Independent College Dublin

Introduction

Why Choose Us

You may have many choices facing you, but before you decide where to go to complete your undergraduate, postgraduate or professional qualification, here are some of the reasons why you should choose Independent College Dublin:

Because we are committed to academic excellence

We are determined to provide all of our students with a rewarding, professional, and career-focused education of the very highest quality. Our faculty members are committed to maintaining academic excellence not just through great teaching but through personal, individual support.

Because our tuition is second to none

Our lecturers and tutors are among the most-respected academics in their fields. Class sizes are small so that everyone can contribute to debate and discussion and nobody gets left behind.

Because our results are some of the best in the country

Students at Independent College Dublin have achieved some outstanding results. For example, our Law Society FE1 Prep course has become the largest and most successful in Ireland, producing 28 individual first placed prizes and winners of the Overend Scholar for highest marks over the past 5 years (2009/2010/2011/2012/2013).

Because we are in the heart of a vibrant city centre

Independent College Dublin has the perfect location for student life in Dublin: we are right in the the very centre of the city, surrounded by cultural, academic and leisure attractions. The college campus has 22 lecture rooms across 28,000 sq feet of teaching space.

Because this is an ideal learning environment

Our lecture theatres are purpose-built to offer the best in comfort, style and technology: they are all air conditioned and have wireless high speed internet and networking access together with the latest presentation and video-conferencing equipment.

Because your qualification will be internationally recognised

Independent College Dublin programmes are validated to the highest standards both nationally and internationally. Your new qualification stands for academic achievement but also a deeper understanding of your subject in practical terms and this is highly valued in your field.

Because you will enjoy your time here

Whatever subject and qualification you choose, we promise you will have an interesting and thought-provoking learning experience in which you will look forward to every class. Your student life will be enriched not just by the college and the course, but by new friends, colleagues and a wonderful city.

The Business Faculty at Independent College Dublin

The Business Faculty at Independent College Dublin is dedicated to the provision of the highest quality education and training to enable students to meet the challenges of the rapidly-changing and ever more globalised world of business. Students are offered an expanding range of accredited Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development Programmes which are designed to meet the current and future academic and career needs of the contemporary business professional.

These programmes are designed to provide flexible access to students and to professional business people who wish to establish a firm foundation in business studies areas, or who wish to enhance their career development opportunities and specific business skills through accessing the most up-to-date theory and practice in their chosen areas of business.

Our business courses are largely offered at our well-appointed premises in the centre of Dublin, in a vibrant, friendly, progressive and cosmopolitan environment. In addition to high academic standards and relevance, we place great emphasis on student wellbeing, and ensuring at a personal level that all who study with us obtain maximum value from the learning experience.

A number of our programmes are benchmarked against professional accreditation and exemption requirements and our Masters framework of qualifications offers the opportunity to gain staged postgraduate qualifications at a pace suitable for each individual learner.

While our learning and teaching emphasises the importance of understanding the theory of Business Studies as a discipline, our business courses underpin this with substantial use of action-centred experiential learning, “real-life” case studies, team learning projects, and individual “live” research projects tailored to individual career development.

The programmes within the Business Faculty are supplemented by a range of additional tailored programmes which are designed to accommodate the needs of particular business and commercial sectors SMEs, and others in the private or the public sector. We are happy to discuss particular areas of special-purpose provision directly with commissioning clients.

