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Want a course that puts you at the forefront of cutting-edge business theory, and develops your personal and professional capabilities as a strategic senior leader? This innovative, flexible, work-based postgraduate course is designed for aspiring and substantive senior leaders and managers who want to make a difference.

Allowing you to work and study part-time over two years, this course provides an excellent learning platform to develop skills, knowledge and competences in areas of personal and professional development, including leadership, innovation and organisational strategy. All of which is required to support future career aspirations and help you successfully become one of tomorrow’s leaders.

On joining the course you will become an ‘Affiliate’ member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the full duration of the studies and have access to a range of membership support and benefits. Successful graduates will receive a dual award including a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership and the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager status (CMgr), subject to meeting the professional work experience requirements.

Please note: Admission to the programme requires that you are employed as an apprentice and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University. If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk. An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Want a course that puts you at the forefront of cutting-edge business theory, and develops your personal and professional capabilities as a strategic senior leader? This innovative, flexible, work-based postgraduate course is designed for aspiring and substantive senior leaders and managers who want to make a difference.

Allowing you to work and study part-time over two years, this course provides an excellent learning platform to develop skills, knowledge and competences in areas of personal and professional development, including leadership, innovation and organisational strategy. All of which is required to support future career aspirations and help you successfully become one of tomorrow’s leaders.

On joining the course you will become an ‘Affiliate’ member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the full duration of the studies and have access to a range of membership support and benefits. Successful graduates will receive a dual award including a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership and the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager status (CMgr), subject to meeting the professional work experience requirements.

Please note: Admission to the programme requires that you are employed as an apprentice and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University. If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk. An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 year part-time

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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This course is student-centred and uses active learning approaches to engage you in your learning.

A blended learning approach using experiences of participants, facilitation, case studies, group discussions, self-study, peer learning, simulations and networking, as well as 360-degree evaluations and reflections is used. The course also uses a problem-centred approach in contextualising and applying best practice, allowing you to apply practical business lessons to your own context.

As much of the learning takes place within the workplace, you will also receive clear guidance of work-related tasks. This will be outlined in a structured learning plan which will outline the learning activities you’ll need to engage with on a weekly basis. The course will adopt applied assessment which will enable you to relate the learning gained directly to your current role or a role in which you aspire to work.

The Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with representatives from employers, the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute.

This innovative two-year programme is aimed at managers with substantial organisational experience and at least three years in a managerial/supervisory capacity. This may involve leadership of projects, people or resources. It is particularly suitable for professionals and technical specialists with a first degree in another discipline looking to move or establish themselves into senior leadership roles.

The programme will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver long term organisational performance in a range of business and organisational contexts. The programme provides organisational excellence in strategic leadership, financial decision-making, innovation and change, leading and developing people and collaborative relationships. Modules adopt a work-based learning philosophy and enable participants to solve real world challenges though work assignments and action learning approaches.

During the apprenticeship, apprentices will become an ‘Affiliate’ member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the full duration of the studies and have access to a range of membership support and benefits. Successful graduates will receive a dual award including a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership and the potential to achieve full Chartered Manager status (CMgr), subject to meeting the professional work experience requirements.

 

How does it work

In partnership with Northumbria University, your organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time (for at least 30 hours a week) in your workplace, and will be supported through learning at work, training and study to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

The course is aligned with the standards of the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship and the Chartered Management Institute’s Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership and will be delivered over two years.  Learning will include a range of delivery opportunities including block study, day release and work-based learning. Whilst timely face-to-face contact will be essential the learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to all remotely.

Both apprentice and their line manager will be supported by university staff throughout the programme. This will include access to online skills development and support materials for workplace mentors. Managers will also meet with their mentor and professional development coach in the workplace during the programme.

There is also the opportunity to develop a customised Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (Strategic Leadership MSc) programme for a large organisation or group of employers. This would enable us to contextualise the content, and offer a more flexible approach to programme design and delivery, to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

 

 

Fees and Funding

Apprentice Funding  

An apprentice has full-time employment status rather than student status.  Apprentices do not pay for training costs as these are covered by the employer, however please note apprentices are not entitled to apply for any Student Finance.

Employers Funding 

Levy Payers:

Since April 2017 all employers with a payroll of over £3 million automatically pay an Apprenticeship Levy. The levy is set at a rate of 0.5% of the total pay bill minus a £15K allowance. Levy payments may be used by the employer within a 24-month period to cover apprenticeship training costs.

