MGMT20149 - Foundations of Business Consulting

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to identify and analyse practical issues in the complex environment of business consulting. This unit introduces you to the core principles and functions of business consulting and the complex settings within which business consulting takes place. You will develop a critical understanding of a range of theories and concepts that underpin the practice of business consulting, and explore the challenges being faced by professionals in the contemporary business environment. You will also evaluate the implementation of business consulting practices, considering perspectives and expectations of a wide range of stakeholders. The unit will build your knowledge of business consulting theory, and give you a range of practical skills to further your career in the field of business consulting.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Research Assignment 40%
2. Presentation 20%
3. Research Assignment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students feedback (three of the four students were public sector managers).
Relevance and practical nature of unit content.
School of Business and Law has put this unit on hold as a result of unit rationalisation due to COVID-19. A further recommendation is not required at this time.
Action Taken
The unit code has been assigned to a new unit Introduction to Business Consulting in the GC Business Consulting.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss and apply foundational knowledge in the field of business consulting
  2. Understand and demonstrate the skills and abilities required to be a successful business consultant
  3. Analyse the roles and responsibilities of a professional business consultant
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the range of stakeholders involved with effective business consulting.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Presentation
3 - Research Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Presentation
3 - Research Assignment