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SOCI8009 - Organisational Development

Title:Organisational Development
Long Title:Organisational Development
Module Code:SOCI8009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Sociology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DON CROWLEY
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Module Description: In this module theories of organizational development as well as strategies for managing change will be discussed.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the organisational development tradition and its philosophical assumptions
LO2 Compare and contrast various Change models
LO3 Evaluate the success of organisational development-Change interventions
LO4 Critically analyse the strategies which must be implemented in the change process
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
History of OD
The organisational development tradition, parameters of OD intervention
OD models
Intervention model, planned change model, action research model, appreciative inquiry model
Change Management Techniques
Drivers of change, diagnosing change, managing major changes, change architecture, strategies for organisational effectiveness. Change at times of business growth and downsizing.
Leading Change
The challenge of organisational change, organisational structures: choice and leadership, the transformation perspective. Theories of change: traditional models, critical perspectives, strategic management models. Themes & Issues in Organisational Change: Sustaining organisational effectiveness, leadership in practice, the learning organisation and strategies for change.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Case Study: Organisational Analysis 1,2,3,4 50.0 Week 9
Project Case study: OD intervention 1,2,3,4 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Students should supplement lecture content with independent study and reading 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture classic lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) group work and case study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mark Hughes 2010, Managing Change, 1st Ed., all, Cipd Academic London [ISBN: 9781843982418]
  • Lynne Millward 2005, Understanding Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 1st Ed., 4,5, Sage Publications London [ISBN: 9780761941347]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • CIPD 2005, HR: Making Change Happen, 1st Ed., all, cipd London [ISBN: 97818343981138]
  • CIPD, 2001, Management Choice and Employee Voice, 1st Ed., all, CIPD London [ISBN: 9780852929476]
  • Gary Yukl 2004, Leadership in Organizations, 1st Ed., all, St Ny NY [ISBN: ISBN:9780138157142]
  • Colin A. Carnall 2007, Managing Change in Organizations, Financial Times Prentice Hall Harlow [ISBN: 9780273704140]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BHRMN_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Human Resource Management 7 Mandatory

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