This assignment simulates a consultancy scenario where you are a team of consultants, working to deliver a report to a client. Authentic assessment tends to focus on contextualised tasks, enabling students to demonstrate their competency by actively and critically exploring, discussing, and meaningfully constructing concepts and relationships in contexts that involve real-world problems.
This assignment allow students to develop an advanced understanding of organisational functionality, through the perspective of the Functionalist and Social Relativist paradigms. Therefore, your second assignment is a group project. In groups of 3 to 5 students, you are to develop a functional specification comprising (i) process model and (ii) taxonomy of a solution to a given organisational problem.
This semester, we are delighted to have Astral Consulting working with us and they have provided access to their previous consultancy case. We invite you to think about this opportunity to apply the concepts we will teach you.
The client is a global tier 2 mining company, with a head office in Australia and operations across the globe including operational sites in Latin America, Alaska, The Congo, Asia and 4 mines in Australia based in Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. They mine a number of minerals with the main ones being Zinc, Copper and Gold and also a number of other trace materials with the various operations being at different phases of the mining life cycle.
The company has had significant growth in recent years based on acquisition of a number of companies with operations in various phases which has delivered an organisation where there are no common approaches to how each site is managed or ability to leverage lessons learnt across all sites or drive economies of scale.
A further insight is that a current project where systems are being implemented to manage all corporate financial functions and the Asset Management Module is being implemented at the operational level to manage an improve the site Assets.