ECS-66200 Consultancy Skills

Course

Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Tutorial12
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)M van den Berg
Lecturer(s)M Hupkes
Examiner(s)prof. dr. M Mulder

Contents:

MSc graduates wishing to provide professional or expert advice need consultancy skills to be effective in their work. Depending on contextual variables, a choice can be made out of the most effective consultancy strategies. The pitfalls in consultancy practices will be reviewed. Although this course is targeted towards students considering to work as a consultant, independently or in a consultancy company, it can also benefit students who expect consultancy tasks to be part of their job as for instance researcher or policy maker.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- have insight in success factors and pitfalls in the consultancy process;
- have insight in the roles and skills of consultants as predictors of success;
- be able to choose the most appropriate consultancy style in a given context;
- be able to reflect on his/her own consultancy behaviour.

Activities:

- lectures;
- awareness building exercises;
- training of skills;
- theatre role plays;
- writing an action plan.

Examination:

Students will be assessed on the quality of their consultancy plan.
Active participation during the three sessions is requisite for passing the course.

Literature:

Course guide and literature will be offered online and during the lectures.