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International Foundation Programme - Business

NFQ Level
Study Mode
Course Duration
1 Academic Year
Start/End Date
TBC
Status of Course
*This Course subject to validation
Delivery
Hybrid Learning
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Course Fees
€9,950

Why take this course?

*This Course subject to validation

The International Foundation programme in Business provides academic preparation for first year undergraduate entry and it ensures that you meet the academic English language requirements for your chosen degree programme.

Those who successfully complete this course will have the opportunity to progress to a degree programmes in the Institutes of Technology or Universities in Ireland.

What will You Experience?

You will be prepared for your postgraduate studies through a comprehensive and challenging curriculum by a team of industry experienced and highly qualified Lecturers.

You will be part of a culturally diverse group of learners from all over the world with small class sizes and with the opportunity to take part in our social and cultural programmes.

Programme Modules

Mathematics

The aim of this module is to provide learners with mathematical knowledge and skills that will enable them to formulate and solve simple mathematical models used in Science, Engineering and Business.  Use standard functions to model simple situations in Science, Engineering and Business where two variables are related.

  • Modelling using Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability​​​​​​
  • ​Functions and Graphs
  • Trigonometry
  • Complex Numbers
  • Calculus

At the end of the module learners will be able to:
Develop an understanding of statistics and probability; solve simple problems involving chance using basic probability and counting techniques and also learning how to interpret these results.

  • Introduce learners to linear and quadratic functions and to develop skills to analyse graphs.
  • Provide an introduction to the general topics of Calculus and its Applications in Engineering, Science and Business.
  • Apply theory and results for learners to gain an understanding of solving and representing complex numbers.
  • Trigonometry.  Solve practical problems involving sine, cosine, and tangent ratios.

Method of Assessment 

Assignment 1 30%Assignment 2  30%
Credit Value: 15 ECTSExamination 40%

Course Code: 5N1833

Research & Study Skills

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively engage with research and to present learning for formal academic and other purposes.

Module Units

  • Research Skills
  • Study Skills

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • To demonstrate an understanding of research and experimental methodologies available
  • To gather information from a broad range of sources and present this information in a clear and coherent way.
  • To identify personal learning styles and develop short to medium learning goals.

Method of Assessment

Portfolio/Collection of Work 60%Skills Demonstration 40%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Code:  5N3113

Personal & Professional Development

The objective is to produce a clear strategy for personal and professional development. To enable learners to understand their preferred learning styles and decision making methods. To understand the application and entry process to Further and Higher Education Colleges in Ireland.

Module Units

  • Personal Development
  • Planning for On-going Professional Development

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of this award and prepare for entry and effective participation in a new personal or professional environment, operating independently while under general direction.
  • Review your current knowledge, skills and competencies with view to further developing them.
  • Provides the opportunity to develop a personal and professional development plan.
  • Understand the Further and Higher Education System in Ireland and the potential opportunities available to you on successful completion of the programme.

Method of Assessment

Portfolio/Collection of Work 100%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code: 5N2985

Teamworking

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to work as an effective member of a team, operating independently while under general direction and within a range of diverse, team-oriented environments.

Module Units

  • Role & Functions of Teams
  • The Team Member
  • Skills for Teamworking 

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept, features and types of teamwork activities available as well are analysing the roles involved.
  • How to monitor personal strengths and weaknesses in team work activities.
  • Develop an awareness of the techniques involved in negotiation, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Method of Assessment

Portfolio/Collection of Work 60%
Skills Demonstration 40%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code:  5N1367

Statistics

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to compile, present, interpret and analyse statistical data, with some theoretical understanding of the basic statistical concepts.

 Module Units    

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Sampling and Survey Design
  • Probability Distribution Functions
  • Index Numbers
  • Regression and Correlation
  • Project based Implementation of Statistical Theory

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the core statistical principles, including sampling, summary statistics and the nature of variables.
  • Understand and apply a variety of common statistical methods in analyzing a variety of data.
  • Evaluate statistical results, and use statistics to make predictions.
  • Provide a focus on connecting statistical theory with implementation of said theory with regard to real world problems which may be encountered in the fields of business and engineering.
  • Independently assess a data set, decide which statistical tests are appropriate, carry out said tests, and interpret and comment on the results in the framework of an assessment which emulates a real world application.

