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Unit information: Leading in Education and Training in 2021/22

Unit name Leading in Education and Training
Unit code MEEDM0036
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Burnett
Open unit status Not open

To be in employment or training programme that offers access to Leading and or Education contexts within a health or care setting.



School/department Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

What does it mean to be a leader in education and training in the health professions? What skills do I need? How can I develop and influence educational strategies?

The unit will cover a range of topics relevant to the practice of leadership as specifically applied to leading educational activity in the health professions. The theory and practice of leadership in various contexts will be examined and applied to the settings of learners on the unit. Relevant contemporary issues include but are limited to: the management of teaching and learning, organisational behaviour and effectiveness, education policy, strategic leadership, building educational teams, leading change and innovation in education, decision-making, leadership skills and insights, vision and values in educational leadership, financial and resource management in educational contexts.

The unit aims to equip the learner with: knowledge and understanding of the theory, practice and policy context of educational leadership in the health professions; the ability to apply theory and research in educational leadership to their own situation; and the ability to play a part in the improvement of educational systems.

Purpose of the Unit: The unit will introduce the learner to current practice, theory and evidence in leadership relevant to the training of health professionals.

Unit Aims:

  • To equip the learner with knowledge and understanding of the theory, practice and policy content of educational leadership in the health professions.
  • The ability to apply theory and models of leadership to their own situation and identify areas for personal leadership development.
  • To apply this knowledge to the teaching of leadership skills to other healthcare professionals.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the roles of leaders in education and training in the health professions.
  2. Explore their personal leadership style.
  3. Analyse relevant leadership theory and its applicability to current practice.
  4. Apply theoretical perspectives and knowledge to real scenarios.
  5. Analyse leadership and management issues in relation to enhancing practice.
  6. Evaluate models of leadership in relation to contemporary situations in the health professions.
  7. Identify key features and skills required to effectively manage and sustain change in their own context.

Teaching Information

There will be a mixed method approach consistent with current best practice. This will include presentations by course tutors, large and small group discussions, workshops and teamwork, paired activities, presentations by participants with structured feedback and demonstrations.

Assessment Information

3000 word or equivalent written assignment by choosing ONE of the following options:

Option A: If you already have a leading role in education and training:

Reflect on your current role in education and training. Define a current educational challenge, determine all the stakeholders, critique your options for possible solutions and establish an action plan. Consider which leadership style would be appropriate for each stage. Support your discussion throughout with a critical analysis of relevant literature relating to leadership models and theories.


Option B: If you do not currently have a leading role in education and training

Identify an educational leader. Interview them about their role and shadow them for a period. Analyse their leadership style - what worked and what did not. Consider how you would give constructive feedback to them. By applying the learning from your observation of this leader’s behaviour, reflect how you might modify your own leadership style. Support your discussion throughout with a critical analysis of relevant literature relating to leadership models and theories.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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