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Bachelor (Hons) in Accounting and Finance

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Ireland Dublin

Both Accounting and Finance are core components of insuring the success of any business entity. Our degree programme provides each student with an in-depth knowledge of the area of accounting and finance as well as the practical skills, both of which [+]

Both Accounting and Finance are core components of insuring the success of any business entity. Our degree programme provides each student with an in-depth knowledge of the area of accounting and finance as well as the practical skills, both of which are essential in the rapidly changing and highly competitive world of business. This in turn then creates a number of opportunities for advancement within a whole range of organisations. The programme builds on long established and well recognised core competencies within Independent College in the delivery of and highest quality accounting and finance tuition. This has facilitated the development of strong linkages with the main professional accountancy bodies; as a result this has enabled exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The BA will also enable students to progress onto prestigious post-graduate programmes such as the MSc. in Accounting with Finance programme offered at Independent College Dublin. In addition, the importance of a new and emerging technologies is recognised and incorporated into programme content throughout its three stages. Another important dimension of the programme is the international one. With growing internationalisation within business it is essential that best practice internationally is recognised and incorporated in an appropriate way into degree programmes such as this. Finally the importance of practice is fully recognised by the extent of our linkages with professional institutes and the corporate sector. This is a supported by the inclusion of a two month internship or placement component available to participants in stage three of the programme. Who is the course for? The BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance prepares students for a career in Accounting and Finance. The programme provides a comprehensive education in the quantitative and analytical skills required in the business and in a range of accounting practices. The role of the accountant is placed within the broader business context that is delivered through a range of business relevant electives What We Offer Context for Accounting and Finance is an important component of the programme. Foundation material across business functional areas such as Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Economics forms an important part of stages One and Two of the programme. It also insures participants have a well rounded view of the business environment. This is then complemented by a comprehensive treatment of the main elements of accounting and finance to a high professional level. Throughout the programme leading edge knowledge from across the business spectrum reflecting the latest developments in both theory and practice are integrated and assures compliance with the highest of professional standards. Requirements Applicants must hold a minimum of two Higher C3’s and four Ordinary Level D3’s (including Maths) or equivalent. Students under the age of 23 on January 1st of the year of entry must apply through the CAO. Applicants who are over 23 by January 1st of the year of entry are eligible for entry onto the programme as a mature student. [-]

Bachelor (Hons) in Business Studies

Campus Full time Part time 2 semesters September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

The BABS suite of programmes equips students with critical thinking skills and contemporary action-centred education on key business functions and the range of core [+]

