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MANG6236 Consultancy Assignment

Module Overview

This optional module presents students with a real consultancy project for an organisation. Some projects are completed for units within the University, but most are carried out for external organisations. These include commercial companies, public sector organisations or charities. Projects are carried out in the same way as a conventional consultancy project and are assessed to the same standards. Once a project is agreed, the students have to develop detailed terms of reference, including deliverables, design their work programme and agree a completion date with the client. During the project the students are responsible for determining the data required, accessing and then analysing this data and maintaining links with the client. The group has to produce a report and presentation that will be delivered to the client. This presentation is normally made to a senior team of client managers and directors. Following or during the presentation clients may question the students on any element of their work and findings. Clients are asked to provide a written assessment of the project from their perspective. The key to this module is that the project addresses a real client problem and puts the students under pressure to perform to a high standard as the outcome actually matters to someone other than themselves.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To help students build their self-esteem and employability skills in an organisational environment, so that they can: • Apply their learning from their MBA study • Manage/influence/work with other people more effectively • Produce a consultancy report and presentation and deliver the presentation to the client. The module draws the students into a cohesive group, developing peer support and group learning in the context of an organisation based consultancy task, under the supervision of an academic member of staff. It thus develops their investigative and evaluative skills as well as increasing their understanding of the business context.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • describe their own and others’ reactions and responses to a team consulting task;
  • relate theories about change to their experience of a consultancy task;
  • identify the benefits of team working and of being able to form effective working relationships quickly;
  • experience working with a variety of other people and forming supportive relationships within a small work group;
  • becoming familiar with a new organisation and sector very quickly;
  • reflect on these experiences and identify how they use them to be more effective in the work place.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop oral and written communication, problem analysis and problem solving, information handling,
  • decision making, planning and organising, group work/team work, self-management, management of change, critical analysis
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be Better able to understand how to collect, analyse and present data in various forms
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Bring yourself up-to-speed quickly with a new organisation and industry sector;
  • Be confident about researching organisations to quickly identify opportunities and problems.

Syllabus

The programme objectives specifically encourage students to develop the following key skills: • oral and written communication, problem analysis and problem solving, information • handling, • decision making, planning and organising, group work/team work, self-management, • management of change, critical analysis

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is delivered through guided action learning. (Kolb Rubin & McIntyre 1974). Activity/Reflection/Conceptualisation/Application, day-to-day supervision and guidance will be given by the staff member leading the group. It is anticipated that part of the regular reviews will entail a discussion of problems, how they can be overcome, key learning points, skill deficiencies and how these can be overcome.

TypeHours
Independent Study160
Teaching40
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Cope, Mike. The Seven C’s of Consulting. 

Assessment

Formative

Coursework

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (15000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (15000 words) 100%
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