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July Stimulus Higher Education Initiative

Modular Skills
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Funded* Modular Skills Provision 2020

DBS is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding for a range of part-time modules under the Modular Skills Provision measure which formed part of the Government’s July stimulus package.

The Modular Skills Provision funded programmes have been selected to address specific economic and social needs arising from COVID19. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced over €30 million in free and subsidised higher education places under the Jobs Stimulus package to help get people back to work, upskill workers and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19. The funding has been approved to support the provision of 11,597 places on short, modular courses together with an additional 2,555 postgraduate places.

Minister Harris said:

"The higher education sector has responded swiftly and effectively to the challenges that have arisen over recent months.The courses we are launching today will form a further response to the impacts of the global pandemic, providing upskilling and reskilling places for those who have been most affected and ensuring that they have the skills most needed by employers today. Many courses focus on future proofing the skills of those in employment, particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation."

The Modular Skills Provision funded programmes are due to commence in January 2021. Applications are currently being accepted.  Due to the limited number of places available, early application is recommended. Our Modular Skills Provision programmes are fully accredited by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and span Level 6, 7and 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), to suit applicants with a range of prior qualifications and experience. The majority of modules will each carry 10 credits. They will be delivered in a part-time mode in either blended or online format, and allow learners to progress onto a full qualification on the NFQ if they so wish.

The Funded Modular Skills Provision programmes listed below are open to all applicants; Employed, Unemployed, Returners and those Signing for Contribution Credits subject to meeting the eligibility and academic entry requirements as listed on for the preferred course.

*Eligibility and entry requirements apply.

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Modules

Level 6

Information Systems and Databases (Level 6) - 10 ECTS

This level 6 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant skills by giving participants an introduction to the role of information systems and how organisations can benefit from the use of information systems. The module will also introduce the learner to the basic concepts in the theory and design of databases. Participants will be introduced to practical skills in the development of databases and use of forms, reports and queries using a DBMS. They will also be able to explore issues in, and approaches to, the design, development, and implementation of information systems.

Progression

On successful completion of this module and  related assessment, learners may choose to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Computing, part time and receive an exemption at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 60% of the overall grade and one exam worth 40%.


Programming Fundamentals (Level 6) - 10 ECTS

This Level 6 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant skills by giving participants an introduction to programming. Learners will be introduced to the fundamentals of data types, input and output, control structures, methods, arrays and objects created from standard library classes. Learners will build practical skills by completing individual projects on an on-going basis. They will also be able to  demonstrate an understanding of the planning, design, implementation testing and documentation of real life applications through the use of sample programs.

Progression

On successful completion of this module and  related assessment, learners may choose to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Computing, part time and receive an exemption at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 50% each.


Social Care in Practice (Level 6) - 5 ECTS

This level 6 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant and practical skills in a social care environment by providing them with an understanding of the importance of communication and introduces them to the important skills necessary to overcome barriers to this in care settings. Needs analysis and person-centred planning has become central to best practice, emphasising the need to place the individual at the centre of the care practice empowering them to be actively involved in the process of their care, rather than as passive recipients. It is therefore essential that participants are familiar with these concepts and procedures from the very start. Module content focuses also best practice on core human rights, abuse and safeguarding.


Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto the BA in Applied Social Care evening degree at DBS School of Arts and receive an exemption from the the modules at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 50% each.

Web Development 1 (Level 6) - 5 ECTS

On completion of this level 6 module, learners will be able to: describe the underlying architecture of the internet and the World Wide Web. They will also be able to design and develop webpages that adhere to web standards using HTML and CSS. Web pages will also be developed with dynamic content and interact with users using a scripting language. Learners will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the planning and deployment of a website.

Progression

On successful completion of this module and  related assessment, learners may choose to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Computing, part time and receive an exemption at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 50% each.


Accounting Information Systems (Level 6) - 5 ECTS

This level 6 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant and practical skills in any sector by equipping participants to understand the practical usage of commonly used accounting software packages. The module will utilise the Sage Line 50 accounting software package, or its appropriate equivalent. The module equips learners with the skills to operate and process the accounting functions typical to any accounting software package. This knowledge reinforces the learners’ appreciation of implementation of accounting system and reporting mechanisms and will allow participants to produce and interpret accounting reports.

