Nursing (NURS) 621

Coaching and Leading: The Human Side of Organizational Change


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Delivery Mode: Paced/home-study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: For MHS Students: MHST 601
For MN-Gen Students: NURS 608

Co-requisite: MHS and MN-Gen Students: MHST603/NURS 603

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies


Change is the one element consistent across all types of organizations that affects people at all levels within each type of organization. Change is a constant we all, no matter what our discipline, must learn how to thrive within. As successful health care leaders, the affect of change on the humans within our organizations becomes one of our priorities. Yet, for something so common, our general understanding of change is often limited.

This course provides us with the opportunity to study organizational change in depth maintaining the focus on how change affects people and how we can help others, and ourselves, to survive and thrive in a constantly changing work environment.

Course Goals

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

  1. evaluate the multi-dimensional nature of organizational change,
  2. explain political, economic, technological, and sociocultural influences on organizational change,
  3. appraise the influence of overt and covert aspects of organizational life on change,
  4. apply hard and soft systems models of organizational change to real-life case situations,
  5. summarize key trends that may prompt micro and macro level organizational change in the future, and
  6. debate the influence of ethics on organizational change.

Course Materials

Course materials are located online and provided in the Study Guide and through your own web and library database searches. Please share the links to resources you find with your peers in the discussion-forum.

Course Outline

NURS 621 consists of the following 10 units

  • Unit 1: Orientation and Overview: Organizations and Their Changing Environments
  • Unit 2: Types of Change
  • Unit 3: Organizational Structure, Design and Change
  • Unit 4: Culture and Organizational Change
  • Unit 5: Politics and Organizational Change
  • Unit 6: Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Unit 7: Hard Systems Models of Change
  • Unit 8: Soft Systems Models for Change
  • Unit 9: Collaborative Group Projects
  • Unit 10: Future Directions and Challenges

Assessment Structure

In the MHS and MN:Gen programs, students must achieve an overall program GPA of 2.7 ( B- or 70 percent), to graduate. The minimum passing grade requirement for each MHS and MN:Gen course is C- (60 percent).

The following course activities will contribute to your course grade, with the percentage weighting of each activity as follows:

Case Study Document 20%
Case Study Analysis 40%
Group Presentation 30%
Participation 10%
Total 100%

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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Last updated November 2, 2010.