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MGT8035 Management Consulting

Semester 1, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Ronel Erwee
Moderator: Retha Wiesner

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Synopsis

The first theme of this course assists the student to investigate the major features of changes in the business environment and their impact on clients' use of consultancy as well as changes in the management consulting industry. The second theme of this course has a focus on analysing your consulting skills and building business networks. The third theme deals with establishing a smaller consultancy or developing a consulting career in major multinational companies. The fourth theme deals with areas of specialisation in consulting. In the assignments of this course students are required to analyse the changes in the consulting industry and to analyse application of these concepts and practices in a company or situation of their choice.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. understand changes in the business environment and their impact on clients' use of consultancy as well as changes in the management consulting industry
  2. analyse your consulting skills and build business networks
  3. formulate guidelines on establishing a smaller consultancy or developing a consulting career in major multinational companies
  4. apply the concepts to analyse practices in a company of their choice.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Changes in the consulting industry 20.00
2. Models of consultation 15.00
3. Building business networks in consulting 15.00
4. Analysing your consulting competencies 20.00
5. Developing a consulting career: large and small consultancies 15.00
6. Areas of specialisation: global business consulting - cultural contexts, international human resource management 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Fombrun, CJ & Nevins, MD 2004, The advice business: essential tools and models for management consulting, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Biech, E 2009, The consultant's quick start guide: an action plan for your first year in business, 2nd edn, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, California.
  • Czerniawska, F 2002, Management consultancy: what next?, Palgrave, London.
  • Dowling, PJ, Festing, M & Engle, AD 2008, International human resource management: managing people in a multinational context, 5th edn, Thomson, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Greiner, L & Poulfelt, F (eds) 2005, Handbook of management consulting: the contemporary consultant: insights from world experts, Thomson South-Western, Mason, Ohio.
  • Hofstede, G, Hofstede, GJ & MNinkov, M 2010, Cultures and organizations: software of the mind: intercultural cooperation and its importance for survival, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Research and Practice in HRM Journal.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 160.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SELECT CONSULTANTS FOR ASST 1 0 0 23 Mar 2012 (see note 1)
ASST 1 - ESSAY 50 50 16 Apr 2012
ASST 2 - ESSAY 50 50 04 Jun 2012

NOTES
  1. Guidelines and marking of the research activity (selection of consultants) for Assignment 1 are noted on the discussion board.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. Students may apply for an assignment extension by personally contacting the examiner before the due date. Such applications should be in writing and include supporting documentary evidence. Alternatively the contact could be by phone or e-mail but documentary evidence will still be expected. The authority for granting extensions rests with the examiner. (iv) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.