Health & Social Sector Leadership (Dumfries Campus) MA

Professional Leadership Skills DUMF3083

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is based on the ILM certificated Professional Skills Programme (PSP) and builds and complements work on leadership undertaken in other parts of the programme. This is a practical, scenario-based workplace readiness course which introduces students to a series of core building blocks: effective presentations, effective teamwork, leadership and management behaviours, assertiveness, office etiquette, excelling in the workplace and self-marketing to employers (including personality assessment). Upon completion of this credit-bearing course each student will also receive an ILM certificate which they can use as the first building block for further formal professional development.


3 x 2 hour workshops [6 hours contact time]

5 days, 0900-1700, date tbc, [35 hours contact time]

Excluded Courses





Reflective E-portfolio report (1500-2000 words) (75%)


The purpose of this report is to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their development of key leadership skills and graduate attributes within the Professional Leadership Skills (PLS) course but also across their academic, extra-curricular and work-related experience to date. What did you learn from your experiences? How have these experiences contributed to your personal and professional learning and development? The reflective report will be produced in the form of a web-based E-Portfolio which will be accessible to employers and will describe the students' key professional development experiences to date and explain how these experiences have impacted on their skills and professional development.


Please Note: Both sections of the E-Portfolio will be summatively assessed.


The E-Portfolio will follow a predefined structure. This structure will include a front page containing an introduction to the student and a professional summary covering their academic, extra-curricular, and work-related experience and communicating the relevance of this experience to their future career aspirations. This first part of the E-portfolio will be assessed prior to the intensive 5-day workshop and will be worth 40% of the total assessment weighting.


The second part of the E-Portfolio will introduce three critical incidents taken from their Professional Leadership Skills course and their academic, extra-curricular and work-related experience to date. This page will focus on instances where key professional skills and attributes were developed. In all three of the critical incidents students will be expected to map their experiences and skills development against the University of Glasgow Graduate Attributes Matrix. This second part of the E-portfolio will be assessed after the intensive 5-day workshop and will be worth 35% of the total assessment weighting.


Students will be introduced to the requirements and scope of the E-Portfolio report in a tailored Reflective Report workshop delivered at the start of the Professional Leadership Skills programme. This workshop will support the students to identify suitable critical incidents, and to understand how to build concise, evidence- and competency-based statements, which effectively communicate the impact of their experiences on their personal and professional development.


Group Presentation (25%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:


1. examine and begin to develop the core professional skills within the student group that they will require in the workplace;


2. analyse and begin to apply effective workplace behaviours, including a critical exploration of what constitutes effective workplace communication, teamwork, and presentation skills;


3. provide practical opportunities to model and receive feedback on these skills and practices;


4. provide a structured framework for students to understand and communicate their own strengths and skills sets.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. demonstrate a series of core professional skills such as effective individual and group presentation skills;


2. demonstrate a series of effective workplace behaviours such as: fostering successful teamwork, fostering effective workplace communication, achieving effective prioritisation, planning and time management techniques and promoting assertive behaviour;


3. model and receive feedback on these skills and practices;


4. understand and communicate their own strengths and skills sets.

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.