As a business paying the levy you will report to HMRC through the PAYE process. Once you have declared the levy to HMRC, you will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through a new apprenticeship service account. The online service account will give you the opportunity to select the apprenticeship programme, choose the training provider and advertise apprenticeship vacancies.

The Government will apply a 10% top‑up to the levy funds on apprenticeship training in England. The top-up monthly amount will be paid at the same time the funds enter your apprenticeship service account. That means for every £1 that enters your account to spend in England on apprenticeship training, you receive £1.10 in return.

Non‑levy Payers:

Employers with a salary bill of under £3m (such as many SMEs) are not subject to the levy and will be able to access funding to cover 90% (and in some cases 100%) of the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment. Northumbria University is pleased to announce that we have been awarded this government funding and so are able to offer places on all our programmes to non-levy paying employers, although these places may be limited in number.

Fees: 

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship or to explore signing an agreement with the university please contact our Business Development team who will be happy to discuss options further with you. 

Email: degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk 

Tel: 0191 227 3251

Recruitment Process

You will have complete control over whom you choose to support on the apprenticeship programme, assuming the candidates meet the academic entry requirements. Full details on the entry requirements for the Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship  (Strategic Leadership MSc) can be found below. 

We can support your recruitment process and we also understand that you will have employees currently working within your organisation with relevant experience and potential for senior leadership positions, and this programme can be a great way of developing and retaining this talent.

 

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss our Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (Strategic Leadership MSc) further or should you have any questions about running this programme for your organisation please email degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk and one of our Business Development Managers will be happy to help. 

You will be taught by specialist leadership and management staff through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world-leading (REF2014).

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system in order to ensure a successful learning journey and the development of the necessary academic study skills. Extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers is built into the course. Whatever your background, we will help you take the more critical, deeper and research-informed approach that is needed for a Masters degree at a UK university.

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment.

From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. Business software includes ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course. We use tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal, lecture capture software to allow for catch-up streaming, and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

Throughout your course, you will be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that is at the heart of Newcastle Business School.

With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

You will also have the opportunity in the final stages of the programme to engage in research-based learning as part of the Management Investigation module.

This is a practical work-based Masters degree designed to enhance your career prospects.

It will develop your personal and professional capabilities as a senior leader, support you in applying cutting-edge business theory to enhancing organisational practice, and build your capacity to lead investigations, people and projects in the workplace. Overall, this holistic approach to developing your intellectual capability and professional competence to understand, investigate and innovate will support your future career aspirations in senior leadership roles.

You will emerge as a highly capable professional able to apply best practice to complex business challenges and be able to continue to go in an increasingly globalised and fast changing environment.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent academic or professional qualification with at least three years of work experience.

Applicants will also be required to attend an interview face-to-face, or by telephone or Skype.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry%20

English Language requirements 

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent academic or professional qualification with at least three years of work experience.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF7012 -

Finance and Operations Leadership (Core,20 Credits)

You will be able to develop your knowledge and critical appreciation of the key components of accounting, finance and operations and be able to apply these within the context of an organisation. Specifically, this module provides you with a foundation in the key principles of accounting, corporate financial management and operations management. The module covers: Understanding & analysing accounts, costing, budgeting, investment decisions, capital decisions, risk and compliance, operations strategy, process design, lean management and supply chain management to achieve the financial objectives. You will see the link and the interaction between accounting, finance management and operations management. This module is designed to strengthen your ability in applying knowledge to management issues, both systematically and creatively, so that theory is converted into practice from a critical and informed perspective in order to enhance organisational effectiveness and competitiveness. The Module also investigates how financial information can be used to inform strategic plans and operational decisions. Reflective of the research strength within the Business School within responsible business, you will be encouraged to engage with CSR and ethical decision making.

