and medium sized teams and recognise and interpret the characteristics of effective team members.


2. Distinguish the features and attributes of high performance teams and apply this knowledge to build and manage high performance teams.


3. Recognise and apply the fundamental principles of Agile project management theories.


4. Evaluate the performance of teams, develop strategies for maintaining high performance and formulate approaches for recovering teams that are under-performing.


5. Demonstrate a set of graduate attributes such as: independent and critical thinking, effective communication, resourcefulness and confidence.


6. Reflect on their own skills and experiences and understand how these can allow them to be effective in a team environment.

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.