UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSINM003: Group/Individual Consultancy and Research Project

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Level
M-level (4th year undergraduate)
Prerequisites
None
Eligibility
4th year MSci IMB students only
Terms
Terms 1 and 2
Delivery method
Lectures, seminars and group meetings
Assessment
Delivery of project and project presentation (100%)

Course overview

The aim of this module is to facilitate the progression of consulting skills by delivering excellent consulting on time. The module consolidates the robust foundation of management knowledge gained from the BSc IMB degree. It develops the research skills acquired from the completion of an extensive independent and academic research project (dissertation). The module applies the development of investigative and analytical skills to an organisation or project issue. This requires an understanding of the contribution of team building to the delivery of consultancy.

The module gives students an appreciation of the importance of managing client relationships, conflicts of interest and the reputation of all stakeholders. It enables students to experience the identification of client issues and the tasks required to address those issues. Additionally students will have to agree the allocation of work amongst team members, in order to resolve the identified issues given the constraints of time, access, resources and information.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module a student should be able to:

  • Define and characterise a problem
  • Write a proposal
  • Understand the need for ethical standards and the use of confidentiality agreements
  • Produce a status report
  • Write a consultancy report
  • Prepare for a review meeting
  • Prepare and deliver an oral presentation of your results and recomendations
  • Review a project and identify areas for improvement

Topics covered

  • Introduction to consulting

  • Problem identification

  • Data acquistion

  • Using analyses and instruments

  • Managing client relations

  • Managing problems and issues

  • Managing groups and team dynamics

  • Ethics

  • Presenting to clients

  • Establishing parameters

  • Report writing

  • Establishing reporting relations

  • Delivering the finished results

  • Making comprehensive recommendations

  • Giving and receiving feedback

Assessment summary

  • Proposal                      20%
  • Consultancy Report    50%
  • Presentation                20%
  • Reflective Essay           10%

The assignments outlined above highlight the structure of delivering a consultancy project in accordance with the agreed brief required by the client. The presentation of the findings, conclusions and recommendations are expected to be timely, robust and  of a professional standard.

Essential reading

Management Consultant: mastering the art of consultancy (2012), by Richard Newton (FTPearson)

Past versions of this module

MSINM003 17/18

MSINM003 16/17

Last updated Tuesday, 14 August 2018