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NBS8130 : Management Consultancy Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Jo Clark
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Pathway A
To provide students with an understanding of the integration of the taught elements of the MBA course.

To illustrate how management theories relate to real world situations by conducting live consultancy projects.

This is a compulsory module, aimed at demonstrating the integration of the learning across all of the modules on the MBA and providing students with the opportunity to apply the theory they have learned to real projects.

Pathway B
As above, plus, in addition, ESSAM offers an opportunity to enhance international perspectives working with students from other institutions in the ESSAM consortium.

The purpose is to give participants:
•       A real-life experience in working in a multi-cultural environment
•       A European perspective

Pathway B, ESSAM, is a full-time residential place at the ESSAM host institution summer school, lasting two full weeks. Attendance is required for the full duration of that programme.

The ESSAM programme comprises two parts: ESSAM Core and ESSAM Electives with assessment for each of the components. The total assessment package awards 10 ECTS credits (20 module credits). ESSAM ECTS are awarded by the ESSAM host institution, which is currently Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. On pathway B, Newcastle University MBA students are required to take and pass assessments associated with the ESSAM Core programme worth 5 ECTS credits - equivalent to the 10 module credits in the pathway A option.

Outline Of Syllabus

Pathway A:
• The Consultancy Process
• Introduction to the projects
• The role of the consultant

Practical consulting activity to include for example:
• Writing Proposals
• Interviewing
• Reporting
• Presenting

Pathway B:
As above, which is the ESSAM CORE - will combine a European focus on management issues and professional development. An integrated part of the core is a group project, which focuses on a real-life consultancy project with a local company.

PLUS - The ESSAM electives of which each participant can choose one only.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion129:0029:00N/A. Pathway A.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities102:0020:00Client' project research. Pathway A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Understanding client briefs - PiP or Synchronous online. Pathway A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision102:0020:007 days guided consulting activity - Pip or synchronous online. Pathway A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00Preparation. Pathway A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching activities PATHWAY A as indicated in the current MOF.

Pathway B are per the ESSAM handbook timetable in the year. Two weeks full time attendance at the host organisation, Glasgow University, Adam Smith Business School.

The live projects are group work designed to encourage students to diagnose and solve problems in real world situations, utilising and consolidating the knowledge gained across the MBA programme.

The workshops offer students the chance to meet client companies and understand a range of client project opportunities.

Learning and teaching, project supervision, focuses on supporting student teams in their work to deliver/address their client project brief.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report3M75Group Consultancy Report for company 4000 words. Alternatively, Pathway B - Individual written assignment 2000-3000 words.
Prof skill assessmnt3M2530 minute group presentation to the company. Alternatively, Pathway B - Group consultancy report 2000-3000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation3MFeedback discussion on proposals for presentation to corporate managers
Oral Presentation3MPathway B - Compulsory group presentation to client on final day of ESSAM.
Essay3MPathway B - Individual elective written assignment, optional and not needed for credit - 2000-3000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Pathway A - The two elements being assessed, the delivery of a presentation to clients and the writing of a group report are two important elements in management consultancy.

They will also provide the students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate the many different elements of the MBA.

Formative feedback on skills, knowledge and process development is provided by the module leader and client during regular meetings throughout the process.

Pathway B - Two reports are required based on the core modules. One is a group report for the client the other is an individual report based on learning from the core consultancy module experience.

The client consultancy presentation in pathway B is compulsory but assessed for formative feedback only.

Also, pathway B includes an optional essay based on the learning from the elective. This is not a requirement to pass the Newcastle University MBA module.

Reading Lists