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AGB260 Rural Change (Inquiry Tools) (8)


Rural Change (Inquiry Tools) provides an array of models and tools for managing change in organisations and communities. It is designed to provide the theoretical underpinning of interventions needed to manage change in the applied subject Rural Change (Industry Project) which is a Stage 3 subject. By the end of the subject students can expect to understand: Models of change; The management of change in organisations and communities; Soft Systems Methodology as a tool for managing complexity; and, Action Learning/Action Research.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Rural Management

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to compare and contrast various models of change
Be able to explore the relationship between personal values, attitudes and styles of interaction
Be able to demonstrate an understanding of how organisations work
Be able to identify different grouping of people, households and organisations which are commonly labelled 'community' and discuss their various purposes
Be able to advise a community on an appropriate change management strategy for the issues confronting that community
Be able to select various change management strategies and processes available to a community
Be able to describe the differences between human activity systems and biophysical systems
Be able to analyse a human activity system using rich-picturing and mind-mapping techniques
Be able to apply soft systems techniques to start to develop models of change to improve a situation
Be able to explain the role of action research in change management.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1 What is change? Models of change Change in organisations Module 2 Change in rural communities Module 3 Managing complexity Soft Systems Methodology to solve complex issues Research methodologies and change management.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.