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Welcome to the ICT advisory course web page. ICT Advisory is an elective course in the Master of Business Informatics (MBI) program offered by the department of Information and Computing Science. The course runs in the first period of the academic year. This page provides the course outline.Banner image
Learning goals

The learning goals for the course are formulated as follows:

  • Learning about the theories of advisory, consultancy industry, types of consultancy businesses, steps in consultancy lifecycle, consultancy career and ethics in consultancy.
  • Acquiring consultancy skills such as interviewing, analysing, writing, and presenting.
  • Executing a real project assignment in which newly learned skills and theory are applied.
  • Managing interactions with multiple stakeholder expectations; i.e. collaborating to satisfy the needs of real clients, coaches and supervisors.

Book

The book used in this course is the following: 

Markham & O’Mahony (2013). Management Consultancy. Oxford University Press.

The slides and other useful resources will be published in the Resources page, as the course proceeds.

Structure

The structure for the course is:

  • Lectures and skills workshops, delivered by UU staff and consultancy practitioners.
  • Project assignment: an advisory project that you will conduct in teams at a real client company (read more about this in the Project assignment page).
  • There is no exam.

Link to practice

In this course there is a strong connection with practice. Several ICT advisory companies are involved to give guest lectures, skills workshop, and to coach teams during the project assignment. We are proud that, over the years, the following companies partnered with us (in alphabetical order):

  • Accenture
  • Anderson MacGyver
  • ATOS
  • BCG Platinion
  • BearingPoint
  • BDO
  • BusinessBase
  • CapGemini 
  • Dialogic
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • First Consulting
  • HQ-Consult
  • IBM 
  • KPMG
  • Management of Change
  • M&I Partners
  • Mitopics
  • PWC 
  • Ordina
  • Sogeti
  • Sustainalize
  • Vellekoop & Meesters
  • Yellowtail Consulting

Study load

The study load of the course is 7,5 ECTS, which equals 210 hours. If (guest) lectures and skills workshops are subtracted it leaves roughly 150 hours for the project assignment. Students often freely devote more time to the project because they feel responsible for the outcome or want to build their professional reputation among the participating companies.

Grading

Grading in the ICT Advisory course is explained at the Grading page.


Please note that some parts of this website may still be updated. Arranging a course of this nature is a dynamic challenge; i.e. the availability of consultants may require some re-scheduling.

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