KC5011 - Integrative Consultancy Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is essentially a practical hands-on application of business principles. It aims to put you into the real world situation of solving problems for businesses. There are some simulated consultancy exercises; however, eventually each group of students is given a project brief from a real client and is responsible for fulfilling the consultancy requirements. This will include contacting the client to confirm and agree the initial project requirements and then working towards a deliverable that is acceptable to the client within the given time frame. This process requires the application and development of several key skills associated with project management and consultancy such as team organisation, working with others, planning and time-keeping. Many of the projects are IT driven and, therefore, students are expected to use and develop their own expertise in this area. At the end of the module, each group will be expected to present their findings in report format and to give a formal presentation for the benefit of the tutors and the client. The projects will be supplemented by lectures and seminars introducing the skills required for such consultancy and project management work especially during the first third of the module.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a series of lectures and supporting seminars but you will also learn through interaction with external clients.

As the module is delivered across two of our undergraduate programme you will work in groups which span these programmes so you will learn from your peers on both.

For those studying a degree apprenticeship you will normally complete a project for your employer. This may be individual or a group or assessment as negotiated with your employer and the module teaching team.

For those studying a degree apprenticeship, you will also importantly learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the module to your practice in the workplace. The workplace provides an opportunity for you to put your own knowledge and skills into practice and review your learning with your manager/mentor and your guidance tutor. The standard delivery is Newcastle Campus class room based, however if your employer has a contract with the university that indicates you may study remotely then you will be able to attend the classes virtually. In this case, you will follow lectures via webcasts and attend online seminars / workshops. The use of Blackboard Collaborate (or similar) will be employed to enable this.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You may be supported by a module tutor and the wider teaching team. When you are working with a real client or your employer you may be supported by a dedicated member of the teaching team. You might be able to access supporting materials on the Electronic Learning Portal.

If you are studying for a Degree Apprenticeship additional support will be available from your work place mentor who will encourage you to reflect upon how you work and studies interact and complement one another.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 You will be able to recognise the role of a consultant and associated professional issues.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO2 You will learn to interact professionally with real clients and use and apply appropriate project management techniques to your consultancy activity.
MLO3 You will be able to identify appropriate solutions to a range of well-defined and abstract problems both on an individual and group basis.
MLO4 You will be able to present your chosen solutions using logical and reasoned arguments.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 You will be able to differentiate between the module requirements and the reality of business/organisational requirements.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of a written Project Plan. Feedback on mock presentations. Continuous commentary on role playing meetings for first assessment. Continuous feedback and advice on student engagement with external clients and tutors for the second assessment.
MLOs 1, 3, 4, and 5.
Feedback is verbal or via notes made to students work.

First Assessment: Feedback and advice on a formal presentation which incorporates Q&A.
Second (Final) Assessment: Feedback and advice on a formal presentation which incorporates Q&A.
Commentary on a written submission.
MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Feedback might be audio or written.

If the assessment is completed by groups of more than one student then a rigorous Peer Assessment mechanism is employed to ensure a fair distribution of marks based upon students’ individual contributions to the project.

If you are studying a Degree Apprenticeship your project is normally completed for your employer. Your workplace mentor typically attends your final presentation and discusses your project with the module teaching team.





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Course info

UCAS Code GN52

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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