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BASC0023 The Knowledge Economy

Concept and Place in Curriculum

BASC0023The Knowledge Economy: Consultancy Project, aims to provide an opportunity to experience the benefits of interdisciplinary learning – both individual and team-based – in practical, real-world and employment situations. This is in contrast to the final year BASc dissertation which is aimed to provide an opportunity to show the benefits of interdisciplinary learning in a more academic or intellectual context. Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive. Nevertheless, these two final-year Core BASc modules, taken together, are designed to provide ‘degree level learning outcomes’ for the BASc as a whole - although the details of these learning outcomes will be individual to each student, as befits the highly personalisable BASc curriculum.

Overview

Students will work in teams of 5-6 on a real-world consultancy project with an organisation sourced by UCL. Students will be allocated a team based on their top 5 choices of client having read all of the project proposals submitted by the organisations.

In the first two weeks of term, the teams will meet their choice of clients. Over two evenings of ‘speed-dating’-style meetings clients and students will discuss the projects to get an idea of who will be best suited to work together.

Student teams will be matched with organisations based on best preferences. Please note that in many cases it will not be possible to match 1st choices on both sides so teams and organisations may end up with their second, third or other choice.

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Learning outcomes:

  • To gain experience of a real-world consultancy project, working in a team with peers.
  • To gain experience of producing a team-written, real-world consultancy report.
  • To gain skills relevant to working in the knowledge economy.

Format of the course.

The main outcomes of the course are real-world reports relevant to functioning charities, social enterprises, businesses or other organisations. Past experience has shown that student teams are able to bring great value to the project with their diverse skills sets which they have gained through previous academic study and work experience. To enhance the skills students already bring to the project, each student will have a choice of 2 ‘blocks’ of skills from 6 blocks in total which are on offer. Please see timetable below for further details.

Please note that there are several ‘exceptional’ times which are one-off occasions and may not fall within usual study hours. These are compulsory events and you must arrange in good time to be available for these sessions.

Teaching

The course runs for three hours per week in Term 1 of Year 3 as follows:

Day

Date

Time

Event/Class

Lecturer/Presenter

Friday

28 September

15.30 – 17.00

Get-together / Speed Dating event in the common room for students.

All students are expected to attend this event.

Natalie Flintoff

Prosha Sharif

Carl Gombrich

Monday

1 October

13.00-15.00

Lecture 1 – Introduction and The Nature of Consultancy (all students attend)

Carl Gombrich

Peter Antonioni

Natalie Flintoff

Prosha Sharif

Wednesday

3 October

18.00-21.00

Meet the Client Session 1

Businesses

Natalie Flintoff

Prosha Sharif

Thursday

4 October

18.00-21.00

Meet the Client Session 2

Businesses

Natalie Flintoff

Prosha Sharif

Monday

8 October

13.00-15.00

Lecture 2 – Teambuilding

(all students attend)

Emanuela Tilley

From this point on, the course splits into three sections, each section offering one ‘skill block’. Each student picks one skill block from the three on offer. Each skill block runs for two weeks.

 

Monday

15 October

13.00-15.00

Negotiation

RADA

Monday

15 October

13.00-15.00

Google Analytics: Uncovering Insight

Nadzia Laskar

Tuesday

16 October

11.00-13.00

Excel for Project Management and Budgeting: a case study of humanitarian disaster relief

Emanuele Militello

Thursday

18 October

13.00-14.00

Negotiation - Seminar

RADA

Thursday

18 October

13.00-14.00

Google Analytics  - Seminar

Nadzia Laskar

Friday

19 October

13.00-14.00

Excel - Seminar

Emanuele Militello

Monday

22 October

13.00-15.00

Negotiation - lecture

RADA

Monday

22 October

13.00-15.00

Google Analytics - lecture

Nadzia Laskar

Tuesday

23 October

11.00-13.00

Excel - lecture

Emanuele Militello

Thursday

25 October

13.00-14.00

Negotiation - Seminar

RADA

Thursday

25 October

13.00-14.00

Google Analytics - Seminar

Nadzia Laskar

Friday

26 October

13.00-14.00

Excel - Seminar

Emanuele Militello

From this point on, the course splits into three new sections, each section offering one ‘skill block’. Each student picks one skill block from the three on offer. Each skill block runs for two weeks.

 

Monday

29 October

13.00-15.00

Storytelling, social media and impact - developing narratives that create real impact

Abhay Adhikari (Digital Design)

Monday

29 October

13.00-15.00

Presenting and presenting tools - lecture

Nadzia Laskar

Tuesday

30 October

11.00-13.00

Digital publishing – lecture

Ellis Norton

Thursday

1 November

13.00-14.00

Storytelling, social media and impact - developing narratives that create real impact

Abhay Adhikari (Digital Design)

Thursday

1 November

13.00-14.00

Presenting and presentation tools - seminar

Nadzia Laskar

Friday

2 November

13.00-14.00

Digital publishing - seminar

Ellis Norton

Monday

12 November

13.00-15.00

Storytelling, social media and impact - developing narratives that create real impact

Abhay Adhikari (Digital Design)

Monday

12 November

13.00-15.00

Presenting and presenting tools - lecture

Nadzia Laskar

Tuesday

13 November

11.00-13.00

Digital publishing – lecture

Ellis Norton

Thursday

15 November

13.00-14.00

Storytelling, social media and impact - developing narratives that create real impact

Nadzia Laskar

Thursday

15 November

13.00-14.00

Presenting and presentation tools - seminar

Abhay Adhikari (Digital Design)

Friday

16 November

13.00-14.00

Digital publishing - seminar

Ellis Norton

Monday

19 November

13.00-15.00

Consulting – update and some tools of the trade

Peter Antonioni and Peter Upton

Thursday

22 November

15.00-16.00

Seminar – consultant to the consultants. Optional time to book in for trouble-shooting on your projects

Peter Antonioni

Thursday

29 November

15.00-16.00

Seminar – consultant to the consultants. Optional time to book in for trouble-shooting on your projects

Peter Antonioni

Thursday

6 December

15.00-16.00

Seminar – consultant to the consultants. Optional time to book in for trouble-shooting on your projects

Peter Antonioni

Monday

10 December

18.00-21.00

All students: Hold for Presentation*

Carl Gombrich

Peter Upton

Tuesday

11 December

18.00-21.00

All students: Hold for Presentation*

Carl Gombrich

Peter Upton

Wednesday

12 December

18.00-21.00

All students: Hold for Presentation*

Carl Gombrich

Peter Upton

Thursday

13 December

18.00-21.00

All students: Hold for Presentation*

Carl Gombrich

Peter Upton

Thursday

13 December

15.00-17.00

Last chance saloon – optional seminar for trouble-shooting session

Peter Antonioni

* Presentation sessions will be allocated automatically, so it is not possible to select a specific one.

Assessment (for 2018/19)

  1. 7 minute vlog - 15%
  2. Workplan (3 sides of A4) - 10%
  3. Group presentation - 10%
  4. Written consultancy report (no more than 30 pages) - 40%
  5. Peer assessment of peer contribution to final report - 20%
  6. Business feedback - 5%

Assessment (for 2019/20)

  1. 7 minute vlog - 15%
  2. Workplan (3 sides of A4) - 0% (formative only)
  3. 20 minute group presentation - 10%
  4. Written consultancy report (no more than 30 pages) - 50%
  5. Peer assessment of peer contribution to final report - 20%
  6. Business feedback - 5%
Students enrolled on the module can view more information on Moodle.