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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)

Module BUSI55015: The Consultant

Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)

BUSI55015: The Consultant

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap
Tied to N1K814


  • None.


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to:
  • examine the respective skills sets of internal and external consultants;
  • develop their competence in relevant skills;
  • diagnose their own personal development needs and prepare a personal development plan;
  • develop skills as reflective practitioners.


  • Phases of personal development in consulting.
  • The role of supervision and reflective practice.
  • Theories and concepts of critical reflection.
  • Developing a learning team and organisation.
  • External v internal consultants - the respective skill sets - coaching, facilitation, listening and questioning, information gathering and analysis, giving advice, judgment, adapting to the client style and culture, presenting your finding.
  • Preparing personal development plans.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    • To have developed personal awareness about themselves, their preferred approach and its impact in any given situation.
    Key Skills:

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

      • The programme incorporates both University and work-based teaching and learning.
      • The University based teaching and learning will use lectures and facilitated discussions, group and individual tasks, role play and other simulations. Individual nd group tutorials will also form part of the programme. Students will also learn through directed independent study (via the Internet) and independent study related to the preparation of coursework for assessment.
      • At work, students will reflect on how they have applied in practice what they have learnt at different stages of the programme, via a reflective learning journal and actions points agreed at the end of each module.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Lectures 4 Daily 2 hours 8
      Tutorials 1 Once 1.5 hours 1.5
      Seminars 1 Daily 3 hours 3
      Practicals 4 Daily 1 hour 4
      Preparation & Reading 133.5
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Presentation Component Weighting: 33%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Presentation 100%
      Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 67%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Assignment 1,500 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      One essay.

      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