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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module BUSI49O15: Sustaining Change in Organisations (MBA) (Taught)

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI49O15: Sustaining Change in Organisations (MBA) (Taught)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to N1KS17
Tied to N1KR17
Tied to N1N317
Tied to N1N417
Tied to N1KM17
Tied to N1KN17


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Sustaining Change in Organisations (MBA) (Online)


  • The aims of the module are to enable students to: 
  • critically evaluate the theories of change and how they apply in different contexts; 
  • recognise and diagnose the need for change using appropriate models; 
  • shape implementation strategies using appropriate techniques; 
  • be critically aware of techniques for sustaining change interventions; 
  • effectively lead people during change


  • The Nature of change
  • Recognising and diagnosing the need for change
  • Shaping intervention strategies
  • Change Leadership
  • Sustaining change

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of the module students should have:
  • an advanced understanding of the theories of change and how they apply in different contexts
  • a critical appreciation of the key concepts of sustaining change in different organizations.
  • a critical appreciation of how to identify, implement and measure change.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, students should be able to:
  • recognise and diagnose the need for change using appropriate models.
  • shape implementation strategies using appropriate specialist techniques.
  • apply techniques for sustaining change interventions.
  • lead people during change interventions.
Key Skills:
  • Effective written communication skills 
  • Planning, organising and time-management skills 
  • Problem solving and analytical skills 
  • Ability to use initiative 
  • Advanced skills in the interpretation of data 
  • Advanced computer-literacy skills

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

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of taught input, group work and case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading and specially-written self-study material. 
  • The summative assessment of the module, by assignment, is designed to test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge, critical understanding and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of taught input, exercises, group work, case studies and discussion) timetabled in blocks 24
Preparation and reading 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written report based on an analysis of an organization 4,000 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Group-based case study exercise with a group presentation.

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