Bachelor of Business - Level 7 - Full Time

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Duration:
3 years (Full-time)
Start Date:
20th September 2021
Days:
3 days per week
Accreditation:
QQI
CAO Code:
BY002
Normal Price:
€2750 per Annum

Why this Programme?

This programme provides a 

  • strong focus on ICT and digital skills embedded throughout the programme;
  • focus on transversal and cross-sectoral skills;
  • new tangible IT skills introduced in the first year building into business intelligence in year three giving learners a solid basis in modern data analysis;
  • flexible new way of working e.g. communicating effectively via online communication and working effectively in distributed teams; and
  • capstone module drawing together the threads of the programmes with an innovative and entrepreneurial ethos.

This ultimately prepares graduates for the labour market and for progression to further studies if they wish to do so. The programme also addresses the personal development of the individual and their preparation for life as active citizens in democratic societies.

Another reason for selecting this programme at IBAT College Dublin is the supportive college environment, small group practical classes and the College’s reputation for being responsive to learner needs. 


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Programme Overview

The Bachelor in Business will include domestic and international learners with the academic entry requirements to achieve success and the required English Language proficiency. Other target learners include mature learners as well as school leavers and the programme is also accessible to learners who wish to access the programme at stage 2 or 3 through the College processes for Recognition of Prior Learning, formal in the case of transfer students or informal or non-formal in the case of experienced applicants with a significant portfolio of prior experience.

This proposed programme is intended to provide learners with a broad-based, modern and relevant business degree, addressing all key areas of business; management and organisation, finance, human resources, marketing, law and governance, ICT, mathematics, statistics and economics. The programme (its content, and skills / knowledge structure) has been informed by an analysis of skills requirements, research and stakeholder engagement, including employers, recruiters, and existing learners.

On successful completion of the Bachelor in Business you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specialised knowledge across a number of key integrated areas of business, to include management and organisation (accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, strategy), legal, ICT and economics such that the application of this breath of knowledge in appropriate business scenarios can be achieved.
  • Review theories, frameworks and models across various business sub-fields, showing limitations of current knowledge in various business contexts. Identification of new knowledge and integration of concepts across a variety of areas
  • Demonstrate and communicate a range of skills acquired across the programme, particularly in creatively solving business problems, using appropriate software, and presenting the results to a select audience.
  • Select and apply appropriate judgement and tools in planning and designing solutions to predefined business problems, for structured semi-structured and unstructured problems.
  • Interpret business problems within their context boundaries, draw on appropriate knowledge and analysis of data to provide a solution to these contextualised problems.
  • Maintain personal integrity that supports an environment built on trust, and supports personal and organisational development. Collaborate constructively in the work of a diverse group, taking on a leadership role, as well as becoming self-directed and self-aware as an individual.
  • Take responsibility for their own learning, identifying their own learning needs and that of their learning group, and have the ability to enhance their learning competencies through a variety of learning activities and assessments.
  • Reflect on and express their internalised view of the modern business world, its wider social, legal, ethical and operational environment, with due respect to the players and stakeholders in the business environment.

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Programme Structure and Content

The programme takes three years to complete full time.  Each academic year comprises 24 teaching weeks, 2 study weeks and 4 assessment weeks and is divided into two semesters.   In the early stages, years 1 & 2 students take some modules (10 ECTs) over both semesters. Approximately 50% of the modules are examined by course work and 50% by a blend of course work and examination.    

In the final year the capstone module Innovation & Entrepreneurship gives students an opportunity to reflect on the skills and knowledge they have accumulated, though re-visiting core areas of business in order to tackle the concepts of the innovative enterprise, business creation and new product development. The assessment which requires the student to defend involves creating a Business Model Canvas template for a new venture and analysing entrepreneurs in terms of their enterprising behaviour and mind-set , innovative and creative characteristics, what makes them different and their contribution to society

STAGE 1 MODULES
ICT for Business
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The Principles of Business and Management module will introduce the student to the principles of modern business and management practice. The learner will be introduced to the foundations of business and key management principles. The module will concentrate on the basic concepts of planning, leading, organising, and controlling.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the nature and importance of management and leadership in today’s business environment
  • Identify and define the importance of business planning in a competitive environment
  • Explain the value of organisation and control in a business context
  • Identify how firms recognise and implement change to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage
  • Examine the role and importance of organisational behaviour to the success of the firm