Method of Assessment

Assignment 1 20%Assignment 2 20%
Credit Value: 15 ECTSExamination – Theory 60%

Code: 5N2066

Business Administration Skills

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the administration requirements of a range of organisations to enable the learner to operate effectively under supervision in a variety of administration contexts.

Module Units

  • Organisation Structures and Department Functions
  • Departmental Documentation and IT Systems
  • Departmental Functions at inter-department/Cross Functional Level
  • Legal Issues, Quality and Control:
  • Finance in Focus

At the end of the module learners will be able to:  

  • Understand different types of organisation, structures, department functions and the relationships in the broader business environment.
  • Understand the key documentation required by department functions and IT system types that may be used to support them.
  • To understand in greater detail the key requirements of departmental functions.
  • introduction to the quality and legal requirements that impact each function.
  • Understand business matters such as employment legislation, health and safety, quality systems and control systems.
  • Understanding of the importance of Insurance requirements and sources of finance for a business.

Assessment Method

Assignment  1 30%Assignment  2 30%
Credit Value: 15 ECTSExamination – Theory 40%

Course Code:​​ 5N1610

Applied Economics

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in a range of economic concepts and theories to enable the learner to apply economic principles, using their own initiative, in a variety of contexts.

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts and terms of current economic thinking with respect to economic theory.
  • Demonstrating clear understanding of economic principles, historic, current and theoretical.
  • Develop clear understanding of economic principles and theories.
  • Investigate research and analyse topics including the referencing of data.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomic, and there different components.
  • Show clear understanding of the principles of economic thinking in the modern world.
  • The effects of fiscal and economic examples.

Assessment Method

Assignment 1 30%Assignment  2 30%
Credit Value: 15 ECTSExamination – Theory 40%

Course Code: 5N1350

Word Processing

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use a word processing application to produce documents in a variety of contexts to a mailable or publishable standard whilst working autonomously and under general direction.

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate good file management technique, by creating folders, naming and saving documents to relevant folders.
  • Create, analyse and print documents using different formats and layouts.
  • Enhance document creation using clipart, pictures from file and inserting tables.
  • Prepare mail merge data sources, form letters, labels envelopes and letters using mailings mail merge facilities.
  • Complete a practical examination and out of class assignment gaining an overall mark of 50% or higher.

Assessment Method

Assignment 20%Examination–Practical 80%
Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Course Code: 5N1358

Internet (Optional)

The purpose of the award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use the internet for communication, research, collaboration, e-Commerce and web authoring in a secure and confidential manner in a range of personal and work contexts

At the end of the module learners will be able to:

  • Describe the development of the Internet and latest trends in the use of communication technologies.
  • Design, Publish and maintain a simple website/webpage.
  • Produce searchable documents on related topics downloaded and stored into an organised sequence.
  • Demonstrate e-Mail techniques and storing received e-Mail messages into relevant folders.
  • Understand enterprise software and recommend appropriate methods of connecting to the internet

Assessment Method

Project 40%Assignment 30%
Credit Value: 15 ECTSSkills Demonstration 30%

Course Code: 5N1611

International Foundation Programme - Business

Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning combines face-to-face instruction with live online learning.    In the context of the coronavirus school re-openings, a hybrid model reduces the number of students in the building, by moving some of the course delivery online.

You will be in a bubble:
Hybrid Learning 2020

Dorset College continues to adhere to the government’s guidelines on protective measures required to be in place in order to combat the COVID-19.  These protective measures mean that our classes will now be delivered through a Hybrid model as outlined above.

Entry Requirements

Successfully passed all subjects in the Leaving Certificate/High School exams with an overall High School minimum of 60% / Minimum GPA of 3.0/5.0.

Have passed Mathematics in their High School final exams.

English Language Requirements
Minimum English Language Requirements of B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), or IELTS 5.0, or equivalent. (must be an internationally recognised exam within the past 2 years).

Assessment & Awards

Assessment Method
A combination of module appropriate assessment methods will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes on the course including group work, presentations and business reports.

Award

QQI General Studies Certificate Level 5 (Major Award)Total Credits: 120 ECTS

Progression
Foundation in Business course graduates are eligible for consideration for academic progression routes into Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland as follows:

Upon successful completion of the International Foundation programme (and meeting the conditions of their undergraduate offer), the final results are sent to the relevant 3rd levels College.

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