Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership: Communication & Digital Transformation (Clonmel - October - 2022)

Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (Limerick-LCDT-L9-30)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Certificate (Level 9, 30 ECTS)

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Department of Digital Arts and Media

General Information
Contact

Deborah Kett

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

+353 61 293055

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in TUS Midlands Midwest request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Role

Programme Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

12/09/2022

Start Date

11/10/2022

End Date

25/04/2023

About this Course

This Certificate in Leadership: Communication & Digital Transformation is a 30-credit programme for those who seek to progress to or develop their leadership capacity in their workplace, community and/or society. The core aim is to help you become a proactive change agent and thus become a driver of sustainable change both regionally and nationally.
One of the core pillars of the Certificate programme is how leadership, communication, lifelong learning and digital literacies are inextricably linked in business and society and that ultimately self is the key instrument of change.

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of 3 modules:
Module 1: Communication: Contexts & Culture (10 Credits)
This module examines the principles and practices of communication and linguistic variation as well as the implications for hybrid and rapidly changing workplaces and societies. On completion of this module the learner will be able to; Critique theories and practices underpinning intercultural communication, understand the links between language and power and critique different perspectives on organisational communication.

Module 2: Change Leadership (10 Credits)
This aim of this module is to help participants develop their knowledge and skill as creative leaders in their chosen field. The core areas include; leadership theory, principles & emerging trends, creativity, the psychology of teams and organisational change. Using the principles of process consultation, participants will lead a change project that addresses a particular issue/opportunity in their relevant field. On completion of this module the learner will be able to; Apply and evaluate key concepts, theories and emerging trends of leadership, analyse team dynamics to facilitate change and
communicate professionally.

Module 3: Digital Transformation (10 Credits)
Students will learn how set up and revise a series of processes culminating in the development of personal knowledge management (PKM) that is relevant to their workplace. This module involves reflecting on the use of new technologies and students will develop their mastery of emerging technology.
On completion of this module the learner will be able to; Understand how to locate, vet and annotate trusted sources of quality information, have mastered technology that enables the discovery and review of information sources and will have established a PKM process suitable for use in the workplace.

Objectives

This programme aims to help you develop your leadership potential so that you have a suite of skills to enable you to lead teams and organisations in a wide variety of contexts, to understand inclusive working environments and to develop your own and your teams’ continuous learning capacities.

Entry Requirements

**** REGISTER YOUR INTEREST: Please email Springboard@lit.ie to register your interest for this programme. All those on the Interest List will receive an email alert once delivery details confirmed and we open for applications ****

All qualified candidates will be interviewed either in person or online (such as via MS Teams) in order to assess their interest in the area, suitability and readiness. Admission for Postgraduate Certificate (Level 9): (a) A minimum PASS honours degree (Level 8) in Arts, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences; or (b) A minimum PASS honours degree (Level 8) in an area outside the fields mentioned above, but with evidence of strong interest, experience and ability in the area, as determined during the interview; or (c) Equivalent Qualifications.

Mature students (23 years of age on 1st Jan preceding application) can apply.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) / Special Case Registrations: Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should notify the Flexible Learning Office and request consideration under RPL.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Long Description

This course will upskill participants as change leaders, creative facilitators, and reflective users of new technologies. This postgraduate programme is primarily aimed at graduates who seek further professional development and qualifications to progress their career in a leadership capacity. The ideal candidate is someone who wishes to develop their personal and interpersonal capacity to become an effective change agent in their relevant field.

ENGAGEMENT & DEMOGRAPHIC DEMAND: TUS worked with the South East Regional Skills Forum, engaging with 21 companies including large employers such as Boston Scientific, Abbott Vascular and MSD Ballydine. Semi-structured interviews were also held with regional enterprises and stakeholders groups and individuals. Feedback reinforced the need for a programme that is accessible (in terms of time commitment) with immediate and direct relevance to their respective workplaces; developing skills in leadership styles that are collaborative, provide clear direction, are flexible, can deal effectively with change/uncertainty and with excellent communication skills.

The NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION 2030, notes the need for graduate skills for the 21st century including quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, communication skills, team-working skills and the effective use of information technology (p. 35). The emphasis has moved from specializations to broader disciplines, which nurture in students own creativity, enthusiasm and skills required for continual engagement with learning (p. 35). National skills strategy 2025 promotes lifelong learning places a strong focus on providing skills that are relevant to learners, society and the economy. The skills document also emphasizes transversal skills for the 21st century which include communications, resilience, creativity and problem-solving – all of which are core to this programme. Irelands National Skills Strategy 2025 highlights shifting power structures and the growing economic strength of developing and transitioning economies means a growing importance of management leadership, and cultural awareness.

TARGET COHORTS: The demand for this course is pan-sectoral. It is targeted at those in employment and self-employed seeking to upskill; as well as unemployed persons, particularly those newly displaced arising from covid impacts and returners who have relevant experience and educational background to upskill, placing them with a differentiated advantage in the jobs market and opening up new opportunities to them.
This Postgraduate Certificate is also a natural progression route for students who have completed the TUS Certificate in Change Leadership (10 credit, Level 9). The Certificate was developed in 2019, and was full within 2 weeks of the application opening, with a waiting list of over 90 potential candidates. A waiting list of 120 potential students was in place by September 2021, resulting in an increase in the number of cohorts offered the program. This is evidence of the desire for career progression/leadership courses.

