Higher Certifcate in Business, Enterprise & Community Development - Programme Participants at the Launch of the EQUAL Ireland - PEIL Programme - Galway May 2nd 2018



Higher Certificate in Business Enterprise & Community Development

Year One Module Description

Topics Covered

  • Learning Styles
  • Motivation
  • How Adults Learn
  • Reading & Writing Skills
  • eLearning
  • Reflective Learning

The aims of this module are:

To equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to enable them to recognise their prior learning and become effective lifelong learners in higher education and in enterprise and / or community settings.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to:

1. Display proficiency in the use of office computer applications such as Word, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint
etc. and their equivalents including cloud versions of same.
2. Source and use apps and extensions appropriate for use in academic, enterprise and community
organisational settings.
3. Use ICT based communication technologies such as Skype etc.
4. Store, retrieve and manage information effectively and efficiently using available computing
technologies.
5. Describe computer networking and the changing nature of this in the cloud computing age.
6. Identify issues relating to data protection, storage and copyright.1. Deploy the skills and strategies required for effective learning.
2. Apply various motivation techniques in the context of a Higher Certificate programme of study.
3. Identify their own learning style and preferences, and use this knowledge to enhance a programme of study.
4. Demonstrate reflective learning techniques and apply them to a programme of study.
5. Demonstrate self-directed independent learning techniques, as they might apply in higher education,
the workplace or community.
6. Address their personal needs for continuing professional development.
7. Formulate learning strategies for on-line and blended learning and for communicating with peers and mentors.
8. Manage study time and prepare for assessments effectively.
9. Develop short term and long term goals, assess their progress and revise as necessary.
10. Identify the techniques that can be used to access, store and retrieve information effectively and be familiar with the operation of virtual learning platforms such as Moodle and be able to competently
organise information into various formats: tables, paragraphs etc.
11. Develop reading and writing skills to the required level of performance.
12. Define RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) in a higher education context.
13. Measure their own formal and informal learning from experience.
14. Gather evidence for formal and informal learning.
15. Prepare a portfolio demonstrating prior learning from experience.

 

Topics Covered

  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Presentation Skills
  • Report & Academic Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Business Communication
  • Faciliation Skills

The aims of this module are:

Enhance the learner’s development of interpersonal communication skills and
to enable the learner to apply communications strategies and solutions in a variety of community and
business contexts.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to:

1. Apply key verbal and non-verbal skills in both group and organisational contexts and in both workplace and community settings.
2. Display core writing skills for business and academia.
3. Make effective presentations in a business, community or other voluntary setting.
4. Create an effective C.V. using multimedia and demonstrate effective interview skills.
5. Facilitate meetings and manage communications between internal and external stakeholders in a
diverse range of business or community scenarios.
6. Display conflict resolution skills in the conduct of negotiations.
7. Demonstrate the capacity to participate effectively in groups and teams.
8. Facilitate groups to achieve stated objectives in a community and business context.

Topics Covered

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microssoft PowerPoint
  • File Management
  • Date Storage & Protection
  • Business Information Systems

The aims of this module are:

To familiarise the participant with commonly used information and communication technologies
appropriate to usage in education, enterprise and community settings.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to: 

1. Display proficiency in the use of office computer applications such as Word, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint
etc. and their equivalents including cloud versions of same.
2. Source and use apps and extensions appropriate for use in academic, enterprise and community
organisational settings.
3. Use ICT based communication technologies such as Skype etc.
4. Store, retrieve and manage information effectively and efficiently using available computing
technologies.
5. Describe computer networking and the changing nature of this in the cloud computing age.
6. Identify issues relating to data protection, storage and copyright.

 

 

Topics Covered

  • Community
  • Community Development Structures
  • Theories & Principles of Community Development
  • Social Capital
  • Capacity Building
  • Community Development in Ireland

The aims of this module are:

Develop in the learner an understanding of community and the role and work of a community development practitioner.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to:

1. Explain and appreciate what is meant by Community and Community Development.
2. Discuss knowledgably the principles of Community Development.
3. Describe the concepts and theories of Community Development from a number of different perspectives.
4. Distinguish between the different approaches to Community Development and reflect on the Process
    Approach in contrast to the Outcome Approach.
5. Recognise and discuss important concepts for current and emerging Community Studies.
6. Describe how Committees, Networks and Partnerships work in theory and in practice.
7. Identify and discuss the origins and applications of Social Capital in terms of how it works and why it is important.
8. Explain the importance of Capacity Building, Participation and Consultation in a Community Development Context.
9. Assess the main Community Development Structures in Ireland today and their associated roles and responsibilities.

Topics Covered

  • Entrepreneurship Innovation Theory
  • Developing a Business Model
  • Sustainability & Scalability
  • Strategy for Innovation
  • Marketing Principles

The aims of this module are:

Introduce the participant to entrepreneurship, innovation and related marketing theory and practice in business, social enterprise and community.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to 

1. Demonstrate understanding of the key principles of entrepreneurship and innovation theory and practice.
2. Illustrate the role and functions of creativity and innovation in entrepreneurship in business, social enterprise and     community development.
3. Identify motives for business and social enterprise start ups and some of the methods used.
4. Articulate the importance of the application of strategy in entrepreneurship.
5. Describe the key Irish entrepreneurship support programmes incl. supporting female entrepreneurs.
6. Apply the basic principles of marketing.
7. Discuss and assess marketing in an entrepreneurship context.

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