More information

HR9730 -

Leader Identity, Leadership, and Responsible Organisations (Core,20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to engage in discussion and debate on contemporary issues/themes of contemporary leadership and management practice. There is particular emphasis on individual and organisational development, and processes and relationships within organisations. This module draws on your knowledge and experience of leading and managing in organisations. By reflecting on your experiences and combining this with a critical exploration of theories and models, you will start to explore your identity as leader as a foundation for developing yourself and others.
You will consider contemporary issues and challenges facing individuals and organisations in terms of leading and managing in increasingly dynamic business environments, individual and organisational values and ethical and sustainable practice. In this way, the module aims to develop your ability to critically analyse behaviour and actions in organisations; to problem solve, plan and to employ critical judgement through careful consideration of and reflection on current and future management and organisational challenges. This will help you to demonstrate an appreciation of the changing context of work and organisations, the need for change and adaptability and ability to innovate and respond to complex situations. You will subsequently be able to apply this knowledge and skill in your own context, and subsequently critically analyse opportunities for implementation and recommend potential future improvements.

More information

HR9731 -

Leading Organisational Strategy and Change (Core,20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability to apply and critically evaluate concepts, theories and techniques related to organisational strategy and the implementation of strategic change. Participants will be introduced to a managerial view of strategic processes and change implementation, developing the skills to understand the macro and micro business environment, both in a domestic and global context.
Typical topics covered in the module include:
- Strategic Planning and Evaluation
- External Macro/Micro Environment
- Strategic Positioning
- Strategic Resources and Capabilities
- Strategy Evaluation and Practice
- Strategic Change and Implementation

The skills learnt in this module have been taken from the Degree Apprenticeship standard for Senior Leader. Apprentices will develop your knowledge and understanding of the range of classical and topical strategic concepts and theories, and the range of strategic analysis and planning techniques that can be used to evaluate both the external competitive environment and internal business processes and resources. Apprentices will develop an understanding of new market strategies, changing customer demands and trend analysis. Furthermore, the module will analyse contemporary theories and models informing strategic approaches to leading change and managing new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people, culture and sustainability within organisations.

More information

NX9713 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,0 Credits)

Entering Postgraduate higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Profession Skills and Behaviours - resources to support the development and practice of a range of skills to support your professional impact in the workplace
• Personal Development and career planning – How to plan your personal and professional development and develop approaches to career planning
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

More information

BM9702 -

Management Inquiry and Data Analytics for Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

There is an increasing need for business leaders to understand best practice in research and to know how to use data to develop meaningful and robust business solutions. In this module, you will gain an understanding of how knowledge is generated, presented and disseminated and the role that critical management inquiry and data analytics play in decision making for senior managers. You will acquire a skill set which will enable you to carry out and critically evaluate results from research and analysis. Specific topics covered will vary but are likely to include content such as: What knowledge sources to evaluate when investigating a managerial or organizational problem; The Politics and Ethics of Management Research; Project Management; Systematic Literature Reviews; Evidence-Based Practice; Management Fads, Fallacies and Fashions; Data Management for Decision Making (using specialist software packages such as SAS); Statistics for Business; Predictive Modelling.

More information

HR9732 -

Future of Work and Organisation Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module will help you engage with the management challenges involved in understanding the future of work and the implications for managing individuals, teams and organisations. You will gain an understanding of theories and models within the field of organisational behaviour, and the ways in which this knowledge has been applied in terms of techniques and approaches such as human resource management and development. The module will enable you to apply the concepts introduced to make sense of your own experiences in organizations, to recognise the importance of these aspects of management in an overall understanding of leadership processes, and enable you to apply them to your own leadership and management practice.
As new organisations and the nature of work continue to change and take on new shapes, legal and regulatory forms, leaders have a critical role to play both as strategic partners in organisations, supporting and developing front line employees as well as managers, and enabling change. Given an emphasis on internationalisation and outsourcing professional services, establishing shared services, and line managers’ increasingly important role in supporting and developing staff, and coping with such issues as managing conflict, stress and absence as well as wider issues of performance management. This module looks at the strategic priorities and practicalities of strategic human resource management and development as well as a focus on organisational stakeholders development needs, individual and organisational learning as well as the opportunities and challenges of approaches to strategic workforce planning including talent management, learning organisations, workforce design, succession planning, diversity and inclusion.

More information

NX9713 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,0 Credits)

Entering Postgraduate higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Profession Skills and Behaviours - resources to support the development and practice of a range of skills to support your professional impact in the workplace
• Personal Development and career planning – How to plan your personal and professional development and develop approaches to career planning
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

More information

NX9723 -

Management Investigation (Core,60 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your management knowledge, skills and personal effectiveness within the work environment through the critical analysis of a work based problem or issue and the identification of realistic recommendations for improvement / implementation as appropriate. You will critically reflect on 'real world' practices, with a view to using these reflections in implementing appropriate change.

