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LUBS5318M Evidence Based Consultancy

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr. Sajid Siraj

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is not approved as an Elective


The aim of this module is to provide students with the skills to act in a consultancy capacity for both external and internal clients in a commercial context providing evidence based solutions to business problems. This is compulsory for the MSc Business Analytics & Decision Sciences, as this is a likely role for graduates, working as part of a team.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- analyse and articulate the consultancy process
- explain the importance of understanding client needs (internal and external)
- apply different ways of identifying the required resources to achieve the business goal in an evidence-based way (as shown in the sessions, and outlined in the syllabus).
- analyse and articulate business communication and management of the implementation process.
- identify the need for reflection and review in developing their consultancy approach.

Skills outcomes
Transferable skills:

• Analysis
• Critical thinking
• Communication Skills

Subject specific skills:

Effective decision making in a consultancy context


- Business analysis: understanding client problems
- Data audit: what is possible now, what is needed to properly address the issue
- Techniques audit: what is possible now, what is needed to properly address the issue (can include training needs)
- Identifying the intervention
- Making the case
- Implementation and managing change
- Reflection and review

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours118.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Post-lecture reading: 40 hours
Seminar reading and preparation: 38 hours
Examination revision: 40 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback during seminars on the contribution made to seminar discussion.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hours examination

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 10:48:53


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