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Managing Change for IS Professionals (ISYS90040)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90040
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This elective subject focuses on the development and implementation of information systems as both a catalyst for, and a response to, organisational change. In this subject, the interrelationship between information systems and organisational change is examined from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Several change management theories and models are investigated in depth with an analysis of their applicability, benefits, risks and impacts.

This subject supports course-level objectives by allowing students to develop analytical skills to understand the complexity of real-world work in organisations. It promotes innovative thinking around the deployment of existing and emerging information technologies. The subject contributes to the development of independent critical inquiry, analysis and reflection.


This subject focuses on providing foundation understanding for the IS professional to understand and manage the impact of change from an IS project perspective. The interrelationship between IS and organisational change is examined from both the theoretical and practical perspectives and looks at the implications of change for the organisation, the individual and work groups.

Topics discussed include: the need for effective change management, the relationship between IS and change, the adoption of technology, how to build successful project teams, various personality assessment models, the change management process and strategy.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Understand the reciprocal relationship between IS and organisational change
  2. Be aware of the importance of interpersonal relationships required by the role of an effective IS practitioner
  3. Be familiar with a range of change management theories and models
  4. Have the ability to develop a change management strategy
  5. Understand the change management issues involved in creating successful project outcomes

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Analytical and interpretative skills, in diagnosing organisational issues
  • High-level analytical skills, through application of organisational change theory in a practical context
  • Problem solving skills using change management models
  • Team-work, through working on a group project
  • Report-writing skills; and
  • Presentation skills

Last updated: 3 April 2019