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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2019-2020 (archived)

Module BUSI4P310: Leading Change (EBS)

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI4P310: Leading Change (EBS)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2019/20 Module Cap None.
Tied to N1T817


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • 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:
  • Written communication
  • Planning, organising and time management
  • Problem solving and analysis
  • Using initiative
  • Computer literacy
  • Interpretation of data

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

  • Learning outcomes are met through classroom-based workshops, supported by online resources. The workshops consist of a combination of taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion. Online resources provide preparatory material for the workshops – typically consisting of directed reading and video content.
  • The formative assessment consists of a group-based case study exercise with a group presentation.
  • The summative assessment is an assignment based on an organisation analysis, which is designed to test the acquisition and articulation of knowledge and critical understanding, and skills of application and interpretation within the business context.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion) 6 Over a 3-day teaching block 4.5 hrs 27
Webinars / online videos 2
Preparation, Reading and other independent study 71
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written report 3000 words max 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