Personal Transformations

Module description

This module aims to kick start the personal transformation process of MBA participants and prepare you for your return to work by integrating practice into the MBA curriculum and supporting you in your personal and professional evelopment through an emphasis on the refining of leadership, people management skills, the development of a global mindset and the acquisition and refining of executive and professional skills. The module builds on the recommendations of joint research undertaken by the Association of Business Schools (ABS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) aimed at meeting the growing demands from employers for more business-ready graduates, and feeds into the assessment of other MBA core modules.

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), negotiating, leadership, 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 and recruiting managers

Research in Teaching: The module builds on recent research and scholarship in the field of Leadership, in particular Authentic Leadership Development and Situational Leadership Models.

Full module specification

Module title:Personal Transformations
Module code:MBAM908A
Module level:M
Academic year:2015/6
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Nicolas Forsans - Convenor
Module credit:24
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Duration of module:

Module aims

Through an emphasis on experiential learning the module aims to equip you with the leadership, executive and professional skills you will require in order to redirect your career and/or develop into more senior leadership roles.  To support you in your personal transformation process you will be guided by the MBA Career Adviser through one-to-one career coaching, career development workshops and seminars, mentoring and personal tutoring.

Through reflective experiential learning, you will embark on a journey of discovery, self-awareness and personal development. Your journey will be guided by an individualised leadership and personal development plan. You will be invited to discover your passion and purpose and you will have an opportunity to develop key qualities such as mindfulness and resilience. For inspiration, guidance and support a series of leadership lectures, seminars, workshops and facilitated group sessions will be offered.

The aim of the module is to enable you to

  • Acquire and refine key interpersonal and study skills to facilitate the return to study
  • Develop yourself, personally and professionally to facilitate your return to work
  • Refine key executive and professional skills
  • Acquire authentic leadership skills
  • Make use of extensive career resources specially developed for MBA participants
  • Integrate feedback while applying for jobs
  • Develop self-reflection ability on personal, competencies and experience

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate a capacity for practical leadership
  • 2. reflect upon personal resources and challenges
  • 3. draw upon critical reasoning to shape and develop own approach to authentic leadership
  • 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
  • 6. connect to others by developing authentic, effective and productive relationships

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 7. demonstrate a skilful, reflective and a generally well-informed appreciation of what is involved in authentic leadership and authentic participation in organisations
  • 8. critically appraise both your own and another’s leadership style
  • 9. engage with a range of practices in order to shape your own personal and professional development plan

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 10. manage yourself in the achievement of goals – reviewing own learning
  • 11. acquire a global mindset enabling you to lead, manage and work with others in culturally diverse and politically complex environments
  • 12. use reflective process to ask questions and open up own thinking
  • 13. critically appraise your own actions through self-awareness
  • 14. reflect on your personal strengths and weaknesses, and integrate insights generated by self-assessment tools in your career development process
  • 15. give, receive and make use of feedback and develop your ability to reflect on your skills, knowledge and competencies

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 Teaching10Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching14Personal reflection and one to one development including mentoring and tutoring
Scheduled Learning and Teaching36Workshops
Guided Independent Study180Reading, Research, Writing

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual Assignment 750 words2Written feedback
Career leader and oral discussionEnd of September14Oral feedback

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
Leadership Portfolio Planning51000 words1 - 3, 6, 12, 15Written feedback
Leadership Development Portfolio302500 words1 - 3, 12 15Written feedback
Reflection653000 words1 - 15Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio PlanningPortfolio Planning 1000 words1 - 3, 6, 12, 156 weeks from briefing
PortfolioPortfolio 2500 words1 - 3, 12, 156 weeks from briefing
ReflectionReflection 3000 words1 - 156 weeks from briefing

Syllabus plan


  • Kick-starting your Personal Transformation
    • Career planning
    • Self and career option analysis
    • Job search
    • Personal and professional development plan
    • Networking, locally and globally
    • Self presentation: LinkedIn and CV
    • Powerful applications: cover letters, application forms, assessment centres
    • Career coaching


  •  Executive and Professional Skills
    • Effective communication skills
    • Professional and academic writing skills
    • Good academic practice and avoiding plagiarism
    • Reading skills
    • Effective team working skills
    • Negotiating and influencing skills
    • Presentation skills


  • Growing as a Leader
    • Leading self
    • Leading others
    • Self-awareness, inner communication and Mindfulness
    • Cross cultural awareness
    • Leadership plan opportunity


  • Growing as a Leader
    • Learning from Others & Leadership Think Tank’ talks
    • Your personal development log
    • Your Leadership Portfolio


  • Your Personal Transformation
    • Interview techniques and practice employment interviews
    • Negotiating your deal
    • LinkedIn and B2B
    • Career coaching
    • Practice assessment centres and psychometric testing

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

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

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

Haslam, S. A. (2001). Psychology in Organizations: The social identity approach. London: Sage.

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