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

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 1438; BUSM 1439; BUSM 1443 

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. This module develops the consulting theory, skills and practice needed to manage the introduction of innovation and organisation change.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  1. Knowledge application and critical analysis of 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • This course will enhance students’ ability to implement change management within organisations by developing their skills in consulting with their clients.
  • 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.
Expected Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding of consulting phases and the roles of consultants.
  • Successful completion of a consulting team assignment.
  • Ability to use cycles of reflection within a team environment to improve on the consulting process.
  • Application of knowledge and tools learned in previous modules to the consulting process.
  • Ongoing personal growth in line with the ISM Program objectives and personal learning contracts.
  • Ongoing development of communication and team skills within the learning community.

Overview of Learning Activities

Seminars, Practicum, Consultancy Team Assignment

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

Group Assessment: Report