Course Overview

This course aims to develop effective and responsible change agents who have the capacity to implement strategic plans within their areas of organisational responsibility (e.g. administration, course delivery, co-ordination). The course emphasises the development of skills, competencies and team-building around three modules: strategic planning and implementation; leading others; and self-management. This course is suitable for:

  • Leaders, managers and supervisors in public and private organisations
  • Leaders, managers, administrators, and coordinators involved in organisational change

Applications and Selections

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Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

This course is also available through Springboard, find out more here.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

You will have to attend three 2-day workshops alongside online activities, projects and professional learning journal. Assessment includes written assignments, practical projects, online contributions and reflective learning journals.

Notice: with the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to move classroom-based courses and blended learning seminars to a fully online teaching mode for Semester 1 of the academic year 2020/21. The Semester 2 teaching schedule will be reviewed over the coming months in line with government restrictions and social distancing guidelines. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of students & staff and our desire to continue to provide upskilling and professional development opportunities for all. If you have any queries regarding the format of online delivery mode, please contact your course administrator for further details.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). Applicants who do not satisfy these academic entry requirements can apply for this course through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Additional Requirements


1 Year, part-time

Next start date

September and January

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

18th September

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting



Diploma in Change Management


Course code

Course Outline

The course is delivered through blended learning. The modules are sequenced from 1-3 in the course to reflect the participants’ cumulative learning journey.  This approach offers opportunities for participants to apply their knowledge, skills, and attributes accumulated through to their own professional contexts.

Content Design and Structure: module content is designed with blended learning pedagogies in mind.

Self-study: participants are expected to engage in self-study of module materials including core content, reference and resource material, supplementary material. All materials are hosted on Blackboard.

Online Activities: participation in Blackboard hosted online group activities such as webinars and blogs is a core requirement of the module.

Workshops: participation in face-to-face workshops is a module requirement. Experienced tutors facilitate lectures, discussions and group work designed to present new information in ways that assist engagement with course material.

When you have successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an up-to-date specialised knowledge of change management frameworks paying particular attention to  identifying how their activities are shaped by government policy and by economic conditions;   
  • Carry out a situation analysis with a view to gaining insights into the activities, implications and challenges of implementing strategy within a changing political, societal, economic and sectoral environment;
  • Self-assess personal strengths, characteristics and skills to evaluate and monitor personal and professional development;
  • Motivate staff to embed an achievement-oriented culture in line with strategic goals and objectives;
  • Operationalise and sustain strategy execution within organisational and sectoral dynamics;
  • Apply a range of change management approaches aimed at promoting the  strategic vision, optimising team and group dynamics, empowering people and delivering sustainable change;
  • Deploy internal and external resources to realise a defined strategic vision and direction within the workplace area of responsibility;
  • Perform professional roles and responsibilities in a way that fosters a climate of mutual support and trust, that instils an enabling culture of accomplishment and that enables continuous improvement of strategy implementation and change management processes.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (30 Credits)

Required CM1701: Strategic Planning and Implementation

Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The central aim of this module is to examine the theory and practice of organisational change. It discusses different approaches to planning and implementing change in organisations; in particular how these approaches can guide the preparation for and implementation of change. It highlights the key activities associated with planning change and how organisational change may be evaluated and embedded.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse the theory and practice of organisational change with a view to operationalising planning and implementing organisational strategy
  2. Contextualise approaches to organisational change with a view to embedding new ways of doing things within organisations in the further education and training sector
  3. Apply project management principles to strategy implementation processes
  4. Select, apply and justify a range of process management tools to progress change management strategies
  5. Develop a set of competencies that enable organisational change agents to effectivey realise strategy-supporting interventions
  6. Apply cutting-edge tools to the evaluation and monitoring of strategy implementation and its outcomes
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module CM1701: "Strategic Planning and Implementation" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required CM1702: Leading Others

Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Individual and team performance has a profound effect on the overall success of strategy implementation. This module focuses on strengthening the participants’ capacity to motivate staff, to manage individual and team performance, to build continuous improvement in strategy execution and to deliver excellence. Participants will learn how to set goals and targets in line with strategy goals and actions, to allocate strategy supporting resources, and to execute policies and procedures that enable employees to carry out their roles effectively.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a broad and specialised knowledge and understanding of people management processes, their interrelated components and talent development requirements within organisational change implementation activities
  2. Scrutinise organisational strategy to define people management processes that are aligned with strategic mission, values, vision and plans
  3. Employ effective techniques and strategies for motivating employees, identifying performance gaps, creating performance plans, identifying training and development needs
  4. Develop a set of goal-focused actions to successfully embed a strategy-supporting performance culture in line with defined strategy goals and actions
  5. Embed policies and procedures that enable individuals to carry out their strategy-supporting roles effectivley and efficiently
  6. Exercise autonomy in adopting the qualities required to successfully lead individuals and teams to deliver strategic change with the organisation
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module CM1702: "Leading Others" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required CM1703: Self-management

Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The aim of the module is to provide participants with the opportunity to effectively develop a portfolio of core self-management skills. The module focuses on the knowledge, skills and personal competences that are seen as contributing to an individual’s professional life. Students will use assessment instruments and feedback to measure and monitor competencies. Through self-assessment exercises and a learning journal, this module encourages the beginning of a process of self-evaluation that will continue throughout an individual’s career
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Engage in a range of managment skills assessment techniques and self-reflection approaches to evaluate personal performance and professional development
  2. Critically analyse findings from assessment instruments to assess personal strengths, characteristics and skills that impact on workplace with a view to developing an action plan for professional development
  3. Take responsibility for developing communication strategies and practices that are appropriate for a variety of interpersonal, team and organisational situations
  4. Synthesise relevant information to design strategies and techniques that foster effective working relationships and that motivate others towards improved personal, team and organisational performance
  5. Constructively engage with colleagues to foster inclusiveness, solve organisational problems and manage conflict in the work setting
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module CM1703: "Self-management" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Further Education

Successful students may continue their studies through pathways such as:

Business/Commerce (Degree/Diploma)

Training & Education (Degree/Diploma/Certificate)

Leadership Development (PCert/Dip, MSc)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for career advancement are likely to be found in public and private change management (e.g. senior management and leadership roles, senior administrative functions and senior professional and technical roles).

Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is most suitable to:

  • Leaders, managers and supervisors in public and private organisations
  • Leaders, managers, administrators, and coordinators involved in organisational change

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU


Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU



A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Please download the 2020_21 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Edel Molloy
Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 494058/494055

What Our Students Say


Niamh Ward |   Graduate

As a manager in a Further Education college I found this course highly relevant and valuable. The blended learning delivery made it possible to engage positively with minimum disruption to a full-time job in a demanding role. As well as developing crucial skills the course also provided a great opportunity to build a network of colleagues across the country in similar work environments.


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