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Business - BBs (Hons)

Course Code: LC416


Level

8

Duration

4 Years

Department

Business & Financial Services


CAO Points

260

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Thurles

Put simply, business really matters in the current challenging global economy. The role of business is to enable commerce and to make the world a better place for all – by creating wealth, jobs, prosperity and choices. Our Honours Degree in Business provides students with the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills to work effectively at operational and management level within a business environment in the public or private sector or as a self-employed individual.

Our Business programmes educate students in a broad range of business principles and functions, providing a solid understanding of the modern business world. Coupled with an opportunity to undertake a work placement at the end of second year means that, on graduation, our students are equipped with the necessary core knowledge and skills to contribute immediately and effectively to any organisation.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Who can I contact?

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Accounting Principles

    Credits: 5

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    Learners are introduced to the preparation and presentation of financial statements for sole traders, companies and other organisations in accordance with current statutory requirements and standards.


    Title: Business Applications I

    Credits: 5

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    This module gives students practical experience in using accounting software, explores the use of spreadsheet software for more advanced purposes and includes the applied use of Cloud Computing services.


    Title: Business Maths

    Credits: 5

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    Business Maths  covers basic mathematics,equations,financial mathematics and calculus.It relates the practical application of these concepts in relevant business situations.


    Title: Business Statistics

    Credits: 5

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    Business Statistics provides the student with an understanding of statistical concepts and computational skills for business, their practical application in relevant business situations, and develops a systematic approach to dealing with statistical data.


    Title: Communication Methods

    Credits: 5

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    This module equips students with the practical know-how to communicate effectively in business and academic tasks using computing applications. The module will also explore techniques to develop students' independent learning skills.


    Title: Fundamental Accounting

    Credits: 5

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    Learners are provided with the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to prepare the accounts and records that form part of the double entry system and to prepare the statements that flow there from.


    Title: Interpersonal Communication

    Credits: 5

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    This module centres around the themes of effective communication, learning styles, teamwork and emotional intelligence.  It aims to develop the student's communication, learning and self-management  skills.  Students will also develop and apply group and presentation skills.


    Title: Language and Culture I

    Credits: 5

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    This module introduces learners to the vocabulary and grammatical structures of French or German or Irish that will enable them to receive and produce information on familiar or routine situations. Learners will learn about the culture and society of the target language. They will also develop cognitive, self-management and presentation skills to support and reinforce learning.


    Title: Language and Culture II

    Credits: 5

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    This module consolidates the learners' comprehension of target language exchanges and increases vocabulary levels in order to improve receptive and communication skills in French, German or Irish. Grammatical concepts and language structures are further developed to strengthen language production. The learners' awareness of the culture and society of the
    target language countries is expanded.


    Title: Management Principles

    Credits: 5

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    To investigate the environmental context of management, to examine the theory supporting management practice and to explore key management functions and skills.


    Title: Marketing Practice

    Credits: 5

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    The module aims to build on an understanding of the role of marketing in modern business by introducing students to the skills and techniques used in the management of the marketing function. Students are introduced to different perspectives on marketing management including digital marketing, international marketing and services marketing. The module enables students to define practical solutions to marketing problems.


    Title: Marketing Principles

    Credits: 5

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    To develop an understanding of the role of marketing in modern business and to foster knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of marketing and how they can be applied to practical business situations.


    Title: Organisational Studies

    Credits: 5

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    To provide learners with an introduction to the organisational setting and dynamic and examine the role of management as an integrating activity.  To offer an integrated view embracing both theory and practice and cover the broad range of influences which drive organisational performance. 


    Title: Work and Society

    Credits: 5

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    Work and Society examines the emergence of sociological perspectives and familiarises students with writings of classical and contemporary sociological theories. The module takes a critical look at society and in particular elements that relate closely to work, employment and business. Sociological areas of interest such as family systems, gender, race, stratification, class formation and social mobility are explored within the context of the working world.


  • Year 2

    Title: Accounting For Costs

    Credits: 5

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    Learners are provided with an insight and understanding of the use of management accounting systems and techniques that provide information to enable management make better decisions in relation to costing and pricing of products and improving profitability.