Introduction to Accounting
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Modern businesses need to record details of their trading transactions to ensure that they maintain financial health. This information can be used to control costs, develop opportunities and to plans for the future. The role of the accounting and the Accountant is continually expanding and has move greatly beyond its traditional role to ensure the efficient operation of a business. Therefore, a well-run accounting function is critically important to the long-term management of a business.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the nature, scope and role of financial accounting and the regulatory framework, concepts and policies underpinning it.
  • Apply to a given scenario, the accounting equation, the principles of double entry book-keeping including trial balance and extract an income statement (IS) and Statement of Financial Position (SFP).
  • Differentiate between the financial statements of a company and a sole trader, and appreciate the regulatory framework underpinning the financial statements of a company.
  • Prepare an income statement and statement of financial position from a trial balance for a Limited company including adjustments and a statement of changes in equity.
  • Construct a cash flow statement and analyse a company’s performance using common ratios.
HRM and the Inter-Cultural Workplace
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This module introduces learners to the importance of understanding national cultural dimensions and how they impact on effective employee relations in the workplace.

It also introduces learners to the key theories of Human Resource Management (HRM), including definitions and key activities of HRM in organisations such as Job Analysis, Recruitment and Selection,
Motivation and Performance Management, Rewards and Benefits Managementand Training and Development.   

The manner in which these are proactively deployed ensures the effective and efficient use of human resources for the greatest possible organisational benefit.

  • Explain the key inter-cultural dimensions and how they impact on work-place relations
  • Explain the importance of key HRM theories and practices in organisations
  • Describe how HRM practices manifest in inter-cultural environments
  • Describe how HRM supports key business and individual planning and goals
  • Collaborate with others to communicate effectively in written, oral and graphic formats
Marketing Fundamentals & Applications
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This module provides learners with a foundation in the core marketing theories, principles and practices that can be applied in all types of organisations.
In light of the rapid and constant changes in consumer behaviour and trends, the ability to effectively market a product or a service will become even more important than it is now.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Define the fundamentals of marketing
  • Identify and describe the key issues and challenges for marketing in the current hyper-competitive business environments.
  • Describe the features of services marketing as applied in a modern marketing environment.
  • Apply the “P”s of marketing practices to business management.
  • Outline the ethical and social responsibility issues which arise in marketing today.
Introduction to Accounting
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The module provides learners with essential skills in office software and multimedia creation and editing. These are skills that will be exercised time and again throughout the programme as various assignments require learners to present their learning through various different formats. By acquiring the skills here in this module, further modules that utilise them can focus on their domain content and not on the technical and digital skills required to present them. For example, HRM and the Inter-cultural Workplace requires a poster presentation. This IT module provides the skills and software for designing a poster. The content is assessed as part of the HRM module, and the design and layout is assessed as part of this IT module.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Create word-processed business documents utilising a variety of word processing features.
  • Present and analyse numerical data on a spreadsheet.
  • Create a presentation slideshow to professional level, utilising appropriate content objects and animation.
  • Record and edit content they have created themselves through audio, image and video facilities.
  • Create a variety of publishing documents for a variety of business uses.
Business Mathematics
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This subject deals with the fundamental mathematical techniques underpinning the technical element of the degree. The learner acquires digital skills and learns how to present and summarise data in a consistent way so as to draw conclusions that can be used in decision-making. Learners also get the opportunity to develop the mathematical and analytical skills required for problem solving – an ability particularly valued by employers.

  • Perform a variety of arithmetical calculations
  • Manipulate formulae and algebraic expressions to solve typical business problems
  • Select appropriate mathematical tools to support business calculations
  • Present a variety of mathematical data sets graphically
  • Use spreadsheets to perform mathematical and financial calculations.
Academic Skills Development
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This module will develop the academic skills required for success in Higher Education.  Learners will learn to be self-aware, set goals, manage their time effectively and respond to feedback to enhance their performance.   In particular there is emphasis on teamwork, information, literacy and academic integrity. The module includes academic (problem-solving, critical thinking, note-taking and revision, class interaction, digital and information literacy, assignment planning and management, etc.) and non-academic aspects (self-management, time-management, mental wellbeing, inter-personal skills etc.). 