Progression

On successful completion of this module, learners may choose to progress onto all level 8 Business Degrees at DBS, BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance or BA (Hons) Business (Information Systems) and receive an exemption at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is one exam worth 100% of the grade.

Certificate in Tourism Marketing (Level 6) - 30 ECTS

This Level 6 programme will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant and practical skills in the tourism and hospitality sector by providing participants with the knowledge and communication skills necessary to operate effectively and gain future employment within the travel and tourism industry. Strong emphasis is placed on the acquisition of interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively with customers and colleagues. The transferrable skills herein are designed for those who wish to work in entry-level, front-line positions within either the tourism and hospitality industries where participants have gained a broad knowledge of the travel and tourism industries for employment in tourist offices, hotels, heritage centres and ancillary tourist services or in frontline positions in sales and promotion or general office administration using English (and/or other languages) as the business communications language. The programme is 30 ECTS credits.

This programme runs for 24 weeks. This programme will run 2 evenings per week for the first 12 weeks and will run 1 evening per week for the following 12 weeks. Subjects include:

  • Tourism Marketing

  • Event Planning & Operations

  • Sales & Selling

  • Digital Media Tools

  • Enterprise and Communication (Tourism)

  • Irish Society and Economics

     

Progression

On successful completion of this module and all related assessments,  learners may choose to progress onto all level 8 Business Degrees at DBS .

Assessment

 

Assessment will be based on coursework and exams.

Introduction to Business and Finance (Level 6) - 5 ECTS

This level 6 level module will facilitate participants to gain labour market relevant skills by introducing participants to the principles, concepts and techniques required to understand the core components of business finance and internal/external financial analysis. Participants will develop a knowledge and understanding of finance in the key areas of financial reporting, budgeting, variance analysis, performance evaluation and the role of various stakeholders. Understanding the fundamental nature of commercial transactions, how they are recorded, and how financial information can be analysed, is critical to the development of the participant’s understanding of a contemporary business environment.

Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto all level 8 Business Degrees at DBS and receive an exemption at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 50% each.

IT Essentials (Level 6) - 10 ECTS

This level 6 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market stills in the area of IT as it focuses on essential concepts of computing and related technologies. Participants focus upon the fundamental issues surrounding the world of computing through a balance between theory and applied learning. Participants will build practical skills in database, spreadsheets and web technologies. Participants will also contextualise the role that computer technologies have played in facilitating the evolution and development of business systems, and the legal and ethical issues that have emerged through this process. Participants taking this module learn IT skills that stakeholders require in the work environment.

Progression

On successful completion of this module, learners may choose to progress onto all level 8 Business Degrees at DBS, BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance or BA (Hons) Business (Information Systems) and receive an exemption at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 50% each.

Marketing Essentials (Level 6) - 10 ECTS

This level 6 module will facilitate participants to gain labour market relevant skills by introducing them to marketing concepts and theories whose key objective is to provide a comprehensive foundation within the marketing subject area. Marketing Essentials is imperative to any Business. Such module will reflect the new, contemporary and emerging areas in marketing including greater emphasis on digital marketing, social media marketing, omni-channel, retail and branding which will complement the traditional marketing tools and theories. Guest lecturers will be invited to offer seminars to develop the Participants understanding of current practices in marketing led organisations.

Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto all level 8 Business Degrees at DBS and receive an exemption at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is three assignments worth 20%, 30% and 50% respectively.

Principles of Accounting (Level 6) - 10 ECTS

This level 6 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant skills by equiping participants with the ability to prepare and understand basic financial statements for business entities, as well as developing a fundamental knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts relating to financial accounting. The module will also develop’ practical skills in the collation, analysis and presentation of accounting data and will provide participants with an understanding of the performance and financial position of commercial entities through the application of ratio analysis.

Progression

On successful completion of this module, learners may choose to progress onto all level 8 Business Degrees at DBS, BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance or BA (Hons) Business (Information Systems) and receive an exemption at degree level.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is one assignment worth 30% and an exam worth 70%.

