MMM080-Managing Transformation

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module considers the management of transformation from both an organisational and personal perspective.  Students are introduced to key models of change and consider how they might be applied and the barriers to their effective implementation.  The module also provides an opportunity for students to learn about and to practice some of the skills required in the leadership of transformation.  


This module seeks to prepare students to work as people managers in a range of different organisational environments where change will be a part of organisational life.  Learners will be equipped to recognise the skills needed to facilitate change and to assess their own development needs in relation to these skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify organisational and individual factors for change.

  2. Provide an argued critique of the main models of change and their applicability within different contexts.

  3. Apply a systems thinking approach to organisational analysis

  4. Understand potential barriers to change – human, legal and process issues and appreciate some of skills needed to overcome these.

  5. Provide a critical account of roles of key individuals and functions in the management of change.

  6. Demonstrate their own self-awareness to reflect on their personal learning and future   development needs as a change leader.

Additional outcomes:

The course also aims to:

  1. Give students a critical appreciation of role of organisational development.

  2. Develop skills required for team working via practical group work in multi-cultural teams.

Outline content:

  1. Organisational factors for change

  2. Change models in context and the role of the change facilitator

  3. Individual personality factors and learning preferences

  4. Facilitation skills and coaching

  5. Leading change

  6. Planning, managing and communicating change programmes

  7. Impact of change on organisational culture, teams and engagement.

Global context:

The module uses global examples and case studies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures and seminars are used to provide the knowledge base in conjunction with independent reading. Students will be expected to share their ideas and contribute to classroom discussions in lectures and in tutorials. Group work and practical exercises are a key element of this module and students will need to work in small groups and in their assessment team. These activities will include a skill building element in line with the requirements of the assessment brief. In addition,  the module comprises a reflective element whereby students are required to reflect on their development since the commencement of the MSc programme.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 56
    Wider reading (directed) 40
    Preparation for tutorials 5
    Preparation for presentations 10
    Preparation for performance 10
    Group study tasks 20
    Essay preparation 10 10
    Reflection 15
Total hours by term 0 190 10
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

These is no examination for this module.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  1. One group presentation in class. This is a consultancy type presentation dealing with a change issue. Students will be encouraged to apply a variety of theories and frameworks as suggest a suitable implementation approach.  The module convenor reserves the right to increase or decrease the mark for individuals within the group based on their relative contribution as evidenced in group Teams area (30% weighting).

  2. Final written reflective assignment with accompanying evidence portfolio. This will reflect on learning from the MSc year and include reference to a skill the student has demonstrated they have developed and demonstrated either in class, or via a video which must be submitted as supplementary evidence. (70% weighting).

The presentations are in week 9 (University week 28). Students submit their individual reflective assignment, referencing their skill demonstration in University week 37 (week 4 of Summer term). Work count (minus appendices) 3000 words. Word counts for written work in this module are +/- 10%.

Formative assessment methods:

Lectures and seminars contain interactive exercises and these allow for formative feedback.

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission via coursework (on a different topic) in August/ September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Cost Amount
 1. Required Text Book £45.00
 2. Travel, accommodation and subsistence Where possible this module is supported with a study visit to aid with skill development. Depending on location costs to students are unlikely to exceed £250.


Last updated: 3 November 2023


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