CQUniversity Unit Profile
HRMT19020 Term 2 - 2020
Perspectives on Organisational Change
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General Information

Overview

This unit explores the dynamics of change in a business environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. You will gain a critical understanding of the different perspectives to leading and managing organisational change, and the theories and models that underpin them. The unit also examines how organisations respond to the pressures of the turbulent business environment to remain competitive. You will consider the concept of change-agility as a useful ideal at which business can aim, and the pace at which organisations can innovate or adapt in the interests of long-term viability.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- Successful completion of 72 credit points.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Report
Weighting: 40%
2. Group Work
Weighting: 50%
3. Self assessment
Weighting: 10%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback - Unit evaluation

Feedback

The group task, assessment and textbook are commended.

Recommendation

Continue with mix of assessment tasks, including a group assessment with progressive tasks for the group assessment.

Feedback from Student feedback - Unit evaluation

Feedback

Additional information on assessment criteria sheets would be helpful

Recommendation

Consider the mix of tools to provide explanations on assessment requirements.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and critically discuss organisational change failure.
  2. Evaluate different perspectives on, and approaches to, organisational change and the theories and assumptions that underpin them.
  3. Analyse and critique an organisational change strategy, and discuss the impact of the strategy on the organisation, and groups, and individuals within the organisation.
  4. Prepare effective communications regarding change initiatives that can positively influence key organisational stakeholders.
  5. Engage and collaborate with team members to critically analyse organisational change strategies.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Report - 40%
2 - Group Work - 50%
3 - Self assessment - 10%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Report - 40%
2 - Group Work - 50%
3 - Self assessment - 10%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Upamali Amarakoon Unit Coordinator
u.amarakoon@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

What is change?

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Change in a VUCA environment

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Change Failure

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Change Theories

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Change Agility

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

GROUP REGISTRATION DUE: Week 5 Monday (10 Aug. 2020) 11:45PM AEST on Moodle

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review of unit materials and work towards the successful completion of assessment tasks.


Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

The Change Mindset; People; Changing Behaviours

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

BUSINESS REPORT (INDIVIDUAL) Due: Week 6 Monday (24 Aug 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Change Leadership

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

GROUP CHARTER DUE:  Week 7 Monday (31 Aug. 2020) 11:45PM AEST on Moodle

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Resistance to Change

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Decision-making in complex & ambiguous environments


Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Change Strategy

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

GROUP REPORT and GROUP PRESENTATION Due: Week 10 Monday (21 Sep 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Future Directions: The "new normal"

Chapter

Readings on the Unit Moodle Site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

PERSONAL REFLECTION (INDIVIDUAL) Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (12 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Report

Assessment Title
BUSINESS REPORT (INDIVIDUAL)

Task Description


Purpose

This assessment task gives you the opportunity to enhance your research, analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills, particularly in relation to developing an argument in the context of business report writing.


Task Description

You are required to write a BUSINESS REPORT (1600 words +/- 10%). You are expected to engage in extensive research of the academic literature (peer reviewed journals) relevant to the task and evidence your argument from scholarly sources as well as other relevant reference material, including using organisational examples.

This assessment is designed to further develop critical appraisal of organisational issues and specifically analysing approaches to change management.


Please do not commence this Assessment without referring to the specific Assessment Task information provided on the Moodle site for this Unit.

Penalties for late submission are applied according to the Policy.




Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (24 Aug 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Online via the online submission system on the Moodle Unit site.


Return Date to Students

Assessments will be returned after the marking and moderation processes are completed.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria


Assessment Item 1 - Marking Criteria for the Business Report


CONTENT: Does your Report demonstrate

  • a thorough knowledge and critical analysis of the change management issues within a well developed business report? (20%)
  • a critical review of the academic literature relevant to the identified change management issues, integrated effectively throughout the report to evidence critical analysis? (20%)
  • appropriateness of evidence-based responses relevant to the change management issues? (20%)
  • appropriate structure to the argument including a properly constructed introduction and comprehensive conclusion, and recommendations? (10%)
  • relevant and accurate use of the academic literature? (minimum to pass [7.5/15] this criterion is SIX (6) academic peer reviewed journal articles) (15%)

PRESENTATION: Does your Report demonstrate

  • clarity of expression: grammar, punctuation and correct spelling using Australian English? (5%)
  • strict conformity to the APA referencing protocol as set out in the CQU APA Referencing Guide; the referencing is appropriate and sufficient throughout the report? (5%)
  • appropriate presentation including formatting as specified and presented within 1600 words +/- 10%? (5%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and critically discuss organisational change failure.
  • Evaluate different perspectives on, and approaches to, organisational change and the theories and assumptions that underpin them.
  • Analyse and critique an organisational change strategy, and discuss the impact of the strategy on the organisation, and groups, and individuals within the organisation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence

2 Group Work

Assessment Title
GROUP REPORT and GROUP PRESENTATION

Task Description


This is a group assessment with two parts:

Part A = a written group report (all group members must contribute) and

Part B = a group presentation (all group members must participate) using an appropriate presentation tool e.g. PowerPoint

Group Registration and a Group Charter also form part of the assessment requirements.