You will learn how to conduct a research led investigation into a management issue, topic or problem guided by your programme of study and framed in the context of an organisation.

Your learning will cover:

• Conducting research in organisations
• The identification of a researchable question.
• Primary research, data collection, questionnaire design, etc.
• Secondary research, literature review, further sources of information.
• The analysis of findings
• Writing recommendations and action plan
• Report writing
• Presentation technique
• Reflection on learning process

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SM9711 -

Leading Innovation in the Digital Organisation (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges, opportunities and disruptive potential associated with the digital economy. You will examine the impact that technological change and digital innovation has on organisations, in terms of the creation of (new) revenue streams, (alternative) forms of value, products and services. By exploring a range of examples you will gain insight into how private, public and third sector organisations along with different levels of government have embraced (or not) the digital economy and created digitally orientated organisations. Not only will this exploration illustrate the wide-ranging nature of the impact, but it will also demonstrate the rapid pace of technological change and the leadership challenges and opportunities that emerge for organisations in both the public and private sectors. Through critically assessing these challenges and opportunities in a number of areas – for example, big data, cyber-security, skill development – you will come to appreciate how complex and dynamic issues shape what organisations do in practice. This assessment will enable you to explore how regulatory, technical and socio-economic factors integrate to influence organisational strategies, and how leaders within organisations endeavour to influence their environmental context for their own advantage.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF7012 -

Finance and Operations Leadership (Core,20 Credits)

You will be able to develop your knowledge and critical appreciation of the key components of accounting, finance and operations and be able to apply these within the context of an organisation. Specifically, this module provides you with a foundation in the key principles of accounting, corporate financial management and operations management. The module covers: Understanding & analysing accounts, costing, budgeting, investment decisions, capital decisions, risk and compliance, operations strategy, process design, lean management and supply chain management to achieve the financial objectives. You will see the link and the interaction between accounting, finance management and operations management. This module is designed to strengthen your ability in applying knowledge to management issues, both systematically and creatively, so that theory is converted into practice from a critical and informed perspective in order to enhance organisational effectiveness and competitiveness. The Module also investigates how financial information can be used to inform strategic plans and operational decisions. Reflective of the research strength within the Business School within responsible business, you will be encouraged to engage with CSR and ethical decision making.

More information

HR9730 -

Leader Identity, Leadership, and Responsible Organisations (Core,20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to engage in discussion and debate on contemporary issues/themes of contemporary leadership and management practice. There is particular emphasis on individual and organisational development, and processes and relationships within organisations. This module draws on your knowledge and experience of leading and managing in organisations. By reflecting on your experiences and combining this with a critical exploration of theories and models, you will start to explore your identity as leader as a foundation for developing yourself and others.
You will consider contemporary issues and challenges facing individuals and organisations in terms of leading and managing in increasingly dynamic business environments, individual and organisational values and ethical and sustainable practice. In this way, the module aims to develop your ability to critically analyse behaviour and actions in organisations; to problem solve, plan and to employ critical judgement through careful consideration of and reflection on current and future management and organisational challenges. This will help you to demonstrate an appreciation of the changing context of work and organisations, the need for change and adaptability and ability to innovate and respond to complex situations. You will subsequently be able to apply this knowledge and skill in your own context, and subsequently critically analyse opportunities for implementation and recommend potential future improvements.

More information

HR9731 -

Leading Organisational Strategy and Change (Core,20 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability to apply and critically evaluate concepts, theories and techniques related to organisational strategy and the implementation of strategic change. Participants will be introduced to a managerial view of strategic processes and change implementation, developing the skills to understand the macro and micro business environment, both in a domestic and global context.
Typical topics covered in the module include:
- Strategic Planning and Evaluation
- External Macro/Micro Environment
- Strategic Positioning
- Strategic Resources and Capabilities
- Strategy Evaluation and Practice
- Strategic Change and Implementation

The skills learnt in this module have been taken from the Degree Apprenticeship standard for Senior Leader. Apprentices will develop your knowledge and understanding of the range of classical and topical strategic concepts and theories, and the range of strategic analysis and planning techniques that can be used to evaluate both the external competitive environment and internal business processes and resources. Apprentices will develop an understanding of new market strategies, changing customer demands and trend analysis. Furthermore, the module will analyse contemporary theories and models informing strategic approaches to leading change and managing new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people, culture and sustainability within organisations.

