Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap
Tied to N1D317
Tied to N1D217
Tied to N1D314


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The essence of an effective organization is how well it adapts and changes to match its changing environment. The essence of a successful manager is the way in which he or she can handle change at an intellectual and personal level as well as equipping others in the organization to do the same. This module seeks to help you in that process.


  • Introduction to Management of Change
  • The Elements of Change
  • Understanding Organisational Change - Some Theoretical Perspectives
  • Organisational Culture
  • Management Orientation: Manager’s Skills and Attitudes
  • Effecting Change
  • Reacting to Change
  • Implementation

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • To critically appreciate the broader context of organizational change.
  • To critically appreciate the underlying political, environmental, social and technological reasons that are driving change within organizations.
  • To understand the organizational change process and critically appreciate the different intellectual streams that help us to do so.
  • To understand the necessary managerial skills that will help them to address change factors within their working life and develop a critical awareness of the extent to which they are equipped to handle these.
  • To critically appreciate different forms of intervention within organizations that may help to facilitate change.
  • To critically appreciate the different elements that contribute to defining organizational culture and the climate within an organization.
  • To critically appreciate the different elements involved in the process of implementing change within organizations.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • The module is delivered in discrete Units. These are designed to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved through a combination of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Module tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (by email, telephone, post or fax).
      • The written assignment will test students’ understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      D L Study Units (a combination of specially written material, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading) 150
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      1 Compulsory Tutor Assessed Assignment, (1,500 words).

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University