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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Consulting Skills
Module Code HR5111
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John McMackin
Semester 2: John Fitzsimons
Autumn: John Fitzsimons
Module TeachersJohn McMackin
John Fitzsimons
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will provide an overview of the management consulting profession, its industry and competitive dynamics, major practice areas, approaches to project management and management of consulting relationships. Participants will be introduced to business models and tools utilised by consultants , assess critical issues for the success of management consulting projects, and consider the dynamics of individual career progression in the industry . Our focus will be on developing conceptual understanding and skill proficiency for practising consulting. The module is relevant to those who are specifically interested in consulting careers and/or those whose current or future job interests include staff consulting or line management with the use of consultants. The module will address the topic on five levels of analysis. 1 Industry Level: understanding the consulting industry. 2 Firm Level: examine the issues associated with working in different types of consulting firms. 3 Project Level: a thorough understanding of all the phases of a consulting project lifecycle. 4 Relationship Level: consultant client relationship dynamics. 5 Individual Level: skills, attributes, ethics and lifestyle issues

Learning Outcomes

1. • Critically assess the changing nature of the management consultancy industry. • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the key models and processes used by management consultants. • Assess the typical phases of any consulting project • Apply skills, techniques, and processes that are considered important to success in management consultancy • Gained practice in conducting a field-consulting project. • Present analyses of issues and organizational problems in a concise, accurate, clear and interesting manner from the perspective of a consultant. • Describe the dynamics of the consulting relationship, and differentiate between the roles of internal and external consultants

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

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
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 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Date of Last Revision09-JAN-12

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