Leadership and Teams

Module description


In this module we will explore team dynamics and how the role of leadership in influencing the effectiveness of teams. In lectures we will review theories and models of group dynamics, communication, motivation, diversity, etc. and consider their implications for leadership in a team environment. In tutorials participants will have the opportunity to work together in teams on a film making assignment. 

Additional Information: Internationalisation 

This is a diverse module with a specific session explicitly considering cross-cultural dimensions of teams and leading across boundaries. 


Some of the lecture materials cover sustainability issues and students have the opportunity to explore these further in their group work.

All of the resources for this module are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment). 


Students develop a number of transferable skills including critical and reflective thinking, independent research, and film- making and presenting, as well as getting insight into leading teams, group dynamics, followership and team-building skills. 


Full module specification

Module title:Leadership and Teams
Module code:BEM1021
Module level:1
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Allan Lee - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

This module aims to provide practical and conceptual insights into the nature of leadership in teams, groups and organisations. The module is structured around the investigation of a number of interrelated topics including: group dynamics,  communication, motivation and performance. In relation to each of these topics, this module aims to combine experiential and practical learning with more propositional learning (in the form of relevant theories, models and ideas) as expected from a Level 1 Module. Consequently, this module will enable students to make links between the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership, and individual and group behaviour in teams. 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. illustrate factors that influence the teamwork processes within organisations
  • 2. identify the ways leaders can enhance or reduce team communication, motivation and performance
  • 3. formulate practical interventions that could be used to improve the teamworking processes in organisations

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. develop arguments which demonstrate the use of data to support points made
  • 5. illustrate arguments using reflections upon own experience and drawing from own reading of assigned texts recognise where learning originates and translate new knowledge into suggestions for practice

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 1. communicate ideas effectively by written, oral and visual means
  • 2. with some guidance, study autonomously and plan own workload
  • 3. with some guidance, select and properly manage information drawn from books, journals, and the internet

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3seminars

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual essay 702500 words1-9Written mark and feedback from tutor
Group assignment comprising a short film and summary report (5- 6 students per group) 305 minute film and 750 word summary report 1-9Written mark and feedback from tutor

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual essay Individual essay (70%) 1-9 Within 6 weeks of notification of reassessment
Group report and film Individual report (30%) 1-9 Within 6 weeks of notification of reassessment

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. Where students are unable to complete, or fail, the group task then they will be required to an individual report (2000 words). Where they fail the individual essay they are required to resubmit another individual essay (2500 words). 

Syllabus plan


The module comprises a series of 11 weekly lectures, each focussing on a different issue/theme on leadership and teams. An indicative outline of sessions is given below. 

  • Introduction to leadership and teams 

    • Team roles and interpersonal communication 

    • Leader-follower relations and group dynamics 

    • Motivation and performance in teams 

    • Negotiation and conflict 

    • Power and politics in groups and organisations

    • Creativity and problem solving 

  • Self-directed teams and distributed leadership 

  • Culture and diversity in teams 

  • Leading across boundaries 

  • Module summary/review 



Tutorials will be based around a group task of producing (recording and editing) a short film and accompanying report. There will be three tutorials during the term. At the first tutorial students will be allocated into groups and allocated their task; in the second they will review progress; and in the third they will view and comment on films from their tutorial group. Students are expected to self-organise between tutorials in order to complete the team task. 



Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading: Core Text: 

Buchannan, D. and Huczynski, A. (2007) Organizational Behaviour: An Introductory Text, 6th Edition. Harlow: Pearson Education. 

Supplementary texts: 

Achua, C.F. and Lussier, R.N. (2007) Effective Leadership: International Edition, 4th edition, Cengage, UK. Haslam, S.A. (2004) Psychology in Organizations: The Social Identity Approach, 2nd Edition. London: Sage. Northouse, P.G. (2009) Introduction to Leadership. London:  Sage. 

Yukl, G.A. (2006) Leadership in Organizations: 6th Edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice-Hall. Additional sources will be issued throughout the course. 

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