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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 12/07/2021 10:31:04

Title of Module: Influencing Organisational Culture and Change

Code: BUSN11086 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Anne   Clare  Gillon

Summary of Module

This module introduces the student to the theory and practice of managing organisational culture and change. Viewed as a key management skill, the ability to manage and lead change is critical to organisational success and plays a crucial role in supporting creativity and innovation.  As well as gaining a perspective on the need for organisations to embrace change as a way of gaining competitive advantage, the student is given insight, via case studies, into the practical aspects of managing change and the essential tools for successful implementation. The student is required to analyse a specific change scenario and make associated recommendations. In addition the student is expected to reflect on their own abilities in relation to managing the process of change.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Critically evaluate the imperative of organisational culture and change in the organisational context

L2. Critically review models of change management and associated management tools

L3. Analyse and make recommendations in relation to a cultural change management scenario

L4. Reflect on, and critically evaluate their own skills in influencing cultural change

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

A critical understanding of the theories and principles of change management including hard and soft models of change

Extensive and critical knowledge of some specialised areas of change such as the role of leaders in transforming organisations

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Using a range of skills and techniques as appropriate to the management of change

Applying a range of techniques of enquiry and research in relation to a change management scenario

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Critical analysis and evaluation to some issues raised in the literature of culture and change management

Identifying, abstracting, responding creatively to theoretical and practical issues

Critically reviewing and extending knowledge; and making informed judgements when information is inconsistent or incomplete

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Communicating effectively to a range of audiences, including peers and tutors

Using a wide range of software packages to support and enhance learning

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Exercising substantial autonomy and initiative in studies

Taking responsibility for own work and the work of others in group work

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
For face-to-face delivery this module combines lectures and tutorials. Students are encouraged to work individually to prepare materials before the tutorials, students also work in groups to analyse cases and their findings are presented to the class. Students are encouraged to source topical cases/examples from the press for classroom discussion. The module is supported by materials and activities on MBA world site and the online materials will be used in the face-to-face teaching.

For students undertaking this module by distance learning. Subject matter will delivered on-line with the support of the module tutor. Activities related to the topic will be presented and e-activities will be utilized, such as video exercises, case study work, self-reflection, synchronous and a-synchronous discussion groups.

E- learning student learning hours
During completion of this module, the typical learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:

E- Learning – 18 hours
Self directed study – 66 hours
Coursework – 16 hours
100 hours Total
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Asynchronous Class Activity0
Independent Study82
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Schein, E. (2010), Organisational Culture and Leadership, 4th Ed. CA: Jossey-Bass

Palmer, I., Dunford, R. and Akin, G. (2009), Managing Organisational Change: A Multiple Perspectives Approach, 2nd Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill

Additional Recommended Reading:

Senior, B. and Swailes, S. (2010) Organisational Change, Harlow: Prentice-Hall

Hughes,M. (2010) Managing Change: A Critical Perspective. CIPD

Price,D.(ed) (2009) The Principles and Practice of Change: OU Business School, Palgrave Macmillan

Andriopoulos,C & Dawson,P,.( 2009) Managing Change, Creativity & Innovation. Sage Publications

International Journal of Strategic Change Management

Journal of Organizational Change Management

Students will have access to UWS library facilities so that core texts will be supplemented by case studies, academic journal articles and bespoke on-line resources.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorRichard Jefferies
External ExaminerI Gilhespy
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment consists of a case study report which constitutes 100% of the overall assessment for this module.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for all students irrespective of ethnic status, disability, age, gender, religious and sexual orientation. The University provides facilities and resources for all students through the Enabling Support Team.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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