Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module explores themes of strategy, finance, culture and change; and considers how they impact on each other in order to promote effective growth within the organisation. The module enables students to determine how an organisations’ vision and mission can be informed by strategic options, organisational culture and financial decision making.


In this module a systematic knowledge of management will be deployed to allow students to consider on how their organisation should and can change to deliver sustainable value for its various stakeholders. They will be expected to develop and support arguments relating to the achievement of organisational goals. They will explore how organisational growth and development occurs. They will be exposed to the complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty that underpin change in organisations.

The module aims to prepare students to:

  1. Evaluate strategic options in the workplace

  2. Deploy resources for change and development to achieve sustainable success

  3. Develop an informed yet reflective approach to the management all aspects of organisational change

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Reflect on the challenges of achieving sustainable success in their organisations and consider the role of strategy and innovation in its achievement

  2. Critically analyse an organisation’s future prospects using appropriate models and techniques.

  3. Recommend appropriate changes to enhance organisational effectiveness and how these can be managed.

  4. < li>Evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to change management

Additional outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Understand different forms of communication (written, verbal non-verbal, digital) and how to apply them for the purpose of developing shared vision and mission.

  2. Demonstrate ability to how context can determine approaches

  3. Demonstrate sensitivity regarding the impact of change on those affected and how this can be handled

  4. Reflect on the complexity inherent in resistance to change

Outline content:

Students will examine the development of organisational strategies for growth. They will explore the concepts related to valuation and the sourcing of finance for organisations for the purpose of operational growth and improved performance. Students will consider how theories, concepts and models, related to informal and formal systems of change management, inform opportunities for organisational growth. They will be expected to apply learning to their workplace and consider the complexity, a mbiguity and uncertainty that underpin many management situations. They will have to report on this application and evaluations will be shared with the apprenticeship provider.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be taught using a blended learning approach. This will include directed self-study, workshops, group work, peer support, and other learning activities. During the module, students will follow a guided-learning path that will require them to read materials, access other core and optional learning materials and undertake a range of activities. In addition to the learning path, students will attend workshops. These are facilitated sessions that will help consolidate knowledge, ap ply it the workplace and develop higher order cognitive skills of analysis and evaluation. Students will be expected to relate their learning to their day-to-day work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 21
Work-based learning 89
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 15
    Wider reading (directed) 21
    Advance preparation for classes 15
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 7
    Essay preparation 22
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will prepare a management report and supporting reflection on the deployment of learning on the manner in which their organisation achieves growth. Submission date dependent on cohort entry.

Formative assessment methods:

Will be embedded in the learning path and workshop activities. Peer review will be an integral element

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

By resubmission of coursework to the same brief.  Date dependent on cohort entry.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 28 June 2021


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