Management Consulting


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Management Consulting

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Management, International Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This unit of study is designed for accounting, engineering, business, biotechnology, science, information technology and creative intelligence major fields of study

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This subject introduces students to the nature and characteristics of the consulting industry, major practice areas in consulting and the value creation activities of management consultants. It discusses the main success factors of consulting. It also considers methods of consultancy project design and management, and integrative problem-solving applying the principles of design thinking and different performance measures. Students are required to work on a real-life project. Finally, the subject takes a critical look at the responsibilities and ethics of consultancy contract management.
    Note: This subject requires students to have completed the majority of their subjects and it should be taken towards the end of their degree.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. explain the nature and characteristics of consulting and the values underlying different perspectives and approaches to management consulting
    2. assess effective methods of creating, developing, extending and transforming business enterprises, and determine the resource requirements of consulting projects related to them
    3. review the primary skills and responsibilities exercised in engaging in management consultancy contracts including project management
    4. identify the key liability and ethical issues involved in consultancy work.
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    This subject forms part of the Management major and Management Consulting sub-major. It serves to integrate and develop the different aspects of management consulting. It considers different consulting perspectives on and approaches to applying the range of knowledge to finding potential solutions to business problems through business analysis and development and by applying the principles of integrative and design thinking. The subject informs students about appropriate performance measures in different business enterprises, and alerts students to the responsibilities of professional and ethical consulting practices.
    Teaching and learning strategies
    This subject is based on a lecture and tutorial format. The key role of teaching will be to facilitate the interdependent learning of students. An intensive tutorials program delivers a series of face-to-face presentations, interactive learning discussions and exercises throughout the semester dealing with both the theory and practice in identifying appropriate options and strategies to cope with the changing context of contemporary consulting. Students are encouraged to extend their knowledge by using the library. Teamwork and group facilitation skills are developed in class through peer learning activities. Students are further supported through the use of UTSOnline offering subject material and information.
    Making sense of management consulting
    Approaches to consulting
    Success factors of consulting
    Client?consulting relationship
    Critical reflections on management consulting
    The consultant as a change agent
    The future of management consulting
    Assessment task 1: Critical Reflection Essay (Individual)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    Weight: 25%
    Maximum 1500 words (excluding references and Appendices)
    Assessment task 2: Project Report and Presentation (Group)
    This assessment will gauge students' ability to:
    understand and analyse both the theoretical and practical rationale for management consulting activities
    understand and analyse the skills required and responsibilities exercised in engaging in management consultancy contracts including project management.
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    2 and 3
    Weight: 30%
    Report length max. 5 pages; Presentation length max. 15 minutes
    Assessment task 3: Report (Individual)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 3 and 4
    Weight: 45%
    Maximum 2000 words (excluding references and appendices)
    Minimum requirements
    Students are expected to interact with a real-life client, and attend all lectures and tutorials from the first teaching week onwards.
    To pass the subject students need to achieve at least 50% of the total marks.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.