Organisational Design & Change Management

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organisational Design & Change Management

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business Management, Management Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    Quota: Minimum of 35 enrolments for class to run

    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Covers diverse nature of organisation theory & its use in analysing & designing effective organisations. Considers many forms of organisation-level change & the many influences on it including organisational structure, technology, culture, power & organisation's external environment.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Distinguish between planned and unplanned change.
    2. Identify human-centred change from other types of change.
    3. Apply critical viewponts to downsising and restructuring.
    4. Evaluate the role mistakes and crises play in organisational change.
    5. Depict the major barriers to organisational change.
    6. Comprehend the role of the change manager.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Article critique by Individual
    Type: Tutorial Exercise
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 20%
    Task Description: Three students each week (weeks 2-8 inclusive) present a ten minute critical analysis of a nominated reading that illustrates the lecture content.
    Group Presentation Critique
    Type: Group Work Participation
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 10%
    Task Description: Each week during tutorials 2-13 each group will be given 3-5 minutes to critically evaluate the presentation/s for that week. Groups will be required to demonstrate:
    1. An understanding of the key issues presented
    2. Offer competing explanations/arguments surrounding the topic
    3. Consideration of the practical implications of the issues raised in the presention/s given in each tutorial
    Group Presentation
    Type: Presentation
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Mid-Late Semester
    Weight: 20%
    Task Description: Group presentations occur between weeks 10-13. As stated above they are worth 20% of the total mark in the course and all students must participate in the group presentations to pass the course.
    In your tutorial group in week 1 you will sign up for one of these group presentations. You will self-nominate into a group of 4-5 students.
    Here is what you do:
    1. As a group your task is to prepare and present a 30 minute presentation on the topic you have selected from the tutorial schedule (see above).
    2. In week 1 you and the other three students select one of four group tasks. Let us say you and your group choose Task 3; The Human Side of Organisational Change. Task 3 presentation date is Teaching week 12.
    3. It is recommended that you start your group working on the presentation as soon as possible as you have to make contact with parties outside the university.
    4. You have a good deal of flexibility in how you design the presentation.
    There are just a few guidelines you need to follow:
    • Your goal is to design a presentation that allows your student audience to better understand the issues embedded in your topic and the requirements of the task. You need to demonstrate an awareness about the human side of organisational change that you would not normally get as a result of relying on other parts of the course learning experience. For example you won't do too well if you just rehash the stuff from lectures, textbook and the Select Readings.
    • The presentation needs to make theoretical points and relevantly illustrate these points through group exercises and other presentations.
    • The group must work well together with evidence that tasks have been well prepared and evenly delegated.
    • You are expected to design a highly interactive presentation that involves your student audience in participative learning. We don't want boring monologues (you get enough of that from your lecturers!).You are expected to design a variable presentation, with a mix of strategies (short DVDs, games, posters, power point, role plays, handouts etc.
    • As a group you are required to prepare a 1000 word Summary Report outlining your key findings and the theoretical underpinnings for these findings. This is to be handed in immediately after your presenatation along with a hard copy of your presenation materials.
    After the 30 minute presentation the other tutorial groups will be given 3-5 minutes to critically evaluate the presentation. The tutori provide additional feedback. This is meant to be an extension of the learning, with the tutor picking up and consolidating the major themes in the presentation.
    After that you and your group will be be marked out of 20. The marking will take into consideration how you adhered to the guidelines above.
    Final Exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 50%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Format: Short essay
    Task Description: The second and final assessment in this course is an exam held in the exam period. The features of this exam are:
    1. Worth 50%
    2. Two (2) hours duration
    3. Six (6) questions on the paper, you do two (2).
    4. These questions are of equal value. Each is worth 30 marks.
    5. The questions call for essay-type answers
    6. Normally you would devote one (1) hour to answering each question
    7. The questions will be drawn from the Select Readings and the lectures and will test your knowledge of the course objectives.

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