Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice
Learners must complete any combination of units to a minimum of 140 TQT hours to achieve this qualification, selected from units 701-716, Group A only. The minimum guided hours is 36.
This CMI Certificate qualification is designed for those who aspire to be managers who aim to have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance. This qualification requires managers to build on their strategic management and leadership skills and to focus on the requirements of implementing the organisation’s strategy.
This accredited qualification is designed for postgraduate students who want to develop their leadership and management skills for current and future success; who are committed to undertaking a professional qualification alongside their degree; who want access to cutting edge project management and leadership thinking and knowledge; who want to gain exceptional leadership skills to complement their existing knowledge base making them future-ready.
Each unit carries a number of credits and to achieve the Certificate you need to complete a minimum of 14 credits. The minimum Total Qualification Time is 140 hours, including 36 Guided Learning Hours (GLH).
Unit Number Unit Title Credits Guided Learning Hours Total Unit Time 701 Strategic Leadership 11 36 110 712 Strategic Management Project 10 24 100 711 Entrepreneurial Practice 9 32 90
1. Understand the role and context for strategic leadership
1.1 Critically appraise the impact of organisational context on strategic leadership
1.2 Critically appraise the role of the strategic leader to set and realise organisational goals
2. Understand the behaviours and skills for strategic leadership
2.1 Critically appraise the leadership behaviours and skills required to deliver strategic goals
2.2 Critically reflect on how the principles of strategic leadership can be applied to respond to complex organisational challenges
The aim of this unit is to equip leaders with an in-depth understanding of strategic leadership within an organisational context. Leaders will explore the complexities of the role and the theoretical perspectives, approaches, behaviours and skills which can enhance their professional practice. The unit focuses on the leader’s ability to respond creatively to complex organisational challenges and understand how to set and deliver sustainable strategic goals.
- Strategic Management Project
1. Know how to develop a strategic management project
1.1 Develop a business case for a strategic management project
1.2 Propose a research design to inform the direction of the strategic management project
1.3 Recommend a project management methodology and tools to structure project delivery
2. Know how to conduct a strategic management project
2.1 Report on the outcomes of the strategic management project
2.2 Critically reflect on the leadership skills and behaviours used to conduct the strategic management project
The aim of this unit is for leaders to undertake a strategic management project of their own choosing. To achieve this outcome leaders will develop a business case, propose research design to inform the project’s direction and recommend project management methods and tools to structure the delivery of the project. Leaders will report on project outcomes and reflect on the skills and behaviours which ultimately influence the success of the strategic management project.
- Entrepreneurial Practice
1. Understand entrepreneurship in strategic contexts
1.1 Critically appraise the forms and contexts of entrepreneurship with reference to theoretical concepts and contemporary thinking
1.2 Assess multi-dimensional issues which impact on entrepreneurial practice in different contexts
1.3 Formulate approaches to removing barriers to entrepreneurial practice using an evidence-based justification
2. Understand the principles of entrepreneurial practice
2.1 Critically appraise the characteristics and attributes of entrepreneurial leadership
2.2 Propose a course of action to achieve an entrepreneurial aim using an evidence-based justification
This unit is to enable leaders to explore the principles of entrepreneurial practice, understand the different contexts in which entrepreneurship can flourish and the characteristics of entrepreneurial leadership.
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- Attendance Requirements
By signing up for the certificate you are making a commitment to complete both units. You are expected to attend all scheduled training days (including the half day induction) and manage your workload to continue your postgraduate studies while completing the CMI qualification.
If you are experiencing ill health and have difficulty in attending the training days please ring or email the Graduate School immediately (see contact details in Section 4.1).
Failure to advise the Graduate School of reasons for non-attendance in advance of the unit being delivered may result in removal of a learner’s registration from the CMI Certificate. Learners will be notified if this is the case.
Assessment will be by a range of activities including assignments and work-based evidence; there are no exams to sit. However, you will be required to complete written tasks for each unit for assessment purposes. Full details will be given by your tutor and guidance will be available.
You will typically be allowed a period of four weeks following the supporting training session for completion of each assignment. Support will be available during this timeframe to provide general advice to students completing their assignments, which will be outlined during the units. See here for further information about assignments.
- Teaching and Training Methods
The course will be delivered by experienced tutors. It will be delivered over an intensive series of one day sessions 10.00am to 4.00pm unless specified otherwise (refer to 4.2 Course Dates). Learning over the course of the training programme will be achieved through a variety of tutor presentations, discussions and practical exercises, including team working and opportunities for reflection and feedback.
The course will provide the opportunity to learn from colleagues on the course, and to develop new insights through discussion.
Training Venue and Facilities
The training will normally be delivered in the Graduate School, Queen’s University Belfast. Tea, coffee and water will be made available at the morning and afternoon breaks.
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- Health and Safety Information
In the event of a fire the fire alarm will sound. Please follow the instructions as indicated in the venue and the instructions of the Fire Evacuation Wardens (wearing bibs marked “Fire Warden”).
The Graduate School, and Queen’s campus, are publicly accessible. Please take care of your belongings at all times.
As with other public buildings, smoking is not permitted in any part of the building.
If there is any item causing an obstruction in any part of the building or in the concourse please inform a member of staff immediately.
Mobile phones should be switched off while in class.
Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of The Graduate School team should you have any queries or concerns relating to health and safety.
- Membership of the Chartered Management Institute
All students accepted for the CMI course will gain access to Management Direct during the course and will be granted a year-long associate membership to the CMI, which includes a vast array of online resources to help you complete your certificate and further develop your leadership and management skills.
Should you wish to continue with CMI membership beyond the one year period following completion of the course, this will be subject to membership fees, for which the individual is liable.
- Withdrawing from the Programme
If you decide to withdraw from the course, please notify the tutor, and put your decision in writing to the CMI Programme Co-ordinator immediately. Please notify the Graduate school as soon as possible so that the place may be offered to another candidate.
If a student withdraws from study at Queen’s University, they can no longer undertake study on the CMI units at Queen’s. The Graduate School will support students to find alternative providers of CMI qualifications as appropriate, noting that the student will be required to pay any relevant fees requested by alternative providers.
The Graduate School at Queen’s offers postgraduate students the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional development. This is complementary to their course of studies. Continuation on the Queen’s CMI units is dependent upon a student continuing to be registered as a student at Queen’s University Belfast. If a student chooses to take a temporary withdrawal from the University, status on the CMI units will also be temporarily suspended. The Graduate School cannot guarantee that the same units will be available upon return to study.
If a student is suspended from study, their status on the CMI units will also be suspended, in line with the duration of the suspension from studies.
All students at Queen’s are subject to the Study Regulations for either postgraduate Taught or Research degree programmes as applicable.