Department of Business Studies





Head of Department : K. Dooley

Departmental staff

Courses:

National Certificate in Business Studies - 2yrs
Teastas Naisiunta I Staidear Gno - 2yrs
National Certificate in Business Studies (Agri-Business) - 2yrs
National Certificate in Business Studies (Office Information Systems) - 2yrs
National Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) - 1yr
National Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing) - 1yr
National Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing Skills) - 1yr
Degree in Business Studies - 1yr







NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS STUDIES

GA002 BUSSTUD

Aims
The aims of this course are: to provide a general understanding of the administrative, economic, legal and social environment within which business operates; to provide a high level of competence at sub-professional level in accountancy or marketing, and to provide a foundation in business education for further professional or academic study and/or career progression.

Entry Requirements
MINIMUM entry requirement: Pass (Grade D3 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish. In practice, entry levels are significantly above the minimum and points are calculated from the SIX best subjects.

Course Duration
Two years full-time study. Students can specialise at the start of the second year in one of two areas: Accountancy or Marketing

Career Outlets
Most students holding NCEA awards in Business Studies work in industrial and commercial enterprises in the accounting, financial services, marketing and administrative sections. Some work with professionals in practice and proceed to membership of a relevant professional body. The good business studies graduate who continues his/her studies and qualifies in accountancy, marketing or personnel management can, with suitable experience, look forward to eventual promotion to senior management. A special emphasis is placed on enterprise development and every encouragement is given to students to start their own businesses.

Course Content

Year 1
Accountancy, Business Mathematics and Statistics, Economics, Business Law, Behavioural Science/Communications, Choice from: Business French/German/Spanish/Irish.

Year 2
Data Processing, Enterprise Development and Management, Marketing and a modern language plus two subjects from Accountancy, Taxation/Finance, Sales Management and EU Studies.


Exemptions
Generous exemptions have always been given by the major professional bodies such as:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants
Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
The Marketing Institute of Ireland
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators


Opportunites for Further Study
Graduates can transfer to National Diploma and Degree programme at this or other colleges and universities in Ireland and elsewhere. Such transfers are normally dependent on merit level results and on comparability of course programmes. Linkages with EU colleges are opening up exciting new possibilities for further study.

Further information
John Kiggins or Head of Business Studies Department


TEASTAS NÁISIÚNTA I STAIDÉAR GNÓ

GA003 STGNO

Aidhmeanna
Freastal ar mhic léinn gur mian leo an cúrsa Teastas Náisiúnta i Staidéar Gnó (Cuntasaíocht) a leanúint tré Ghaeilge.

Coinníollacha Iontrála
Pas (leibhéal D3 nó níos áirde) i gcúig ábhar san Árdteistiméireacht le Matamaitic agus Gaeilge. Airmhítear pointi don SÉ ábhar is fearr.

Faid an Chúrsa
Dhá bhliain, lán aimsireach, tré Ghaeilge.

Deiseanna Oibre
Tá folúntais líonta ag iarmhicléinn an chúrsa seo go fóirleathan i gcúrsaí tráchtála, i gcúrsaí tionscalaíochta agus i gcúrsaí riaracháin. Obair cuntasaíochta, obair bainistíochta agus obair margaíochta is mó atá idir lámha acu.

Ábhair an Chúrsa

Bliain 1
Matamaitic/Staitistíocht, Cuntasaíocht, Eacnamaíocht, Dlí, Eolaíocht Iompraíochta/Cumarsáid, Teanga - Fraincís nó Gearmáinis nó Gaeilge

Bliain 2
Próiseáil Sonraí, Forbairt Fionntraíochta agus Bainistíochta, Margaíocht agus trí ábhar as: Cuntasaíocht, Airgeadas/Cánachas, Bainistíocht Díolacháin, Léinn Eorpach, Teanga - Fraincís nó Gearmáinis nó Gaeilge.


Aitheantas ó na hEagrais Gairmiúla
Tugann an Teastas i Staidéar Gnó maithiúnas ó chuid de scrúdaithe na nInstitiúidí Gairmiúla Cuntasaíochta fé mar atá leagtha amach san eolas a bhaineann leis an Teastas Náisiúnta i Staidéar Gnó tré Bhéarla.