    Title: Accounting for Management Control

    Credits: 5

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    Learners will develop an understanding of budgeting, variance analysis and other costing techniques that are essential for planning and controlling business costs.


    Title: Business Law Fundamentals

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to impart a knowledge and understanding of the relationship between business and those aspects of law which are an  intrinsic part of business life. The module will also allow learners to  develop a competence to apply business law to the commercial environment and recognise the need to seek further specialist legal advice when necessary.


    Title: Buyer Behaviour

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to introduce the principles and concepts of consumer behaviour and explore the impact of buyer behaviour on strategic marketing practice.


    Title: Human Resource Management

    Credits: 5

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    On successful completion of this module the learner will have gained an in-depth understanding of: (i) the role of Human Resource Management, and its implications, at the strategic, tactical and operational levels of business; (ii) the specific objectives, policies, and activities associated with each of the respective functions of Human Resource Management; and (iii) the importance of the measurement of HR's contribution to the competitiven positiioning, effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation. 


    Title: Integrated Marketing Communications

    Credits: 5

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    On successful completion of this module the learner will have gained an indepth knowledge and understanding of the central role that ethical marketing communications play: (i) strategically and tactically in gaining competitive advantage and organisational success in the global market place, and (ii) operationally through maximisation of the marketing - promotion function. They will also understand how organisations can communicate with the marketplace by producing and transmiting marketing communications using the various traditional and contempoary media channels and media tools that are suitable and central to marketing knowledge and skills development. They will be able to assess, through tools and techniques, the value of a marketing communications programme.


    Title: Language and Culture III

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learners' competency and confidence in oral and written production of the target language. Similar themes to Language and Culture I & II will be explored, but developed further to include a greater range of vocabulary and communicative outcomes.


    Title: Language and Culture IV

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to enable learners to employ an appropriate range of vocabulary in French, German or Irish in everyday situations and in basic business scenarios. Learners will develop an awareness of the business culture of the target language country and learn key commercial vocabulary. Learners will also expand their grammatical knowledge and apply it to their production and interpretation of the target language.


    Title: Macroeconomics

    Credits: 5

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    This module provides a student with a knowledge and understanding of macroeconomic theories and frameworks in relation to the operation of the economy as a whole.


    Title: Management Information Systems in Organisations

    Credits: 5

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    This module introduces learners to the foundations of Information Systems Management and how technology and information is managed in an organisation.


    Title: Microeconomics

    Credits: 5

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    To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of fundamental microeconomic concepts and provide a framework that facilitates an understanding and analysis of the economic processes relevant for business decision making.


    Title: Personal & Professional Development and Career Planning

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to progress their personal and professional development.  The module also leads the students through the career guidance cycle so that they can plan their employability and career progression.


    Title: Project Management

    Credits: 5

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    On successful completion of this module the learner will have gained an indepth understanding and knowledge of: (i) the importance of project management as a management discipline for organizations operating in increasingly diverse work environments; (ii) the role that project management plays in applying appropriate budget, costing, resourcing, scheduling and risk management techniques; (iii)  the various tools and techniques that the project manager can use to plan, monitor, control and evaluate projects, including Project Management software; (iv) the five key constraints on projects, namely: scope, quality, cost, time and resources; and, (v) the importance of people management on projects, in particular, in terms of managing conflict, risks, and scope adherence.


    Title: Work Placement

    Credits: 5

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    The overall aim of the placement is to provide the student with a broader skill base on completion of their Bachelor of Business Studies programme. The practical learning experience of placement complements the more theory-based elements of the prior years by developing the learning skills of the student in the undertaking of real-life projects. The placement combines theory with relevant practical work experience in companies and organisations in Ireland or overseas.

    The duration of the placement is for a minimum of 200 hours and it can be completed sequentially throughout the academic year or in one block during the summer months. The placement is an active partnership between the employer, the student and LIT, ensuring proper supervision, evaluation and relevancy to the degree programme.