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Through reflection enhance learning competencies by self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses and by setting relevant and attainable development goals.
  • Demonstrate effective study practices both as an independent learner and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Source and utilise information from a variety sources whilst demonstrating an awareness of academic integrity and referencing protocols.
  • Interpret and effectively use both verbal and written feedback provided by lecturers to enhance learning.
STAGE 2 MODULES
Operations & Supply Chain Management
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This module equips the learner with an overview of how operations strategy links with business strategy and how operations can become a source of sustainable competitive advantage. The module provides the learners with the methodologies, models, process design tools and approaches necessary to design, manage and/or improve manufacturing and service delivery processes. The module also provides the learner with a holistic view of the supply chain and its impact on organisational operations.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of the operations function and how it links to other functions and activities of the firm, including the supply and value chains.
  • Explain how operations management contributes to a firm’s competitive position
  • Explain how an effective supply chain can positively impact on an organisation’s operations and how an ineffective supply chain can negatively impact.
  • Outline the concepts and methods related to planning and control systems in operations and supply chain management.
  • Describe the concepts and methods related to continuously improving, service and manufacturing organisations’ operations processes, and their supply chain.
Cost & Management Accounting
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Throughout this module learners will develop their understanding and knowledge of cost and management accounting concepts so that they can develop the techniques and analytical tools required to make informed decisions. Inclusion of this module will progress learners, critical knowledge and understanding of the key role that cost accounts and management accounts play in the decision-making process in corporate organisations.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Prepare detailed budgets and understand their role within an organisation.
  • Calculate costs applying different cost accounting techniques e.g. standard costing, absorption costing and variable costing.
  • Describe the role of accounting in managerial planning and control decisions.
  • Evaluate the relevance of management accounting information for control and performance measurement.
  • Discuss the strategic role of Management Accounting.
Consumer Behaviour
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This module provides learners with a foundation in theory and practices underpinning the consumer behaviour. Above all, we seek to understand how and why consumers behave the way they do, considering consumer behaviour from a historical, political, economic, technological social, cultural, legal and environmental perspective (macro, encompassing a global perspective) as well as from an individual, psychological and behavioural perspective (micro). The module explores successful and unsuccessful advertising and marketing campaigns. How consumers behave in a traditional offline environment as well as in an online environment is examined.

  • Describe key consumption theories, models and academic perspectives therein
  • Apply consumer behaviour theory to industry-based cases and provide cohesive solutions
  • Evaluate buyer behaviour perspectives within the wider marketing context and marketing campaign execution
  • Demonstrate a clear knowledge of contemporary emerging trends of line and online consumption
  • Evaluate perspectives relating to individual consumer identity and wider group identity.
Business Information Systems
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The module addresses how modern businesses use information technologies and systems to achieve their corporate objectives and run their day-to-day operations. Within this, the module aims to provide learners with grounding in information handling and management, e-business, IS security and privacy challenges. How IS impact beyond the world of business in terms of ethical and social issues is addressed by the module.  Learners will have an insight as to how IS are developed and their potential role in this as business users.  A further objective of the module is to provide a technical under-pinning in terms of the hardware, software and networking components of information systems.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Evaluate the role of business information systems in an organisation, from daily operations through to strategic and competitive advantage decisions.
  • Describe core theories and models of e-business, including B2B, B2C, C2C, e-government, and m-commerce and how an e-commerce presence is developed and evolves.
  • Identify and describe various aspects of IT architecture, including hardware, software, networking
  • Explain the challenges in IS relating to security, privacy, ethical and social aspects, and how they might be effectively tackled.
  • Compare various models of systems development from an end-user perspective.
Statistics for Business
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The aim of this module is introduce the fundamental statistics concepts underpinning a modern business programme and to develop appropriate quantitative and problem solving skills, including estimation. To support motivation the material is illustrated with authentic examples relevant to the programme. The module is also constructed to introduce learners to spreadsheets and software tools to support these operations.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Perform a variety of statistical calculations
  • Generate and interpret graphs to make estimates and predictions
  • Select, apply and interpret appropriate statistical tests to solve typical business problems
  • Present a variety of mathematical data sets graphically
  • Use spreadsheets to perform statistical calculations.
Economics for Business
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This module deals with the place and position of economics in a business environment.  Learner will learn why it is important to have an understanding of the role of economics in shaping much of what happens in the business world.  The role of the economist is addressed, along with the importance of the work they do.  The module addressed supply and demand theories, and competition under perfect and imperfect conditions.  Governmental interventions, theories of globalisation and international trade and investment on economics are addressed.  The module finishes with coverage of more formal macroeconomics policies and their mutual harmonisation.  

