HRMT19020 - Perspectives on Organisational Change

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.87% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback - Unit evaluation
The group task, assessment and textbook are commended.
Continue with mix of assessment tasks, including a group assessment with progressive tasks for the group assessment.
Action Taken
Continued with a mix of assessments, including the group assessment.
Source: Student feedback - Unit evaluation
Additional information on assessment criteria sheets would be helpful
Consider the mix of tools to provide explanations on assessment requirements.
Action Taken
For each assessment task, assessment rubrics, which clearly explained assessment criteria, were provided to supplement the detailed assessment task description and guidance video.
Source: 'Have Your Say' survey
The textbook recommended in previous terms is from an organisational science background, and therefore not fully aligned with the rationale of this unit.
It is recommended to reintroduce a better change management textbook in the future.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator
Assessment support - Despite provision of detailed assessment task descriptions, marking rubrics, and guidance videos, some students struggle to understand assessment requirements and formats.
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.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Report
2 - Group Work
3 - Self assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Report
2 - Group Work
3 - Self assessment