The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Leadership is a key topic for organisational and business psychology. Change initiatives have high rates of failure and can be very expensive. As such, leading change is a key challenge for organisational leaders and a central concern for organisations. In this course students will develop advanced knowledge of approaches to leading and managing change in organizations. The focus will be on practical challenges faced by those tasked with leading and implementing change, both at the structural level and in terms of the process of change.

This course is not part of an APAC accredited sequence.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate and apply theory and research evidence regarding leadership.

2. Critically evaluate and apply theory and research evidence regarding organisational change.

3. Communicate how leadership and organisational change intersect in workplace contexts.

4. Apply organisational change process models to lead change more effectively.


  • Leadership as a personal quality
  • Leadership as a group process
  • Leadership as an intergroup process
  • Organisational change: Challenges and drivers
  • Leading organisational change: Transforming who ‘we’ are
  • In depth: Leading organisational change – A social identity approach


This course replaces PSYC6230. If you have successfully completed PSYC6230 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of an APAC accredited 3 year program in psychology or equivalent


PSYC6000 and PSYC6050

Assessment items

Participation: Discussion Forum Contribution

Presentation: Online Presentations - Group

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This is a whole semester course offered fully online.