The BABS suite of programmes equips students with critical thinking skills and contemporary action-centred education on key business functions and the range of core skills which are required in order to succeed in the demanding and ever-changing world of business. The programme is structured in a way which provides each student with the opportunity to study for a specialist Honours degree in Business Studies. Three specialist pathway award options are offered for the completion of the Honours Business Degree. These pathway study options are: - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (specialising in Marketing) - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (specialising in Accounting and Finance) - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (specialising in Management and HR) Importantly each student has the opportunity to emphasise their choice of study as they progress from the first to the second and to the third year of studies with this business studies degree. Individuals therefore have great flexibility in their choice of business studies subjects and in planning the development of their own individual undergraduate business education. As they progress through the programme each student is able to make informed decisions about their growing personal areas of business interest and business expertise and is able to match these to their selection of business studies subjects and to their professional career intentions. Additional pathways of specialist study are being regularly added to the programme framework in order to meet the future needs of different types of business organisations and the particular career needs of our students. Introduction We have designed our Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business Studies programme to provide each student with a comprehensive business education which is relevant to the present and future needs of the ever changing business environment. With this in mind our programme focuses on providing each student with a firm understanding and knowledge of contemporary business theories, ideas, concepts, problems, practices and functions which will enable them to lay the foundations for their professional career in the business world or for their future academic career at post graduate level. To achieve these aims, great emphasis is placed in our teaching: - On the importance of meeting the needs of individual students, - On directly supporting each student’s own learning requirements and developing their business knowledge, - On developing each student’s ability to study those areas of business which they wish to develop into a career. The key aspects, skills, creative thinking, critical questioning, problem identification, problem solving, and operational functions of business studies are therefore taught within a highly supportive and enjoyable teaching environment in which students are:- - Taught in small classes - Have individual tutorial support from named tutors - Are able to share the knowledge which is brought to our teaching by experienced professional business people - Are able to benefit from the extensive international teaching experience, expertise and excellence of academic tutors who have taught in Ireland, Europe, the United States, Canada, Britain and the Far East. Programme Delivery Pattern The programme is delivered in two semesters in each year. Each semester is normally of twelve weeks duration. Assessment requirements may be required outside of these twelve week teaching periods. Full time registered students are normally expected to attend in day-time delivery times. Part time students are normally required to attend for evening delivery for approximately three evenings each week. Part time students are also required to attend Saturday tutorials or seminars at specified times during the year and may also be required to attend specified vacation workshops. Part time students may also arrange their attendance pattern with the Faculty and are welcome to attend during the daytime delivery of the full time programme where this facilitates access to the programme teaching. Awarding Body QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland, the new integrated agency replacing FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and incorporating the functions of IUQB). Level: 8. CAO Code IC004 Course Start Date September 2014 Syllabus THE FIRST YEAR OF STUDY First Year – The Common Core Programme All first year students study a common core modular programme. The teaching in the two semesters of the first year provides students with a comprehensive introduction to business studies and is designed to enable each student to have the understanding and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in all modern business environments. The first year common core programme subjects and module titles are indicated below. Stage 1 Core Subjects: - Accounting and Finance - Economics - Business Law - Data Analysis and Statistics - Marketing - Management - HRM - Business Communications and ICT - Corporate Culture SECOND YEAR OF STUDY Stage 2 Core Subjects - Strategic HRM - Supply and Value Chain Management - Knowledge Management - Management Accounting - Business Research Methods - Financial Accounting - Corporate Finance - Strategic Marketing Management - Market Research - Organisational Behaviour - Applied Economics - Contemporary Issues in Management THIRD YEAR OF STUDY In addition to Common Core Modules final year students also agree with their tutors the specialist subjects that they wish to study for their degree. These are studied in the final year Stage 3 Core Subjects - Business Policy - Change Management - Business Project Accounting Stream: - Taxation - Financial Reporting - Audit & Assurance Marketing Stream: - Services Marketing - Brand Management - Direct Marketing Management/HR Stream: - Operations Management - Managing HR & IT Entrepreneurship Assessment Details Assessment is based on a balance of continuous assessment(s) and an end of module examination. Continuous assessment typically requires the student to submit one or two essay type assignments. The mark for assignments contributes to the end of module final mark. Assignments constitute a specific proportion of the module marks and this is typically 50% in the first year but may increase in years two and three of the programme. Each module is assessed at the end of the semester in which the module is studied. This is to ensure that the learning which has been experienced is fresh in the mind of the student and that if re-sits are