More information

NX9713 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,0 Credits)

Entering Postgraduate higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Profession Skills and Behaviours - resources to support the development and practice of a range of skills to support your professional impact in the workplace
• Personal Development and career planning – How to plan your personal and professional development and develop approaches to career planning
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

More information

BM9702 -

Management Inquiry and Data Analytics for Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

There is an increasing need for business leaders to understand best practice in research and to know how to use data to develop meaningful and robust business solutions. In this module, you will gain an understanding of how knowledge is generated, presented and disseminated and the role that critical management inquiry and data analytics play in decision making for senior managers. You will acquire a skill set which will enable you to carry out and critically evaluate results from research and analysis. Specific topics covered will vary but are likely to include content such as: What knowledge sources to evaluate when investigating a managerial or organizational problem; The Politics and Ethics of Management Research; Project Management; Systematic Literature Reviews; Evidence-Based Practice; Management Fads, Fallacies and Fashions; Data Management for Decision Making (using specialist software packages such as SAS); Statistics for Business; Predictive Modelling.

More information

HR9732 -

Future of Work and Organisation Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module will help you engage with the management challenges involved in understanding the future of work and the implications for managing individuals, teams and organisations. You will gain an understanding of theories and models within the field of organisational behaviour, and the ways in which this knowledge has been applied in terms of techniques and approaches such as human resource management and development. The module will enable you to apply the concepts introduced to make sense of your own experiences in organizations, to recognise the importance of these aspects of management in an overall understanding of leadership processes, and enable you to apply them to your own leadership and management practice.
As new organisations and the nature of work continue to change and take on new shapes, legal and regulatory forms, leaders have a critical role to play both as strategic partners in organisations, supporting and developing front line employees as well as managers, and enabling change. Given an emphasis on internationalisation and outsourcing professional services, establishing shared services, and line managers’ increasingly important role in supporting and developing staff, and coping with such issues as managing conflict, stress and absence as well as wider issues of performance management. This module looks at the strategic priorities and practicalities of strategic human resource management and development as well as a focus on organisational stakeholders development needs, individual and organisational learning as well as the opportunities and challenges of approaches to strategic workforce planning including talent management, learning organisations, workforce design, succession planning, diversity and inclusion.

More information

NX9713 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,0 Credits)

Entering Postgraduate higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Profession Skills and Behaviours - resources to support the development and practice of a range of skills to support your professional impact in the workplace
• Personal Development and career planning – How to plan your personal and professional development and develop approaches to career planning
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

More information

NX9723 -

Management Investigation (Core,60 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your management knowledge, skills and personal effectiveness within the work environment through the critical analysis of a work based problem or issue and the identification of realistic recommendations for improvement / implementation as appropriate. You will critically reflect on 'real world' practices, with a view to using these reflections in implementing appropriate change.

You will learn how to conduct a research led investigation into a management issue, topic or problem guided by your programme of study and framed in the context of an organisation.

Your learning will cover:

• Conducting research in organisations
• The identification of a researchable question.
• Primary research, data collection, questionnaire design, etc.
• Secondary research, literature review, further sources of information.
• The analysis of findings
• Writing recommendations and action plan
• Report writing
• Presentation technique
• Reflection on learning process

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SM9711 -

Leading Innovation in the Digital Organisation (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges, opportunities and disruptive potential associated with the digital economy. You will examine the impact that technological change and digital innovation has on organisations, in terms of the creation of (new) revenue streams, (alternative) forms of value, products and services. By exploring a range of examples you will gain insight into how private, public and third sector organisations along with different levels of government have embraced (or not) the digital economy and created digitally orientated organisations. Not only will this exploration illustrate the wide-ranging nature of the impact, but it will also demonstrate the rapid pace of technological change and the leadership challenges and opportunities that emerge for organisations in both the public and private sectors. Through critically assessing these challenges and opportunities in a number of areas – for example, big data, cyber-security, skill development – you will come to appreciate how complex and dynamic issues shape what organisations do in practice. This assessment will enable you to explore how regulatory, technical and socio-economic factors integrate to influence organisational strategies, and how leaders within organisations endeavour to influence their environmental context for their own advantage.

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