Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Semester 1: 36 hours (block mode); Semester 2: 36 hours, comprising of one 3 hour seminar per week |
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorDr Sean Maynard
Dr Sean Maynard
This practice-oriented subject allows students to develop their ability to build and utilise good working relationships with internal and external clients. Feedback from industry indicates that these “consulting skills” are highly valued, and an important factor in employment and promotion decisions. Information systems professionals learn that technical knowledge is seldom sufficient in itself, and must be supported by the ability to understand, communicate and collaborate with clients.
Students work individually and in syndicate groups. Classes are interactive and focus on practice, with reading and research tasks undertaken largely outside class. Most classes feature a guest speaker from industry.
Topics covered include understanding business and management needs, setting and managing expectations, reporting and staying on track, giving advice, written and verbal communication, consulting ethics, and the business of consultancy.
The subject will enhance students’ ability to manage relationships with stakeholders, communicate effectively about IS services, and engage effectively with senior decision makers in organisations.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
Hurdle requirement: To pass the subject students, must obtain:
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
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Learning and Teaching Methods
12 (half day) lectures are delivered covering all examinable topics.
Each lecture focusses on a major topic of consultancy practice and is supported by case studies from real world consulting situations.
A guest speaker is provided every 2nd lecture from a current professional IS/IT consulting business or a CIO from a major commercial organisation that regularly hires IS/IT consultants.
Indicative Key Learning Resources
Each lecture, a number of prescribed readings are advised to the students.
In addition, Recommended texts are as follows:
Weinberg, G: Secrets of Consulting, 1986
Block, P: Flawless Consulting, Second Edition, Pfeiffer, 2000.
Maister, D, Green, C & Galford, R: The Trusted Advisor, Free Press, 2000.
Maister, D: Managing the Professional Service Firm, Free Press, 1993.
A number of major consulting firms provide guest speakers focussing on real world consulting practices, issues and required personal attributes. These speakers also have an opportunity to promote their organisations to students for potential recruitment opportunities.
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