required these may be adequately supported and prepared for by the student. Written feedback is provided to students on their performance in assessments, and tutorial guidance is available to support academic performance. Re-sit opportunities may be scheduled at the end of the academic year or following the first semester in each year of the programme, depending upon individual circumstances and Faculty policy. What We Offer Choice of Study The BA (Hons) Business Studies programme allows each student to develop their business study areas of interest and expertise as they develop their business knowledge at each stage of the course. Each student receives regular and detailed academic tutorial guidance on each of the subjects which they choose to study as they progress through the course: Students receive particular advice on: - Their choice of subjects - Preparation for a future career - The development of particular areas of interest and business expertise - Individual academic performance and development Learning about Business Studies and Business Careers The teaching team understands that students who are choosing to study Business Studies programmes are often unsure as to which business subjects and career areas they intend to develop until they are experiencing a degree level programme. We also know that the skills and expertise required for an individual to be successful and to gain employment in the modern business environment and in the professional world can be highly challenging and that students gain a detailed understanding of these during the time which is spent studying on an undergraduate course. The design of the BA (Hons) Business Studies programme therefore ensures that each student is taught: - the core business skills and knowledge needed to establish a career pathway - specialist areas of business studies which ensure that students are able to be flexible and competitive in the employment market or in their application to enter post graduate study. - business subjects which are able to be carefully matched to the future needs and future requirements of each student as they successfully progress through each year of the course. Teaching and Learning Our teaching and learning focuses upon: - Delivering a sound and firm foundation in business studies subjects to all of our students - The individual educational development and professional career aspirations of each student - Providing teaching excellence and academic support which meets the needs of each individual undergraduate - Providing students with the ability to make an informed and knowledgeable choice in the development of their general or specialist business skills Conference Weeks The excellence of our academic teaching team and their professional business experience is supported by a regular series of Conference Weeks which are included in our teaching year. In the first week of the second semester each year, all students attend a Conference Week which is comprised of a series of teaching presentations which are delivered by nationally and internationally recognised business professionals, writers, teachers from other institutions, designers, journalists and others who have a commitment to the education of our students and their career development. The themes of our Conference weeks are related to the teaching which takes place in the remainder of the semester. Students are able to make valuable contacts with professionals for career development, research and project development purposes. Visiting lecturers There is a regular programme of nationally and internationally recognised visiting lecturers and specialist visits are organised to local, regional and international businesses and organisations. Class Sizes, Lectures and Tutorials Students are taught in small classes and each student is supported throughout the course by a named academic tutor. Academic tutors meet with students on a regular timetabled basis and provide individual academic support and advice. The main content of the programme is taught through lectures and each lecture includes time for questions and answers to ensure that students are able to provide feedback on the lecture, ask questions, and confirm their understanding of the points raised. Lectures are supported by individual and group tutorials and seminar based group discussions. These provide opportunity for more detailed discussion and for individual guidance and support to be given on academic programme content. In the third year of study each student is allocated a tutor who provides guidance on the planning, undertaking and completion of their Dissertation. The Dissertation is undertaken by each student as an individual research project which is able to be related to their career intensions, a business case study, or a theoretical study. In the third year students also undertake a student team project which includes a full Business Enterprise simulation. This also may be related to the developing business expertise of each student and is designed to provide them with the experience of working together in a business environment solving real-life business problems. Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Support – Moodle, Information Technology and Library Facilities The teaching and learning which takes place in formal formal classes is supported by an interactive information technology based Moodle platform offering comprehensive support for students. The programme facilities include first class and extensive availability of computing labs/workshops and first class library collections, and access to library and IT support. Employment opportunities Employment opportunities for our B.A. (Hons) Business studies graduates are excellent as our programme provides a general business education as well as an opportunity to develop specialist expertise. Graduates may choose from a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors both Nationally and Internationally. Graduates from our B.A. (Hons) will be fully equipped to pursue a wide range of taught and research postgraduate programmes. Requirements Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Higher C3s and 4 Ordinary Level D3s (to include Maths) or equivalent. Students under the age of 23 on January 1 of the year of entry must apply through the CAO for IC004 Bachelor of Arts (Business Studies) All other applications should be made directly to the Admissions office. Mature Student Applicants who are over 23 years of age by January 1st of the year of entry are eligible for entry onto the programme as mature students. [-]

