Course Title: Consulting to Organisation Dynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Consulting to Organisation Dynamics

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 2 2010


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Dr Wendy Harding

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1492

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 108.16.018

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite Courses:
BUSM 2240; BUSM 2241

Course Description

The course enables students to explore varying assumptions about the process of consulting, whether from a management or specialist role, internal or external to the organisation, and to practice the skills of process consultation. Course learning activities and assessment are designed to enable you to apply your academic learning to a contemporary workplace situation. The integration of work-based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic business problems or address real issues faced in organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Capabilities:

  1. Knowledge application and critical analysis of social science, complexity theory and systems psychodynamic concepts and theories as applied to organisational consultation.
  2. Critical analysis of the cognitive, emotive and motivational stances taken by self and others in role in respect to organisational consultation.
  3. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing about organisational consultation.
  4. Ability to work with process consultation in a responsible and ethical manner.
  5. Ability to work professionally in the field through the application of learning from the course to work within organisations.

Enabling Knowledge and Skills for Capabilities:


  1. Knowledge or awareness of concepts and theories of basic social science, complexity theory and systems psychodynamics as applied to organisational consultation.
  2. Methods of critical analysis including analysis of conceptual, emotional and motivational stances of self and others with respect to organisational consultation.
  3. Development of verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Knowledge of, and practical skills in responsible and ethical process consultation.
  5. Application of learning to organisational settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore consulting processes as an aspect of the manager’s role and as a specialist role.
  • Distinguish between various styles and types of consultancy; critically analyse these.
  • Appreciate the complex dynamics of the client/consultant relationship.
  • Develop skills in consulting to organisational processes.
  • Examine responsibilities, values and ethical issues for consultants.

Overview of Learning Activities

For gaining knowledge, critical analysis and the examination of responsibilities, ethics and dynamics in consultation.


For development of consultation and communication skills through the engagement and carrying out of a ‘live’ organisational consultation assignment.

This course will provide you and your class with the opportunity to receive industry feedback on your learning activities or assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended Reading:

Students are to read course materials on Phases of Consulting and Consulting Roles as well as any other activities set prior to the start of the module. This material provides background to the topics included in the workshop. Specific references to the texts may be made from time to time during the workshop.

Overview of Assessment

Individual Assessment:
Essay on the ‘role’ of consultant in organisations.

Group Assessment:
Report of Consultancy Design and Intervention.