This unit of study will help students' learn the skills involved in conducting a systemic, organisational diagnosis. The unit specifically places emphasis on systems thinking, psychodynamic organisational theory, and appreciative inquiry as ways into understanding organisational issues and problems. A broader aim is to examine how systems thinking can be incorporated in action research interventions to successfully implement change. The unit intends to provide participants with the theoretical constructs and application skills necessary for identifying and framing problem areas, collecting data, and organising feedback to client systems.  Real-time case examples will inform our discussions as we consider the relationship between diagnosis, organisational reflection, and appropriate action.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BMO7001

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Devise and prescribe applicable and robust approaches to diagnose problems in organisations and implement organisational reviews with accountability;  
  2. Interrogate data collected and advocate an innovative intervention plans as suitable to current organisations;  
  3. Critically analyse and synthasise various models of systems change practiced in contemporary global, multinational settings and theorise and adjudicate their applicability to Australian contexts, respecting and valuing diversity; and  
  4. Contextualise approaches to systems thinking in resolving multi-dimensional, real-world complex problems with creativity, leadership and initiative.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Critique of the Literature (4,500 words) 30%
Case Study Group examination of a real-time case study from participating organisation (3500 words) 30%
Examination Final examination 40%

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