Bachelor (Hons) in Marketing

Campus Full time September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The main objectives of this marketing degree is the provision of a comprehensive educational framework covering the requirements and operation of all aspects [+]

The main objectives of this marketing degree is the provision of a comprehensive educational framework covering the requirements and operation of all aspects of the marketing and sales functions in business organisations, and the major changes taking place in their theory and practice. The marketing function, in particular, has been the subject of significant change in recent years through various developments, for instance the growth of viral marketing, social networking and related developments. An important aim of this programme is to provide for students a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to enable them to become effective marketing professionals in this changing environment. The BA in Marketing seeks to inspire participants with a vision of the possibilities open to a business organisation through an informed understanding and effective implementation of the principles of up-to-date integrated marketing concepts and strategies, and the role of new technologies and innovative thinking in achieving these. Another important dimension of the degree in marketing is the internationalisation aspect. With growing internationalisation within business it is essential that best practice internationally is recognised and incorporated in an appropriate way into degree programmes such as this. Finally the importance of practice is fully recognised by the extent of our linkages with professional institutes and the corporate sector. This is a supported by the inclusion of a three month internship or placement component available to participants in stage three of the programme. The placement is not mandatory – students may opt instead for a substantial business research project. Who is the course for? The BA (Hons) in Marketing prepares students for a career as a marketing professional. The programme provides a comprehensive education in the analytical skills required in the business and in a range of marketing and sales practices. The role of the marketing professional is placed within the broader business context that is delivered through a range of business relevant modules. CAO Code IC007 Start Date September 2014 Awarding Body QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland, the new integrated agency replacing FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and incorporating the functions of IUQB). Syllabus Course Structure: The programme modules are delivered generally over two semester cycles. Stage 1 PROGRAMME MODULES - Credits - Business Law - 10 - Introduction to Financial Accounting - 10 - Economics - 10 - Introduction to ICT - 5 - Applied ICT for Marketing - 5 - Business Organisation and Management - 10 - Principles of Marketing - 10 - Total Credits - 60   Stage 2 PROGRAMME MODULES - Credits - Sales Management - 10 - Digital Marketing - 10 - Management Accounting - 10 - Business Information Management and Databases - 5 - Human Resource Management - 5 - Innovation Management - 10 - Market Research - 10 - Total Credits - 60   Stage 3 PROGRAMME MODULES - Credits - Services Marketing and Management - 10 - Integrated Marketing Communications - 10 - Contemporary Marketing Strategies - 10 - Business Strategy - 10 - Business Project - 10 - International Marketing - 10 - Total Credits - 60 What We Offer Stage 1 The Stage 1 Programme is designed to provide the foundations and “building blocks” for the entire programme. Business and environmental context is extremely important for all participants in a business degree programme, be it specialist or general. This stage provides that context with exposure to general management, marketing, and business law. The Principles of Marketing module in particular provides a strong foundation course in marketing, and provides context for a number of more specialised treatments later in the programme. In addition, the important areas of economics, business information systems, and financial accounting are included. Stage 2 The main characteristic of Stage 2 is that we move into the more specialised aspects of sales and marketing. Four of the six modules deal directly with themes of consuming interest and relevance to the marketing community. These look largely at operational issues, and digital marketing in particular deals with the transformation in marketing resulting from developments in information technology. In addition, the importance of creativity and innovation is reflected in the inclusion of a module on Innovation Management in this stage. A A strong Market Research module in Stage 2 has substantial educational and practical value, particularly as early preparation for the Business Projects in Stage 3, should students opt for this rather than the work placement. Stage 3 In this final stage, the other specialised areas of Services Marketing and Management, Integrated Marketing Communications and Marketing Management are dealt with. In addition, some general but extremely important business content is included in this stage. The Business Strategy course is intended to provide an integrative view of all of the business material covered in the programme, including, of course, the marketing material. The business project or placement provides an opportunity for either applied research through a substantial project, or alternatively, a three-month placement with a business corporation. The business project, if selected, is likely to involve case study research, external interviewing or sourcing of data in the professional environment, or other techniques covered in the Stage 2 Market Research module.. The presentation of the Business Project is designed to provide a firm and secure demonstration of the achievement of the required Honours degree academic standards. The placement option is likely to be attractive to many, and will involve the students spending approximately twelve weeks in a working environment with one of Independent College’s corporate partners. Requirements Applicants must hold a minimum of two Higher C3’s and four Ordinary Level D3’s (including Maths) or equivalent. Students under the age of 23 on January 1st of the year of entry must apply through the CAO. Applicants who are over 23 by January 1st of the year of entry are eligible for entry onto the programme as a mature student. [-]

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Independent College Dublin

Address Dawson St 60-63
Dublin 2, Ireland
Website http://www.independentcolleges.ie/
Phone +353 1 672 5058