Deiseanna Aistrithe idir Cúrsaí agus Maithiúnais
Is féidir le mic léinn a bhfuil an Teastas i Staidéar Gnó bainte amach le creidiúint leanúint ar aghaidh go dtí an triú bliain chun an Dioplóma i Staidéar Gnó a bhaint amach.

Important
Applicants should not apply unless they are satisfied that they have the competence to pursue this course through Irish.

Tuilleadh Eolais
Antoin Ó Dorchaidhe nó Ceannaire Roinne i Staidéar Gnó


NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS STUDIES [Agri-Business]

GA004 AGRIBUS

This course is offered jointly by the Regional Technical College Galway and the Agricultural College, Mountbellew, Co. Galway. Year one of the course is provided in Mountbellew Agricultural College and year two in the Regional Technical College Galway.

In year 1, the Agricultural College, Mountbellew, organises accommodation in the locality and meals are provided in the college. Adequate facilities exist for field and indoor sports as well as social activities. During year 2, students must arrange their own accommodation.

Regardless of the ESF grant and RTC Galway registration fees, a charge of about £500 is payable to the Agricultural College on arrival, as part-payment for maintenance and accommodation.

Aims
The aim of this course is to provide students with a knowledge and competence in agriculture as well as a good business education to enable them secure employment in the agri-business sector of the economy.

Entry Requirements
MINIMUM entry requirement: pass (Grade D3 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish. In practice, entry levels are significantly above the minimum and points are calculated from the SIX best subjects.

Course Duration
Two years full-time study.

Career Outlets
Graduates can progress to a variety of work in agri-business and agricultural services: for example, in marketing, processing, administration and management posts.

Course Content

Year 1
Agriculture 1, Agriculture 2 (including a broad programme of practical farm work), Agricultural Economics, Accountancy, Mathematics and Statistics, Agri-Business/Rural Sociology, French or German

Year 2
Marketing, Selling Techniques, Enterprise Development and Management, Data Processing, Financial Management and one of the following: Business Law, French, German.


Opportunities for Further Study
Students may progress to further studies such as the National Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing) at various RTCs including Galway. They can also proceed to the degree in Business Studies.Such progression depends on merit results at each stage.

Further information
Mary MacCague or Head of Business Studies Department


NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS STUDIES [Office Information Systems]

GW005 OFFSYS

Aims
The overall objective of the course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competence to enable them undertake administrative work using modern information technology. In addition to developing proficiency in office administration, students will acquire a general business education as well as competence in a wide range of hardware and software in the areas of Word Processing, Desk Top Publishing and computerised business applications.

Entry Requirements
MINIMUM entry requirement: Pass (Grade D3 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish. In practice, entry levels are significantly above the minimum and points are calculated from the SIX best subjects.

or

Grade D (or higher) in six subjects of the Leaving Certificate. The six subjects should include Irish or English and any two of the following: Continental Language, Accountancy, Business Organisation, Economics.

Course Duration
Two years full time study.

Career Outlets
On completion of the course, students will be capable of undertaking a wide range of administrative duties in either traditional or modern technological offices. They will also have developed a firm foundation on which to pursue further studies towards specialised careers in business. The course will also provide an opportunity for personal, social and cultural development. The inclusion of modern European languages will aid students’ mobility within the European Community.

Course Content

Year 1
Word Processing, Communications/Literature, Information Technology, Accountancy, Administrative Processes plus one from Irish/French/German or Business Maths & Statistics.

Year 2
Desktop Publishing, Marketing, Information Technology 2, Human Resource Management or European Studies/Literature, Administrative Processes or Economics, Irish/French/German or Law.


Opportunities for Further Study
Graduates from this course have progressed to National Diploma and Degree courses. Such progression depends on subject choice and results achieved at each stage.

Further information
Peadar O’Dowd or Head of Business Studies Department


NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS STUDIES [Accountancy]

BDAC3

Aims
This course aims to provide students with a specialised education in accountancy and related subjects.

