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MN50513: Consulting: context, theory and practice

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Group Coursework (CW 30%)
  • Individual Assignment (CW 70%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you must take MN50451
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to examine the contextual, theoretical and practical aspects of management consulting.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit, the student will be able to:
* Explain the context and background of management consulting
* Apply key theories, concepts and frameworks to understand the core elements of management consultancies
* Explain the importance of, and approaches to, managing client and network relations
* Understand the consulting process
* Diagnose client problems
* Prepare client proposals


* Juxtaposition of theory and practice (taught)
* Identification good practice (taught)
* Case analysis (taught and facilitated)
* Practical skill development (taught and facilitated)

Key topics covered include:
* Context and background such as origins, growth and importance, Types of firms and sectors, Professional status
* Core elements of management consulting
- Forms of capital (human, social and organisational)
- Ethical issues
- Careers
* Clients and client-consultant relations
- Role and types of clients
- Managing client relations
* Consulting process
- Stages in the client engagement/business process (bidding/acquiring contracts/setting up project teams/doing the work/producing reports/debriefing)
- Preparation of a client proposal
- Key skills and competencies.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50513 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management


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