University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Manchester Leadership Programme: Leadership in Action Online

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Course details

Leadership in Action units aim to help students understand what it means to be a leader in the 21st century. The units explore complex current problems and ask how does change happen? Who makes it happen? What does that tell us about leadership and how we do it?

Leadership in Action units provide students with the tools to critically evaluate models and approaches to leadership and to apply those to a range of 21st century problems, such as poverty and inequality; environmental sustainability; ethics and responsibility. The units will also help students to develop a toolkit of transferable skills that will boost their employability.

Students will hear from leaders who are influencing change in the world around them, including some of the university's leading academics and high profile leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The Leadership in Action 10 credit online units are available in both semester 1 and 2. They are delivered entirely via Blackboard using a range of audio/video inputs and case studies, supported by interactive elearning activities designed to enhance students learning and understanding.

The Leadership in Action Units are part of the Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP). Students who successfully complete a LIA unit and 20, 40 or 60 hours of approved volunteering will be awarded the prestigious Manchester Leadership Programme Certificate (Bronze, Silver or Gold level).

To watch a short video on this unit, click on this link:

Leadership in Action


Mark Batey

Colette Cooke

Sam Hemsley

Sian Yeowell

Course structure

  • Level: 2
  • Credit Load: 10
  • Schools: Student Development & Community Engagement Division


  1. Summative Assessment (50%)
  2. Assessed Discussions (40%)
  3. Online Multiple Choice Test (10%)

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Learning outcomes

  • understand and critically evaluate a range of different models and theories of leadership
  • relate models and theories of leadership to personal practice and context
  • identify ways in which leaders influence change in a range of contexts
  • develop critical evaluation skills through the analyses of models and theories of leadership
  • develop reflective learning skills through the application of models and theories to personal context
  • critically evaluate different leadership approaches to social, economic and environmental sustainability
  • appreciate how to apply leadership skills in an academic and occupational context
  • contribute effectively to electronically-mediated discussions and debates
  • understand the styles, preferences and tendencies of others and how these impact upon management and employability
  • demonstrate skills that contribute to effective leadership, including team working, influencing, critical thinking and communication skills


Leadership in Action units are available to take on programmes which have 'free choice' options available to them, (i.e. programmes which allow you, as part of the degree programme, to take a number of credits from subject areas outside of your home school).

Check your eligibility with your academic school for the available Leadership in Action academic units.

Registration for Leadership in Action has changed and you can now self service enrol in the same way as other course units via the student system. If you are experiencing difficulties enrolling please contact your school or and we will help you to enrol.


1 hour introductory briefing in Week 1 of semester (choice of sessions offered). Material and tasks released at weekly intervals but, because the unit is studied online, it is free of timetable constraints.

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