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Use case study examples to illustrate various economic principles, concepts and theories.
  • Identify and compare characteristics of varying market structures
  • Interpret and evaluate news stories relating to various aspects of economic activity
  • Suggest ways in which various Government interventions and international business activity and decisions have economic consequences.
  • Interpret various international macroeconomic policies and how they might harmonise with each other.
Market Research
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The module addresses how modern businesses use information technologies and systems to achieve their corporate objectives and run their day-to-day operations. Within this, the module aims to provide learners with grounding in information handling and management, e-business, IS security and privacy challenges. How IS impact beyond the world of business in terms of ethical and social issues is addressed by the module.  Learners will have an insight as to how IS are developed and their potential role in this as business users.  A further objective of the module is to provide a technical under-pinning in terms of the hardware, software and networking components of information systems.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Evaluate the role of business information systems in an organisation, from daily operations through to strategic and competitive advantage decisions.
  • Describe core theories and models of e-business, including B2B, B2C, C2C, e-government, and m-commerce and how an e-commerce presence is developed and evolves.
  • Identify and describe various aspects of IT architecture, including hardware, software, networking
  • Explain the challenges in IS relating to security, privacy, ethical and social aspects, and how they might be effectively tackled.
  • Compare various models of systems development from an end-user perspective.
Principles of Law
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Introduction to Law will provide learners with an introduction to the Irish legal system and how it operates as well as provide a foundation in the fundamental principles of law relevant to business. In particular the course will introduce learners to Contract law and important Torts, including: negligence, occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability, product liability, passing off and defamation.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Appraise the key components of the Irish legal system and its connection with EU membership
  • Explain the key principles of Irish contract law and the law of tort
  • Evaluate the concurrent legal obligations that arise in the operation of commercial enterprise
  • Analyse and solve theoretical and authentic structured business law problems
Technology Innovation
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This module aims to help learners understand the importance of innovating with technology for success in modern organisations.   It addresses the challenges in designing and deploying new and innovative technologies to support organizations, including blockchain, big data, AI, Smart spaces. The module adapts to new innovative technologies as they appear in the marketplace, thereby keeping the module fresh.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Outline how technological developments can support organisational activities
  • Evaluate technology innovations and technologically innovative organisations using appropriate criteria
  • Describe organisational activities for the deployment of technologies in organisations.
  • Identify the implications of key Irish and European legislation and ethical concerns for high-tech enterprises
Effective Communications for Business
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This module develops learners’ academic writing skills to introduce them to the principles and requirements of business communications within international, multicultural organisations. It will enable students to develop the key communication skills (oral, non-verbal, visual and written) to assist them to communicate effectively with stakeholders in diverse business settings. Learners will be able to identify communication patterns that lead to effective communication; patterns that create barriers to good communication, and explore strategies to reduce or eliminate barriers to effective communication.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Recognise and distinguish between the different effects of culture on communication with individuals, teams, stakeholders, organisations and markets, within international or multicultural business contexts.
  • Design, create and plan the content of a professional business communication to present data in a manner to influence internal and external stakeholder engagement and relations.
  • Organise formal meetings, producing relevant documentation including agenda and minutes, and participate effectively in multi-roles within the meeting setting.
  • Adapt their own communication methods, as they consider and encounter different settings and barriers, to construct and deliver concise arguments intended to persuade a diverse cohort and deal with cultural issues in a positive way.
AWARD STAGE MODULES
International Business
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The International Business module is designed to introduce the learner to the principles of business with a specialist focus on the international business environment. Through studying this course, the learner will be introduced to the foundations of globalised business and the challenges of business across borders, particularly in relation to different Political, Economic and legal systems.  The course will also explore diversity and culture within the organisation and the role it plays in organisational success.  Societal issues will be explored including a global firm’s obligations in relation to Corporate Social responsibility.  Learners will acquire skills for a knowledge based global society.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the structure of the international environment within which global organisations operate, through the lens of the PESTEL model of political, economic, social, technical, environmental and legal analysis.
  • Outline the importance of the human diversity in international organisations across values and cultures
  • Assess how organizations create value in their global supply chains through the integrated production and distribution of goods, services and information.
  • Identify and describe the societal and economic issues faced by global organisations and the Corporate Social Responsibilities of international firms
Financial Management
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This module is designed to provide a framework for the critical comprehension of the nature and scope of financial management and to develop the use of practical decision-making skills used in this area.  Inclusion of this module will progress learners’ critical knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques of modern finance and the critical role of the financial manager within an organisation.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Identify and explain in depth the key concepts of finance and the critical role of the financial manager in implementing these concepts.
  • Apply appropriate techniques to carry out effective investment appraisal.
  • Discuss and apply working capital management techniques.
  • Identify and evaluate various sources of business finance.
  • Evaluate risk management techniques.
Talent Resourcing & Development
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This module develops learners’ academic writing skills to introduce them to the principles and requirements of business communications within international, multicultural organisations. It will enable students to develop the key communication skills (oral, non-verbal, visual and written) to assist them to communicate effectively with stakeholders in diverse business settings. Learners will be able to identify communication patterns that lead to effective communication; patterns that create barriers to good communication, and explore strategies to reduce or eliminate barriers to effective communication.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Recognise and distinguish between the different effects of culture on communication with individuals, teams, stakeholders, organisations and markets, within international or multicultural business contexts.
  • Design, create and plan the content of a professional business communication to present data in a manner to influence internal and external stakeholder engagement and relations.
  • Organise formal meetings, producing relevant documentation including agenda and minutes, and participate effectively in multi-roles within the meeting setting.
  • Adapt their own communication methods, as they consider and encounter different settings and barriers, to construct and deliver concise arguments intended to persuade a diverse cohort and deal with cultural issues in a positive way.
Integrated marketing Communications & Advertising
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This module is designed to introduce learners to the concepts of integrated marketing communication (IMC). It provides knowledge of IMC tools and how these tools help organisations to market their products and services and create an understanding of how effective IMC tools are used for target marketing.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Evaluate the tasks involved in contemporary marketing communications.
  • Implement marketing communications tools appropriately and effectively in a given context.
  • Identify and evaluate media trends (particularly online), which impact on marketing communications.
  • Analyse the role of each element of the marketing communications mix in delivering on marketing goals.
  • Develop a marketing communications plan using a variety of communication tools to reach an identified target audience.
Employment and Company Law
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This module will provide learners with an understanding of employee rights and obligations, vital to future employment.  It will also introduce learners to companies and provide them with an understanding of life of corporate entities, their separate legal personality, how companies are a vital element of the commercial world. The module will also introduce learners to consumers’ rights.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Outline the key components of employment law and company law.
  • Describe the key principles of employment law, company law and consumer law.
  • Identify and define the concurrent legal obligations that arise when interacting with consumers in a commercial setting.
  • Work independently to a fixed deadline, assuming responsibility for the quality of work produced, demonstrating self-awareness in their work.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to theoretical and real-life business law questions.
Business & Personal Ethics
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This module will introduce learners to the many influences on ethical decision making in business.  Through theory and case study they will learn to identify faulty rationalisation, develop critical thinking skills and expand their understanding of ethics, sometimes even altering their own values and ethical decision-making process.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Appraise the relevance and practical application of business and personal ethics in the world of work
  • Identify and outline influences on the development of personal ethical values.
  • Describe the influences on ethical decision making in organisations with a particular focus on culture.
  • Identify ethical theories and scenarios as they relate to the individual and the organisation
  • Evaluate practical business issues from ethical perspectives, applying an ethical decision-making framework in organisational decision making
Applied Project Management
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Project Management is a central part of every business. Today, project management skills are in high-demand as companies recognise their importance to their success and bottom line. This module will support learners by enabling them to develop a range of technical skills, tools and techniques essential for the successful management of projects, using traditional, lean and agile principles.

