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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: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Semester 2 2023-24

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 complements 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.

Module content

  • Setting expectations, establishing rights and responsibilities

  • Review project management techniques

  • Review research methods

  • Managing client relations

  • Presenting conclusions and recommendations

  • Choosing appropriate presentation and documenting of findings and analysis


Task Length % of module mark
Individual Assignment : Individual essay
N/A 60
Group presentation and report
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 60
Essay:open assessment
N/A 40

Module feedback

Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.

Indicative reading

  • Newton, R (2019) "The management Consultant: Mastering the art of consultancy" 2nd Edition, Pearson

  • Wickham, L & Wilcock, J (2020) "Management Consulting: Delivering an Effective Project", 6th Edition. Pearson.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring 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 by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.