Business and Management COURSES

BA (Hons) in Business

Overview

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education Awards Council (HETAC) 
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Award Level:
Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree)
Award Title:
BA (Hons) in Business
 
Award Type:  Major 
Course Length:
4 years, 2 evenings per week


The BA (Hons) in Business programme is designed to give a clearly structured business education that provides a solid foundation for success in a business career. The course provides a strong grounding in fundamental business concepts, ideas, practices and methodologies. A wide range of subject choices and specialist streams will enable students to effectively contribute to the resolution of business problems and will prepare students for the challenges posed by the dynamic nature of the modern business environment. 
 
During the course, students have the opportunity to add value to both their employers and themselves on a daily basis. They can test theories, apply concepts and undertake project work focused on current business issues, which can be of benefit to their employers and to their own personal development.


Management Stream

The Management stream provides a clearly structured business education that gives a solid foundation for success in a business career. The course provides a strong grounding in fundamental business concepts, ideas, practices and methodologies. It features a rich learning environment that involves students in comprehensive and critical analysis of business organisations, functions, processes and management techniques.  


HRM Stream

This stream is designed for those with an interest in people and the people aspects of businesses and organisations. Managers and employees alike can benefit greatly from a better understanding and knowledge of people at work. In addition to providing students with a firm grounding in business, this course provides the knowledge and skills that they need to compete successfully as a human resource specialist in today’s complex and changing world of business
 

Project Management Stream

The Project Management stream incorporates a balanced mix of specialised business management modules, aimed at students who, whilst wishing to study for a general business management degree, choose to focus especially on Project Management throughout the duration of their studies. The programme deals comprehensively with modern business management concepts whilst exploring the social, organisational, behavioural, and systems issues of project management and the provision of a framework for managing projects.


Law Stream

Business requires compliance with legal principles and requirements. These principles dictate the way in which individuals and organisations carry on their daily business. In an increasingly litigious society, businesses rely on employees with appropriate legal knowledge to ensure that business activities are carried on in a manner that is both ethical and fully compliant with all legal requirements. This stream is designed for students intending to pursue a business career in areas where a detailed knowledge of law is useful.
 

Psychology Stream

The broad philosophy of this stream is to provide students with an appropriate base of relevant business and management knowledge with particular emphasis on the development of a firm understanding of core issues addressed by organisational psychology. 
 

Programme Content

The BA (Hons) in Business programme and the associated streams have the following content and are typically completed over 4 years part-time.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3 

Core Modules

(all Streams)

  • Business Context & Organisation
  • Economic Perspectives
  • IT Essentials
  • Maths & Statistics for Business
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Communication for Personal Success
  • Learning to Learn

BA (Hons) in Business 

Core Modules

  • Employability Skills 
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Management 
  • Business Finance
  • Business Information Systems

Options (Choose 2)

  • Selling & Sales Management
  • Project Feasibility
  • Project Planning & Control
  • Principles of Business Law
  • Employee Relations and the Law
  • People in Organisations
  • Social Psychology 
  • Psychology










Management Stream 

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Advanced Economic Perspectives
  • Selling & Sales Management

HRM Stream

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • People in Organisations
  • Employee Relations and the Law

Project Management Stream

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Project Planning & Control
  • Project Feasibility




Law Stream

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Employee Relations & the Law
  • Principles of Business Law
 

Psychology Stream 

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Psychology 
  • Social Psychology

BA (Hons) in Business 

Core Modules

  • Employability in Action
  • Lifelong Learning 
  • Strategic Management
  • Global Business
  • Human Resource Management

Options (Choose 2)

  • Performance Management (Accounting)
  • Data Management & Analytics
  • Services Marketing
  • Project Management & Evaluation
  • Project Management Techniques
  • Advanced Business & Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law & Governance
  • HR Performance Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Individual Differences
  • Psychology of Work

Management Stream 

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Services Marketing 
  • Data Management & Analytics

HRM Stream 

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Human Resource Development
  • HR Performance Management

Project Management Stream 

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Project Management Techniques
  • Project Management & Evaluation

Law Stream

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Corporate Law & Governance
  • Advanced Business & Commercial Law

Psychology Stream

Students will study core modules as outlined above in addition to:

  • Psychology of Work 
  • Individual Differences

DBS Employability Pillar


In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 3
Employability in Action Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life
Year 2
Employability Skills
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Year 1
Learning to Learn Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Business is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact times. Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays and reports, individual and group assignments and formal examinations. The majority of subjects are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Structure

Stage 1 is a foundation level, which provides knowledge in the primary business disciplines, as well as developing the broad cognitive skills of students.

