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GMBA8121 – Advise

2021 – Coursera term 5, Fully online/virtual

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Debbie Haski-Leventhal
Credit points Credit points
5
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to GMBA and 100cp at 8000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
GMBA8122
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Imagine working on a complex problem with your team that you have been unable to solve. In situations such as these, organisations often turn to external support, in the form of management consultants, to help address highly complex problems. Effective management consultants are specialists who are well-versed in complex problem solving with the ability to devise viable strategies to improve an organisation's performance. This unit provides you with an introduction to a range of established and emerging management consultancy practices such as design thinking, customer journey mapping, and agile methodology. Although you may not want to pursue a career as a management consultant yourself, this unit will teach you what tools and frameworks they draw upon in solving complex problems for their clients. You will be provided with a 'problem solving toolbox' containing best practice and next practice frameworks, techniques and methodologies. Our industry partners share their insights and experience with problem solving so that you get the 'best-of' overview that can be applied immediately to your own workplace.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Examine the many (evolving) roles that management consultants take inside and outside of enterprises
  • ULO2: Synthesise complex ideas and data to identify problems.
  • ULO3: Apply cognitive and creative skills to determine appropriate approaches to solving problems.
  • ULO4: Master interpersonal skills and expectations management in establishing and building relationships with stakeholders.
  • ULO5: Design approaches to ascertain the root causes of problems, rise to managerial challenges, act analytically and tenaciously both personally and cooperatively in a systematic and measured manner

General Assessment Information

Submission

Submission of assessment tasks is via Coursera or as otherwise instructed on Coursera.

For written assessment tasks, you must submit in either PDF or Word (.doc) file types. It is your responsibility to ensure your submission is accessible. If your submission cannot be opened, late penalties will apply for submitting the correct file after the due date.

For individual submissions, please use the following naming convention for your file:

lastname-firstname-GMBA8xxx-A1(or A2) 

For group submissions, please use the following naming convention for your file:

team-number-GMBA8xxx-A1(or A2)

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Late Assessment Policy:

Late assessment submissions must be submitted through the appropriate submission link on Coursera. No extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. Late submissions will be accepted up to 96 hours after the due date and time.

This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Special Consideration is made and approved. Note: applications for Special Consideration Policy must be made within five (5) business days of the due date and time

If you would like to apply for Special Consideration please submit a request via ask.mq.edu.au

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Commercial in Confidence

Please note that you must not disclose any information marked ‘Commercial in Confidence’ without permission from the party who supplied it (e.g., your current or previous employer, customers, etc.). 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Brief / Reverse brief 40% No Week 3
Research Plan 60% No Week 6

Brief / Reverse brief

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 8 hours
Due: Week 3
Weighting: 40%

 

Length: Team: Presentation slide deck (8 slides max.) (excluding references); Individual: 1,200-1,500 words Format: Team: Reverse brief (20%); Individual: Critical reflection on brief (20%). Task: In this assignment, your immersion project team will deliver a brief / reverse brief presentation. Each team member will complete a 1,500 word reflection on the process of developing a brief, the delivery of that brief to a client, and individual learning.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Examine the many (evolving) roles that management consultants take inside and outside of enterprises
  • Synthesise complex ideas and data to identify problems.
  • Apply cognitive and creative skills to determine appropriate approaches to solving problems.
  • Master interpersonal skills and expectations management in establishing and building relationships with stakeholders.
  • Design approaches to ascertain the root causes of problems, rise to managerial challenges, act analytically and tenaciously both personally and cooperatively in a systematic and measured manner

Research Plan

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 16 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 60%

 

Length: Team: 10-15 min. presentation (max.) (excluding references); Individual: 1,200-1,500 words Format: Team: Client Proposal (30%); Individual: Critical reflection on research plan (30%) Task: In this assignment, your client project team will deliver the project proposal for the client. Each team member will complete a 1,500 word reflection.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Examine the many (evolving) roles that management consultants take inside and outside of enterprises
  • Synthesise complex ideas and data to identify problems.
  • Apply cognitive and creative skills to determine appropriate approaches to solving problems.
  • Master interpersonal skills and expectations management in establishing and building relationships with stakeholders.
  • Design approaches to ascertain the root causes of problems, rise to managerial challenges, act analytically and tenaciously both personally and cooperatively in a systematic and measured manner

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required text

There is no required textbook for this unit.  Please refer to the weekly required  readings in your online unit. All readings are available via the Macquarie University library and do not need to be purchased separately.

Delivery method

This unit will be delivered entirely online via the Coursera Learning Management System. Access to a personal computer is required to access the resources and learning materials on Coursera.

Unit Schedule

For this unit, Live Events (via Zoom) will take place each week starting in Week 1 and ending in Week 6. The links to the events are available via Live Events in the Coursera unit.

Attending the Live Event each week is an opportunity to engage with the unit content, your Unit Convenor, and classmates. Students are encouraged to complete specified Live Event preparation learning activities prior to each scheduled Live Event in order to get the most value out of these sessions. Students are strongly advised to attend the Live Events. Recordings of the live events will be made available within 24 hours of the event and can be accessed via the Coursera unit content.

Please note: The teaching schedule is subject to change. Please refer to your Coursera unit for a detailed Live Event schedule.

Week Live Events Assessments
1 Wednesday 25 August, 7-8pm  
2 Wednesday 1 September, 7-8pm  
3 Wednesday 8 September, 7-8pm A1 due: Refer to Coursera for detailed due date
4 Wednesday 15 September, 7-8pm  
5 Wednesday 22 September, 7-8pm  
6 Wednesday 29 September, 7-8pm A2 due: Refer to Coursera for detailed due date

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.