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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Leadership & Career Development
Module Code HR559
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Patrick Flood
Semester 2: Patrick Flood
Autumn: Patrick Flood
Module TeachersPatrick Flood
Claire Gubbins
Jennifer Kennedy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The key purpose of this module is to encourage students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and help them to develop a range of definable skills which are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership in particular. Additionally the module provides students with the opportunity to engage in effective career planning through a range of exercises and activities. Students will develop knowledge and skills in relation to analysing career trajectories, market place trends and researching, assessing and evaluating potential employment opportunities in their specific discipline of Human Resource Management. The module places a central emphasis on the key activities of personal development planning and reflective practice. Students are expected to attend weekly lectures and participate in class discussions and activities.

Learning Outcomes

1. Examine the concept of and reasons for continuing professional development
2. Identify critical skills and abilities that are required for successful careers as managers and professionals in a business environment
3. Examine leadership, styles of leadership and their own leadership style and potential
4. Develop an essential people management skill set including self-management, decision making, problem solving and interpersonal competencies
5. Assess and evaluate potential employment opportunities following completion of their programme of study
6. Develop self awareness and understanding through personal development planning and reflective practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Weekly lecture, incorporating guest speakers
Group work25Preparation for and completion of group project and presentation
Independent Study76Completion of personal portfolio, career planning exercises and reflective journal
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Managing Yourself and Understanding Success
An introduction to continuing professional development and personal development planning; establishing your vision of success; goal setting

Leadership and Change
Leaership and change in turbulent times; effective leadership

Reflective Practice
The art of reflection; techniques for reflection; recording reflection

Career Planning and Development
Researching, assessing and evaluating potential employment opportunities; identifying your individual strengths and weaknesses and strategies for professional success

Time and Project Management
Effective and efficient time management skills and techniques

Presentation Skills
How to deliver a winning presentation; delivery do's and don't; general tips and techniques; handling questions

Managing Personal Stress
Understanding the nature of stress; diagnosing your stress levels; strategies for managing and eliminating stress

Effective Communication
Tips and techniques for effective verbal communication

Motivating Others
The nature of motivation; motivation and the manager

Teamwork and Group Effectiveness
Diagnosing your teamworking skills and ability; solving inter-group conflict

Problem Solving and Decision Making
Tips and techniques for solving problems and making effective decisions in multiple contexts

Managing Conflict
Identifying sources of conflict in teams and organisations; strategies for managing and eliminating conflict

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationGroup presentation based on written project15%Sem 2 End
Group project Written research project: analysis of career opportunities25%Week 10
PortfolioPortfolio of self-development exercises15%Other
AssignmentPersonal development and career planning: DCU Career Service20%Other
Reflective journalReflecting on the experience of preparing the portfolio25%Other
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Whetten, D.A. and Cameron, K.S.: 2007, Developing Management Skills: International Edition, 7th, Prentice Hall, New Jersey,
  • Cottrell, S.: 2003, Skills for Success:The Personal Development Planning Handbook, Palgrave Macmillan.,
  • Winstanley,D.: 2005, Personal Effectiveness, CIPD, London,
  • Pedler,M., Burgoyne,J. & Boydell,T.: 2004, A Manager's Guide to Leadership, McGraw Hill, Maidenhead,Berks.,England,
  • Bolles, R.: 1999, What Colour is your Parachute?, Ten Speed Press, London,
  • Burgoyne, J.: 1999, Developing yourself,your career and your organisation, Lemos and Crane, London,
Other Resources

57138, DCU Careers Website, 0, DCU Careers Service Online Resources,
Programme or List of Programmes
GDHRMGrad Dip in Human Resource Management
MHRMMSc in Human Resource Management
Date of Last Revision02-FEB-11

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