Consulting Project

Subject MGMT90147 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Minimum of 40 hours at the Practicum Organisation comprising a regular full day attendance (comprised of two half days or one full day) each week and additional appointments as necessary. Attendance at six 3-hour seminars over the semester. Up to four team meetings (of up to one hour per meeting) with the course co-ordinator over the semester required.
Total Time Commitment:

At least 62 hours of contact time required to achieve a satisfactory level in this course. Over and above this the team is expected to spend significant time finalising their documentation and presentation to the client.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

MGMT90148 Consulting Fundamentals is recommended as a prerequisite but may be taken as a corequisite.

Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

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:


Mr Martin Nally


Semester 1:
Semester 2:

Subject Overview:

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.

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.
  • 4 x 500 word team based progress notes. Weeks 4, 6, 8 & 10 (20%);
  • A team presentation of 1 hour in length. Week 12 – To be scheduled based on client availability in week 12 or shortly thereafter (30%);
  • A 4000 word team based business report. Week 12 (40%); and
  • Individual participation and contribution: assessment based on the contribution throughout the semester. Assessed at the end of the semester (10%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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.
Related Course(s): Master of Commerce (Management)
Master of Commerce (Marketing)

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