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BUS2031 : Managing Change

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stefanie Reissner
  • Demonstrator: Mr Paul Boyd
  • Lecturer: Dr Allanah Johnston
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module seeks to give students a critical understanding of the theory and practice of managing change to equip them for a career in a constantly changing, globally connected world. Students will gain understanding of how classical and contemporary theories can help us to understand and manage change.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module explores a range of pertinent and timely issues related to managing change, including:

1. Context of change
2. Definitions of change
3. Approaches to change
4. Resistance to change
5. Communicating change
6. Leading change

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion461:0046:00Preparation of individual assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:3030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading461:0046:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity221:0022:00Preparation of group assignment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Relevant theories and practices of organisational change will be introduced during the lectures. Further depth of learning will be achieved in seminars through group activities, case studies and debate.

Skills development will be achieved through individual and group activities in class and independent study. There will also be a requirement for students to work as part of a group and produce an assessed group report.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M60Individual case study assignment - critical evaluation of a change initiative (2,500 words).
Report1M40Group wiki assignment (1,500 words).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Poster1MDraft wiki assignment (outline of report) to be presented in class and written exercise - outline of report discussed in class
Written exercise2MPresentation of assignment plan for case study assignment to be discussed in class
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments have been designed to appraise breadth and depth of students’ understanding of the knowledge outcomes and their ability to relate them to practice through the application of the skills outcomes. Opportunities for formative assessment and feedback will be provided in class.

Reading Lists