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2012/2013  BA-HAP_VMCO  Mentoring and coaching in an organizational context

English Title
Mentoring and coaching in an organizational context

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Changes in course schedule may occur
Monday 11.40-14.15, week 5,6, 8-12, 15-17
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Psychology, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Signe Vikkelsø - Department of Organization
Secretary Ane Lindgren Hassing - alh.ioa@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Business psychology
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 01-11-2012
Learning objectives
The course’s development of personal competences:
Interpersonal, reflective and communicative competencies.
After following the course, students are expected to be able to:
  • Describe, compare and evaluate different theoretical and practical approaches to coaching and mentoring.
  • Analyze and describe ethical and organizational dilemmas in relation to implementing coaching and mentoring in organizations by using concepts, theories and cases from the class.
No specific requirement – however a basic knowledge of learning theories is recommended.
Oral exam based on synopsis
Mentoring and coaching in an organizational context:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term, Prefer week 22 or week 23
Aids Open Book, Written Aid is permitted
Duration 20 Minutes
Oral, individual exam on the basis of a synopsis 3 pages long in groups of 3-6 students.
All exam aids allowed.
Assessment – 12-scale based on oral presentation and argumentation for the synopsis.

Make-up examination and re-examination:
Individual written home assignment, min. 5 pages - max. 10 pages, graded by teacher.
Course content

The market for development through individual, helping conversations has developed immensely over the last 10 years. Coaching and mentoring are the two approaches that have received most attention. Coaching has developed into a multitude of different approaches and methods – and mentoring today is offered by most, large organisations e.g. for talent development and integration of new employees.

During this course we will seek to define the fundamental concepts in coaching and mentoring as well as explore different theoretical and practical approaches used in an organizational context. We will look at a number of different cases to identify the challenges and dilemmas in design and implementation – as well as look at the assumptions and understanding of coaching and mentoring underlying these programs.

We will look at results from research to gain new perspectives on what works and to reflect on how organizations can better implement coaching and mentoring programs that

benefit both the participants and the organization.

In this way we will create new understanding of the individual learning process of the mentor and the mentee, the coach and the coachee, and how the individual learning processes can contribute to the organization learning process and the achievement of organizational and strategic goals.

Teaching methods
The teaching will be a mixture of lectures, discussions and exercises to ensure a good and varied learning process for the individual students and for the class – thus giving the students time to reflect and explore both theory and practice in mentoring and coaching.
Expected literature

Main books for the course:

Robert Garvey, Paul Stokes and David Megginson: ”Coaching and Mentoring – Theory and Practice”
Kathy E. Kram: “Mentoring at Work – Developmental Relationships in Organizational Life” - selected chapters


We will use selected chapters and cases from the following books:

Ho Law, Sara Ireland and Zulfi Hussain: ”The Psychology of Coaching, Mentoring and Learning”, John Wiley & Sons, 2007 - selected chapters

David Megginson, David Clutterbuck, Bob Garvey, Paul Stokes & Ruth Garrett-Harries: “Mentoring in Action”, Kogan Page 2006 – selected chapters & mentoring cases

David Clutterbuckand David Megginson: “Making coaching work – creating a coaching culture”, cipd 2005 – selected chapters & coaching cases
Kathy E. Kram & Belle Rose  Ragins: "The Handbook of Mentoring at Work - theory, research, and practice"

Last updated on 01-11-2012