Business Consulting - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (40%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,200.00
International 4,450.00

Please note: this unit was previously titled Applied Industry Practice.

In this unit you will learn how to effectively design, research, and manage a business-consulting project that meets a client’s needs. Through a series of seminars you will engage with key literature relating to consulting. You will apply integrated business concepts to applied industry-based research. This unit also emphasises the contribution of sound business ethics to promote and sustain the achievement of organisational business goals. In the unit you will also consider and research career goals as entry level managers and reflect on contemporary international trends of employment. You will critically reflect about your learning skills and lifelong learning options.

This unit includes a Work Integrated Learning experience. You will undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice; and be involved in authentic engagement with partner organisations that include industry feedback.

This unit also provides you with a capstone experience, which will provide you with the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. apply design thinking to national and international business problems and opportunities, so as to develop solutions for defined end-users
  2. apply interpersonal skills to work in teams and to communicate effectively with clients
  3. create solutions and recommendations that add value to the client’s organisation through responding to a client project brief in an ethical sustainable manner
  4. research and reflect on career opportunities for entry level managers.
  • Assignment 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — including access to a webcam or other audio and video recording tool or device (such as, a smartphone with audio and video recording capabilities).

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1WHY Ethical Consulting?
2Who starts Conversations for Sense-Making?
3What are 3R's? Robust Relevant Research
4Where do Reflective Insights come from? Situational Co-creation of New Knowledge
5When is Value Created?
6How to achieve Success through Behaviour?
7Reviewing your consulting project. Challenging perspectives and Point of Difference
8Understanding the Consulting Industry
9Knowing, Doing, Being & Becoming
10Persuading through Effective Language. Engaging with Mind-blowing Reports
11Changing Mindsets for Ownership: Shifting from "What is" to "What is Possible"
12Sharing YOUR client recommendations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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