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EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

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

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Portfolio No 50 1,2,3,6
Assignments Written Report No 50 3,4,5,6
Date printed 2 July 2022