This unit introduces students to an overview of the concepts, theories, frameworks and research findings in the field of change management and business transformation. It aims to demonstrate how change management can be applied to `real world’ situations in relation to individuals, groups and organisations. The student will be able to apply the knowledge and context of theory in conjunction with case studies and guest speaker workshops, to produce their own small group project and learn through problem solving as a vehicle of achieving a desired solution based learning outcome.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on, explore and aim to understand self-management, performance and continuous development processes in regard to the dynamics of change
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the fundamentals of organisational change management theories, alternatives and frameworks, and how these can be applied in `real world’ situations
  • Critically evaluate and learn how to apply advanced change management leadership concepts and theories across a range of different industries
  • Critically analyse the dynamics of organisational responses to disruptive change and emerging technologies
  • Work collaboratively in groups as a leader or member of a project team

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
2.00 12 weeks 24
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Presentation and ReportGroup 40 - 60% 1,2,3,4,5 
Reflective EssayIndividual 40 - 60% 1,2,3 


  • Historical views and metaphors associated with change
  • Self-examination, exploring discourse, habitus and variations of the `psychic prison’
  • Resistance to change and understanding `loss’
  • Change theories, models and frameworks
  • Organisational cycles and business transformation
  • Organisational development (OD) and change
  • Change strategies, process, tools, techniques, implementation and evaluation
  • Ethical considerations for sustainable change management
  • Vision, mission, values and culture, and their links to organisational change
  • Transformational and ambidextrous leadership, and their roles in change
  • Recognising the need for change
  • Innovation, globalisation, disruptive technology and change
  • Why many change strategies fail

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.