We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
This fall 2019 term, the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business is pleased to launch a new course for both undergraduate and graduate students all about consulting — a dynamic and in-demand skill-set and profession.
BET 508, Consulting, is a new course designed to be useful to students considering working as a consultant, either for a consulting firm or as an internal consultant.
Some of the competencies of an experienced consultant include understanding business needs from a holistic perspective, developing innovative ideas, expert people skills, influence, and change management.
Consulting is a practical and in-depth course that addresses the overall profession of management consulting, including
- how consulting firms are organized and managed,
- consulting firm economics and professional rate setting,
- how consultants compete and secure clients, the types of services consultants provide,
- service delivery methods and practices,
- engagement management and progress reporting,
- deliverable development and content, value-added consulting services,
- managing client relations and expectations,
- and specialized consulting situations such as strategy, operational improvement, acquisitions and turnarounds.
This course also addresses ethical and professional responsibility in consulting; key stages in the consulting process; issue diagnosis; difficult clients; consulting frameworks; analytical approaches to solving complex problems; and building a consulting tool-set. Change management processes and advanced presentation techniques are also included in the topics covered.
In addition, there will be guest speakers who work/ have worked with major consultancy companies such as McKinsey or Deloitte. They will provide you with industry insights and a chance to find out more about the day-to-day reality of being a consultant.
The instructor for BET 580 is Lecturer, Christopher Holt, a recent addition to Conrad School faculty with extensive experience consulting including work with Fortune 500 clients, the World Economic Forum and the World Bank.
Other courses offered this term
In addition to this new course, we’re offering the following undergraduate courses this fall 2019 term. All classes take place in the Conrad School, Engineering 7, second floor.
- BET 100 (Online) Foundations of Entrepreneurial Practice
Limited spaces are available. Online course with office hours to-be-determined.
- BET 300 Foundations of Venture Creation
Application required to take this course. 7 - 9:50 p.m. on Wednesdays in room 2317.
- BET 320 Entrepreneurial Strategy
Course full, no spaces available. 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. on Tuesdays in room 2324
- BET 340 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Planning and Execution
Limited spaces are available. 6:30 - 9:20 p.m on Mondays in room 2324.
- BET 420 Entrepreneurship for Social Impact
Course full, no spaces available. 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays in room 2317.
- BET 430 Sales Fundamentals
Limited spaces are available. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 2317.
- BET 580 Consulting
Limited spaces are available. 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. on Thursdays room 2324.