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MSc (T) Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

AFL-MSC-SD

UCAS Code

JACS Code

F751 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A 2.2 Honours degree or above in an appropriate subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, food and consumer sciences (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Alan Renwick

University College Dublin

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

For the determination of whether, or not, to award a Pass with Distinction, the CATS-point weighted mean mark in the modules listed below will be considered as equivalent to the mark in the dissertation/project.
LFE8036 Work Placement (Sustainable Rural
Development)
LFE8008 Rural Development Project/Thesis

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:
Demonstrate in-depth understanding of theory and practice of leadership in the context of sustainable rural development and identify and critically evaluate the role of leadership for sustainable development within a range of organisational contexts
Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the principles and core themes associated with sustainable development and an ability to critically evaluate best practice within the rural sector
Using knowledge and skills gained from the programme, contribute positively to the sustainable rural development agenda through research projects
Demonstrate a high level of competence in employability skills that will facilitate a professional approach to the work environment

Demonstrate in-depth understanding of theory and practice of leadership in the context of sustainable rural development and an ability to identify and critically evaluate the role of leadership for sustainable development within a range of organisational contexts

Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the principles and core themes associated with sustainable development and an ability to critically evaluate best practice within the rural sector

Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge and skills gained from the programme in order to contribute positively to the sustainable rural development agenda through research projects

Demonstrate a high level of competence in employability skills that will facilitate a professional approach to the work environment

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Carry out critical self-analysis and use initiative to develop personal effectiveness as a leader

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

1. Is supported through training sessions and group discussions

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports and peer and self assessment

2. Demonstrate an ability to take on board differing viewpoints, to make decisions based on limited information available and devise and justify a solution to problem

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

2. Is supported through training sessions, workshops group work

Methods of Assessment

assessed through case studies and project work

3. Critical evaluation and reflection on development of understanding of leadership for sustainable rural development drawing on knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

3. Is supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars, work placements, briefing and debriefing sessions

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports and peer and self assessment, rural development project

4. An ability to integrate and critically evaluate different thinking on sustainable development issues and to develop own argument

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

4. Is supported through lectures and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

assessed through essays and presentations
rural development project

5. Demonstrate originality in application of knowledge in order to deal with complex sustainability issues systematically and creatively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

5. Is supported through the work placement, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports

6. Critically analyse, synthesise and summarise information of appropriate quality from academic and professional sources to inform research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

6. Is supported through the work placement

Methods of Assessment

assessed through report and peer and self assessment, rural development project

7. Carry out critical self-analysis and use initiative to develop own learning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

7. Is supported through training sessions and group work

Methods of Assessment

assessed through project proposals, reports and presentations

8. Reflecting on and evaluating own performance as an individual and in the context of a professional organisation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

8. Is supported through the work placement and rural development project

Methods of Assessment

Assessed though reports and rural development project

9. Ability to make sound decisions in the absence of incomplete information and to adapt plans and respond appropriately to unpredictable situations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

9. Is supported through work placements and debriefing sessions

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports

10. Reflecting on and evaluating own performance as an individual and as a team member

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

10. Is supported through group projects and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports and self-assessment

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a high level of competence in key skills including research skills, data analysis, sampling, questionnaire design, project management skills, presentation skills, problem solving, team work, report writing, personal development and career management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

1. Is supported through practical sessions, group work and the work placement

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports, presentations, practical reports and sessions

2. Ability to communicate complex ideologies and information accurately, clearly, concisely and appropriately in both written and oral forms

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

2. Is supported through seminars and group discussions

Methods of Assessment

assessed through presentations, self and peer assessment and essays

3. Ability to constructively contribute to group discussions by respecting the views and opinions of others and representing own perspective confidently and sensitively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

3. Is supported through workshops, seminars and group work

Methods of Assessment

assessed through presentations, self and peer assessment, reports and essays

4. Demonstrate an ability to independently plan and execute tasks at a professional level

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

4. Is supported through work placements, practical sessions and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports

5. Demonstrate an ability to conduct original research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

5. Is supported through the work placement, rural development project and group work

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports and project proposals

6. Develop employability skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

6. Is supported through group project work and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

assessed through project proposals, reports and presentations

7. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as part of a team to facilitate successful outcomes

