|Semester 2, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Organisational Change|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||070303 - Education Studies|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||21 July 2021|
Examiner: Dorothy Andrews
Organisational change requires processes that focus on action to transform the way in which organisations operate and the resulting structures that are created. This transformation or reimaging aims to meet the challenges posed by the expectation of continuous improvement in an increasingly complex environment and against a background of discontinuous change. Transformation 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.
This course consists of four modules. The first module is designed to set the context for the course, establishing the pressures for change in organisations - the way people work, the needs for ongoing professional learning and changing structures that reflect a response to changing practices. The second and third modules set the scene from a theoretical perspective. Different approaches to processes of organisational change 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 how in a given context you can use processes that result in transforming organisations in relation to a particular school improvement process and capacity building model. This model allows exploration of how theory may translate into practice.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- understand the challenges currently confronting educational organisations and the importance of educators re-imaging their work;
- explore, analyse and evaluate different approaches to organisational transformation;
- analyse the basic concepts underpinning the different approaches to changing organisations and the implications of these for leadership;
- apply key aspects of a school change process and organisational capacity building model to a specific workplace context;
- contextualise and critically analyse issues relating to organisational transformation;
- demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing.
|1.||The challenge to change - why organisations need to transform themselves||10.00|
|2.||Approaches to organisational change||25.00|
|3.||Concepts of organisational transformation||25.00|
|4.||An exploration of a school improvement process and associated capacity building model and practical application to a workplace context||40.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=EDU8722)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|Portfolio||50||50||11 Sep 2021|
|Project||50||50||22 Oct 2021|
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility 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.
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 for that item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and have submitted all assessment items.
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 items for the course.
There is no examination in this course
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
Evaluation and benchmarking
In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Master of Education Program and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
Computer, email and Internet access
Students are required to have access to a persona; computer, email capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at