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Full-time course
Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Add-on)

The curriculum is business focused and is based on three themes: application, integration and autonomy. In addition to core, in-depth and specialised knowledge areas, learners will gain skills and competencies in key business disciplines, and experience how these business areas integrate with each other and other business disciplines.

The overall aim of this programme leading to the award of Bachelors in Business (Honours) is to provide its learners with the necessary theoretical and practical skills, knowledge and competence, to gain a comprehensive, specialised and in-depth, understanding of the business area.

A particular focus of this programme is preparing the learner for work and to contribute effectively in the general business arena and/or continue in further studies. Learners will also experience varying degrees of autonomy, particularly in the individual applied business related project.

This is a 60 credit, add-on programme.

Upon completion of this programme, the graduate will be in a position to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and competence to start a career in business by securing employment in a range of entry-level and junior manager positions and to effectively contribute to the long term development and growth of the business.
  • Leverage their knowledge, skills and competencies to make informed decisions on, and successfully embark upon strategy formulation and implementation, governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability, innovation, business related research and organisational psychology.
  • Further their studies at level 9 (Masters) in Business or a related discipline (in Ireland or abroad).

This full time one year NFQ level 8 add-on programme is ideal for any learner who wishes to progress from level 7 Ordinary Degree in business and/or pursue further studies in a business related field at Level 9 (Masters) on the Irish National Qualifications Framework.

Semester 1

Strategic Management
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The theories and concepts of corporate and business level strategies and the inter-functional coordination.
2. The diagnostic and analytical tools used in the corporate and business strategy making process.
3. The various strategies for competing in specific industry/organisation situations.
4. How Information Communications Technology enhances an organisations competitive advantage.
5. The issues associated with building organisational resource strengths and capabilities.
6. The various competitive strategies and options for competing in foreign markets.
7. The strategic options available to diversified organisations.
8. The key issues when implementing strategy within an organisation.
9. Alternative strategies that an organisation can use to maintain/enhance competitiveness.

Business Research Skills
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The importance of research for business in a variety of contexts, including diversification consideration, business growth, market research and competitor analyses.
2. The role and influence of the researcher in the collection of data.
3. Locating and distilling meaningful information obtained from a variety of sources.
4. Traditional and innovative research methodologies useful in business and management research.
5. Data collection methods and tools, and the importance of design for high impact results.
6. Professional ethics and legal consideration when conducting a research study.
7. Project proposal design with regard to scheduling, data collection, analyses, evaluation and presentation.

Project Management
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. Project Management Methodologies including PRINCE2 and PMBOK (Project Management book of Knowledge).
2. Considerations used in assessing and selecting suitable projects.
3. The steps to define the scope of a project and develop the project plan; methods to monitor and evaluate progress within a variety of project formats; change control procedures and project closure.
4. Software tools used for planning all aspects of a project including developing a work breakdown structure, Gantt charts, and methods and techniques for estimating and budgeting.
5. Quality control procedures and industry approaches that can be implemented throughout the project lifecycle including; risk identification and management.
6. The process of selecting, developing and managing effective teams.

Corporate Finance
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. Critical understanding of the key responsibilities and financing decisions facing today’s strategic financial manager.
2. Knowledge to compose detailed business plans;
3. Understanding potential financial risks, and to advise on suitable risk management strategies for entrepreneurial activities and established organisation.

Corporate Governance
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The principles and theoretical perspectives applicable to the concept of corporate goevernance in Ireland.
2. The role, responsibilities and rights of the various types of directors in Irish company law as well as the statutory and regulatory legal framework applicable to the carrying out of their functions.
3. The complex variety of rights and obligations affecting employees and employers in an employment relationship as well as the origin of those rights and obligations in common law, contract, statute and constitutional law.
4. The framework of laws that plays a key role in the regulation of the relationships between businesses and their customers/clients, including consumer protection laws and laws prohibiting discrimination in the provision of goods or services.
5. The right to privacy derived from the constitution and its application in the modern corporate environment as well as the obligations attaching to companies and businesses under the Data Protection Acts.

Innovation Management
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with:
1. An in–depth understanding of the elements of innovation management within an organisation.
2. Extensive up to date knowledge of innovation and its role within economic system.
3. Appreciation of the role of innovation management in the organisation such that they would be able to make contribution at a strategic level.
4. Skills to conduct research to analyse and evaluate organisational innovation performance.

Semester 2

Strategic Management continued

Applied Business Research Project
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. Advanced research methodologies, data collection and analysis tools.
2. Setting milestones, defining critical paths, and managing the constraints of time and scope throughout the project lifecycle.
3. Resource procurement and management and risk identification, assessment and analysis.
4. The process of effective communication through supervisor led sessions and the ability to critically appraise feedback and use autonomy to direct the project.
5. Self-reflection and feedback analysis by placing tacit feedback into written objectives.

Leadership and Organisational Psychology
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The nature and principles of organisational psychology.
2. The various theories, principles, styles and techniques of organisational psychology.
3. Strategic leaders role in, and various approaches for, the overall formulation, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of organisational strategy and design.
4. The different organisational psychology theories and processes relating to leadership, competitive advantage, organisational design and strategy.

Strategic HRM
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The theories and concepts of the strategic role of HR in the organisation.
2. The role of the HR function/ HR professional in strategic HRM.
3. Designing and aligning HR systems for high performance.
4. Linking HR practices to performance.
5. The role of employees who are at the ‘receiving end’ of these HR practices.
6. A critical overview of Strategic HRM research.

Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The various arguments surrounding climate change and the role of sustainable business in effecting change.
2. The various strategies for sustainability that businesses can undertake to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace.
3. The politics of sustainability and the regulatory issues influencing firms.
4. How technology and innovation provide opportunities for sustainable business.

Strategic Services Marketing
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge of:
1. The concepts, models and theories that underpin the study of services marketing.
2. Evaluate the role of customer expectations and customer perceptions in service delivery and evaluation.
3. Discuss the importance of a service culture and evaluate the critical importance of employees in creating customer satisfaction.
4. Aligning service design and standards through a greater understanding of the employees’ and customers’ roles in the strategic management of services.

CCT utilises a variety of assessment methods to help ensure that the learning outcomes of each subject will be achieved, for example: Written Examination, including of long or short term reports, Objective Tests, Presentations, Group Projects, Practical Assignments, Oral Examinations, etc. Assessment will be continuous throughout each module, with final examinations administered in approximately half of the modules.

CCT constantly encourages feedback from its learners in a formal and informal basis.  Learners have an opportunity to give informal and formal feedback on the college, programme, faculty, facilities, administration, student services and admissions and course induction through verification surveys, such as:

  • Learner Verification survey
  • Student Services and Support survey
  • Admissions and Course Induction survey.

CCT constantly encourages feedback from its learners in a formal and informal basis.  Learners also receive ongoing feedback from their faculty on progress, in person, through Moodle, assessment correction, and at the end of each semester all learners receive module results, along with more detailed formal progress feedback.

As an independent institution, fees are payable.  Fees may vary on whether you are living in Ireland or living abroad at the point of application.  Please check our website for a full fees listing.

Medical insurance for Non-EU nationals is compulsory and as part of the Irish Student Visa requirements and can be arranged by CCT for an additional fee of EUR100 for 12 months.

Successful graduates of this programme may choose to progress onto Level 9 of the NQF on a related programme. Graduates would also be considered for other graduate career opportunities in Ireland and globally.

Please contact CCT Admissions Office directly to ascertain the various admission routes to this programme including CCT Bachelor of Business automatic entry route, Recognition of Prior Learning and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning procedures.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

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