The module is fully aligned to the current version of the Project Management Institute (PMI) global standard for the management of project, namely the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK®). Information regarding the PMBoK® will be made available to learners.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the main processes involved in managing a project and the project lifecycle, including the management of scope, schedule, costs, quality, risks, communications, stakeholders, procurement, resources and integration.
  • Apply structured techniques for planning and monitoring and controlling projects.
  • Demonstrate the importance of teamwork in project management.
  • Discuss the final evaluation and closedown of a project.
Employee Relations
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This module introduces learners to the importance of understanding how Employee Relations strategies and approaches can impact on Managerial effectiveness and business success.   It also introduces learners to the key alternative approaches to Employee Relations, including definitions and key activities of HRM in organisations such as The Psychological Contract, Organisational Behaviour, Employee Engagement and the legal employment aspects.   The manner in which these are proactively managed ensures the effective and efficient use of human resources for the greatest possible organisational benefit.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of successful Employee Relations strategies for sustainable business growth and success.
  • Distinguish between alternative Employee Relations approaches.
  • Discuss the importance of the Psychological Contract in the workplace.
  • Evaluate specific managerial practice in this area, through research.
  • Explain the role of Employment Law in Ireland as a platform for Employee Relations approaches.
Digital Marketing
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This module furthers learners' existing marketing knowledge by focusing on how digital technology and social media developments are influencing consumers and buyers and are encouraging significant innovation in the marketing communication strategy and business operations of many firms.

