INMR83-Consulting Project

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Vaughan Michell


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module develops student skills in consulting project planning, development, delivery and client communication. It is focused on an individual problem solving exercise of relevance to a real client who has specific needs and requirements. It also enables the student to select and study in detail a specific part of the business technology consulting programme and enables them to demonstrate specific skills developed in other parts of the programme.


The aim of the consulting project is to enable students to apply the knowledge from the taught modules to real-life cases in a structured and systematic manner. Students can select from a number of types of project. Project are where possible made available from consultancies and other organisations working with the programme (subject to business conditions). This provides a list of real-world problems that relate to their clients or their strategic and tactical consulting needs. Alternatively the student may choose a project suggested by IRC academics/the course director or other organisations, relating to current leading-edge research and business challenges. Or the student may opt for a project they or their sponsor has suggested. In all cases a sponsor or owner requiring the project must be separate from the student and should specify the outline requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to investigate and meet the client needs and complete the project within the specified module timeframe. This echoes the nature, time and workload challenges of consultancy practice. The module is designed to allow students to develop necessary knowledge and skills to collect and analyse the needs of clients and provide the most appropriate objectively analysed and pragmatic solutions to improve the business performance via the application of business technology and consulting techniques. The module includes a mandatory one day project introduction where projects are selected in March-April. This provides essential background and guidance for the project structure and includes the opportunity to ask questions regarding potential projects. Being able to respond well to time and complexity pressure whilst analysing a project problem and developing a solution is a fundamental ability taught by the module.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On the completion of the module, the students will produce a written report with a detailed business technology solution proposal in response to the problem. This will include a detailed analysis of the problem and proposed solutions and a roadmap or project plan for application of the recommended solution. This should meet the business requirements and problem definition and improve the business performance for the specific customer or sponsor of the problem. The student will also be required to deliver an oral presentation of the problem and solution. 

Additional outcomes:

The student is also required to complete a reflective learning log to identify what they have learned from the project and how they can improve in problem solving and consulting skills. 

Outline content:

The content of the report is determined by the user requirements with, where possible, a real live case (subject to business conditions). It will include the problem definition, the business requirements and constraints, the analysis of the business problem using the tools and techniques learnt during the course of the programme, identification of the technical solutions, details of the recommended proposed solution and the execution roadmap. The work must be conducted in an ethical and professional manner as per consultancy practices. The text of the report should not normally exceed 8,000 words but it may be supported by ancillary materials. An academic supervisor from the university and an industrial supervisor from Capgemini will be assigned to each student for the consulting project. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The project is normally conducted by an individual student guided by supervisors from the university and where appropriate a sponsoring organisation or consultancy such as Capgemini, or Accenture et al or other sponsoring businesses. Although the actual sponsor type and disposition will vary with business conditions. The student will have regular weekly meetings with the academic and industry supervisors and be responsible for contacting them both through electronic or social network media as appropriate. The student is expected to spend significant time on individual research and study necessary to enable them to develop sufficient expertise to understand the problem, analyse the problem, develop a solution and execute the project. It is the student’s responsibility to use and develop their critical reasoning to explore and develop the project. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 7
Project Supervision 8 8
Guided independent study 100 277
Total hours by term 115.00 285.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Final Report (80%) comprising due on week 49 in summer vacation.

• Main body (explaining the analysis and proposed solution) 60%

• Executive summary 10%

• Log of student experience and learning points from the student perspective 10%

Mid term Presentation of the analysis and proposed solution so far – (20%) on week 7 in summer term.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Students will be required to obtain a mark of 50% to pass.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment will be to resubmit the project report according to recommendations from the supervisors.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books:optional £25-35  2) Specialist equipment or materials: 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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