Stages 2 and 3 of the programme both feature a core of three business modules complemented by two further modules chosen by the student from a wide range of options. At these levels students may adopt an appropriate degree of specialisation in their subject mix or may tailor their studies in accordance with their personal or career preferences.

Career Opportunities

Because of the broad spectrum of subjects studied, career opportunities for business graduates are numerous. The wide-ranging nature of knowledge and skills gained by business graduates makes them an attractive proposition for any prospective employer.

 

HRM Stream

 
The world of business now offers many career opportunities to a graduate specialising in human resource management. The programme is primarily for students who wish to follow such a career, either in general human resource management, or in more specialised fields such as industrial relations or training and development. It is also ideal for those who may favour working for a trade union or in the field of equal opportunities. All large organisations have HR departments to manage their employee welfare and to administer functional areas such as recruitment, training and process improvement. Students may also wish to opt for further academic HRM studies at post-graduate level.

 

Project Management Stream

 
Project Management provides excellent career prospects as the role of a project manager is now considered an essential attribute within project roll out and completion and to ensure successful business relations. Project Managers are required across a broad range of sectors, including IT, Education, Marketing, Event Management, Human Resource Management, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals,Engineering and Logistics.

 

Law Stream

 
The structure and content of this degree and stream enables students to progress to a career where a sound knowledge of relevant law is a definite asset. For example, many large organisations have legal departments, where comprehensive business knowledge augmented by a solid foundation in legal principles is required. Graduates from this programme will also be well placed to pursue a business career in areas where legal knowledge is highly relevant – for example, human resource management, finance, purchasing, compliance and contracts.

 

Psychology Stream

 
Because of the broad spectrum of subjects studied, career opportunities for business studies students are numerous. The wide-ranging nature of knowledge and skills gained by business psychology graduates makes them an attractive proposition for any prospective employer. Graduates have the opportunity to add value for both for both employers and themselves on a daily basis. Graduates can test theories, apply concepts and undertake practical project work.

Management Stream

 
The wide-ranging nature of knowledge and skills gained by business graduates makes them an attractive proposition for any prospective employer. A range of employment opportunities is possible in areas such as marketing, sales, operations, information technology, finance and general management.
 
Graduating students wishing to pursue further qualifications can proceed to post-graduate programmes up to Masters level or to programmes leading to professional qualifications.
 

Fees

Fees for all part-time undergraduate business and law degree courses can be downloaded here or contact the admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.

All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

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Standard Applicants - Evening Business Degrees

Standard Applicants for the Evening Business Degree programmes must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For Evening Business Degree programmes the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English & Maths) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

Standard Applicants - Evening Law Degrees

Standard Applicants for the Evening Law Degree programme must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For Evening Law Degree programmes the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum admission requirements for graduates of FETAC awards (former NCVA Level 2 or 3) are a full FETAC award in a course in a cognate area with a distinction grade in at least three modules. A full FETAC award normally consists of 8 modules. A full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

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“Successfully completing a BA (Hons) degree after many years away from study took dedication, hard work and commitment. DBS provided support and guidance throughout my studies, with awareness of the difficulties associated with studying while working full-time. The ability to access lecture and research material through the website from home was of great benefit. The business course covered a wide range of subjects offering a well rounded business education and a variety of skills. Lectures were interesting and current with lecturers bringing their real life experiences to each subject. Feedback on lectures and lecturers was sought after and acted on by DBS. While never losing focus of the exam element, I have often commented that certain lectures were so interesting that I would have attended for fun!”

Deirdre Traynor

BA (Hons) Business Studies