Level 7

Digital Marketing Fundamentals (Level 7) - 10 ECTS

This level 7 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant and practical skills in any sector by equipping participants to understand and exploit the potential opportunities provided by the rapidly changing variety of technologies involved in digital marketing in order to engage the ever-changing customer within a business context. Other skills they will learn include: the technologies used to promote online marketing presence, integrated marketing communications and social media strategies.

Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto the Certificate in Digital Marketing at DBS.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 70% and 30% respectively.

Level 8

Blockchain and e-payments (Level 8) - 10 ECTS

This Level 8 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant skills by introducing participants to e-contracts, e-payments and evolving e-cash technologies. The module will provide participants with the fundamentals of blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies. It highlights the disruptive effect epayments and blockchain are having on financial markets, financial services and other financial services. They will also gain technical skills to review block chain applications including an introduction to writing e-contracts using python.

Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is three assignments worth 20%, 30% and 50% respectively.


Certificate in Information Technology (Level 8) - 15 ECTS

This level 8 Certificate programme comprises of Principles of Programming, Information Systems Development and Management, Database Design and Development, offering participants skills in development of Information Systems in a modern computing environment, database knowledge and the fundamentals of object-oriented programming. Graduates will, upon completion of this programme have the skills necessary to carry out industry-level computations and information processing, system and application development, support modern IT infrastructures and participate in ICT projects and pursue a career path in the technology-driven world. The Certificate in Information Technology graduates will have the skills to design and develop structured programs in a modern programming environment utilising appropriate languages, design and implement a robust database system, and understand the software development life cycle across the ICT industry. Students may progress onto the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing upon completion of the programme with exemptions from the above 3 modules.

This programme will run for 18 weeks. It will run 2 evenings per week for the 18 weeks.

Progression

On successful completion of this module and all related assessments,  learners may choose to progress onto Higher Diploma in Science in Computing.

Assessment

Assessment will be based on coursework and exams.

Data Analytics (Level 8) - 10 ECTS

This level 8 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant skills by giving participants an introduction to the fundamentals of big data and the practical experience of extracting value from by data. The module will provide a sound understanding of the quantitative methodologies and analytical techniques employed in the analysis of big data in a fintech context. Participants will develop the ability to identify and frame big data analysis problems, select appropriate tools and techniques and interpret results.

Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 50% of the overall grade and one exam worth 50%.



Digital Marketing Analytics and Metrics (Level 8) - 10 ECTS

This level 8 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant skills by giving participants a deeper knowledge and understanding of the technology and different models available in terms of web analytics and campaign metrics to strategic digital marketing. Participants will also utilise effective project management techniques through the process of web marketing design for a typical business scenario including the application of basic web promotional elements. There is a particular focus on particular focus on Google Analytics, Social Media Insights and Digital Advertising metrics.

Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto Higher Diploma in Science in Digital Marketing.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 80% and 20% respectively.

 


Digital Marketing Technologies and Tools (Level 8) - 10 ECTS
This level 8 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant skills by giving participants an understanding of the role of key technology tools for digital marketers. It will introduce participants to back-end digital marketing technologies that facilitate  general data management, big data, universal analytics, social media analytics, mobile, programmatic, and other emerging technologies that impact the contemporary digital marketing function. The module will familiarise them with a variety of digital platforms and the various ways in which they may be leveraged by organisations to engage with key audiences. 
Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto Higher Diploma in Science in Digital Marketing.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 70% and 30% respectively.

 

Fintech Operations (Level 8) - 10 ECTS

This Level 8 module will facilitate participants to obtain labour market relevant skills by giving participants an understanding of data protection and cybersecurity. The module underpins the critical importance of information (data) governance and develops knowledge of key concepts such as confidentiality, integrity of resources and data security. The module will address a wide range of market, operational, regulatory and data protection issues with an emphasis upon effective cybersecurity.

Progression

On successful completion of this module,  learners may choose to progress onto Higher Diploma in Science in FinTech.

Assessment

Assessment for this module is two assignments worth 50% of  the overall grade and one exam worth 50%.