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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5584M Commercial and Professional Skills

15 creditsClass Size: 216

Module manager: Olivia Solomon

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

LUBS 5387M

This module is not approved as an Elective


The aim of this module is to equip students with the commercial and professional skills required for business consulting in 21st century organizations. The module takes a problem-based, student-centred approach, encouraging students to develop a range of core vocational skills and business acumen, which will together enhance their future employability.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to critically evaluate:
- the commercial/ institutional context in which business consultants operate, and the implications that this has for their work;
- ethical conduct, professional issues, and practical constraints to common work problems experienced by business consultants working with organizations;
- the value of scientifically-informed, evidence-based courses of action that are rooted in psychological theory and methods, in order to improve commercial outcomes and/or employee well-being;
- their own professional identity, and the contribution that they are able to make within an organization, based on their particular expertise and knowledge.

Skills outcomes
Subject specific skills:
- Apply theory from the student's area of expertise in order to analyse complex organizational problems and develop viable solutions
- Apply appropriate research methodology to solve real-world organizational problems
- Demonstrate technical, analytical and interpersonal capability by designing and managing effective interventions in organizations

Transferable skills:
- Negotiate project parameters (including scoping, costing)
- Provide information, to stakeholders from a range of organizational backgrounds
- Work effectively and efficiently with colleagues in interdisciplinary group projects
- Identify and analyse needs and problems to formulate and implement solutions and evaluate outcomes


Indicative content:
- The role of Management Consultant and the consultancy cycle
- Developing a professional identity and recognising your expertise
- Identifying and analysing needs, and developing a business case
- Project management, tendering/proposal writing and the costing of work
- The ethics of dealing with human participants
- Structure, politics, power and culture, and their collective impact on the work of a Management Consultant
- Obtaining data in organizations
- Making evidence-based decisions leading to solutions and recommendations
- Presenting information to organizations

For students taking the MSc in Organizational Psychology. The module also lays the foundations for those students wishing to undertake the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2) process, regulated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for practicing Occupational Psychologists.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportGroup report (4,000 words)70.00
ReportIndividual reflection (1,000 words)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:28:12


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