Business and Management COURSES

BA (Hons) in Business

Overview

Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) QQI logo 
Award Level: Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree)

Award Title: 
BA (Hons) in Business 
 
Award Type:  Major 
Course Length: 3 Years
CAO Codes: DB512, DB514, DB569, DB520, DB515

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. 

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. 

Work Placement Stream 
Student who opt for this stream gain practical work experience over a forty-eight week period. Students commence work in the third year of the programme and can specialise in an area that reflects their course preferences and career ambitions. Students are paid by the company for the duration of their placement and are treated as full-time members of staff.

Programme Content

The BA (Hons) in Business programme and the associated streams have the following content.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 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




             

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:

    • Advanced Economic Perspectives
    • Selling & Sales Management

    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:

    • People in Organisations
    • Employee Relations and the Law

       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 Planning & Control
    • Project Feasibility

    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:

    • Employee Relations & the Law
    • Principles of Business Law
     

    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 
    • Social Psychology

     

    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 be able to develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships. 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

    This honours degree course offers students significant flexibility in their choice of second and third year subjects. Students can opt to take the general business option and select elective modules from a wide choice of subject areas. This allows students to orientate their studies towards preferred subjects by choosing from streams of Management, HRM, Law, Psychology or Project Management.   As the course progresses, the emphasis shifts from foundation knowledge to in-depth study of particular areas of the major disciplines with a greater emphasis on independent work and on the development of a critical and analytical
    approach to the subject matter which gives students the confidence to critically evaluate information, ideas and opinions. 

    Students opting to select the Work Placement stream will have the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to Industry and will spend year three completing a 48 week work placement before return to college to complete final year. 
     

    Transfer Students

    Students holding a relevant certificate, ordinary degree or other relevant qualifications may qualify for entry to the second or third year of the degree programme.

    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

    The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Business and associated streams are €5,400 per annum.

    You can view all DBS Full Time Undergraduate Fees 2014-15 or why not contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.

    Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €2,000 and up to €7,000.

    Next Steps

    Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

    School Leaver Applicants

    Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code www.cao.ie

    Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

    Please read our information form for advice on completing the CAO application.

    Mature Applicants

    If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 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. 

    Transfer Students

    Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   
     

    EU Citizens

    A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 

    (a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or
    (b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

    Non-EU Applicants

    Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

    Application fee to CAO

    There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to www.cao.ie before 20th January 2013. Late applicants to CAO will be charged €80 for paper applications and €50 for online applications.

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