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SRM781 - Managing Change and Innovation


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 2 days intensive seminars (6 hours per day).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


2020 is the final offering of this unit


The purpose of this unit is to provide participants with concepts and methods that will help them be successful  leaders of change as they apply to cultivating and implementing policies and strategies in the design of sustainable and creative cities. The course draws upon the latest research and managerial studies on processes of: cultivating innovating thinking; dynamics of groups; facilitation processes; team formation; principles of project management; project implementation methods; place management and the implication of new change efforts.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:


Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand the nature of urban change and the role that change agents take in managing place

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship


Investigate the role organizational management plays in the successful implementation of urban change management

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Investigate a range of leadership and facilitation practices within the realm of Place Management

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO6: Self-management


Deliver sound project implementation strategies through critical investigation of best practice management principles

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Report 1,500-word report 30% Week 4
Critique presentation 15-minute electronic presentation 30% Week 7
Urban change project 2,500-word written report 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SRM781 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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