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Unit information: Understanding Change and Uncertainty in 2021/22

Unit name Understanding Change and Uncertainty
Unit code MGRCM0004
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Sturdy
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit examines theories and practices relating to organisational change and aims to enhance students’ understanding of planning and delivering major change projects. The unit explores issues such as types of organisational change, drivers for change, implementation strategies, power and politics within organisations. Students completing the unit will be able to understand the context, practice and likely outcomes of managed change within organisations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain and discuss key theories and perspectives of change and its management.
  • Understand how organisations manage and deliver change.
  • Understand the various contexts and outcomes of organisational change and how they can be managed.
  • Contribute to the implementation of change in an organisation.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, seminars, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

Summative assignment by individual essay of 3,000 words (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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