Singapore University of Social Sciences

Organisational Development and Change

Organisational Development and Change (PSY514)


PSY514 Organisational Development and Change aims to provide an understanding of the various approaches to organisational development (OD). The course will explore the different stages of the OD process, including diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation. By the end of this course, students will be equipped with practical knowledge and skills in conducting organisational assessments and developing change management plans. Students will also learn how to communicate effectively with stakeholders and manage challenges due to change.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Organisational development history and context
  • Strategic human resource management and development
  • Models of organisational change and development
  • Change management cycle: Diagnostic
  • Change management cycle: Intervention
  • Change management cycle: Evaluation
  • Power and politics
  • Organisational structure and design
  • Organisational agility and resilience
  • Employee engagement
  • Leadership and change
  • Organisational Development in the digital age

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise models of organisational change
  • Evaluate the difficulties in applying theories of organisational change in practice
  • Discuss the use of strategy to align activities at the differing levels of the individual, team and business
  • Evaluate different forms of organisational structure, culture and climate
  • Apply behaviour modification as a technique for changing behaviour in the workplace
  • Propose organisational development interventions within the wider organisational psychology context
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