|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Students will be assigned to a Practicum Organisation where they will work in teams to undertake a significant business consulting activity. Students will need to work with the Practicum Organisation in order to develop a solid statement of work, which the project will be expected to deliver to. Students will learn to work with unstructured and incomplete information, to develop research and networks to support their enquiry, to work successfully in teams, and to present their findings and seek and receive constructive feedback in a range of settings. Students will also be encouraged to plan, reflect and modify their approaches to improve the outcomes of their efforts in managing their business consulting project. Students will be supported in this consulting project with seminars on the consulting process, staged deliverables which facilitate solid project management techniques and input from the course co-ordinator.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify key strategic business questions or opportunities;
- Research, analyse, evaluate and propose practical business options given the project constraints;
- Manage key aspects of a business consulting project, including scope development, stakeholder communication and issue management;
- Show how the theory of consulting translates to real life practices;
- Explain the end-to-end process of client engagement with regard to undertaking a business project;
- Apply consulting and problem solving tools and techniques to a real life project; and
- Present a compelling business case within a real-life business situation.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Time management;
- Commercial awareness;
- Initiative within ambiguity;
- Independent learning, interpersonal skills and team skills;
- Verbal and written communication skills through discussion and assigned tasks;
- Project management;
- Team working;
- Communication skills in a business context;
- Research, problem solving, critical thinking; and
- Documentation, preparation and presentation skills through assigned tasks and the practicum exercise.