Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedSingapore Term 3 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Zane Ma Rhea


This unit focuses on the theory and practice of managing change in a range of organisational contexts. As means for achieving effective change, particular consideration is given to strategies for managing the effective development of organisational and human resource capability. Topics include understanding the nature of organisations, and practices associated with managing people, and issues power and authority in a complex globalised context. Human responses to change are also examined, and a variety of processes concerned with decision-making, problem-solving, organisational learning and knowledge management are explored and evaluated.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of the major trends in theories of organisations
  2. have an understanding and critical appreciation of new organisational forms and organisational processes
  3. demonstrate skills in devising a range of strategies and approaches to change management, team leadership and the enhancement of team-based and organisation-wide learning
  4. have the knowledge and skills required to formulate their own understandings of management and change in the light of their own organisational practices.


Essay 1 (4000 words, 50%)
Essay 2 (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester/term comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students

  • 6 seminars x 4 hours (one session per week - compulsory)
  • 5 tutorials x 3 hours (on weeks when seminars not offered - optional)

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least fourteen hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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