Entry Requirements
National Certificate in Business Studies with a Distinction or Merit or an equivalent qualification. An applicant holding a pass National Certificate in Business Studies with one year’s appropriate post certificate experience will be considered for admission having regard to academic performance, the nature of the work experience and the availability of places.

Course Duration
One year full-time study.

Career Outlets
The course prepares students for employment in the accounting function of industry and commerce and with firms of professional accountants as well as other financial services.

Course Content
Financial Accountancy, Management Accountancy, Auditing, Taxation, Quantitative Techniques, Management Information Systems, Company Law.

Exemptions
Generous exemptions have been given by the major professional bodies such as:

The Chartered Association of Certified Business Accountants
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants


Opportunities for further study
Graduates with merit or distinction can proceed to the final year of the Bacherlor of Business Studies degree course. Holders of this award can undertake further study leading to a professional accountancy qualification.

Further information
George Clancy or Head of Business Studies Department


NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS STUDIES [Marketing]

BDMK3

Aims
The aim of this course is to educate students in the principles and techniques of Marketing Management.

Entry Requirements
National Certificate in Business Studies with Distinction or Merit or an equivalent qualification. An applicant holding a pass National Certificate in Business Studies with one year’s appropriate post certificate experience, will be considered for admission having regard to academic performance, nature of work experience and the availability of places.

Course Duration
One year full-time study.

Career Outlets
Graduates are equipped to take complete charge of the marketing function in small or medium sized organisations and to take up employment in specialist marketing functions like Distribution Management, Marketing Research, Advertising/Promotions/Public Relations, Export Marketing, Product Management, etc.

Course Content

Semester 1
Marketing Management, Market Research, Consumer Behaviour, Management Information Systems, and two from Services Marketing, Management Studies, Business French OR Business German OR Business Spanish.

Semester 2
Marketing Management, Market Research, Marketing Communications, Financial Management, and two from Tourism Marketing, Retailing, Management 2, Business French OR Business German OR Business Spanish. Students are strongly advised to take a language.

Note:
This course is semesterised to facilitate student mobility. Semester 1 can be spent in RTC Galway or on a comparable integrated course in another EU country on an ERASMUS exchange. The School of Business Studies has exchange programmes with colleges in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece and the U.K.

Recognition by Professional Bodies

The Marketing Institute of Ireland
A National Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing) provides for exemptions in Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the graduateship programme depending on the electives taken.


Opportunities for further study
Graduates with merit of distinction can proceed to the final year of the Bachelor of Business Studies degree course at this college and/or proceed to full membership of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Further information
Séamus Davin or Head of Business Studies Department


NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS STUDIES [Marketing Skills]

BDMS3

Aims
The objective of the National Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing Skills) is to provide young people who have a National Diploma or a Degree in a technical discipline like science, engineering or languages with a specialised marketing education. This is a unique course, the only one of its kind in the country.

Entry Requirements
MINIMUM entry requirement is a Degree or a National Diploma in engineering, science, languages, and other relevant disciplines.

Course Duration
One year full-time study.

Career Outlets
There are many employment opportunities available in industrial marketing for people with a technical qualification and a specialised marketing qualification.

Course Content
Marketing, Sales Management, Market Research, International Marketing, Marketing Finance, Marketing Law, Integrated Project.

Further information
Terry Casey or Head of Business Studies Department.


DEGREE IN BUSINESS STUDIES

BBBS4

Aims
To provide a broad theoretical understanding of the business environment and develop the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Entry Requirements
A National Diploma in Business Studies with merit or distinction. In addition, such students will be required to undertake and pass some bridging studies in September before admission to the degree programme.

Course Duration
One year full-time.

Career Outlets
Professional careers in accountancy, marketing, and related services.

Course Content
Business Policy, Economics, Dissertation, Systems Analysis and Design or:

Business French
Business German
Business Spanish

plus two from the following depending on area of specialisation:

Accountancy Theory/Taxation Theory
Financial Management/Management Accountancy
Marketing Policy
International Marketing


Recognition by Professional Bodies
To be negotiated.

Opportunities for Further Study
Graduate may proceed to higher degrees and/or membership of professional bodies.

Further Information
Head of School or Head of Department.