Higher Certificate in Business Enterprise & Community Development

Year Two Module Description







Topics Covered

  • Office Functions
  • Legal/Regulatory Framework
  • Business Accounts
  • Business Documents
  • Balance Sheet & Income Statements
  • Communication

The aims of this module are:

To introduce the learner to the fundamentals of Business and Financial Administration.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Define, describe and apply the key management skills relevant to office systems administration and the
monitoring and supervision of support staff.
2. Demonstrate understanding of business finance and accounting methodologies and be able to interpret
financial data.
3. Prepare business documents, e.g. VAT and Income Tax returns and be proficient in the management of
records storage and retrieval systems.
4. Demonstrate business communications skills with staff and higher management and, where
appropriate, customers/clients.
5. Articulate the needs of office users and express legal/regulatory requirements.
6. Explain and discuss the roles of financial planning, financial control and financial decision-making.
7. Appreciate, discuss, monitor and operate financial reporting and business support systems.
8. Prepare for the optimal usage of the appropriate office technology.

Topics Covered

  • Campaign Planning
  • Influencing Policy Makers
  • Press Statements & Online Media
  • Working With The Media
  • Media Influence and Standards
  • Skills for Campaign Writing

The aims of this module are:

Provide the learner with introductory skills in media communications, campaigning, lobbying and public relations.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Plan prepare and produce a communications strategy for an organisation.
2. Produce effective media messages and press releases.
3. Identify the most appropriate media mediums to meet the stated objectives of business or community organisations.
4. Develop and nurture good relationships with the media.
5. Plan and implement a lobbying campaign, including measuring its likely impacts and outcomes.
6. Define the role and use of social media in campaigns.
7. Recognise the ethics involved in media campaigns.

Topics Covered

  • Business Organisation
  • Management Thought
  • Economic Concepts & Principles
  • The Irish Economy
  • Ethics in Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Finance & Accounts
  • Equality & Diversity

The aims of this module are:

To familiarise the participant with the nature and evolution of management thought, and the management systems, policies and procedures that are required in the modern enterprise or community organisation;

 To introduce the participant to the main components of the development of the Irish economy;

To enable the student to acquire the key skills involved in business accounts and business finance.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Use and explain basic economic terminology.
2. Explain the structure of the Irish Economy.
3. Discuss key management theories and their implications for the modern workforce in the various sectors involved.
4. Define human resource planning and appraisal and its function.
5. Discuss Irish labour law including the rights and obligations of employees and employers in a workplace setting.
6. Identify the procedures and strategies for internal and external conflict resolution.
7. Set out basic health and safety requirements including the prevention of bullying and harassment in the workplace.
8. Prepare an action plan to support equality and diversity in the workplace.
9. Plan, prepare and produce business accounts and business financial documents.
10. Understand and apply ethical practice and procedures in business.

Topics Covered

  • EU Institutions and Decision Making
  • The Internal Market and the EU
  • EU Enlargement & The Future of the EU
  • The Development of the Republic of Ireland
  • Irish Government Institutions and Decision Making Structures
  • How the Irish State & EU Interact

The aims of this module are:

 Provide the participant with an understanding of the development, governance institutions, structures, decision making processes and funding arrangements of the Republic of Ireland and the European Union and how these may interact.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the main characteristics of both the Republic of Ireland and the European Union.
2. Summarise the basic development of the Republic of Ireland and the European Union.
3. Identify the key dates and treaties in the histories of the Republic of Ireland and of the European Union.
4. Explain the functions and roles of the main governance institutions in the Republic of Ireland and in the
European Union and how the two structures may interact.
5. Describe the decision-making processes within the Republic of Ireland and within the European Union and how they interplay.
6. Outline the main characteristics of the Single European Market and the costs and benefits for the Republic of Ireland.
7. Identify the key funding mechanisms of the European Union.
8. Recount the criteria and process for gaining European Union membership.
9. Prepare, plan and produce a funding proposal.

Topics Covered

  • Basic Concepts
  • Personality
  • The Employement Relationship
  • Motivation & The Organisation
  • Team Development
  • Work & Stress
  • Organisation Culture
  • Organisation Change

The aims of this module are:

Provide the learner with a firm grounding in the perspectives and applications of psychological theory in organisational settings.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Apply psychological theory and methods to the practice of understanding personality, teamwork,
    managing change, motivating staff, stress at work and the employment relationship.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the issues that influence human behaviour in organisational settings.
3. Critically assess how organisations operate to affect individual behaviour and organisational performance.
4. Describe the components of stress within organisations and how individuals and organisations can limit
    unhelpful levels of stress.
5. Define and understand the role of teamwork in managing organisational change.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Change
  • Culture & Society
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Institutions
  • Social Research Methodology

The aims of this module are:

 To introduce participants to sociology by explaining the historical context of the discipline, by
identifying the basic concepts used in sociological analysis and by applying these concepts to a range of
social issues and social institutions including conducting a piece of practical social research having a
current value.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify the forces that led to the emergence of sociology as a distinct academic discipline.
2. Adopt a sociological and theoretical perspective to social issues.
3. Discuss social change in an historical context and in the contemporary world.
4. Demonstrate understanding of the process by which individuals learn to become active participants in society.
5. Discuss knowledgably the topic of cultural diversity and the positive and negative aspects of multiculturalism.
6. Examine the contemporary sociological approach to an analysis of social inequality, social stratification and social    class.
7. Identify the major areas of sociological debate in relation to a number of social institutions.
8. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of research methodologies and techniques.

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