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Business Consultancy Project - MAN00019H

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Peter Ball
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module introduces students to the practical reality of becoming an effective business consultant and the key skills required to function as an effective consultant. The module compliments other modules by giving students an opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice in a real consulting situation. The broad aims of the class are to develop skills in (i) effective practice of implementing business analysis and consulting tools and techniques and an appreciation of the issues which may arise (ii) functioning as an effective business consultant. The module will also be concerned with identifying successful strategies for coping with difficult contexts, such as vague initial specifications or a rapidly changing environment.

Module learning outcomes

A student completing this course unit should be able to:
1. Manage an investigation into a topic of interest for both student and business practitioner, from problem definition to final report stage.
2. Demonstrate a structured approach to investigating a business topic, from problem definition to making recommendations.
3. Understand and reflect upon the development of their own knowledge and abilities.
4. Critically appraise academic literature and research methodologies relevant to the investigation, and produce a synthesis of theories and empirical research findings to create an intellectually substantiated view.

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Individual assignment (3,000 words)
N/A 70
Group Presentation and report (20mins presentation 5,000 words report)
N/A 30

Special assessment rules


Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Assignment (4000 words)
N/A 100

Module feedback

Module assessment reports to students are written by the module leader for all assessments (open and closed) and placed on the VLE after the Board of Examiners has received the module marks.

The timescale for the return of feedback will accord with TYMS policy

Indicative reading

Wickham, P and Wickham, L, (2007), Management Consulting: Delivering an Effective Project, 3rd Edition. Financial Times/ Prentice Hall.
Newon, R. (2010) Management Consultant: Mastering the Art of Consultancy, FT Prentice Hall Financial Times Series

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University constantly explores ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary. In some instances it may be appropriate for the University to notify and consult with affected students about module changes in accordance with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.