Leadership Training and Development

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
BUSN 4460
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This seminar based course will provide students with an introduction to the theory and practice of leadership through an examination of noteworthy theories and approaches of leadership, including but not limited to the relationship and roles of leaders and followers, the responsibilities of leaders and followers, and the consequences of ineffective or bad leadership. One of the major tasks of the course will be to develop the students' abilities to train others in leadership skills and/or behaviours so that the students may use their training skills in real-life organizations.
Course Content

The course lectures and activities will focus on the benefits, drawbacks, and implications of practice for the following:

  1. History and origins of leadership theory;
  2. Trait and behavioural theories of leadership;
  3. Contingency theories;
  4. Transactional and transformational leadership theories;
  5. Cultural, anthropological, military and political leadership;
  6. Modern leadership theories (e.g., charismatic, democratic, adaptive, authentic and team leadership theories); and
  7. Leadership theory and practice in the 21st century (e.g., ethical Leadership, practicing leadership in a multicultural society, gender and leadership, etc.).

In addition to the above, approximately half of the course is focused on students developing a comprehensive understanding of how to train others in one or more of the aforementioned areas.

Learning Activities

This course is a fourth-year seminar class with a high degree of preparation required by both students and instructor.  Student presentations and interactive discussions will form an integral part of the learning experience. Methods of instruction can include roundtable discussions, trainings, peer feedback, lectures and other seminar formats.

Means of Assessment

Asessment will be in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.

Professional Development Training(s)  25-30%
Performance Evaluations  15-25%
Project(s) and/or Assignment(s)  15-25%
Capstone Project(s)  15-25%
Participation  0-10%



1. At least 50% of the total coursework must be individual work.
2. To pass the course, students must achieve a cumulative grade of 50% in all non-group assessments as well as 50% overall in the course. In other words, students must have achieved at least 50% on their cumulative individual assessments in order to be eligible to earn marks from group work.
3. Instructors are required to meet the Douglas College Review Ethics Board guidelines related to student research outside the College by requiring students and (as needed) research participants to sign the appropriate Commerce and Business Administration Faculty Education Committee approved Informed Consent Form.
4. Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course a successful student will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate noteworthy theories of leadership.
  2. Distinguish the roles and functions of leaders and followers.
  3. Analyze ethicality of leadership theories approaches and/or practices.
  4. Critique leadership theories, approaches and/or practices in order to formulate suggestions for leadership practice(s).
  5. Differentiate and appraise, on a personal level, the practical skills that effective leadership requires.
  6. Design a professional development training for leadership practice(s) and/or behaviour(s) that are relevant in the current workforce, including the utilization of effective feedback techniques.
  7. Formulate effective feedback and feedback mechanism(s) to enhance peers' and/or trainees' performance.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and materials to be purchased by students include one or more of the following:

  1. Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience. (latest edition), R.L. Hughes, R.C. Ginnett, & C.J. Curphy. (McGraw Hill).
  2. Practicing Leadership: Principles and Applications (latest edition), Arthur Shriberg, David Shriberg, & Carol Lloyd. (John Wiley & Sons).
  3. Leadership: Theory, Application, Skill Development. (latest edition), Robert Lussier, Christopher Achua. (Thomson).
  4. A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership. (latest edition), Brad Jackson & Ken Parry. (Sage)
  5. Theory and Practice of Leadership. (latest edition), Roger Gill. (Sage).
  6. Leadership: Theory and Practice (latest edition), Peter G. Northouse (Sage). 

Or such textbook as approved by the Business Department.



1) A minimum of 60 credits and

2) A minimum of a C+ in ENGL 1130 or an English, Communications or Creative Writing course that transfers (as English credit) to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC)


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No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for BUSN 4460
Athabasca University (AU) AU ORGB 327 (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BADM 305 (3)
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN BADM 2XX (3)
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC LEAD 2XX (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR MGMT 3XX (3)
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOBU 2XXX (3)
Langara College (LANG) LANG BUSM 2XXX (3)
Northern Lights College (NLC) NLC MGMT 2XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MNGT 2XXX (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW BUSI 3XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MGMT 2nd (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV COMM 2nd (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 3XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC COM 2XX (1.5)
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC HOSP 4460 (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023