Business and Management COURSES

Diploma in Accounting and Finance

Overview

Awarding Body:
Dublin Business School
Schedule:
2 evenings per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake:
 September & January  
Duration: 1 year part-time


View the Spring 2015 Timetable here.

This one year programme has been designed with an emphasis on the practical application of Accounting and Finance knowledge to the commercial work place. It is intended for participants wishing to gain a solid foundation in the major components of the Accounting and Finance discipline and to allow them develop their financial literacy skills.

Programme Aims and Objectives

On completion of this programme students will be able to demonstrate foundation knowledge in core subject areas such as Bookkeeping (manual and computerised), Cost Accounting, Business Law and Finance. The lecturing team consists of staff that combine academic qualifications with substantial practical accounting and finance experience.

Assessment 

To be awarded the Diploma in Accounting & Finance, a student will be required to complete end of term examinations (100%), which will be held twice yearly in January and May.

Programme Content

SEMESTER ONE

Bookkeeping & Accounting

This module covers a range of accounting information from the basic principles and concepts of accounting and preparing financial statements to the application of control mechanisms on the
financial accounting system.

Finance 1

The content of this module is designed to introduce the concepts of analysing and interpreting financial statements, working capital management, sources of business finance, and an
introduction to capital investment appraisal.

Cost Accounting 1

On completion of this module students will have a basic knowledge of cost accounting and will have acquired the skills to identify and allocate costs to the production process from a stock
valuation, profit measurement and decision making perspective.

Business Management & Administration

Participants in this module will gain an overview of management and administration systems. Students will be introduced to the areas of production, research and development, marketing,
personnel functions and administration.

SEMESTER TWO

Finance 2

Building on material covered in semester one, the module will use financial management techniques to appraise capital investment opportunities that may arise for an entity within a
business environment. Sources of business finance will also be explored in greater detail, and
there will be an introduction to strategic management. The concepts underpinning foreign
exchange will also be introduced.

Cost Accounting 2

This module builds on material covered in semester one. The focus is on the use of costing for internal reporting, enabling managers to provide information for planning and control. In
addition to this the use of budgeting, standard costing and relevant costing will enable the
student to have an appreciation of the nature, function, format and value of internal reporting.

Computerised Accounting Systems – Sage Line 50: The Accounting Fundamentals

This course utilises the Sage Line 50 software package and its application within the accounting function. This software is to help businesses manage their finances, accounts, and customer and
supplier information. The module explores the principle aspects of accounting software packages
through the integration of topics studied previously in semester one along with exploring daily
business tasks such as invoicing, managing suppliers, credit control, budgeting and managing
bank accounts etc.

Business & Company Law

This module is designed to equip students with a sound understanding of both business and company law, as well as the ability to apply the rules and principles of contract law to common
business dealings. There will also be an exploration of certain key principles of the law of torts.
Consumer protection law will also be studied.

Structure

The Diploma in Accounting and Finance is held over two evenings per a week over one year duration. The lecturing team consists of staff that combine both academic qualifications with substantial practical experience. A wide range of teaching techniques including lectures, seminars and case studies will form part of the course. The programme also encourages discussion and contributions from students on all aspects of accounting and finance.

Career Opportunities

This programme is an ideal introductory course and will provide students with the skills necessary to progress and advance within numerous accounting support roles or with future academic qualifications.

Student Profile

Typically, participants on the programme have had no prior education in the subject areas of
accounting and/or finance. Some students have completed the programme as a foundation
programme with a view to progressing to degree or postgraduate/ professional accountancy
level. It is also beneficial to those who are not employed directly in an accounting related role
but who are responsible for financial transactions in an organisation.

Further Study Options

For students interested in further study, the Diploma in Accounting & Finance will entitle
students to exemptions at Level 1 of some of the Evening Business Degree programmes at
DBS. It will also entitle students to exemptions from some modules of Accounting
Technicians Ireland (ATI) examinations. 

Fees

The fee for this Diploma is €1,990 this is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. 

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

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Now accepting applications for Autumn 2015

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