The BA (Hons) Business Studies programme provides each student with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of modern business studies subjects and establishes a firm foundation for the development of a career in the business professions.
The programme is structured in a way which provides each student with the opportunity to study for either a general or a specialist Honours degree in Business Studies. The programme offers students the choice of four options for the completion of their Honours Degree.
These pathway study options are:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – ( without specialism )
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (with Accounting and Finance specialism)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (with Marketing specialism)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies – (with Management – Human Resource Management specialism)
Importantly each student has the opportunity to emphasis their choice of study as they progress from the first to the second and to the third year of studies. 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.
Protection of Enrolled Learners
Independent College has the approval to offer students learner protection insurance. Learner Protection insurance is only in place when each student receives their Insurance Policy.’ Each learner should ensure that they receive a Learner Protection Insurance Policy in their name. Learner Protection insurance is provided by O’Driscoll O’Neil and underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited. The learner protection policy provides for a refund of fees as specified in the 2012 Act. In some circumstances, it may be possible for a learner to transfer to a similar programme in another provider. In such circumstances, the learner may opt to receive the cost of an alternative similar academic programme. Transfer to another programme is always only a second option. The learner protection insurance policy is governed by s. 65(4)(b) of the 2012 Act.’
Aims & Objectives
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Studies (BABS) is a three academic year full-time level 8 programme providing theory, knowledge, research skills and practical skills to those who wish to develop their knowledge in and around the areas of business, management, IT, accounting and finance, and marketing. Business studies as a field of learning continues to grow in the educational sector. One in every eight of 2019 applicants for a level 8 degree in Ireland preferred business over any other subject area.
The general programme aims are as follows:
To provide learners with a strong base of contemporary business knowledge through theory, concepts and methods constituting academic grounding in the core disciplines and skills required for a career in general business
To provide learners with the environment in which to develop and confirm expertise in the major business disciplines
To develop in learners a methodical and rational approach to business problem solving and decision making, with the capability to apply acquired knowledge and skills to practical business situations
To develop in learners a range of intellectual skills, encompassing reasoning and evaluative skills and communication skills that develop as fully as possible their interpersonal abilities.
To develop learner capacity to organise information, argue, negotiate and defend conclusions and to present them in a clear and coherent fashion
To encourage learners to deal with knowledge in a critical and analytical way, with the capacity and confidence to evaluate ideas and opinions underpinned by qualitative and quantitative research findings
To provide learners with the opportunity to also specialise in a sub-field of business learning and to increase their knowledge and skills in this specialised area of Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing and IT
To provide learners with the knowledge and foundation to pursue further postgraduate study
This is a three years honours degree programme that is QQI accredited. Students will graduate with an internationally recognised Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Business Studies.
Teaching & Assessment
The programme teaching and learning strategy are designed to allow the learner to progress through the theoretical and practical concepts in an orderly and logical fashion. The assessment strategy is planned to ensure practical application of the core principles of the module and facilitates feedback, which underpins the overall learning experience.
The primary purpose of Independent College Dublin’s strategy is that teaching and assessment support learning. In addition, assessment supports standards based on appropriate learning outcomes. The programme teaching and assessment strategy is informed by the QQI Business Award Standards. The programme learning outcomes (PLO), the module learning outcomes (MLO), and the graduate attribute also inform this process.
Throughout the programme, learners will experience a varied range of teaching and learning strategies, which are selectively chosen, based on level, module content and suitability to assessment. Most modules will primarily be delivered through a mix of lectures and practical workshops, with tutorials in place to support where necessary. Typically, the material will be presented during lectures and workshops, with supporting documentation available via Moodle to learners.
It is envisaged that the learners will assimilate much of the material through problem-solving and practical exercises. Emphasis will be placed on allowing the learners to examine the exercise problem descriptions and try possible solutions in the workshops. Tutorials will be used to allow the learners to get help, reinforce more difficult subject matter and provide learners with the opportunity for assistance to a specific problem.
Teaching will focus on the learner applying problem-solving skills to existing programme material. Skills will be developed through a variety of mechanisms, for example:
Integrated tutorials with industry engagement.
Problem-based learning exercises with trade practitioners.
Co-delivering and guest lecturing on focused syllabus content.
Application workshop sessions, diagnostic and troubleshooting skills.
Case study analysis, review, critiquing – reflective learning and writing skills.
Blended learning and Flipped Classroom delivery
Online synchronous and asynchronous delivery of lecturers.
Formative assessment will from an integral part of the learning journey or the learner with feedback being provided on the solutions to problems posed in class and through assignment being critiqued and challenged in the educational environment. This will allow for risk assessment and a continuous improvement process to become part of their solution design.
Additionally, the teaching and learning strategy are informed by Independent College Dublin’s overall teaching and learning strategy, the scheme of assessment and the module-specific teaching and learning strategy.