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 professional practice into the MBA curriculum and supporting you in your personal and professional development 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) coupled with the MBA graduate attributes defined by AMBA all aimed at meeting the growing demands from employers for more business-ready graduates.


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.  The concept of a global mindset is explored extensively within this module and across the programme more generally.

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 strengths, values, 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 and guest speaker events are delivered by a wide range of experienced practitioners and recruiting managers both on campus and at host venues.

Research in Teaching: The module builds on recent research and scholarship in the field of personal transformations, n particular responsible leadership, purpose,  sense making and authenticity.

Full module specification

Module title:Personal Transformations
Module code:MBAM940
Module level:M
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Jackie Bagnall - Convenor
  • Ms Becky Kilsby - Lecturer
Module credit:10
ECTS value:


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


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


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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 critical thinking, self- discovery and personal development. Your journey will be guided by an individualised personal development plan in which you will  reflect upon your passion and purpose and from this you will have an opportunity to focus on developing  the qualities relevant to your ambitions.  For inspiration, guidance and support a series of lectures, action learning seminars, and workshops will be offered. At all times students have the support of the MBA faculty to act  as a critical friend. 

The aim of the module is to enable you to

  • Identify the personal and professional attributes that you currently hold
  • Develop critical reflection skills to enhance personal transformation
  • Develop yourself, personally and professionally to facilitate your return to work
  • Through a process of ongoing reflection, work alongside others to develop interpersonal skills
  • Reflect upon what it means to lead responsibly, drawing from across the MBA experience as a whole
  • Make use of extensive career resources specially developed for MBA participants

Integrate feedback from professional mentors, peers and MBA faculty in personal development planning.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. draw upon critical reasoning to shape and develop own approach to responsible leadership
  • 2. acquire, refine and demonstrate evidence of post graduate study, further developing both interpersonal and professional skills
  • 3. act proactively and take responsibility for your own career and professional development

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. demonstrate a skilful, reflective and a generally well-informed appreciation of what is involved in communicating effectively
  • 5. critically appraise your personal effectiveness and use this reflection to produce materials suited to career enhancement
  • 6. engage with a range of practices in order to shape your own personal and professional development plan
  • 7. connect to others by developing authentic, effective and productive relationships

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. managing Self in the achievement of career goals – reviewing own learning
  • 9. acquire a global mind-set enabling you to lead, manage and work with others in culturally diverse and politically complex environments
  • 10. develop a critically reflective process to ask questions and open up own perspective
  • 11. self – appraise own actions in order to learn and transform professional practice
  • 12. reflect on your personal strengths, values and communication style and weaknesses, and integrate insights generated in your career development process
  • 13. give, receive and make use of constructive feedback in order to develop your skills, knowledge and competency.

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 Teaching28Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching11Careers and 1:1 development
Scheduled Learning and Teaching21Workshops
Guided Independent Study40Reading, Research, Writing

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Short reflective essay to serve as a starting point to the personal transformation process: 1,200 words 2,9,13 Written feedback from academic tutor
Career Leader and oral discussion with MBA Career Adviserterm 114Oral discussion with MBA Career Adviser leading to the a personal and professional development plan

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 reflective assignment1004000 wordsAll ILOsWritten feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual reflective assignment4000 words All ILOs 6 weeks after 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


  • Your Personal Transformation

  • Interview techniques and professional impact interviews

  • Career coaching

  • Practice assessment centres and psychometric testing

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


Bolton, R. and Grover Bolton, D. (2009) People Styles at Work. AMACOM. New York


Burnett, B. and Evans, D. (2016) Designing Your Life. Penguin Random House: London


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


Cottrell, s. (2015) Skills for Success: 3rd edition. Palgrave Macmillan. London


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