Postgraduate taught 

Laboratory Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Managing Strategic Change MGT5303

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Service Science is an emerging discipline that aims to combine fundamental science and engineering theories, models and applications with facets of the management field, particularly knowledge, supply chain and change management, in order to enhance and advance service innovation.


This course will be delivered by a series of lectures and tutorials in Semester 1.

Excluded Courses






The summative assessment is by a written assignment of 2,500 words.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

To provide participants with the ability to assess, analyse and implement change within organisations, in particular to:

■ Explore the nature and context of change.

■ Examine alternative change management approaches and philosophies.

■ Determine optimal change management strategies given particular change contexts.

■ Examine how best to implement predetermined change strategies.


To provide participants with knowledge and understanding of philosophies and methodologies in strategic management, in particular to:

■ Develop analytical and decision-making skills for dealing with complex conceptual problems.

■ Determine appropriate strategic directions for an organisation.

■ Define and recommend a course of action that is consistent with the recommended strategic direction.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Analysing the diversity of change management perspectives and identify the value assumptions and orientations which lie behind them.

■ Explaining the contextualising influence of both internal processes and relationships, and external environmental conditions in change in organisations.

■ Assessing notions of decentralisation and empowerment in participative change strategies based on examples drawn from comparative research.

■ Scanning the external environment of any organisation and identify the key environmental factors having an impact on the performance of the company and the overall industry.

■ Evaluating the overall standing of a company using internal factor analysis; its strengths and weaknesses.

■ Bridging the gap between theory and practice by developing an understanding of when and how to apply the concepts and techniques learnt.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

The minimum requirement for the award of credits is the submission of at least 75% by weight of the course's summative assessment (including any examinations). Further requirements may include monitored attendance at classes and examinations. All such requirements shall be specified by the Subject concerned, and given to students in writing at the beginning of the course. Normally no grade or credits shall be awarded to a candidate who has not met these requirements.