Business / Commerce (Degree/Diploma)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

Course overview

The part time Bachelor of Commerce is a four-year degree programme in business education. A Diploma in Business is awarded upon successful completion of the first two years. The programme will help students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to new business methods and contexts throughout their working life. Graduates will have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of business and management and will have an opportunity to gain a more comprehensive grounding in specialist areas such as Services Marketing, Human Resource Management and E-Commerce.

 

Who is this course intended for?

The Diploma and Degree are aimed at mature students who may currently work in business or hope to in the future, but who could not avail of third level education immediately following second level. The programme is delivered by blended learning to allow mature students with work and/or family commitments to study at times that suit their needs.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of pass mathematics at Leaving Certificate level. Applicants are normally expected to have satisfied the matriculation requirement of the University either on the basis of mature years, aged 21 or over by 1st of January of the year of entry, or by meeting the normal minimum entry (matriculation) requirements of the University. All students who have passed the Foundation Course in Business/ Commerce are eligible for admission. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional requirements

None

Duration: 2 years (Diploma)

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90 ECTs (Diploma); 180 ECTs (Degree)

Average intake: 60

Closing date: Closing date Summer 2015 (TBC)

NFQ level: 7 (Diploma), 8 (Degree)

Mode of study: Blended learning

Course outline

Year 1 : Introduction to Learning, Economics, Accounting, Management Information Systems, Introduction to Management, Mathematics

Year 2: Management Accounting, Business Finance, Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics, Business Law I, Introduction to Marketing, Action Marketing, Management Skills and Organisational Behaviour

Year 3: Business Law II, Ireland in the Global Economy, Information and Operations Management, Statistics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship , Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, Marketing Research and Services Marketing

Year 4: Business Taxation, Strategic Management, Marketing Management, E-Commerce and

Management of Organisational Change.

Year 4 options, choose two from: Financial Reporting, Quantitative Methods, Economic Theory, Information Systems Strategy and Planning, Business Negotiation, Health Economics, and Policy and Marketing Communications

 

Students receive a resource pack for each module, containing core learning materials. Some modules will require students to purchase a prescribed text. Students communicate with dedicated module lecturers online using Blackboard, a virtual learning tool. E-mail and telephone support is also available.

Further education

On completion of the diploma programme students may progress for a further 2 years for the award of a degree.

Requirements and assessment

Students are required to attend eight weekend workshops each academic year (on Friday afternoons and Saturdays), and participate in online discussions and activities throughout the year. All modules are individually assessed. Typically this assessment consists of assignments and end-of-year/end-of-semester examinations.

Find out more

Éilis O'Regan
JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics
NUI Galway
T + 353 91 493104
E eilis.oregan@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/ptbcomm
http://facebook.com/NUIGBusiness 

Fees for this course

Fee information available from:

 

Éilis O'Regan
JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics
NUI Galway
T + 353 91 493104
E eilis.oregan@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/ptbcomm
http://facebook.com/NUIGBusiness 

Current students

Paul McLoughlin

Diploma in Management

"...Returning to third level education after 25 years was daunting. However, through a combination of integrated course design, excellent tutorials, and the internet-based learning management system Blackboard, learning has become a pleasure and I have never felt that I am on my own..."

Past students

Sheila Gethings

Graduate of B.Comm., 2010           

"...On-line support, through the Blackboard learning system, has made this course much easier than I expected. Information is accessible when it suits me so I can work at my own pace, fitting it in around my own lifestyle. Between the dedicated lecturers and the combined workplace experiences of the class, there is a wealth of knowledge to absorb. Everything I have learned is relevant to my job and has broadened my understanding of the workplace..."