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Strategic Change Leadership (ISYS90089)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90089
Term 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


The contemporary political, economic, technological and social environment is undergoing rapid and transformational change. This is a period of massive disruption as we harness technological innovations and transform the ways in which wealth is created in the new digital economy. Our organisations need to respond to this change and develop strategies and structures to support the reformation of business and work practices necessary to survive.

This subject focuses on the strategic response required by organisations to address this disruption. The subject further explores development and implementation of information systems as both a catalyst for, and a response to, organisational change.

In this subject, several change management theories and models are investigated in depth with an analysis of their applicability, benefits, risks and impacts. A case study of a contemporary organisation is used to facilitate this learning with the application of theory, methods and best practices applied in real situations. These learnings will be of enormous value to students and professionals leading the change in their organisations.

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 professional to understand and manage the current and future impact of change in this disrupted economy.

Topics discussed include: the relationship between change and disruption; the need for strategic change management; and explore the change architecture and organisational readiness to transform itself. The subject will also explore the impacts, on individuals, organisational structures and the role of the change manager in developing the strategic response to successfully navigate the change.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Have developed a sound knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal relationship between IS and organisational change in in management practice
  2. Have developed and applied skills in critical thinking and systems analysis to identify, evaluate and/or communicate strategic and operational issues suited to the application of Change Management concepts and theories to real-world practice
  3. Have developed and applied skills related to business communication, interpersonal, and team skills suited to the application of Change Management concepts and theories to real-world practice
  4. Can demonstrate an understanding of professional codes of conduct and ethical standards as they apply to Change Management in business practice
  5. Independently research and argue disparate beliefs/theories of change management.

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

Eligibility and requirements


This subject is only available to students admitted to the Master of Information Systems (Executive), or students with permission of the Master of Information Systems (Executive) Course coordinator



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • One individual analysis report of an Information Systems strategic plan of 1250 words (25%), due throughout the term (week 2 - 6) Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 3 and 5 are addressed in the reading discussion.
  • One individual reflective report of approximately 1000 words related to the case study as it applies to topics covered and relative to the student's own context (20%), due in week 9. ILOs 1 to 5 are addressed in the reflective report.
  • One group-based presentation of the research assignment with group of 3 - 5 members of approximately 20 minutes, equivalent to approximately 2000 words of assessment (20%), due throughout the term. ILOs 2 and 3 are addressed in the presentation.
  • One group based research assignment with 3 - 5 members of approximately 3500 words (35%), due in week 9. ILOs 2, 3 and 5 are are addressed in the group research assignment.

Dates & times

  • Term 2 - Online
    Principal coordinatorRod Dilnutt
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours24 hours (online only) (refer Graduate Online for clarification)
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Pre teaching start date22 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsPre teaching start date 23/4/2019
    Teaching period29 April 2019 to 23 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date23 April 2019
    Census date17 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 7 June 2019
    Assessment period ends30 June 2019

    Term 2 contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education

    Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au

    Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149

    Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

Time commitment details

200 hours

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  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 28 May 2019