LO1 Understand factors which impact on an organisation’s internal environment

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Unit CMI 501 Principles of Management and Leadership in an Organisational Context 

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Assessment Brief
Each task in this assessment brief has been developed to enable you to evidence achievement of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for CMI 501: Principles of Management and Leadership in an Organisational Context. Each of the assessment criteria must gain a pass outcome for you to successfully achieve the unit.

Preparation for the assessment

  • Before you begin the assessment brief please read the CMI 501 unit specifications thoroughly as only the content related to the achievement of the assessment criteria will be assessed.
  • Research the topics being assessed. Suggested reading/web resources are provided on the CMI 501 unit specification.
  • If you are enrolled on the Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme you are encouraged to review the Apprenticeship Standard for Operations/Departmental Manager.

Completing the assessment brief
This assessment brief contains a series of tasks which are clearly referenced to the relevant assessment criteria and indicative content.
Refer to the Assessment Guidance Table at the end of this assessment brief which outlines the requirements for a Pass or Refer.
Evidence must be provided in the evidence booklet. Additional work based evidence such as plans or documentation (which has been referred to within the main text) should be included at the end of the booklet marked ‘Work Based Evidence’. Appendices are not a requirement of this assessment brief. If appendices are included these will not be marked or moderated by the CMI.

Work based evidence must be accompanied by a supporting statement in the learner evidence box, to explain the link to the assessment criteria. Work based evidence (where required by the task) must not exceed SIX (6) pages. Files embedded in the booklet must not exceed 10MB.
The evidence booklet must be completed in a professional manner (e.g. applying business conventions for writing formal reports) and by using Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format or another compatible software programme and not in a PDF format.
An appropriate referencing system (such as Harvard Referencing) must be used to ensure the original source(s) of quotations or models can be verified.
Finally, you must sign the Learner Authenticity statement (an electronic signature is accepted).

Learner support
For information regarding policies and procedures for assessment (e.g. special assessment arrangements, learner support, appeals, complaints, certification, confidentiality, plagiarism) you should contact your tutor or Centre manager and refer to the CMI Level 5 in Management and Leadership syllabus.



Being equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to manage and lead in a variety of organisational settings is essential if an individual and their organisation are to succeed.
Assessment brief CMI 501 has been designed to enable learners to evidence their ability to understand the impact of an organisations structure and governance on management and leadership. Learners will evidence how theoretical models, management and leadership approaches and styles can be applied in work settings. They will review the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be effective in the role and propose how a culture of mutual trust, respect and support can be developed in teams.



Assessment brief 501 features the following assessment tasks. Further detail is provided against each assessment task within the brief.

Assessment Task

Learning outcomes covered by assessment method

Assessment criteria

Guideline word count


Write a report entitled:

The principles of management and leadership within an organisational context

LO1 Understand factors which impact on an organisation’s internal environment

1.1 Examine the impact of legal status on the governance of an organisation

Approx. 2800 words

1.2 Analyse the purpose of an organisation’s mission and vision statements

1.3 Examine the impact of organisational structures on management roles

1.4 Discuss the impact of organisational values and ethics on management decision making

LO2 Understand the application of management and leadership theories

2.1 Evaluate the relationship between management and leadership

2.2 Analyse the impact of management and leadership styles on individuals and teams

2.3 Discuss the influence of culture and values on management and leadership styles

2.4 Examine how management and leadership styles are adapted in different situations


Create a profile of a manager who has operational or departmental responsibilities

LO3 Understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be effective in a management and leadership role

3.1 Access the knowledge and skills required for a management and leadership role

Approx. 750 words

3.2 Evaluate the factors that impact on the selection of communication techniques required to be effective in a management and leadership role

3.3 Analyse the behaviours required to be effective in a management and leadership role


Write a proposal for:
Building a culture of mutual trust, respect and support with teams and individuals.

LO3 Understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be effective in a management and leadership role

3.4 Develop an approach for building a culture of mutual trust, respect and support with teams and individuals

Approx. 450 words

Guideline word count
The written word, however generated and recorded, is still expected to form the majority of assessable work produced by Learners at Level 5. The amount and volume of work for this unit should be broadly comparable to a word count of 3500-4000 words within a margin of +/-10%. The excessive use of word count is not grounds for referral, however the CMI reserve the right to return work to the Centre for editing and resubmission by the Learner.

The following are excluded from inclusion in word count, if used and not required by the assessment brief: an introduction to a job role, organisation or department; index or contents pages; headings and sub headings; diagrams, charts and graphs; reference list or bibliography; reflective statement drawn from undertaking the assignment and how this has impacted on the learner’s work. Please see the CMI Assessment Guidance Policy for further guidance.

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