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2014/2015  BA-BPSYV1203U  Mentoring and coaching in an organizational context

English Title
Mentoring and coaching in an organizational context

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Psychology, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Secretary Ane Lindgren Hassing - alh.ioa@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Business psychology
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 20-05-2014
Learning objectives
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 programmes in organizations by using concepts, theories and cases from the class.
Course prerequisites
No specific requirement – however a basic knowledge of learning theories is recommended.
Mentoring and coaching in an organizational context:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
The oral exam starts with the contents of the synopsis and may include all of the required literature of the elective. The student is assessed on his/her oral presentation in regards to the above goal description.
Size of written product Max. 3 pages
The synopsis is written in groups of 3-6 students.
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
Written report - homework - of min. 5 pages, max. 10 pages. The report is assessed without censor.
Course content and structure

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, graduate programmes, leadership 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 are focusing on how to design and implement mentoring/coaching programmes in organizations - and 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 pitfalls and barriers to success for such programmes.

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


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


and selected articles and chapters from other books

Last updated on 20-05-2014