Module code: MAN2184

Module Overview

The workplace change project enables learners to demonstrate the application of knowledge, skills and behaviours to identify, investigate, make recommendations and implement change in the workplace. Learners will apply relevant research processes to identify an area for change and agree this with their manager/employer. The learner will analyse appropriate data throughout their project and use change management tools and techniques, project management skills, and decision-making processes to inform the structure of the project and support a successful outcome.

Following the completion of the change project the learner will complete a short reflective exercise to review the effectiveness of the project and identify areas of further development.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 7

Independent Learning Hours: 43

Module Availability

Teaching block 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Through completion of the work based final research project the learners will be able to demonstrate:

  • Project management skills

  • Decision making skills

  • Application of relevant change management theories and models

  • Appropriate data collection and analysis skills

  • Reflective practice

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual Project Report (Maximum 3500 words) 80
Coursework Individual reflective podcast (Maximum 5 minutes) 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to demonstrate all intended module learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and behaviours, and to provide maximum opportunity for applied learning.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Assessment 1

Individual change management project, the subject of which is to be presented to the learner’s manager/employer to gain feedback and approval.   Learners will produce a formal written project report to demonstrate the application of project management, change management, and decision-making principles, tools and techniques in the workplace (maximum 3500 words).

Assessment 2

Individual reflective podcast to review the effectiveness of the project and identify areas of further development (maximum 5 minutes).

Formative assessment

Learners will work regularly in groups and as individuals, participating in classroom or online discussion  forums, webinars etc, to demonstrate their understanding of the subject contents and application. 


Learners will be given formal feedback on their assessments in line with the University’s policy on assessment and feedback, and within the current three-week feedback period.  Learners will receive regular, informal feedback on their contribution throughout the module.

Module aims

  • This module aims to encourage learners to apply knowledge, skills and behaviours to implement a change initiative in the workplace. Through completing this module, learners will be able to test and refine their project management skills to identify areas of development and inform activities required to maximise the effectiveness of their Final Workplace Research Project.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply decision making theories and models to a business management context in order CK
002 Demonstrate appropriate data collection techniques and analysis procedures in a business context CKPT
003 Demonstrate effective project management PT
004 Select and apply appropriate change management theories and models CKP
005 Reflect on the project process and outcomes to inform areas of personal development PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The hours listed within the overall student workload section represent off-the-job learning.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to incorporate a blended learning approach, centred around the key online learning design principles of – Learner-centred; Useful; Engaging; Flexible; Consistent; Supportive and Accessible.

In line with the Apprenticeship Off the Job Training guidance, the teaching and learning undertaken on this module will reflect the following categories of training:

  1. Teaching of Theory – may include lectures, role play, simulation exercises, online learning, research and networking)

  2. Practical Training – may include shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and participation in competitions

  3. Learning support and time spent writing assignments and partaking in assessments

  4. Reflective learning and self-evaluation to impart new knowledge, skills and behaviours only.

Learners completing this module will undertake a combination of campus-based sessions and online directed learning activities supported through SurreyLearn.  Learners, with support from their employers, will be expected to demonstrate accountability and commitment to effectively managing their agreed off-the-job training hours to complete required learning activities and assessments.   Learners should take an active part in any asynchronous activities such as forums, wikis, blogs etc., as well as synchronous activities (i.e. virtual meetings, webinars etc.) as appropriate.  Participation in these activities will be essential to the successful achievement of the learning outcomes in this module.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Through completion of the learning and assessments for this module, it is expected that most learners will be able to produce suitable evidence for their Portfolio of Evidence to fully or partially meet specific assessment criteria for the following areas of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Learners may also refer to the CMDA Assessment Plan for further information.

Operational Strategy

1.1. How to develop and implement organisational strategy and plans, including approaches to resource and supply chain management, workforce development, sustainability, taking and managing risk, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance (K)

1.2. How to manage change in the organisation (K)

1.5. Produce reports that clearly present information and data, using a range of interpretation and analytical processes (S)

1.6. Gain wide support to deliver successful outcomes (S)

Project Management

2.3. Plan, organise and manage resources in order to achieve organisational goals (S)

2.4. Identify key outcomes, develop and implement plans and monitor progress, and provide reports as required (S)

2.5. Proactively identify risk and create plans for their mitigation (S)

2.6. Initiate, lead and drive change within the organisation, identifying barriers/ challenges and how to overcome them (S)

2.7. Use widely recognised project management tools

Business Finance

3.1. Financial strategies, including budgets, financial management and accounting, and how to provide

financial reports (K)

3.4. Manage budgets, control expenditure and produce financial reports (S)

Digital Business and New Technologies

5.3. Identify service/organisational improvements and opportunities for innovation and growth, using

qualitative and quantitative analysis of information and data and benchmarking against others (S)


6.6. Manage and chair meetings and clearly present actions and outcomes (S)

Leading People

7.4. Support the creation of an inclusive, high performance work culture (S)

Developing Collaborative Relationships

9.1. Approaches to stakeholder, customer and supplier management, developing engagement, facilitating cross functional working and negotiation (K)

9.5. Effectively influence and negotiate, being able to have challenging conversations and give constructive feedback (S)

9.6. Work collaboratively with internal and external customers and suppliers (S)

Awareness of Self and Others

10.3 Reflect on own performance, identifying and acting on learning and development needs (S)

Management of Self

11.2. Create personal development plan, and use widely recognised tools and techniques to ensure the management of time and pressure effectively, and prioritisation and strategic alignment of activities (S)

Decision Making

12.1. How to undertake research, data analysis, problem solving and decision-making techniques (K)

12.3. Use evidence-based tools and ethical approaches to undertake problem solving and critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation to support decision making (S)

K – Knowledge                                                        

S – Skills                                                     

B – Behaviours

Degree apprenticeships are delivered over three teaching blocks:

  • Teaching Block 1 - September - December
  • Teaching Block 2 - January - April
  • Teaching Block 3 - May - August

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.