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EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Organisational Change
Units : 1
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:

  1. understand the challenges currently confronting educational organisations and the importance of educators re-imaging their work;
  2. explore, analyse and evaluate different approaches to organisational transformation;
  3. analyse the basic concepts underpinning the different approaches to changing organisations and the implications of these for leadership;
  4. apply key aspects of a school change process and organisational capacity building model to a specific workplace context;
  5. contextualise and critically analyse issues relating to organisational transformation;
  6. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing.


Description Weighting(%)
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

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Crowther, F 2011, From school improvement to sustained capacity, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, California.

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.
Owens, R.E & Valesky, T.C 2015, Organizational Behavior in Education: Leadership and School Reform, 11th edn, Pearson Education Inc, Boston Massachusetts.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Portfolio 50 50 11 Sep 2021
Project 50 50 22 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

  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 for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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.

  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 items for the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. 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

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.

Other requirements

  1. 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

Date printed 21 July 2021