Learners will examine and apply the ways in which marketing professionals can leverage digital technology to achieve functional efficiencies and to devise effective marketing strategies which are imperative for the digital agent.  

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the digital channel in modern marketing communications.
  • Evaluate the key concepts and theories that underpin digital marketing approaches.
  • Collaborate to create a digital marketing plan, drawing on appropriate planning frameworks.
  • Demonstrate the key tools used in supporting, managing and measuring a digital media campaign.
Business Intelligence
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This module provides the learner with the business analysis’ skills, technologies, applications and practices which can be used to help a business acquire a better understanding of its commercial context, to facilitate its management and staff in data informed decision making. It also supports the development of digital competence in a time of rapid technological development.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the role of data and modern analytical data stores in driving transformative business use cases.
  • Apply appropriate key performance indicators to monitor business performance.
  • Interpret and use data models to access analytical data stores using modern business intelligence tools.
  • Apply state of the art self-service business intelligence tools and techniques to build dashboards monitoring performance and providing business intelligence.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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This module is designed to introduce learners to the concepts of the innovative enterprise, business creation and new product development, providing them with a framework for innovation that will encourage and develop entrepreneurial skills, self-motivation and analytical abilities. As the capstone module it is integrative and culminating module providing an opportunity to showcase the achievements of the programme and the graduate attributes acquired.

This module draws together the skill, competencies and tacit knowledge acquired by reflecting on entrepreneurial and innovative characteristics to create a persona and allows the learner to express their internalised view of the modern business world.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Assess the challenges and opportunities around a new business idea, and the role of creativity and innovation in a new business idea.
  • Select and apply appropriate knowledge and skills acquired across the programme to complete a business model canvas.
  • Apply an entrepreneurial approach in developing the model and taking accountability for own contribution.
  • Present and defend an innovative plan for a new product or service, demonstrating various skills such as leadership by motivating a team to present, oratory skills and report writing.
  • Reflect on own development over the programme and demonstrate self-awareness by identifying and analysing own entrepreneurial characteristics and business attributes.
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What does a Level 7 and Level 8 Degree mean?

Below outlines the differences between programmes at these levels. Knowledge, skills and aptitudes upon completion of the programme differentiate the programmes.

Expertise increases increases the higher the level as higher order thinking skills are required. Your ability to apply the knowledge, make judgements and communicate to others are the incremental observable differences. Entry requirements are higher too for a higher level award.

NFQ LEVEL LEVEL 7 LEVEL 8

Applicable Programmes

Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business5

Knowledge and Understandng

have demonstrated basic knowledge and understanding, underpinned by the basic theories, concepts or methods of the field of study, that builds upon secondary education and which is typically at a level supported by introductory third-level textbooks

 

have demonstrated specialized knowledge and understanding, underpinned by the more advanced theories, concepts or methods of the field of study, have begun to show some awareness of the limitations of current knowledge and the sources of new knowledge, and which is typically supported by intermediate and advanced textbooks
Applying Knowledge and Understandng can apply their knowledge and understanding in specific educational and occupational contexts related to the field of study as well as general educational, occupational and social contexts begins to apply their knowledge and understanding to devise, develop and sustain arguments within the field of study
Making Judgements have the ability to identify and use data to formulate responses to well-defined concrete and abstract problems within the field of study and to judge the validity of conclusions against their knowledge, understanding, and the available data. have the ability to identify and use data to formulate responses to well-defined concrete and abstract problems within the field of study, and have begun to develop the ability to identify gaps or discrepancies in the data and strategies to eliminate or compensate for these
Communications and Working Skills can communicate about their understanding, skills and activities, with peers and supervisors can communicate about their understanding, skills and activities, with peers, supervisors and client
Learning Skills have the learning skills to undertake further studies with some autonomy. have the learning skills to undertake further studies with some autonomy.

