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 Module Cap
Tied to N1KH07


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • The aim of the module is to explore, at an advanced level, approaches to the management of change within organizations and also to critically examine the relationship between individual and organizational change.


  • Cases of failed change programmes
  • Cases of successful change programmes
  • Model for reflective learning/learning cycle
  • Leadership v Management
  • Leading Change
  • Managing change in organizations - a range of perspectives
  • Foundations for a successful approach to change

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Critically evaluate the difference between leading and managing and have a critical understanding of the role of both in succeeding with change
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Critically evaluate a range of approaches to the management of complex change programmes within an organization.
  • Appreciate the concept of the 'reflective practitioner' and take responsibility for the development of their own reflective skills.
Key Skills:
  • Consistently apply an advanced level of knowledge and wider intellectual skills in this complex and specialized area of study.
  • Be adaptable, and show originality, insight, and critical and reflective abilities which can all be brought to bear on unpredictable and problematic situations.
  • Take responsibility for continuing to develop their own knowledge and highly specialized skills.

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

  • The learning outcomes will be addressed through a combination of lectures, case studies and seminars. The assessment, by assignment, is a Reflective paper gaining an initial view of priorities for learning and change. It is designed to test both students. conceptual knowledge and understanding, and their ability to apply what they have learned.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 3 hours 18
Seminars 3 2 hours 6
Group, case study work
Preparation & Reading 126
Other: (Mentor visits)
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
assignment 3000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

The formative assessment will take the form of feedback on the reflective paper prepared for the summative assignment.

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