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Thompson Rivers University

BUSN 6071: Project Management and Consulting Methods

NOTE: For registration please contact Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics General Program Inquiries (Email: or Tel: 1-877-663-4087).

Students explore the concepts and practical techniques to apply consulting methods in their work and to participate in or manage complex projects. The topics include the five stages of the consulting process which include entry and contracting, discovery and dialogue, analysis and the decision to act, engagement and implementation and closing; analysis and presentation techniques; and examination of the five major project process groups which include project initiation, planning, execution, controlling and closing.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain consulting methods.
  • Explain the importance of project management and the consultant role.
  • Apply effective consulting methods in project management work.
  • Manage complex projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities.

Course topics

  • Module 1: The Context of Project Based Consulting
  • Module 2: Client Engagement
  • Module 3: Understanding what the client wants
  • Module 4: From Requirements to Solutions
  • Module 5: Project Approaches Explored
  • Module 6: Project Planning
  • Module 7: Delivering Value
  • Module 8: Project Completion and Value Realization

Required text and materials

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. Please see the list of required textbooks here:

Please note that publishers may offer several package options that include additional resource material not required in your course. You may purchase a package of your choice as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.

If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact They will be happy to assist you.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the course overall, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Discussion 1 5%
Case Study 1: Our Place Clinic 8%
Case Study 2: The Non-Profit Professional Association 8%
Journal 1 5%
Discussion 2 5%
Case Study 3: The Safe Use Centers Project 8%
Case Study 4: The Building Community Spaces Project 8%
Case Study 5: The Problems at Smith Group 8%
Journal 2 5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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