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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap None.


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To examine current literature, theories, models and practice with respect to management consultancy work.


  • Introduction to Management Consultancy
  • Tendering and Pitching for an Assignment
  • The Management Knowledge/Management Fashion Industry
  • The Nature of Knowledge in Management Consultancy
  • Measuring Engagement Success
  • The Client Relationship and Consultancy Process

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • critically reviewed present understandings/knowledge of the changing nature and role of management consultancy work at a time of unparalleled change and public interest;
  • obtained a detailed understanding of the key models and theories used to understand management consultancy work;
  • ascertained the sources for effective management consultancy and the dynamics of the client-consultant relationship.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • had the opportunity to use highly specialised and advanced critical, evaluative and communication skills in order to understand the issues involved in the application of management consultancy models to real business situations.
Key Skills:
  • Understanding ambiguous and indeterminate contexts.
  • Managing the process of change.
  • Negotiating and persuading.
  • Networking.
  • Sourcing appropriate data and evaluating evidence.
  • Reflecting and synthesising from experience.
  • Developing critical thinking.
  • Exercising discrimination and judgement.
  • Synthesising diverse perspectives.
  • Developing coherent and persuasive arguments.
  • Selecting appropriate modes of communication.
  • Presenting effectively using oral, written and technological media.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading. The written assignment will test students' understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth. The group presentation will test students' ability to work effectively in collaboration with others and to critically assess the relevance and validity of others' views.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion) 28
Preparation and Reading 122
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Group Presentation Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Group Presentation 30-40 minutes 100%
Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 3,000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University