MGMT301-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Leading Change and Innovation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course gives a systematic overview of the theories, frameworks and tools for leading innovation and change in organisations.

This course focuses on change that organizations go through. We focus on micro, meso and macro aspects of change. The course focusses on applying fundamental philosophical underpinnings of change management to real case study. During this course, students will be working with ZURU Company to develop solutions for one of the three challenges that the company set up.

Please note: An Erskine Fellow is co-teaching the course in 2023 and therefore the content and delivery will differ from the course description. In 2023, students will not be working with ZURU but rather be working on exercises, simulations, and case studies to apply change management principles to everyday life.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT301 is:
Class sessions (lectures) 24
Individual reading 48
Group Assignment 30
Test preparation 30
Class session preparation 18
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of the course are:
  • Understand and critically examine key concepts and theories in change management.
  • Analyse and synthesise the factors that impact change within organizations globally.
  • Critically apply the appropriate theory or concepts to a given change management challenge.
  • Recommend appropriate change strategies based on an appropriate application of theory, or concept to a change management challenge.
  • Demonstrate team problem-solving and professional presentation skills on change management issues.
  • Write a clear, well-structured, professional analysis on change management challenge in an organisation.

    Learning Objectives, BCom
  • Students have an in-depth understanding of their majoring subject and are able to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within the discipline.
  • Students have a broad understanding of the key domains of commerce.
  • Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers which can be used in a range of applications.
  • Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
  • Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.




Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 C3 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Timetable Note

Lectures for MGMT301 are recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system.
UC Timetable

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sarah Wright

Lecturer Catherine Loughlin Visiting Erskine Fellow


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reading Group Performance 10% Weeks 2-6
Group Presentation 31 Mar 2023 30% Group Presentation
Test 02 Jun 2023 50% Test (23 June to be confirmed)
Reflection 02 Jun 2023 10% Reflection

There are several pieces of assessment for this course, all of which require you to be in class:

Assessment 1: Reading group performance

Assessment 2: Group presentation on recommended interventions

Assessment 3: Take-home final Test

Assessment 4: Individual Reflection

The marks for each piece of assessment may be standardized before a final grade is determined.

Assessment In Te Reo Māori
In recognising that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use the Te Reo Māori in their assessment. If you intend to submit your work in Te Reo Māori you are required to do the following:

Read the Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy and ensure that you meet the conditions set out in the policy. This includes, but is not limited to, informing the Course Coordinator 1) no later than 10 working days after the commencement of the course that you wish to use Te Reo Māori and 2) at least 15 working days before each assessment due date that you wish to use Te Reo Māori.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

HODGES, DR JULIE; MANAGING AND LEADING PEOPLE THROUGH ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE : the theory and practice of sustaining... change through people ; KOGAN PAGE, 2021.

Smith, Richard; The effective change manager's handbook : essential guidance to the change management body of knowledge ; Kogan Page, 2015.

The assigned readings for each week are availalbe on LEARN
There are also several books available in the library that will be useful for your course assessments.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class.   Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep.  Their email can be found on Learn.  The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the following:
• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page
General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,075.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Tourism .

All MGMT301 Occurrences

  • MGMT301-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023