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C84ODC Organisational Development & Change
(Last Updated:06 September 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Postgraduate students registered on Occupational Psychology, Work & Organisational Psychology, Management Psychology. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module provides an introduction to various approaches to understanding organisations and the environments in which they operate. Areas covered include:

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 3 weeks1 per week4 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Contact time: 20 hours self-managed learning groups: 8 hours Personal study: 72 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 1 x 2 hour examination 

Ms L Thomson

Education Aims:  Organisational Development and Change (C84ODC) provides an introduction to the literature on organisational change and the practice of Organisational Development (OD). There is a strong case for arguing that organisational environments are increasingly turbulent and therefore organisations need to become more adept at dealing with change. As organisations provide the context for the work of most psychologists, the study of the key external drivers of change, and how organisations plan, manage and adapt to change (or fail to do so) is relevant to us all. The module comprises a series of lectures and practical exercises on topics that together define the area of organisational change.

Learning Outcomes:  

Knowledge & understanding of:

Intellectual Skills: problem-solving, critical analysis & synthesis, critical evaluation and self-evaluation.

Practical Skills: the ability to reflect on what the research means for practice.

Professional Skills: retrieve information from databases and the Internet.

Offering School:  Medicine

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