  • Year 3

    Title: Brand Management

    Credits: 5

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    Students will learn to define, develop and apply tactics and strategies in brand management through a systematic model and process. Students will focus on the concept of brand equity and its creation and growth through brand positioning, marketing programs and measurement of brand performance.


    Title: Business Applications II

    Credits: 5

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    This module will give the student the knowledge to use spreadsheet and database applications for managing, understanding and using data. The student will also use a computer package to process payroll.


    Title: Company Financial Reporting

    Credits: 5

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    The learner is introduced to the regulatory framework and statutory reporting requirements necessary for the preparation of  accounts in accordance with International accounting standards.


    Title: eCommerce

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to develop and understanding of Electronic Commerce as a modern business methodology that addresses the needs of organisations to cut costs while improving the quality of goods and services and increasing the speed of service delivery as well as appreciating the societal, legal and ethical implications of e-Commerce


    Title: Entrepreneurship

    Credits: 5

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    To understand the nature of entrepreneurship and provide an insight into the role of the entrepreneur.

    To appreciate the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation to the economy and how it is supported.

    To understand the history, theory and research surrounding entrepreneurship and its development. 


    Title: International Business

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of the module is to provide the student with an understanding of the strategic motives that drive organisations to conduct international business and the market entry strategies they may adopt. In order to compete successfully and competitively, then a contextual appreciation of international regions and environments is required. The impact of internationally trading on an organisations’ functions and operations must also be understood. Through the continuous assessment, the student has an opportunity to apply their learning in the above domains of international business theory to their development of a global business strategy for a chosen business.


    Title: Language and Culture V

    Credits: 5

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    This module will build productive and receptive skills in French, German or Irish so that the learner can interact in both spoken and written language with a reasonable degree of fluency on a range of topics with particular emphasis on the world of business. More advanced grammatical structures will be studied throughout the module. 


    Title: Language and Culture VI

    Credits: 5

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    This module will foster linguistic accuracy in oral and written production in French, German or Irish. The learner will continue to improve receptive and productive skills in order to communicate with a reasonable level of fluency. The module extends the learner's awareness of the target language culture.


    Title: Operations Management

    Credits: 5

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    On completion of this module the learner will have gained an understanding and knowledge of: (i) the central role that operations play in the effective and efficient production of goods and services that satisfy customer requirements in terms of performance, and (ii) the contribution that operations make to the strategic capability of the firm to compete ubiquitously.


    Title: Organisational Behaviour

    Credits: 5

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    Provides an understanding of the concepts of Organisational Behaviour, their strategic implications in a business context, and their relevance in contributing to the success of the modern organisation.  Examines the specific objectives and activities associated with each of the respective areas of Organisational Behaviour.


    Title: Principles of Tax

    Credits: 5

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    Learners are introduced  to the structure and administration of the Irish Taxation System including the computation of Income Tax, Value Added Tax, PAYE, Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax liabilities.


    Title: Selling and Relationship Management

    Credits: 5

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    This module Aims to provide an understanding of sales concepts, techniques and methodologies. To develop essential personal selling skills used within the sales process and the role of customer relationship management.


    Title: Services Marketing

    Credits: 5

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    To build a strong understanding of the principal elements of services marketing theory and to enable learners to define practical solutions to service marketing problems.


    Title: Venture Management

    Credits: 5

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    To introduce students to the nature of enterprise development and the entrepreneurial process.

    To understand the start-up strategies and process for commencing a business.

    To examine the management processes involved in setting up, developing and controlling a new business.

    To examine the planning process and compilation of a detailed business plan.


  • Year 4

    Title: Commercial and Company Law

    Credits: 5

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    The aim if this module is to:

    • To impart a working knowledge of company and partnership law.To further enhance the learner's appreciation of commercial law by considering aspects of tort law and insurance law.
    • To allow learners develop their competence to be able to apply company law to the commercial environment and to recognise the need to seek further specialist legal advice when necessary.
    • To develop in the learner a discipline of thought through an acquaintance with the logical process involved in legal reasoning.
    • To examine the key fundamental impacts of company law in the accounting and finance arena
    • To allow the learner appreciate the importance of legal issues when faced with key business management and development decisions

    Title: Corporate Financial Management

    Credits: 5

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    This module further develops the student’s knowledge of investment, financing and risk management decisions.


