MM398-Technology Advisory Practices

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Dr Nicholas Silburn

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module develops the students’ ability to address complex business problems involving the use of technology by investigating as teams the challenges,issues or opportunities an organisation is facing and formulating appropriate recommendations. As a part of the module students will have the opportunity of working closely with a group of peers to apply technology advisory practices to a contemporary business case. Module participants will have the opportunity to develop a range of business and academic skills in a number of different areas relevant to advisory practices.


The aim of this course is to enable students to gain an understanding of engagement in technology advisory projects. Students will gain experience in carrying out this role. It offers the opportunity to devise, and take part in, a project team operating within a business context through simulated and/or real client engagement.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completing the module,students should have developed the ability to:

- Identify and analyse complex business problems and technology trends through problem structuration, information and data collection, identification of options and presentation of final recommendations. 

- Work effectively within a team, during the various groupwork requirements in problem solving, working to deadlines and creating evidence-based recommendations to clients invarious formats.

- Appraise relevant theories and methodologies and their value in the development of evidence-driven and data-driven recommendations.

Additional outcomes:

In addition, the module aims to encourage the development of:

  • The ability to critically select appropriate methods and techniques for solving problems and devising IT solutions.

  • Presentation and business/consultancy report writing skills.

  • Project management, and team working and team management skills.

Outline content:

The course introduces students to the work done by practitioners working in this area and the associated theories, tools and methods used. The course looks at the different dimensions of the advisory role and associated professional issues. This includes working environments within niche and global firms, which offer advisory services. Students apply learning points to case studies and real-world examples. Examples of topics covered in the module include:


  • Contextualising technology advisory services and how they add value

  • Project evaluation and planning

  • Analytical tools and frameworks

  • Evaluating client capabilities and managing expectations

  • Identifying and evaluating emerging technologies

  • Data collection and analysis tools

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Tutorials 6
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 50
    Wider reading (directed) 10
    Advance preparation for classes 5
    Preparation for presentations 20
    Preparation for seminars 5
    Group study tasks 20
    Dissertation writing 25
    Essay preparation 25
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

• Individual Written Assignment (3,000 words) to be submitted during week 1 of Summer Term. The word limit is absolute (i.e., no 10% threshold). 

• Group Report (5,000 words) and Group Presentation (20 minutes) to be submitted during week 11 of Spring Term. The word limit is absolute (i.e., no 10% threshold). 

Formative assessment methods:

In the first part of the course, students will receive assessed feedback on exercises relating to theories, tools and methods.  In the second part of the course, students will regularly present progress back to the class for feedback from both tutors and peers.  Students are also encouraged to keep a learning journal to help with the development of the reflection section of the individual written assignment.

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy. 

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

40% combined assessment

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of an assignment worth 100% of the module.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required textbook(s): rrp £57.99 - O'MAHONEY, J and MARKHAM, C (2013) Mangement Consultancy (2nd edn) Oxford:Oxford University Press. [ ISBN: 9780199645473 ]

Last updated: 22 September 2022


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