Developing Leadership, Enterprise and Initiative Taking Skills - PSYC6490

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Christie Marsh checkmark-circle


This module will research the changing world of work and work options, for example paid, self-employed, portfolio, part time and gift work-against the context of such challenges as the financial/banking crisis, global warming, the neo-liberal economic model and the alternatives.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


Optional to:

Applied Psychology (titled Psychology with a Placement Year for those registered from 2019 onwards)
Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology (titled Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year for those registered from 2019 onwards)
Psychology with Studies in Europe
Psychology with Clinical Psychology
Psychology with Forensic Psychology
Psychology (with Studies in Europe)
Social Psychology

Available as an elective module.
Available to Short Term Credit students at the discretion of the school/module convenor.

Method of assessment

Business Plan 3,000 words 80%
Presentation summary 1,000 words 20%

Reassessment methods: Like for Like.

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Bornstein D., Davis, S., Social Entrepreneurship: what everyone needs to know, (2010) OUP. Further readings will be provided on an annual basis.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the psychology of values, work-motivation, leadership.

8.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and applications of developmental psychology and the psychology of work and how it relates to an individual's biography. An understanding of how biography in its environmental context forms the basis for developing an initiative.

8.3 Demonstrate knowledge of practice and theory of initiative-taking, skills-assessment and self-assessment.

8.4 Undertake critical reading, scenario planning, facilitation, action learning, communication and presentation/self-presentation skills.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Critically reflect on recent developments in the world of work.

9.2 Evaluate new ideas and initiatives, relate them to existing knowledge, and discuss their relevance and quality.

9.3 Develop and communicate an independent point of view- ('find your voice') and identify differences and commonalities with other viewpoints; reflections on how one's view develops over the course of the module, informed by the content of the course.

9.4 Present an idea, scenario, initiative or business plan in a coherent and well-structured format.

9.5 Identify needs and gaps, find direction, engage others, manage and find resources, use career and life planning approaches and engage with personal development


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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