Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 390

Managing Change (Revision 6)

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Before enrolling in Organization Behaviour 390, you should have work experience or educational background that provides you with a basic understanding of organizational terminology, roles of managers, and basic theories of communication, motivation, and leadership. If you do not have previous work experience or university level studies in administration, we recommend you complete Administration 232 and Organization Behaviour 326 before enrolling in Organization Behaviour 390.

If you have questions about how your work experience or education may relate to this course, contact the Course Coordinator.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study.** (check locations)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None. ADMN 232 and ORGB 326 are recommended.

Centre: Faculty of Business

ORGB 390 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


Change processes are a natural part of evolution. However, the changes organizations face today and expect in the future present significant challenges. Managers assist organizational members in meeting both organizational and individual goals. With knowledge of the dynamics of change, managers can help individuals develop the resources and tools necessary to prepare for and move through change processes.

Since this course has been designed for those currently working in, or hoping to move into, a management position, the perspective of the manager/leader is woven throughout. Increasingly, as people work in teams where leadership is shared, managerial positions are de-emphasized. This course will benefit anyone interested in understanding the processes of change from both personal and organizational perspectives.


The course consists of the following ten units.

  • Unit One: Dynamics of Change
  • Unit Two: Managerial/Leadership Responsibilities
  • Unit Three: Assessing Organizational Needs
  • Unit Four: Collecting and Analyzing Information, and Providing Feedback
  • Unit Five: Designing and Evaluating Interventions
  • Unit Six: Human Process Interventions
  • Unit Seven: Technostructural Interventions
  • Unit Eight: Human Resource Management Interventions
  • Unit Nine: Strategic Interventions


To receive credit for Organizational Behaviour 390, you must complete a project consisting of three assignments, and you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” 50 percent) on the final examination, and a minimum overall course grade of “D” (50 percent). You must submit all project assignments in order to receive a grade for the compilation of your project. The following chart describes the credit weight associated with each course requirement:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
20% 20% 20% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: Examinations for this course are taken online, and must be taken at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and a current web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Cummings, T. G., & Worley, C. G. (2009). Organization development & change (9th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western College Publishing. ISBN 9780324421385

Note: The textbook for this course cannot be returned if the InfoTrac access code card inside the book has been opened.

Other materials

Students will access all other course materials online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ORGB 390 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Paper Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Current Grouped Study Locations

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.

Opened in Revision 6, August 18, 2010.

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