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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module BUSI49P15: Sustaining Change in Organisations (MA) (ONLINE)

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI49P15: Sustaining Change in Organisations (MA) (ONLINE)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None.
Tied to N5K407
Tied to N5K507
Tied to N2K507
Tied to N1N107
Tied to N6K207
Tied to N2K307
Tied to N5K107


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Sustaining Change in Organisations (MA) (Taught)


  • 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

  • The module is delivered via online learning, divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: video content, directed reading, reflection through activities, opportunities for self-assessment and peer-to-peer learning within a tutor-facilitated discussion board. Tutors provide feedback on formative work and facilitate discussion board communication as well as being available for individual consultation as necessary (usually by email and Skype).
  • The summative assessment of the module 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
Video content, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading 150
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 3,000 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

A written assignment of 1,500 words, or its multimedia equivalent, which may involve some group work.

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