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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business

Programme Purpose

The BA (Hons) in Business is a three year full-time or four year part-time programme totalling 180 ECTS. In this honours bachelor degree programme, learners study common subjects in first year, followed by considerable flexibility in second and third year subject choice. This allows learners in years 2 and 3 to orientate their studies towards preferred subjects or to choose disciplines in which they have demonstrated strength in years one and two. This knowledge is then synthesised in a final year capstone research project. The programme is designed to give a clearly structured business education that provides a solid foundation for success in a business career. This programme provides a strong grounding in fundamental business concepts, ideas, practices and methodologies. Graduates will, upon completion of this programme, have the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to enter the business world professionally and/or progress to a management role within a general or specific field or subfield of business. Throughout the programme, learners will acquire business acumen to strategically appraise business opportunities and challenges and effectively integrate into decision-making roles with an organisation. Learners will also have insight into sub-fields of business and increase their knowledge and skills in the specialised areas of Management, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Psychology or Law (electives dependent). The BA (Hons) in Business will create graduates capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic opportunities and challenges in the business world and do so in a creative fashion promoting business sustainability and growth. Graduates will be eligible for junior management roles or higher administrative roles within a specific subfield of business complementing their previous experience and learning. The BA (Hons) in Business also permits entry to further higher education institutions or to a number of Level 9 DBS business programmes such as the MSc Management Practice, MSc Marketing, MSc in Digital Marketing, MSc in International Accounting and Finance or DBS’s Master of Business Administration. Programme Structure The foundation stage in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business programme, contains core business modules as well as a range of elective options at the second stage and Award stage. Learners on the general business programme take any module of their choice that sits on the recommended learning route. Learners who wish to specialise in a specific sub-field chose 2 elective modules at each level in their area of specialism. This facilitates a wide choice and allows learners to focus on disciplines such as Project Management, Psychology, HRM, Information Systems, Management, Cloud Computing and Law within a business focus. Optional modules represent a total of 40 ECTS credits within the 180 ECTS credit award. The modules making up the options are all delivered as mandatory modules within their specific learning pathways. Detailed below are the elective specialisms that learners can choose from. Stage 1 FT: Total 60 ECTS ? Seven mandatory modules; 5 x 10 ECTS and 2 x 5 ECTS ? Maths and Stats for Business ? Business Context and Organisation ? Marketing Essentials ? IT Essentials ? Economic Perspectives ? Learning to Learn ? Introduction to Business Finance Stage 2 FT: Total 60 ECTS ? Five mandatory modules; 3 x 10 ECTS and 2 x 5 ECTS ? Management ? Financial Management ? Business Information Systems ? Business Ethics and Research Practice ? Advanced Economic Perspectives ? Two electives of 10 ECTS each Award Stage FT: Total 60 ECTS ? Three mandatory modules; 3 x 10 ECTS ? Strategic Management ? Global Business ? Human Resource Management ? Two electives of 10 ECTS each ? Mandatory capstone project of 10 ECTS Electives are in the following subfields of business: Management, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Psychology, Law, Information Systems, Cloud Computing. Learners may choose two electives from the same area as a specific learning pathway. The programme contains a wide range of formative and summative assessments including individual and group work, projects, presentations, case studies and examinations. Part time students will follow the same learning routes as full time learners but will spread this over four years instead of three. This programme is identical to the DBS programme delivered in Ireland.

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Centres offering Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business

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Dublin Business School Exams Office, 13/14 Aungier Street,, Dublin 2 , D02 WC04. 01 417 7500