Why IBAT College Dublin?

In addition to industry informed programmes IBAT College Dublin is committed to education for sustainability and is located in a green campus in the heart of Temple Bar.  The college provides a supportive learning environment, small group practical classes and has reputation for being responsive to learner needs. 

Our Values:

Learners’ First

We have a deep commitment to our learners.  The learner sits at the heart of everything we do. We seek and act on their feedback to enhance their experience.

Integrity

We act with integrity and hold ourselves to the highest standards of fairness, honesty and transparency.

Empowerment

Our educational philosophy is to inspire and empower the individual through the creation of independent and creative thinking, the development of knowledge, know-how, skill and competence in a nurturing learning environment that promotes an ethos of lifelong learning.

Respect

We treat everyone with dignity and celebrate the global diversity of our learners.

Collaborative

Our staff work with learners, employers and academic partners as a team and we encourage an open participative culture.

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Career Prospects

The programme places a particular emphasis on digital and transversal skills, improving the graduate’s employability and occupational mobility. In addition, we strive to prepare our graduates to become citizens of the world, autonomous learners, ethically and morally responsible for themselves.

Graduates will have developed self-confidence and ability to work in diverse environments and communicate effectively in variety of contexts in order to prepare them for work within a business support and/or junior management role.

Possible roles for graduates from this programme include HR generalist, business support, business administration, sales support, marketing assistant, business analyst, business development officer, self-employed in entrepreneurship, financial support officer, accounting support officer. 

Graduates can also apply for one-year add-on Honours Bachelor degree programmes, in particular the BA Honours in Business in IBAT.

Why study in Dublin with us? 

  1. Graduate starting salaries are at an average of €33k* and this is something that 90% of graduates manage to achieve.  
  2. Dublin is home to large and prestigious organisations such as Google, Facebook, Accenture, Hubspot, Mastercard and Salesforce – the perfect place for you, an aspiring global business professional
  3. In late 2018, employment levels reached an all-time high* in Dublin, which along with the prestigious organisations based in the city, offers huge employment potential for graduates and will be a good start to your global career.
  4. A 12-month post-student work permit enables graduates to gain invaluable experience with these companies or one of the numerous start-ups based in the city boosting your skills and your CV.
  5. A city-centre campus in the heart of Dublin equipped with modern facilities and connected perfectly to work and play opportunities.
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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are:

  1. Grade O6/H7 or better in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects including English and Mathematics.

Or

  1. Overseas equivalent qualifications

These need to be appropriately aligned with the corresponding QQI standard for a level-7 Business award. If you are presenting with a qualification from overseas, this will be subject to checks. IBAT College Dublin uses a number of comparison systems, such as the NARIC Qualifications Recognition system, to compare and establish equivalency of international academic awards.                   

In addition

  1. Mature Applicants who are at least 23 years of age on 1st January of the year of admission are deemed to be mature applicants and are not required to meet the normal academic entry levels. A mature applicant must demonstrate their ability to succeed by providing evidence of current and prior learning and work experience, explaining their motivation, and how committed they are to succeeding on the course.

Mature applicants are considered on the basis of their previous studies, both formal and non-formal, and relevant work and life experience. This means you must submit a detailed CV, personal statement outlining your motivation for studying now, 2 work based references and any documentation such as training courses that you completed. This will demonstrate your engagement in learning in different contexts and assuring a more timely decision on your application.

  1. Applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning will be considered for direct entry to Stages 2 & the Award Stage.
    Please contact a member of our Admissions Team to discuss this further.

  2. Applicants who possess a Foundation Certificate or QQI-Further Education award /FETAC Level 5/6 award. 

All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in English Language. Competence is demonstrated if your

  • first language is English
  • you completed a recognised English language test, no more than two years prior to their application, such as IELTS Academic and achieved the level IELTS 6.0 or higher. Consult with a member of our Admission’s team to discuss equivalent awards
  • you took your final school examinations such as the Irish Leaving Certificate or A-Levels, or a formally accredited programme of Higher Education of no less than 60 ECTS, through English, in a country where English is recognised as the majority language.


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Register your expression of interest by;

  1. Contacting a Course Advisor and a member of our  Admissions team will contact you.

  2. Alternatively, please contact one of our Admissions team at +353 1 807 5055 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , to set up a meeting to discuss the course further.
     
