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 enable participants to apply a range of specialized practices to establish the goals of the transformation in terms of new/enhanced organizational competencies.


  • A project framework
  • Project management
  • Programme management
  • People and projects
  • Adapting the approach to the context.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Be able to critically assess the role of innovation in creating new opportunities.
  • Be able to diagnose organizational readiness for innovation and identity potential barriers.
  • Have an enhanced understanding of power and politics and the challenges of leading change.
  • Be able to critically assess the organization as a range of competences and capabilities and conceptualize the goal of change programmes as developing organizational capabilities.
  • Have a critical appreciation of the importance of measurement in communicating priorities and driving change.
Subject-specific 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.
    • Critically evaluate and integrate theory and practice, exercising appropriate judgment, in a complex range of situations.

    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 summative assessment by Assignment, 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:

    Preparation for case studies and workshops.

    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