APSY618-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Organisational Change: Directions for I/O Psychology Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


The first course objective is to familiarise the students with psychological frameworks and research that inform organisational change planning and implementation. The second course objective is to provide students with the knowledge and competencies to: a) critically analyse organisational change practices, b) identify the main challenges faced by change leaders and employees, and c) support and facilitate organisational change implementation as I/O practitioners. Topics covered include psychological mechanisms of change resistance and readiness, change leadership, change needs assessment and evaluation, and socio-cultural contingencies.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course, you should:

  • Understand the role of I/O Psychologists as organisational change leaders or facilitators.

  • Apply knowledge of research and measurement tools to diagnose need for change, to assess change resistance and readiness, and to evaluate the success of change management programs.

  • Understand the influence of individual-level variables, group dynamics, leadership, organisational structure, and organisational and social culture on change planning, implementation, and success.

  • Critically appraise organisational change research, theory, and current organisational practices.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 437
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun


Joana R C Kuntz


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-Class Case Studies 12%
Forum Posts 12%
Case Analysis 36%
Change Management Project 40%

Textbooks / Resources

There are no required textbooks for this course. Assigned readings for lectures will be provided online via LEARN.


Entry limited to Part 2 MScIO students.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,110.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 30

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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