PSYC5515 Organisational Development and Change

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
This unit examines organisational change and development, and covers topics such as organisational development (OD) competencies, collecting and analysing diagnostic information, feeding back diagnostic information, dealing with resistance to organisational change, creating readiness for change and change management. Practical and theoretical approaches adopted by practitioners to improve organisational effectiveness are presented and discussed.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, models and theories relevant to organisational development; (2) critically evaluate the usefulness of concepts, models or theories relating to organisational development for a variety of work settings and situations; and (3) confidently discuss how the major concepts, models and theories relevant to organisational development have been and could be applied in a particular work setting.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) case analysis; (3) group assignment; and (4) attendance. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the attendance component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darja Kragt
Unit rules
Enrolment in 41680 Master of Commerce, or 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations, or 43550 Master of Commerce and Master of International Commercial Law, or 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety, or 74530 Master of Work Health and Safety, or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (coursework), or (53580) Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or 73550 Master of Business Psychology, or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week for 12 weeks, mix of lectures & activities

Waddell, D., Creed, A., Cummings, T. G., & Worley, C. G. (2019). Organisational change: Development and transformation. 7th editions. Cengage Learning: Melbourne, Victoria.

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