SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN223799
Module Leader Christopher Smith
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

The learner must be employed in a full-time, part-time or voluntary capacity.

Summary of Content

This module will introduce the student to an understanding of change. This will include: both internal and external triggers for change; identification of resources which need to be harnessed in order to make change possible; investigation of the nature of resistors to change and strategies to overcome them. The module requires a work based project proposal to be undertaken that is useful to both the student and the employing organisation.


The -1 syllabus -1 for -1 the module -1 will -1 cover -1 the -1 following issues: Types of -1 change Resistance-1 to -1 change Organisational-2 -1 change -1 strategies: -1 System Intervention -1 Strategy (SIS)-1 and -1 Participative Strategy -1 Systems -1 thinking The Learning-1 Organisation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of theories, concepts and techniques associated with managing change at work;2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of strategies for leading and managing change and their role in improving organisational performance.3. Apply a selection of techniques and approaches to managing change at operational level within an organisation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be expected to draw on academic theories and techniques in order to frame, analyse and solve actual work-based problems. To this end learning will involve not only formal but informal learning strategies and assessment. This module particularly emphasises the integration of learning and work e.g. the student's assessment may involve them in conducting actual work based analysis and decision making within a work context. The module utilises an interactive lecture programme where students are encouraged to participate and contribute. Students are required to undertake a programme of specified reading for independent learning, and reflect upon managerial practices within the workplace. The teaching and skills development programme will be supported via GCU Learn, which will also enhance the students' ability to utilise e-communication.

Indicative Reading

Alvesson, M., Sveningsson, S.2016, Changing organizational culture: cultural change work in progress, Secondition. edn, Routledge, London. Beerel, A.C., 2009, Leadership and change management, SAGE, Los Angeles, [Calif.];London Burnes, B. 2014, Managing change, 6th edn, Pearson Education Ltd. Burnes, B. 2009, Managing change: a strategic approach to organisational dynamics, 5th edn, Pearson Education Ltd, London Cameron, E & Green, M (2012) 3 RD EDITION 4 TH EDITION Making Sense of Change Management: a complete guide to the model, tools and techniques of organisational change. Kogan Page Harmon, P., 2014, Business process change: a business process management guide for managers and process professionals, Thirdition. edn, Elsevier, Amsterdam;Boston Hayes, J., 2014, The theory and practice of change management, 4th edn, Palgrave Macmillan. Huczynski, A and Buchanan, D (2013) Organisational Behaviour, (8th edition) Prentice Hall EBOOK Hughes, M. 2010, Managing change: a critical perspective, 2nd edn, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, London. -108 Lewis, Laurie K. Organizational change: creating change through strategic communication. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Mullins, L J (2013) Management and Organisational Behaviour, (10th edition) Pearson Education Nieswandt, M. 2015, Fast cultural change: the role and influence of middle management, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. -108 Nilakant, V., 2006, Change management: altering mindsets in a global context, Response, London;Delhi Paton, R.A., McCalman, J. and Siebert, S. 2016, Change management: a guide to effective implementation, 3rd edn, Sage, London. Senior, Barbara. & Swailes. Stephen. (2010) Organisational change. 4th ed. Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Transferrable Skills

Self-management: self-motivation, time management and critical self-reflection and evaluation of personal performance. Communication skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills when participating in the group work and group presentation Research skills: data gathering using secondary methods, and data analysis. C & IT skills: engaging in a virtual learning environment; using MS Powerpoint and MS Word packages for presentations and report writing; accessing and using industry databases such as FAME, MINTEL, KEYNOTE. Using Refworks software to develop referencing skills, and Turnitin software to improve writing style.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 105.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Students will be expected to generate an organisationally endorsed change project proposal setting out business benefit & personal development requirements (4000 words)