    Title: Digital & Contemporary Marketing Practice

    Credits: 5

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    The module aims to provide students with a framework for analysing marketing processes from a strategic and managerial perspective in a diverse range of organizations. Students are equipped with an understanding of the applications of digital marketing tools and techniques in the development of digital marketing strategies for organizations along with a critical understanding of current thinking and contemporary issues facing the marketing industry. The module seeks to move beyond traditional conceptions of marketing and provide a clear comprehension of the new world of marketing.


    Title: Language and Culture VII

    Credits: 5

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    This module fosters spontaneous language use based on current affairs. The learner will engage with authentic texts and audio materials sourced from news items. Fluency in the classroom is a core focus throughout the module.


    Title: Language and Culture VIII

    Credits: 5

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     This module will extend and consolidate linguistic competences, so that the learner can understand and be clearly understood in a wide range of situations with good grammatical control in the target language.


    Title: Marketing Analytics

    Credits: 5

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    Marketing analytics provides the student with an in-depth understanding of statistical concepts and methods, and their application in marketing research, and develops an advanced level of user knowledge of a statistical software package.


    Title: Marketing Research Practices

    Credits: 5

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    Marketing Research Practices provides the student with an in-depth understanding of market research concepts and methods.


    Title: Principles of Financial Management

    Credits: 5

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    This module provides students with a knowledge of the theoretical principles that underpin business finance and investment and also the practical application thereof.


    Title: Research Project

    Credits: 5

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    • To develop students' skills in formulating, conducting and presenting a research project.
    • To introduce the student to the research process.

    Title: Strategic Information Systems

    Credits: 5

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    Strategic Information Systems is concerned with the strategic role of information systems and technologies in an organisation. It explores how technology can be best used to acheive the organisation's goals and in doing so gain strategic and competitive advantage within its business sector.


    Title: Strategic Management Concepts

    Credits: 5

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    Strategic Management Concepts examines the theory and practice of strategic management within an organisational context, providing an understanding of the main elements and implications of strategy together with an understanding of strategic issues.  Strategic analysis is explored, along with the organisational considerations of deciding on exact strategies to follow and the implications of strategic choices & evaluation in dynamic and global environments.  The levels of strategy i.e. business, corporate and international are examined utilising theory and application.


    Title: Strategic Management Practice

    Credits: 5

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    Strategy Management Practice examines theory and practice of strategic management in an organisational context. The programme provides a conceptual understanding of the main elements and implications of strategic management including an understanding of strategic development processes. Together with an understanding of the structures, processes, resources and relationships which form the bases for strategic implementation. The programme investigates how internal leadership styles, varying organisational cultures and change management styles and perspectives impact on the implementation and practice of strategic management. The programme also explores strategy from the perspectives of organisational effectiveness and measurement.


    Title: Strategic Marketing Concepts

    Credits: 5

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    The module aims to equip students with the necessary analytical and decision-making skills involved in formulating strategic marketing programmes. Students will develop a conceptual understanding of the strategic implications, with specific regard to marketing, relevant to firms operating in a dynamic and global market environment. Students will gain an appreciation for the relationships between corporate, business-level and marketing strategy and the relationship between marketing and other functional areas.


    Title: Supply Chain Strategy

    Credits: 5

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    This modules aims to:

    • To describe the key elements of a supply chain and the supply chain paradigm.
    • To understand the roles of upstream and downstream players in the supply chain and be able to explain how these players add value in a value driven operations management system.
    • To develop an understanding of the role of supply chain as a business model.
    • To develop an understanding of key drivers of supply chain performance and their interrelationship with strategy  and other functions of the company such as marketing, operations and accounting

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within the institute and/or elsewhere.   

What are the career prospects?

Positions that graduates can work in include:                                  

  • Human Resources
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Teaching (subject to postgraduate study)
  • Accountancy
  • Banking & Financial Services

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