  3. You are also welcome to visit the College, either by appointment or during one of our Open Evenings, where you can discuss any aspects of the programme with a member of our Admissions team.
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Take the first step

Contact us and one of our course specialists will be able to speak to you one-on-one about your needs by phone, email or in person.

Lecturer Profiles

Below are the profiles of our experienced QQI lecturers
Shane Downer
Shane Downer/ Lecturer, Applied Project Management /
Shane is an experienced change specialist and educator. Passionate about learning, he has designed and lead training projects across Europe, in the finance, health and education sectors.
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Shane is an experienced change specialist and educator. Passionate about learning, he has designed and lead training projects across Europe, in the finance, health and education sectors. He has also developed and delivers Leadership, Management & Entrepreneurship programmes for 3rd level students in Ireland, Malaysia & Indonesia.

Working in the charity sector, Shane has founded and managed specialist services, and provided leadership for national advocacy organisations, as well as raising €2M in funding and investment for various causes. As Chair of the Board, he currently leads the strategic development of an innovative Homelessness charity in Dublin.

As a consultant and Chief Executive, Shane has designed and built operations and solutions to a variety of complex and challenging environments. These experience includes taking responsibility for delegated Statutory functions, and leading high-reliability operations in compliance with Irish and international legislative regulation.

Shane holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.
Michael Ellis
Michael Ellis/ Lecturer, Accounting and Finance /
Michael Ellis is a lecturer in Corporate Finance, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Tax and is a Member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, QFA and also holds qualifications in Forensic Accounting.
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Michael Ellis is a lecturer in Corporate Finance, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Tax and is a Member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, QFA and also holds qualifications in Forensic Accounting. Michael has provided specialist Financial, Corporate and Tax advice to his clients across Ireland and the UK for the last 10 years. Michael has extensive experience engaging with Revenue in relation to Income Tax, PAYE, Corporation Tax and VAT Audits. While also working and advising clients on how to strategically acquire and grow business portfolios. While lecturing Michael combines this business experience with his strong academic achievements to deliver a valuable and enjoyable experience for students.
Catherine Sutton
Catherine Sutton/ Lecturer, Human Resource Management /
Catherine lectures in Human Resource Management and Negotiation and Conflcit Resolution. She currently works in Human Resources in manufacturing coordinating both the Human Resource, Training &
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Catherine lectures in Human Resource Management and Negotiation and Conflcit Resolution. She currently works in Human Resources in manufacturing coordinating both the Human Resource, Training & Development and Health & Safety Functions. Catherine has worked in Human Resource management positions in a number of industries including Hospitality, Healthcare and Construction.

She has extensive experience in Education and Training. Catherine has also run her own consultancy business advising clients of Human Resource and Training issues. She holds an MA in Human Resource Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Management and a Bachelor Degree in Business. Catherine also holds qualifications in Training. She is a member of the Irish Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Catherine’s aim is to use her Human Resource experience, her academic achievements and her enthusiasm for her subject to deliver lectures that are informative, enjoyable and motivating for the student.

Daniel Stanley
Daniel Stanley/ Lecturer, Marketing & Digital Social Media /
Daniel completed his Masters in Management from UCD's Michael Smurfit School of Business in 2011. Since graduation he has had the chance to work extensively in sales and operations
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Daniel completed his Masters in Management from UCD's Michael Smurfit School of Business in 2011. Since graduation he has had the chance to work extensively in sales and operations with a brief stint in the video games industry. His most recent role had him working at the intersection of marketing and operations. Currently Daniel is a lecturer at ibat where he combines his passion for teaching and extensive industry experience to work with students at BA and MBA levels.
Edi Oliveira
Edi Oliveira/ Lecturer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship /
Edi Oliveira is a PhD Researcher at TU Dublin. Her research is about the lived experiences of women entrepreneurs and their interactions with government enterprise support agencies.
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Edi Oliveira is a PhD Researcher at TU Dublin. Her research is about the lived experiences of women entrepreneurs and their interactions with government enterprise support agencies.

Edi is also a creative entrepreneur and a graphic/visual artist, having entrepreneurial experience in Brazil, her native country, and in Ireland. Prior to her involvement in  research, she has built up a successful career within the events industry, in marketing, and within nonprofit organisations.

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Learner Protection for this programme is provided by O'Driscoll O'Neill and underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company ompany Limited. The learner protection insurance policy is governed by section 65(4)(b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.