Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit is concerned with organisational change and transformation, and focuses on the major challenges facing organisations in a rapidly changing, technologically challenging and increasingly complex and competitive global business environment. Topics covered may include organisational life cycles, longevity and effectiveness; managing and changing organisational cultures; leading and managing change; organisational (re)structure and (re)design; change management tools and interventions; evaluating change management strategies; creativity and innovation as drivers of change; organisational learning and the Learning Organisation; managing knowledge and intellectual capital; new technologies as drivers of change in organisations; and new and emerging organisational forms.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 1OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) describe how to implement strategic changes successfully, how to evaluate and measure the impact of organisational change and why change management programs often fail; (2) use at least two current conceptual models to describe a change occurring in an organisation; (3) describe at least four different interventions and four practical tools that can be used to facilitate individual, group and organisational change and the limitations of each approach; (4) describe the cycle that human beings undergo during change and the relevant feelings and behaviours that relate to the resistance and commitment to change; (5) describe sustainability as a contradiction or a necessity within organisations; and (6) describe the ways organisational change can be measured and evaluated.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) online tests; and (3) group case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Barb Wood {00044201} (Trimester 1) ~ Dee Roche {00079515} (NSTP)
Unit rules
MGMT5501 Organisational Behaviour.
enrolment in
one of the following courses: Master of Business Administration (coursework).
Master of Business Administration (coursework and dissertation).
Graduate Certificate in Leadership.
or approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience.
Contact hours
intensive period—lectures/seminars/workshops: 5 sessions (7–8 hour each) over 7 weeks
trimester—lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week.
This Unit is delivered in a fully online mode with weekly group and individual deliverables required to be completed and posted by the end of each week (Sunday). These deliverables are assessed as part of your class participation mark together with the SPARK PLUS group assessment to monitor the collaboration between group and self.
Each group will be allocated by Week 2 and will comprise a diverse mix of experience and professions. Once the Online Unit is opened at the end of Semester One, please ensure you are familiar with Blackboard and all the embedded facilities within the platform.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.