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HRMT19020 Perspectives on Organisational Change
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 - 2021

Melbourne
Online
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 'Have Your Say' survey

Feedback

The textbook recommended in previous terms is from an organisational science background, and therefore not fully aligned with the rationale of this unit.

Recommendation

It is recommended to reintroduce a better change management textbook in the future.

Feedback from Unit coordinator

Feedback

Assessment support - Despite provision of detailed assessment task descriptions, marking rubrics, and guidance videos, some students struggle to understand assessment requirements and formats.

Recommendation

Where appropriate, provision of exemplar assessments is recommended. Such effort will supplement detailed assessment task descriptions, marking rubrics, and guidance videos already provided in the unit.

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

Supplementary

Making Sense of Change Management: A Complete Guide to the Models, Tools and Techniques of Organizational Change 5th Edition (2020)

Authors: Esther Cameron and Mike Green
Kogan Page
London London , The United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780749496982
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

The above textbook has been provided as a supplementary reading for this unit.

Both paper and eBook versions can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

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
Karen Lin Mahar Unit Coordinator
k.lin@cqu.edu.au
Upamali Amarakoon Unit Coordinator
u.amarakoon@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

What is change?

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Change in a VUCA environment

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Change Failure

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Change Theories

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Change Agility

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

ASSESSMENT 2 - GROUP REGISTRATION 

Due: Week 5 Monday (09 Aug. 2021) 11:45PM AEST on Moodle

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

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


Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

The Change Mindset; People; Changing Behaviours

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

ASSESSMENT 1 - BUSINESS REPORT (INDIVIDUAL) Due: Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Change Leadership

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

ASSESSMENT 2 - GROUP CHARTER

Due: Week 7 Monday (30 Aug. 2021) 11:45PM AEST

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Resistance to Change

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Decision-making in complex and ambiguous environments


Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Change Strategy

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

ASSESSMENT 2- GROUP REPORT and GROUP PRESENTATION Due: Week 10 Monday (20 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Future Directions: The "new normal"

Chapter

Refer to e-reading list for the week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

ASSESSMENT 3 - PERSONAL REFLECTION (INDIVIDUAL) Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Report

Assessment Title
ASSESSMENT 1 - BUSINESS REPORT (INDIVIDUAL)

Task Description

Purpose

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


Task Description

You are required to write a BUSINESS REPORT (1600 words +/- 10%) on a case/news-item provided to you in the unit Moodle site. To supplement the case/news item, you may refer to latest annual report and other information sources available in the public domain.

After analysing the information from the sources above, prepare a business report addressing the following:

a) outline the changes and strategies that have been implemented or proposed by the case-study organisation,

b) discuss the key factors driving the need for change,

c) identify human resource development strategies that have been implemented and/or proposed by the case-study organisation to overcome resistance to change, and

d) with reference to concepts and theories learnt in this unit, assess the case-study organisation's change management strategies and provide appropriate recommendations.

You are expected to engage in extensive research of the academic literature (peer reviewed journal articles) relevant to the task and evidence your argument from scholarly sources as well as other relevant reference material, including using organisational examples.


References: The assessment must include a minimum of six (6) peer reviewed journal articles.

Note: Please refer to the detailed Assessment Task Description and the Marking Rubric available in the unit Moodle site, prior to commencing this task.




Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

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


Return Date to Students

Assessments will be returned after two working weeks, once 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%)

FORMAT: Does your Report demonstrate

  • clarity of expression: grammar, punctuation and correct spelling using Australian English? (5%)
  • strict conformity to the APA 7 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
ASSESSMENT 2- GROUP REPORT and GROUP PRESENTATION

Task Description

Purpose

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

Task description

Students are required to form groups (two to three members in each group). Based on a case/news item provided to you in the unit Moodle site, each group is required to write a report and produce a recorded presentation (e.g. PowerPoint with voice over). Each member has to contribute to your group's report and presentation.

This assessment task involves multiple steps.

Step 1 - Registration of your group: It is a responsibility of students to communicate with fellow students and register as groups by the due date. More information on group registration process will be provided to you via the unit Moodle site.

Step 2 - Submission of the 'Group Charter': Based on the 'Group Charter' format provided to you in the unit Moodle site, your group is required to complete your group's charter and submit by the deadline.

Step 3 - Group Report and Presentation

  • Part A - Group report - Your group is required to prepare a written report of 1500 words (+/- 10%) to the executive team of the case-study organisation, addressing all key points provided to you in the assessment task description. You are also required to incorporate a minimum of SEVEN (7) relevant academic peer reviewed journal articles.
  • Part B - Group presentation - Based on your report, your group has to prepare a 10 minute recorded presentation using an appropriate presentation tool (e.g. PowerPoint with voice over). Each member of the team has to present and the respective presenter should be visible in the recording. You are encouraged to use innovative ways to effectively present the group's ideas to the Executive Management team of the case-study organisation. You are also required to incorporate a minimum of FIVE (5) relevant academic peer reviewed journal articles.

Step 4 - Self evaluation and contribution analysis: Each student is required to complete the confidential self evaluation and contribution analysis document provided in the unit Moodle site and submit individually. 

Penalties for late submission are applied according to the Policy.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Monday (20 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Online via the assessment link on the Moodle Unit site


Return Date to Students

Assessments will be returned after two working weeks, once 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%)

FORMAT: 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 format and flow: 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

Submission Instructions
Group charter, report, and presentation can be submitted as a group (one submission per group); Self evaluation and contribution analysis has to be submitted individually.

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
ASSESSMENT 3 - PERSONAL REFLECTION (INDIVIDUAL)

Task Description

Purpose

This assessment aims to :

  • assist you to develop skills in critical thinking in the analysis of your personal readiness for change, and
  • provide you the opportunity to enhance your analysis, critical thinking and written communications skills.


Task 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 provided in the unit Moodle site. Your reflection must include change readiness related areas 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 (11 Oct 2021) 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 as an Appendix); 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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