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EDU8318 Organisational Transformation Through Learning

Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Further Education and Training
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Marian Lewis
Moderator: Dorothy Andrews


Organisational transformation through learning is of fundamental importance to educational institutions in the 21st Century. Meeting the challenges posed by the expectation of continuous improvement in an increasingly complex environment and against a background of discontinuous change requires a reimaging of organisation and redefinition of the meaning of professionalism. It requires developing deeper understanding of organisational learning processes and kinds of leadership that may underpin sustainable change. Also crucial is an exploration of the concept of organisational capacity building and how it relates to the sustainability of change achieved through the learning within the organisation. This course outlines how organisational transformation may be achieved through learning and sustained through capacity building. Moving an educational organisation into the knowledge age, and beyond, requires a change of paradigm. While it is unlikely that such a paradigm could successfully be imposed, it can be achieved from within the organisation through learning.


This course consists of four modules. The first module is designed to set the context for the course, establishing the fundamental importance of educational transformation through learning to educational institutions in the 21st Century. The second and third modules set the scene from a theoretical perspective. Different approaches to organisational transformation are introduced and their underpinning concepts considered (including their implications for leadership practices). The concept of capacity building is given particular attention. The fourth module is more practical in its orientation and intent. Building on the first three modules, it explores transforming organisations through learning in relation to a particular school improvement process and capacity building model. This model allows exploration of how theory may translate into practice.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of challenges currently confronting educational organisations and the importance of educators re-imaging their work; (Assignment 1)
  2. demonstrate an understanding of different approaches to organisational transformation; (Assignment 1, Assignment 2 (option 2)
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts underpinning the different approaches to organisational transformation through learning and the implications of these for leadership; (Assignments 1 and 2)
  4. apply key aspect of a school change process and organisational capacity building model to a specific workplace context; (Assignment 2)
  5. contextualise and critically analyse issues relating to organisational transformation. (Assignments 1 and 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The challenge to change - why organisations need to transform themselves. 15.00
2. Approaches to organisational transformation. 20.00
3. Concepts of organisational transformation. 20.00
4. An exploration of a school improvement process and associated capacity building model and practical application to a workplace context. 45.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Crowther, F (2011), From School Improvement to Sustained Capacity, Corwin, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 PORTFOLIO 50 50 18 Sep 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 PROJECT 50 50 30 Oct 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ONC: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them including discussion fora, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. ONLINE There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect is recommended.