Course Title: Executive Consulting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Executive Consulting

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,

Course Coordinator: Dr Arthur Shelley

Course Coordinator Phone: 0413047408

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City campus 13.2.12

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
050974 - Design Thinking for Business Exec (BUSM4519/BUSM4520 or equivalent course code)
045669 - Leading People & Organisations (BUSM4131/BUSM4132 or equivalent course code)
040054 - Marketing (MKTG1276/MKTG1277 or equivalent course code)
045668 - Accounting for Business Decisions (BUSM4126/MUSM4127 or equivalent course code)
045671 - Financial Management (BUSM4141/BUSM4142 or equivalent course code)
040057 - Creating Business Strategies (BUSM3922/BUSM3923 or equivalent course code)
050941 - Managing Technology & Innovation Strategy (BUSM4528/BUSM4529 or equivalent course code)
050939 - Managing Business Operations (BUSM4525/BUSM4526 or equivalent course code)

Course Description

In this course you will develop the knowledge and skills needed by executive leaders to design and research strategic project briefs to meet clients’ needs both internal and external to your organisation. You will also reflect on the progression of your career, identifying actions required to achieve your career goals as an executive and lifelong learner.

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


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

  1. Create a strategic project brief in an ethical sustainable manner using business design thinking to provide solutions and recommendations to a client’s organisation.
  2. Apply interpersonal skills to work in teams and to communicate effectively with clients.
  3. Critically reflect on your executive career potential and lifelong learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will include small group work in seminars to prepare you for the project brief and presentation. You will engage in reflective discussion boards online.

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/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.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Task 1: Research and reflection article on a consulting capability and how you will apply it in your practice

  Weighting: 30%, Individual task

Assessment Task 2: CLN Presentation to client on project brief

  Weighting: 30%, Group task

Assessment Task 3: Report for client on project brief and peer assessment

  Weighting: Report 30%, Peer assessment 10%

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.