Leadership and Organisational Strategy Development

MQF Level 7


Leadership and Organisational Strategy Development

October 2024
Module Type
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Module Description

This module provides students with a comprehensive understanding of strategy development and management, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of strategic decision-making.

Students will explore the challenges inherent in formulating and implementing effective strategies, examining the relevant management processes, phases, and potential benefits.

Additionally, the module emphasizes the importance of governance, ethics, and social responsibility across diverse industries, preparing students to address ethical dilemmas and societal concerns in their strategic decision-making processes.

Through critical analysis of external and internal organizational forces, students will gain insights into the factors influencing strategy design, development, and implementation.

Furthermore, students will delve into leadership theories and styles that support organizational development, enabling them to effectively lead and inspire teams towards strategic objectives. Overall, this module empowers students to become strategic thinkers and leaders capable of driving organizational success in dynamic and competitive environments.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following: 

  • a Level 6 degree; 


  • a Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 5 years’ work experience in a supervisory or managerial role. 


Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in a discipline related to the study programme and a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in management 

Target Audience

This course is targeted at management professionals with supervisory and/or middle management experience such as:  

  • Operations Manager/ Coordinator 
  • Financial Manager 
  • Supply Chain Manager 
  • Shop Floor Manager/ Supervisor 
  • Marketing and Sales Manager 
  • Services Manager/ Supervisor. 
  • Retail Managers/ Supervisors 
  • Transport Managers 
  • Maintenance Managers 
  • Marketing Managers 

The target group focuses primarily on people already employed within supervisory and managerial roles who wish to have a more thorough background in the subject in order to progress further in their careers. 

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning. The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

1. Face-to-face sessions: 18 hours

2. Online Learning Activities: 12 hours

Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: · 20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and · 80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.


a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in the formative assignment.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module. The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments.

The recommended assessment tool for this module is an essay title or case studies based on relevant real-life scenarios.

Word count range: 3000 ± 10% For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment.


Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Management as presented in this brochure costs €9,775.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Critically analyse and communicate the opportunities to achieve strategic leadership development both with specialists and non-specialists.
  • Manage debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists to critically analyse and evaluate the steps the leadership can take to develop organisational strategy.
  • Design a personal development plan to achieve strategic leadership development.
  • Devise an implementation process for the development plan.
  • Critically assess the impact of strategic leadership development on the success of organisational strategy.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Critically evaluate Strategic Management processes, phases, benefits and barriers.
  • Critically analyse Strategic Management challenges in the context of 5Ps of competitive advantage § Understand Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility.
  • Critically discuss the concept of managers as effective leaders in relation to leadership theories.
  • Critically assess the concept of leaders as effective managers in context of strategic management theory.
  • Critically evaluate the balance needed between the demands of strategic management and leadership.
  • Recognise and evaluate leadership qualities that support organisational mission and values in own organisational settings.


At  the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Applying knowledge and understanding The learner will be able to:
  • Critically analyse the importance of using Star Model to strategic planning and the 5Ps of competitive advantage.
  • Apply the most suitable strategy management processes in context of organisational development and management theory.
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of strategic leadership development in achieving advancement of professional leadership practices in organisations.
  • Establish a process for developing and formulating strategy based on the organisational development strategy by critically analysing the political, social, ethical and operational needs for common strategy in organisations.
  • Critically evaluate how strategic intelligence is used in the development and formulation of strategy.
  • Explicate how strategy is influenced by the reality of factors including political, global, public interest, media impact, and social, cultural and religious in the modern context.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Undertake independent and self-directed study through research, both primary and secondary.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to benefit from assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.
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