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

7. Is supported through full participation in the programme

Methods of Assessment

assessed through overall success on the programme

8. Development of Project Management skills including project planning, time and budget management, report writing, presentation skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

8. Is supported through lectures and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

assessed through essays and presentations

9. Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate sustainable development issues to a wider audience, specialist or non-specialist, by appropriately utilising various forms of media and ICT skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

9. Is supported through full participation in the programme

Methods of Assessment

assessed through overall success on the programme

10. Organise, prioritise, plan and manage a challenging workload to meet targets for personal, academic and career development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

10. Is supported through full participation in the programme

Methods of Assessment

assessed through overall success on the programme

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Understanding of the theoretical concepts of leadership

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

1. Is supported through lectures and directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports and case studies.

2. Critical awareness of the opportunities, challenges and limitations of leadership styles

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

2. Is supported through lectures, seminars, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through examinations, essays and presentations

3. Systematic understanding of the theoretical concepts of sustainable development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

3. Is supported through lectures, seminars, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through examinations, essays and presentations

4. Critical awareness of the issues and problems impacting sustainable rural development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

4. Is supported through the work placement, briefing sessions and visits

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports and seminars

5. Conceptual understanding of current thinking and gaps in knowledge in relation to sustainable rural development and understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

5. Is supported through the work placement, briefing sessions and visits

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports and seminars,
rural development research project

6. Understand and be able to critically evaluate the role of leadership for sustainable development within the rural sector

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

6. Is supported through group work and supervisory meetings

Methods of Assessment

assessed through project proposals, reports and presentations

7. Develop understanding of best practice of sustainable development at organisational level, be able to provide examples and to draw implications for the rural sector

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

7. Is supported through full participation in the programme

Methods of Assessment

assessed through project proposals, reports and presentations

8. Understand changes, opportunities and challenges taking place within the rural sector in relation to sustainable development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

8. Is supported through the work placement and group work

Methods of Assessment

assessed through overall success on the programme

9. Demonstrate original application of appropriate theories, concepts, principles and skills gained from other modules

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

9. Is supported through full participation in the programme

Methods of Assessment

rural development research project

10. Understand group dynamics and the way in which leadership can be assumed

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

10. Is supported through group work and lectures

Methods of Assessment

rural development research project

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Comprehensive understanding of and an ability to utilise a range of techniques and methodologies which can enhance and facilitate leadership

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

1. Is supported through practical classes

Methods of Assessment

assessed through practical reports and sessions and case studies

2. Conceptual understanding of key issues relating to sustainable development and their impacts both locally and on a wider scale

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

2. Is supported through lectures, seminars, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through examinations, essays and presentation

3. Awareness of major relevant policies and directives and an ability to critically evaluate their impact on sustainable development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

3. Is supported through lectures, seminars, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through examinations, essays and presentation

4. Applying knowledge and skills from previous modules to conduct research for rural organisations paying due attention to relevant regulations and requirements and exercising sensitivity to the impact on stakeholders

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

4. Is supported through the work placement, briefing sessions and visits, rural development project

Methods of Assessment

assessed through reports and presentations,
rural development project

5. Continue to advance knowledge and understanding of leadership and sustainable development within a professional context and to develop new skills to a high level

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

5. Is supported through group work and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

assessed through project proposals, reports and presentations

6. Research, conceptualise and plan a significant project including costing, marketing, monitoring and assessing the project

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

6. Is supported through lectures and practical sessions

Methods of Assessment

assessed through essays and presentation

7. Application of skills and knowledge to effect a positive change within the sustainable development arena

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

7. Is supported through group work and the work placement

Methods of Assessment

assessed through project proposals, reports and presentations, rural development project

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Rural Development Project

LFE8008

7

30

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Leadership for Sustainable Development

LFE8030

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Policies and Strategies for Sustainable Development

LFE8031

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Sustainable Rural Economics and Policy

LFE8044

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Effective Leadership: Group Project

LFE8035

7

30

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Work Placement (Sustainable Rural Development)

LFE8036

7

60

YES

16 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes