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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

There are many jobs available every year in the consultancy sector and preparing to apply for one requires knowledge, skill and experience demonstrated to your future employer. This course is intended to introduce you to the work of management consultants and identify the competencies you will require to apply for a career in consultancy. The course will include group presentation work which will be assessed by your tutors (who have both been consultants) and past students who have are now employed in consultancy who will advise you on how best to apply for a position in this important sector.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Julian Randall

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: The course aims are:
1 To provide you with a comprehensive, critical overview of the historical, theoretical and practical dimensions of managing organisational change.
2. to equip you with the skills, tools and models to support your own career in consultancy.

Main Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Provide an historical overview of relevant change management theories;
- Compare and contrast the dominant models and frameworks for understanding types of change;
- Discuss and debate organisational change programmes focusing on quality, re-engineering, culture, learning, knowledge and technology;
- Identify and assess issues pertaining to the 'practice' of managing change;
- Explain the linkage between theory and practice in making sense of organisational change.

Content: The course explores how organisations change and demystifies some of the new management approaches which have emerged internationally, and examines the history of management theory and the future development of business organisations.

Further Information & Notes

Available to students who are in Programme Year 3 and above.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 3-hour examination (60%) and continuous assessment: group presentation (20%), individual 2000-word assignment (20%).

Resit: One 3-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

This will take place via tutorial discussions and through verbal feedback on the preparation of the business model and the business plan.

Discussion Boards and Wikis in MyAberdeen are used to provide generic course feedback as well as group feedback. The groups tutored individually to help prepare for their presentations Individual participation is visible to the course tutor and the tutor on an on-going basis provides comments and is available for personal advice on request.


Informal feedback is given on an on going basis see above. More formal feedback is given when students present their business presentation and business plans to their peers. Oral feedback is given after each tutorial activity.
Further less formal feedback is provided during tutorial discussions, and after tutorial presentations. Business presentations are captured as documents, slides and as a video presentation. Any written material is submitted through Turn It In. All material is available to the external examiner including, if required, the formative feedback provided on MyAberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes


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