MBA Foundation Programme

Module description

This module aims to prepare you for your return to the world of study, to help you acquire key study skills as well as interpersonal, professional and quantitative skills to help you make the most of your MBA. By completing this module you will also kick-start your personal transformation process by identifying and making use of the vast career development resources at your disposal and developing self-reflection ability on personal, competencies and experience.

Internationalisation: All topics are explored in a global context to reflect the variety of countries and cultures in which you may wish to pursue your career.  

Employability: You will develop a number of valuable transferable skills, including: self-awareness, cultural awareness, influencing, communication, networking (in person and via social media), and the capacity for personal reflection on personal skills, competencies and experience.  You will also develop a number of career management skills, which will enable you to make informed career choices, and help you succeed in securing your next job.

External Engagement: Workshops are delivered by a wide range of practitioners

Full module specification

Module title:MBA Foundation Programme
Module code:MBAM900A
Module level:M
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Stuart Robinson - Lecturer
Module credit:
ECTS value:






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

5 days

Module aims

The aim of the module is to enable you to

  • Acquire and refine key interpersonal and study skills to facilitate your return to study
  • Develop yourself, personally and professionally to facilitate your personal and career development
  • Refine key executive and professional skills
  • Develop an understanding of key sources of support
  • Make use of extensive career resources specially developed for MBA participants
  • Develop self-reflection ability on personal, competencies and experience

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. acquire, refine and demonstrate evidence of study and interpersonal skills
  • 2. reflect upon personal resources and challenges
  • 3. develop a personal and professional development plan
  • 4. acquire, refine and demonstrate evidence of study, interpersonal and professional skills
  • 5. act proactively and take responsibility for your own career and professional development, establishing good habits and practices for the future, as well as accessing effective techniques during your MBA

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. developed the ability to practice reflection
  • 7. locate information sources that will help you identify and develop skills and knowledge relevant to finding and securing employment in your chosen discipline or sector
  • 8. locate appropriate services and resources that will help you with your career planning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. use reflective process to ask questions and open up own thinking
  • 10. integrate insights generated by self-assessment tools and learning across the programme in your career and personal development process
  • 11. critically appraise your own actions through self-awareness
  • 12. reflect on your personal strengths and weaknesses, and integrate insights generated by self-assessment tools in your career development process

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 Teaching0Lectures/sessions
Guided Independent Study0Reading and research

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
One-to-one discussions1 x 1 hour3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12Oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Syllabus plan

This module is delivered at the start of your MBA

  • Kick-starting your Personal Transformation
    • Professional standards and etiquette
    • Developing self-awareness, awareness of others and empathy
    • Career planning
    • Self and career option analysis
    • Career coaching


  • Getting Ready to Study
    • Introduction to the MBA
    • Cultural Ice breaker and getting to know each other
    • Developing global leadership capability – understanding context, dealing with complexity and promoting connectedness
    • Study skills
    • Writing skills: academic writing, professional writing
    • Debating and reasoning
    • Effective team working


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Bolden, R., Hawkins, B., Gosling, J. and Taylor, S. (2011) Exploring Leadership,  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Clark T., Osterwader A and Pigneur Y. (2012) Business Model You: a One Page Method for Reinventing your Career, John Wiley & Sons

Grint, K. (2005) Leadership: Limits and Possibilities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Haslam, S. A. et al (2010) The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, influence and power. Psychology Press.

Haslam S. A., Reicher S. D., & Platow M.J. (2011) The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power. Psychology Press

Jackson, B and Parry, K (2008) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership, Sage.

Sinclair, A. (2007) Leadership for the Disillusioned: Moving beyond myths and heroes to leading that liberates, Allen and Unwin.


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