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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Strategic Consultancy Project II
Module Code HR5017
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John Loonam
Semester 2: John Loonam
Autumn: John Loonam
Module TeachersJohn Loonam
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 25
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The Strategic Consultancy Project is an educational collaboration between a client organisation and DCU Business School. The module requires students to work with the client company as a consulting team to overcome highly complex, fragmented, and ambiguous organizational challenges. This module will require consulting teams to diagnose and analyze a specific organizational challenge. Students will be required to engage with the client in field research, analyze data, propose interventions for planned change, and make recommendations to senior management for strategic action.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse the nature and characteristics of consulting and the role of a consultants in resolving organisational issues in a local, national and global context through conducting Client Company report
2. Understand complex and unstructured situations by identifying the core problems and issues.
3. Explore Strategic Management consulting and the tools and techniques in collecting and analysing field data;
4. Research, analyse, evaluate and propose practical and responsible business options given the project constraints in consulting work
5. Evaluate and apply key attributes sought by companies in the engagement of management consultants including interpersonal skills, time management, commercial awareness, initiative within ambiguity, independent learning and team collaboration skills, and effectively communicate the outcomes to stakeholders

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars20Online and in person
Directed learning30Supervision meetings
Independent Study200Reading journals & text books, policy documents, practice guidelines; self-directed study; engagement with clients
Report300Preparation for assessment (also to include completion of assessment) Searching, for a client. Writing terms of reference for client. Preparation and completion of consultancy report.
Report25Executive briefing report
Class Presentation50Team presentation and Q&A to client (90 mins)
Total Workload: 625

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Executive Briefing Client Report15%n/a
PresentationConsulting teams will make a Presentation on their findings to respective client organisations15%n/a
Group assignmentFinal 30,000 word group assignment70%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Jones, B and M. Brazzel: 2006, The NTL Handbook of Organization Development & Change: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives, Wiley Publications, San Francisco,
  • Newton, R.: 2019, The Management Consultant: Mastering the Art of Consultancy., 2, Pearson Education UK,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MSLDMSc in Strategic Learning & Development

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