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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


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.

Outline Of Syllabus

• The Consultancy Process
• Introduction to the projects
• The role of the consultant
Practical consulting activity to include for example:
• Writing Proposals
• Interviewing
• Reporting
• Presenting

Teaching Methods

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

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
Prof skill assessmnt3M2530 minute group presentation to the company
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation3MFeedback discussion on proposals for presentation to corporate managers
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The elements being assessed, the delivery of a presentation to clients and the writing of a group report are the two most 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.

Reading Lists