ELE 3745 Leadership Training, Personal Development and Coaching

ELE 3745 Leadership Training, Personal Development and Coaching

Course code: 
ELE 3745
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Elisabeth Andvik
Course name in Norwegian: 
Ledertrening, personlig utvikling og coaching
Product category: 
Bachelor - Electives
2024 Autumn
Active status: 
Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

This course targets students who are interested in personal development and practical leadership training. The scientific foundation is within positive psychology, while coaching and mentoring represent the practical tools.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The primary aim is to develop our student’s insight and reflection on own role as a leader. The course will convey an introduction to leader- and employee development, coaching as well as personal development.

During the course, students shall acquire:

  • Knowledge about how to use coaching tools to develop effective interaction and communication.
  • Knowledge about well-known/acknowledged (central) models of coaching
  • An increased insight into own patterns of thought, of personality and behaviour influences relationships, and attain some tools for self regulation.
  • Knowledge of central theoretical subject areas, such as cognitive and positive psychology, team- and group processes, stress and coping, etc.
  • The participants shall acquire insight into tools of leadership, with a focus on communication, listening and giving feedback.
  • Introduction to basic principles for leader- and team development.
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Practice cognitive frameworks to better be able to understand and assist individuals, leaders and teams in challenges with interpersonal relations.
  • Use (different?) coaching tools to assist others in developing their potential, create engagement, motivation and job satisfaction.
  • Use communication tools from (the subject area) leadership development (active listening, feed-back, etc.)
  • Apply research based knowledge about leadership to help leaders develop a more effective interaction.
General Competence

The aim is to help students achieve attitudes and reflections related to:

  • The functioning of great leaders, teams and organizations
  • Altruism and positive psychology as basis for helping others
  • Leadership as a learning process entailing a step-by-step process for the individual, the team and the organization
Course content

The content of this course focus on self-management, leadership development and coaching. It aims at

  • Identify strengths and core qualities to develop resilience, mastery and personal effectiveness
  • Identify own stressors and biases/heuristics and use tools to achieve mastery, creativity and energy.
  • Prepare for presentations in class, facilitate group/team processes, give feedback that is both constructive and developmental feedback
  • Attain principles for leadership training and team development
Teaching and learning activities

This is a seminar based course with four full days of classroom teaching (24 hours in total). In addition, each class conducts a virtual four hour simulation exercise, and a two hour exam preparation lecture.  There is 15 hours of asynchronous teaching material (e.g. introductory lectures, self-tests, podcasts and TED talks with researchers and practitioners). 

The student’s learning process takes place during short lectures, student teamwork, case work individually and in groups, role play, tests, and casework. Each class will have maximum 40 students. We emphasize a safe learning environment where students are expected to participate in the classroom learning process. In addition, students are expected to do teamwork (peer coaching) between sessions.

At the end of the course, the students have an individual digital written school exam.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

For electives re-sit is normally offered at the next scheduled course. If an elective is discontinued or is not initiated in the semester it is offered, re-sit will be offered in the electives ordinary semester.


Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Basic knowledge of leadership and organizational life

Exam category: 
School Exam
Form of assessment: 
Written School Exam - digital
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
Support materials: 
  • No support materials
5 Hour(s)
Exam code: 
ELE 37451
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
24 Hour(s)
Syncronous teaching in the classroom: Lectures, exercises, tests, discussions and casework.
4 Hour(s)
Simulation exercise
2 Hour(s)
Exam preparation lecture
Digital resources
  • Interactive video
  • Interactive websites
  • Test with automatic feedback
15 Hour(s)
15 hours of asyncronous teaching: introductory lectures, self tests, coaching lessons with professional coaches, podcasts, news articles, etc.
Group work / Assignments
12 Hour(s)
Coaching in student groups
Student's own work with learning resources
30 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
110 Hour(s)
Preparing for teaching activities and the final exam
3 Hour(s)
3 hour exam
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.