MQM3AM15-Work Based Project: Organisational Change

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mrs Andrea Tresidder

Type of module:


Summary module description:

This module requires students to prepare and/or undertake a change intervention in the workplace that can make a difference to the organisation. Through a work-based project, students will apply learning from the year and from previous years, to gain a better understanding of their organisation, its context and its ability to embrace change effectively with its context include that of complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty. Students will apply qualitative and/or quantitative research and approaches and provide an outline of your idea(s) and explain how they will address and positively impact on the organization’s need/problem(s) identified above


In this module a systematic knowledge of management will be deployed to allow students to consider organisational change. Throughout, they will be exposed to the complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty that underpin many management situations.


The module aims to prepare students to:


  1. Plan and achieve organisational change.

  2. Identify and handle the impact of change on individuals.

  3. Evaluate and forecast the impact of change interventions.

  4. Develop the skills that students need to undertake and evaluate the processes of planning, organisation and management of resources in order to manage organisational change.

  5. Apply key project outcomes, develop and implement plans and monitor progress, and provide project evaluation reports.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Assessable outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able:

  1. To conduct research using sources and analyse data and options.

  2. To analyse complex data and draw sensible conclusions to create a robust argument supporting conclusions.

  3. To make conclusions and recommendations that achieve the project aim.

  4. To show and review the r esults of the project and to reflect on their own and their organization’s practice.

  5. Evaluate and apply problem solving and decision-making techniques.

Additional outcomes:

Students should demonstrate how they have:

  1. Ensured full engagement with all relevant stakeholders in a professional and inclusive manner.

  2. Engaged with colleagues and stakeholders within their organisation and developed communications skills.

  3. Demonstrated adaptability and agility to changing organisational needs.

  4. Demonstrated sensitivity towards the impact of change on individuals.

  5. Developed their credentials as effective, responsible agile and inclusive leaders of organisational change.

  6. Reflected on their impact on organisational change and the impact of change on them.

Outline content:

Students will implement a project agreed with their organisation and proposed in WBP2. They will also identify theory and models that will inform their analysis and deploy a suitable research strategy to produce quality results and detailed reporting of their findings. Students will be required to implement and evaluate the change against agreed benchmarks and to appraise the impact and effectiveness of the intervention on the organisation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will be allocated an academic supervisor who will guide them in their investigation. They will also be required to prepare a reflective commentary on their personal learning and implications for future practice.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 14
Work-based learning 320
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 66
Total hours by term 400 0 0
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A final work-based project in the form of a written report (10,000 words).

Formative assessment methods:


Will be embedded in the supervisory activities.

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:
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:
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. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 1 September 2021


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