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Business & Management

Management Development Diploma

The Management Development Level 3 Diploma course aims to cover the "soft skills" of management which are increasingly seen as essential to lead effective teams.
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Level 3 / ABC Awards / ODL77

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Course introduction

It should be useful not only for recently appointed or aspiring managers, but also for those who wish to refresh their knowledge and understanding as part of their CPD. The standard equates to a Level 5 in similar qualifications.

The Modules build on the premise that people are usually promoted for their technical competence and evidence of good interpersonal skills. It is often assumed that they will know how to develop themselves and others, and how to manage difficult people. A good deal of time and pain can be avoided if managers can raise fairly quickly their awareness of how to handle these aspects.

The Modules follow a logical sequence. They start with topics which have recently become recognised as highly relevant to management, but are not generally widely understood: coaching, followed by theories of learning and learning style to support staff development. Motivation is covered next, since it underpins so much workplace behaviour, and assists an understanding of the fourth topic, which is management style. Effective communication, arguably the most important of the "soft skills", follows as an essential basis for exploring performance management, and teamwork with effective delegation. The conflict which can arise partly from communication problems in the course of performance and team management is the next topic.

The programme concludes with two practical Modules: one on the "nuts and bolts" of delivering training and evaluating staff development, which is increasingly part of the manager's role. The culminating Module focuses on the practical details of personal development planning, drawing on all the previous units to assess development needs and how to meet development goals.

Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

Awarding organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Course units

Module 1: The manager as a coach or mentor
- Definitions of coaching, mentoring and counselling
- Principles of coaching and mentoring
- Detailed examples of practical coaching and mentoring techniques, which may be used by managers who are not formally trained as coaches
- Discussion of the introduction, operation and evaluation of coaching and mentoring systems in an organisation

Module 2: The manager's role in training and development
- The implications of establishing a "learning organisation"
- The applications of learning theories ("cognitive, behavioural, constructivist and social") and preferred learning styles (Kolb, with Honey & Mumford) to the workplace
- The importance of the "training cycle", including Training Needs Analysis
- Factors to consider in the choice of training and development available, including discussion of "off-site" versus "in house" training, and the pros and cons of distance learning, including via the Internet; the importance of blended learning is explored
- A framework for maintaining current knowledge of Government initiatives to promote training
- Principles of evaluation as part of the training cycle
- Conclusions on the importance of a working knowledge of training, learning and development issues for a line manager

Module 3: Motivation in the workplace theory and practice
- Definitions of motivation and why it matters in the workplace
- Analysis of what determines motivation, covering both "intrinsic" personality factors, and "extrinsic" working conditions
- Exploration of some well-known theories of motivation: "instrumental, content and process" models, with a consideration of their relevance to working in organisations (e.g. McGregor, Herzberg, Vroom, Latham & Locke, and Adams)
- Discussion with practical examples of how managers can motivate people

Module 4: Management styles including situational leadership
- Definitions of management and leadership
- Exploration and evaluation of recent theories on management styles (e.g. Tannenbaum & Schmidt, Blake & Mouton, Adair, Katz, Bennis, Pedler, Burgoyne & Boydell), including Hersey and Blanchard's "situational leadership" which advocates adapting 1's style to suit the experience and development stage of each individual; the growing interest in "Emotional Intelligence" (Goleman) is also outlined
- Reflections on the development of management styles and practical application of widely accepted theories

Module 5: Effective communication understanding the communication process
- A justification of the key importance of effective communication
- Theories of communication
- Good practice in the main channels of communication: "hard copy" written, electronic and verbal
- Discussion of the development of effective communication strategies and policies

Module 6: Performance Management Informal and Formal, including Appraisals
- Definitions, development over time and impact of performance management, including appraisals
- Formal versus informal performance management
- The difference between performance appraisal and performance management
- Reasons why appraisals often unpopular with both appraisers and appraisees
- The link between performance management and motivation
- Discussion of performance management and reward systems, including separating performance management from reward
- Focus on performance-related pay (PRP)
- The role of 360-degree feedback in performance management

Further sections cover:
- Exploration of approaches to performance management in practice
- Giving and receiving feedback

Module 7: Developing individuals into an effective team the art of delegation
- Teams types and definitions, including the growing importance of "matrix", "self-managed" and "virtual" teams
- Theories of team development (Tuckman) and their application: the importance of "storming" and pitfalls of "groupthink"; the value of identifying "team role preferences" (Belbin), and the implications of this
- Techniques for team development
- The role of delegation in team development

Module 8: Essentials of Conflict Management
- Definition, causes and symptoms of conflict
- "Constructive conflict"
- Effects and implications of conflict
- Disciplinary cases and grievances: cost and management issues
- Underlying theories of conflict management e.g. Thomas Kilmann Model (TKI)
- Management of change as a potential source of conflict
- General guidelines for preventing conflict
- Managing "difficult people"
- Building self-awareness
- Developing negotiation skills
- Management of performance issues which could lead to conflict
- Managing conflict in teams
- The Strength Deployment Indicator® - The SDI®

Module 9: Design and Delivery of Staff Development Activities
- Choosing the best approach to the delivery of learning
- Planning, design and delivery of training practical skills
- Practical advice on the use of a variety of visual aids in staff development, including use of PowerPoint and flip charts, good design of slides, tips for effective presentations, and guidelines for interactive sessions, using a facilitative approach
- Evaluation of staff development activities

Module 10: The Personal Development Plan
- Definitions and context of personal development plans
- Principles of personal development planning Identifying your current level of personal development

Learner support

12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

FAQs

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You need to be able to commit your time to the course. To help you understand the commitment needed, each of the course descriptions estimates the amount of time it will take you to complete the course. This is based on an average study period of approximately 10 hours per week.

It is best to choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ option against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone or by post, call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from six weeks to nine months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the size of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that postage and packaging is charged in addition to the course price.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exam at a registered test centre. You will need to organise the examination yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be included in your study pack.

The details of what sort of exam/assignment (if any) is required for a course will be stated on the course description page, so please check these for full details.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing enquiries@ncchomelearning.co.uk or calling 0333 3445 690.

Can reasonable adjustments be made to help reduce the effects of a disability or difficulty that may place me at a disadvantage?

A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the candidate at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the integrity of what needs to be assessed, but may involve:

Changing standard assessment arrangements, for example allowing candidates extra time to complete the assessment activity Adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in Braille Providing access facilitators during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or a reader Re-organising the assessment room, such as removing visual stimuli for an autistic candidate.

Reasonable adjustments are approved or set in place before the assessment activity takes place; they constitute an arrangement to give the candidate access to the assessment activity. The use of a reasonable adjustment will not be taken into consideration during the assessment of a candidate’s work.

Awarding organisations and centres are only required by law to do what is ‘reasonable’ in terms of giving access. What is reasonable will depend on the individual circumstances, cost implications and the practicality and effectiveness of the adjustment. Other factors, such as the need to maintain competence standards and health and safety, will also be taken into consideration.

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