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Level 7

Diploma in Management Studies

Advanced Professional Development

Level 7 Diploma in Management Studies

Advanced Professional Development



Part 1 – Methods to Improve Personal and Professional Skills7

Management Development Techniques7



Counseling 17

Stress Management19


Management Styles30

Professional Bodies 35

Chairing Meetings36

Effective Presentations38

Time Management43

Problem Solving46

Mind Maps49

Drill Down52

Decision Trees54

Thinking Hats60

Cost Benefit Analysis65
Part 2 – Personal Skills Audit69

Interpersonal Skills70

Multi-tasking 73

Learning Styles77

Basic Management Skills Audit95

Assignment 197

Assignment 2103

Advanced Professional Development


This Level 7 Diploma in Management Studies Unit is based around your own work. The first management skill is the ability to manage yourself. This means recognising what you are good at, as well as your weaknesses. By taking an objective and systematic approach to developing your own management skills, you can then manage other people and work systems in a professional manner.

The Study Pack is comprised mainly of models for evaluating methods to improve personal skills, and to audit, plan and develop your own approach to management. They do not represent things that you have to do to complete the Unit, but avenues of self-development that you should consider when evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses and formulating a development plan.

There are two assignments:

The first asks you to explore and evaluate methods that could be used to improve management skills. It then asks you to carry out an audit of your own management skills and create a personal development plan

The second should completed after an appropriate time period; it asks you to monitor and evaluate the implementation of your development plan

Suggested Reading

Bailey K et alPursuing Professional Development Heinle & Heinle 2000

Earley P and Bubb S Leading and managing Continuing Professional Development Paul Chapman Publications 2004

Mumford and Gold Managing development CIPD 2004

Megginson – Continuing Professional Development CIPD 2003


Management Today Chartered Institute of Management

People Management Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development




The Assignments are graded at Pass or Fail; there are no intermediate grades such as Merit or Distinction. The assessment is based on the outcomes stated on the front of each assignment, and the assignment tasks are worded to enable you to meet these outcomes.

Part 1 – Methods to improve personal and
Professional skills

Management development techniques

The techniques used for management development are varied. Each of the techniques summarised below is a subject in itself. The list follows the distinction between work-based methods and formal training and education, although clearly there are links between them (for example, an individual may need to take a training course before being given additional responsibilities, and most management education courses include projects in which the student draws on experience at work or seeks to solve problems there). Although people skills are a key element of management, formal training interventions are rarely good at producing improvements in inter-personal behaviour. Work-based methods appear to be most effective here and in some other areas. For this reason, they are listed first.

Work-based methods:


One of the...
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