Course code AOS234

AOS234 Leadership - Course for Student Representatives

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Course responsible: Sigurd Henning Rysstad
Teachers: Per Ove Røkholt
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Maximum 25 participants. Priority: Elected student representatives at NMBU.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, Spring parallel, June block, .
Course frequency: The course will be given if teachers are available
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Last time: 2018V
Preferential right:
Elected students representatives at NMBU.
Course contents:
The course is made up of four parts: (a) General societal change and regulatory framework, (b) Strategic adjustment: Organizational structure and culture, (c)  Governance structures with emphasis on the role and functions of the board of directors, (d) Leadership and human resource management. The topics are illuminated through practical cases and relevant theory. Emphasis is placed on developing connections between the four topics by using realistic examples and relevant theory.
Learning outcome:

The course has two goals: First, to make our elected student representatives proficient in their roles as elected student representatives at NMBU. Second, to give knowledge and understanding of topics in organization theory that are relevant for a leader.

Knowledge: (i) Gain knowledge about NMBU as an organizational system, how the system is structured, how it works, and what strategic challenges the organization is faced with due to current social developments.

Skills: (i) Be able to participate in teamwork under time- and performance pressure. The team shall do an empirical investigation of a specific problem in an organization, and the findings with recommendations shall be summarized in a written report as well as presented orally for representatives from the organization. (ii) Lead a board and be able to distinguish between the board's and the manager's responsibilities, (iii) Gain insight in and reflect over personal strengths and weaknesses for being able to function in leadership roles

General competences: (i) Be able to apply theoretical knowledge as well as experiences from the roles as student electives at NMBU when analyzing organizational challenges, strategies and strategy implementation in other settings. (ii) Be able to analyze complex, practical organizational problems by using relevant theories in organization and leadership. (iii) Be able to identify and reflect over ethical issues in board work and management

Learning activities:
The course uses a variety of different learning methods: core lectures, seminars, class discussions, individual literature studies, colloquium work, project work in teams and presentations (written and oral).
Teaching support:
Plenary discussion of the projects.
The syllabus consists of lectures + book chapters + a series of articles published in scientific journals and newspapers + materials with concrete case information (for example annual reports, strategic plans, reports, etc.). The syllabus will vary somewhat from year to year, depending on which projects the students will be working with.
Practical leadership and management experience.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in the evenings and Saturday sessions. All students must hand in 3 individual short papers (pass/fail) and participate in 3-4 group presentations. The mandatory activities must be passed again if you retake the course.

Grading is based on a group project (A-F). Each group have to submit two intermediate reports as well as a final project report.

The first report shall give an overview of and present the problem(s) the groups are studying.

The second report shall also include a section about relevant theoretical perspectives and an outline of the report.

The group has to hand in a final report, and present and defend the report in an oral exam. The two intermediate reports both count 20% and the final report counts 60% towards the final grade.

Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures/seminars are given 4-5 Saturdays and several evenings. In total ca. 40 hours of class time. The course is made up of four sections. All four sections are structured alike: -Introduction of the topic by the responsible teacher and guest lecturers. -Elaboration on the subject and generalisation of the chosen issues related to the subject, led by the teacher. -The teacher will go through the main topics discussed in the course literature. -Distribution and presentation of project assignments. Distribution of literature relevant to the course. -Review of experiences from previous gatherings. -Preliminary presentation and discussion of project work. -Introduction to the next topic.
The course is intended specifically for elected student representatives at NMBU.

The course teachers grade the intermediate reports.

Internal and external examinators grade the final reports jointly.

Examination details: :