6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
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Not offered in 2017
This unit explores the systemic and interrelated nature of the modern organisation and its environment. It provides a strongly based theoretical framework for the understanding of these relationships and a set of skills and tools for their analysis. It provides practical experience in developing an understanding of internally developed dynamics and experience in the use of micro-world simulations for an understanding of dynamics of the external and policy-making environment. Finally, it provides an understanding of two powerful systems technologies for analysis and change in organisations.
The learning goals associated with this unit are to:
- develop an understanding of the interrelationships between the internal structures and dynamics of a business and those of its external environment
- develop an understanding of the tools of systems thinking and systems diagnosis and understand their application to improving managerial practice
- develop analytic and thinking skills for application and further development in other units of the Masters
- develop an understanding of intervention strategies that can be used to bring about organisational change.
Within semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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