Career Opportunities

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership: Communication & Digital Transformation is primarily for those at work in the business, community and voluntary sector who seek further professional development to progress their career in management or leadership. It is also for those seeking new skills who already have an undergraduate or equivalent qualification. The ideal candidate is someone who wishes to develop their personal and interpersonal capacity to become an effective change agent in their relevant field. This course offers opportunities on 2 key levels:


1. Personal: It is an opportunity for you to reflect on you as a leader – review your own personal leadership skills audit and assess the areas you wish to develop further. It will help you to develop your understanding and self-confidence as a leader.

2. Professional: This programme can be used as a way to progress to a leadership role since it is a University based level 9 (masters level) programme. If you are already in a leadership position, this course provides you with an opportunity to upskill and refresh your knowledge/competence in terms of leadership, communication and digital skills. Since this programme is open to all industries/sectors, it is a great way to build a very diverse network. The fact that it is a part time programme also means that it can be used as a stepping stone to further study i.e. you could progress to a diploma or MA

Delivery Location

Blended Learning i.e. face to face plus online. Face to face takes place in Clonmel.

Time commitment:
Semester 1:
Module 1: Communication: Contexts & Culture - 9 Tuesday evenings (6-9pm) and 2 Thursday evenings (6-9pm) - there is OPTIONAL one to one time with the lecturer - dates of these times will be available at the start of the module.
Module 2: Change Leadership - Delivered over 3 weekends (Friday & Saturday) - there is OPTIONAL one to one time with the lecturer - dates of these times will be available at the start of the module.

Semester 2:
Module 2: Change Leadership - Delivered over 3 weekends (Friday & Saturday) - there is OPTIONAL one to one time with the lecturer - dates of these times will be available at the start of the module.
Module 3: Digital Transformation - 12 Tuesday evenings (6-9pm) - there is OPTIONAL one to one time with the lecturer - dates of these times will be available at the start of the module.

Delivery Notes

Delivery Mode: Blended Learning i.e. face to face plus online:

Module 1: Communication: Contexts & Culture (10 Credits)
Term 1, Delivered online, 9 Tuesday evenings 6pm until 9pm plus 2 Thursday
evenings 6pm until 9pm.

Module 2: Change Leadership (10 Credits)
Term 1 and 2, Delivered face to face and online over 6 weekends (Friday and
Saturday)

Module 3: Digital Transformation (10 Credits)
Term 2, Delivered online, 12 Tuesday evenings 6pm until 9pm

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Deborah Kett

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in TUS Midlands Midwest request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Phone

+353 61 293055

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Application Procedures

**** REGISTER YOUR INTEREST: Please email Springboard@lit.ie to register your interest for this programme. All those on the Interest List will receive an email alert once we open for applications ****

Apply online here at www.springboardcourses.ie. Once you submit your application you will receive an automated acknowledgement email with a unique reference application number. Please quote this reference number when contacting Springboard in TUS Midlands Midwest, Limerick Campus.

To complete the application process you must upload the following supporting documents via the Springboard portal. Supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application.

1. Current CV *must be up to date
2. Proof of existing level 8 educational qualification or equivalent

Please note that successful applicants may be required to provide below supporting documents closer to programme start date. TBC by Springboard HEA.

3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month
5. Proof of Residency (2019, 2020, 2021)

**RPL Applicants Only**
For those applying through RPL, a LIMITED number of applicants will be invited to an online interview for entry to this programme based on a pre-screening of the initial application.
As per TUS/LIT's RPL Policy, applicants must submit their application online here and then email Springboard@lit.ie requesting consideration under TUS/LIT's RPL policy. Further details on the RPL presentation will be issued to applicants invited to interview.

Please note that places are LIMITED and only COMPLETE applications can be assessed by the Programme Team. Please apply online here for your programme and ensure ALL Supporting Documents are uploaded to your application. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. TUS will not pursue applicants for missing documents.

This programme is 90% funded for those in employment. Students who fall into this category must pay a 10% fee of €330 to secure their place on the programme. This 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid before commencement date.

RETURNERS: If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarized affidavit confirming this. Download here and have completed by Peace Commissioner (no charge) or Commissioner of Oaths..

EXAMS: : All modules are 100% Continuous Assessments. There are no end of term exams. The assessments are designed to be reflective, practical and relevant to your understanding and development of your ability to lead others. There are various assessment formats used including; essay, report, poster and presentation

FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €3,300. Applicants in employment will qualify for 90% Springboard+ funding and the 10% fee to be paid will be €330. Please note that this 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full before you commence your programme of study. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment will qualify for 100% funding.

TUS Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser: https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

This course will be Springboard funded for 22-23 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.***IMPORTANT NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process this may affect your fees and Springboard funding. It is your responsibility to inform us by email to Springboard@lit.ie and to provide proof of new status***

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Part-Time Flexible Learning

https://lit.ie/flexible-learning