Course Title: Business Consulting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Consulting

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM4163

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Spring2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Spring2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Spring2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Spring2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Spring2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Spring2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Spring2017

BUSM4164

RMIT University Vietnam

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet3 2013,
Viet2 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet3 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Chris Booth

Course Coordinator Phone: +61(3) 9925 0106

Course Coordinator Email: chris.booth@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne City Campus. Graduate School of Business and Law, Buidling 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
050974 - Design Thinking for Business (BUSM4534/BUSM4535 or equivalent course code)
008901 - Leadership and Management (BUSM1530/BUSM2411/BUSM4000 or equivalent course code) 
008905 - Marketing for Managers (BUSM1534/BUSM2412/BUSM3994 or equivalent course code)
045674 - Financial Analytics for Managerial Decisions (BUSM4154/BUSM4155/BUSM4156 or equivalent course code)
045676 - Managerial Finance (BUSM4160/BUSM4161/BUSM4162 or equivalent course code)
050975 - Management of Technology and Innovation (BUSM4537/BUSM4538 or equivalent course code)
050973 - Business Operations Management (BUSM4531/BUSM4532 or equivalent course code)
038820 - Strategy (BUSM3255/BUSM3256/BUSM4006 or equivalent course code)


Course Description

In this course you will learn how to effectively design, research, and manage a business-consulting project that meets a client’s needs. Through a series of seminars you will engage with key literature relating to consulting. You will apply integrated business concepts to applied industry-based research. This course also emphasises the contribution of sound business ethics to promote and sustain the achievement of organisational business goals. In the course you will also consider and research career goals as entry level managers and reflect on contemporary international trends of employment. You will critically reflect about your learning skills and lifelong learning options.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience. You will undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice; and be involved in authentic engagement with partner organisations that include industry feedback.
This course also provides you with a capstone experience, which will provide you with the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply design thinking to national and international business problems and opportunities, so as to develop solutions for defined end-users.
  2. Apply interpersonal skills to work in teams and to communicate effectively with clients.
  3. Create solutions and recommendations that add value to the client’s organisation through responding to a client project brief in an ethical sustainable manner.
  4. Research and reflect on career opportunities for entry level managers.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course may be delivered face-to-face and/or online through classes, lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You will be expected to be an active participant and undertake the required preparatory work.

The following learning activities have been designed to assist you to develop the important capabilities outlined in this course guide.

While this list is not exhaustive, it provides you with an overview of some of the activities to be undertaken to successfully complete the course.

  • Engage in research by means of searching texts, internet resources and journals (academic and profession).
  • Read text material and selected articles.
  • Prepare written answers to problems and topic questions.
  • Resolve questions in case study problems.
  • Participate in classroom discussions. 
  • Prepare and participate in class presentations.
  • Engage in reflective practice and present findings.


Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be advised of the prescribed readings for this course and other reading materials upon enrolment.
You may access online learning tools and content for this course from the student portal, myRMIT, or, if you are an RMIT Vietnam student, through Vietnam Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 40%
Linked CLOs: 4

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.