Students are required to form groups (three members).  The group is required to write a report and produce a visual presentation (e.g. PowerPoint) with voice over; each group member must be personally visible at the beginning of the presentation.


The assessment examines your ability to work effectively and productively as a group, constructively evaluate organisational change management and implementation issues, and construct and present a structured, evidence-based argument.


You will be provided with a scenario.

Part A = a written report which must be 1600 words (+/- 10%) and incorporate as a minimum SEVEN (7) relevant academic peer reviewed journal articles.

Part B = a group presentation based on the content of the written report whereby each group member must contribute and present for a minimum of 4 minutes so the group presentation for three members is a total of 12 minutes.

In the presentation, you are encouraged to use innovative ways to more effectively present the group's ideas to the Executive Management team.

ALL STUDENTS will upload the group voice-over presentation (e.g. PowerPoint) and the group report to Moodle.


Group registration - ALL GROUPS must be registered on Moodle by the due date.

Students are encouraged to find group members.

It is the responsibility of ALL STUDENTS to register as the member of the group on Moodle by the due date.


Please do not commence this Assessment without referring to the specific Assessment Task information provided on the Moodle site for this Unit.

Penalties for late submission are applied according to the Policy.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Monday (21 Sep 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Online via the assessment link on the Moodle Unit site


Return Date to Students

Assessments will be returned after the marking and moderation processes are completed.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment Item 2 - Marking Criteria for the Group Report and Group Presentation


CONTENT: Does your submission demonstrate

  • registration of the group members on Moodle by due date? (5%)
  • submission of the Group Charter by due date, and quality of content? (5%)
  • a thorough knowledge and critical analysis of the change management issues within a well developed business report? (10% Report) (5% Presentation)
  • a critical review of the academic literature relevant to the identified change management issues (which should be embedded in the discussion, not presented separately)? (15% Report) (5% Presentation)
  • appropriateness of evidence-based response relevant to the change management issues? (10% Report) (5% Presentation)
  • relevant and accurate use of the academic literature? (Minimum to pass this criterion is at least SEVEN (7) relevant academic journal articles in the Report and a minimum of FIVE (5) relevant and appropriate references from the report references you choose to feature in the presentation.) (10% Report) (5% Presentation)
  • a self-evaluation and contribution analysis? (10%)

PRESENTATION: Does your submission demonstrate

  • Report format: professionalism of the business report; clarity of expression - grammar, punctuation and correct spelling using Australian English? (5% Report)
  • Presentation: professional approach including presentation tool; team member presentation skills, respective contributions, creativity? (5% Presentation)
  • strict conformity to the referencing style of the referencing protocol as set out in the CQU APA Referencing Style? (3% Report) (2% Presentation)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate different perspectives on, and approaches to, organisational change and the theories and assumptions that underpin them.
  • Analyse and critique an organisational change strategy, and discuss the impact of the strategy on the organisation, and groups, and individuals within the organisation.
  • Prepare effective communications regarding change initiatives that can positively influence key organisational stakeholders.
  • Engage and collaborate with team members to critically analyse organisational change strategies.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Self assessment

Assessment Title
PERSONAL REFLECTION (INDIVIDUAL)

Task Description


Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment item is to assist you to develop skills in critical thinking in the analysis of your personal readiness for change.

The secondary purpose of this assessment task is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis, critical thinking and written communications skills.


Description

This assessment task is all about YOU. You are required to write a personal reflection (500 words +/- 10%) critically discussing the results of your Change-Readiness Assessment Tool, including identifying focus areas in relation to change readiness that you want to develop to enhance your career options. This reflection must link to the key change concepts covered in this Unit.


Please do not commence this assessment without referring to the Assessment Task Information provided on the Moodle Unit site.

Penalties for late submission are applied according to the Policy.





Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (12 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Online via the assesment link on the Moodle Unit site


Return Date to Students

Assessments will be returned and marks released after grade certification.


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment 3 - Marking Criteria for the Personal Reflection


Does your submission demonstrate


Introduction: a properly constructed introduction to the reflection? (20%)

Analysis: appropriate reflective discussion of your personal readiness to change (Your completed change readiness assessment tool must be included.); includes specific focus areas for development to enhance your career options; and discussion links to key concepts of this Unit? (50%)

Conclusion: a properly constructed conclusion to the reflection that draws together the discussion and links to the introduction? (20%)

Communication: Clarity of expression, language, grammar, punctuation, and correct spelling using Australian English; written in the first person? (5%)

Presentation: Appropriate presentation including formatting as specified; and presented within 500 words +/- 10%? (5%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Engage and collaborate with team members to critically analyse organisational change strategies.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

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