Certificate in Management Practice (Certificate in Management Practice)

University College Cork (CMP)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate (Special Purpose Award)

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

ACE

General Information
Contact

Lorna Moloney

Email

Ace.Springboard@ucc.ie

Phone

0876931100

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,
Cork.

Important Dates
Application Deadline

29/07/2022

Start Date

20/09/2022

End Date

23/05/2023

About this Course

The Certificate in Management Practice is a one-year, part-time programme delivered via a blended teaching model. The programme content has been amended to reflect recent feedback received from the Southwest Regional Skills Forum and through engagement with local employers. The programme combines four modules commencing with the important topic of self-management, and how to develop yourself as an effective manager. This module includes topics such as emotions, resilience, and empathy. The second module focuses on people management exploring how organisational sustainability is achieved through people. This module explores topics such as managing teams – cross functional, inter-generational, hybrid working, diverse teams; how to recruit, engage, develop, and retain people. The third module helps students to explore creativity and innovation in a problem solving and decision-making context via the introduction of innovative tools and techniques. Finally, the programme concludes with an introduction to managing finance; helping students to familiarise with how financial resources are planned and operated within an organisational context.

This programme responds to government and industry reports which underscore the need to develop and future proof management skills. For example, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (June 2021) made five key recommendations, one of which was “the development and increased engagement with entrepreneurial and management skills training”. These management skills are more important today than ever before. COVID-19 has been an unprecedented grand challenge and whilst, a level of normality is returning, an ever changing, complex business environment remains. Therefore, it is vital for organisations to be agile, innovative, and responsive. This highlights the absolute necessity for organisations to ensure management have the necessary skills to adapt their practices to this relentless and demanding context.

Importantly, both the programme delivery and curriculum are pertinent in today’s ever-changing competitive environment and designed to appeal to a wide cohort of part-time students in private, public, and not for profit organisations. This Certificate is not sector specific and instead focuses on equipping students from a range of industries with the fundamentals of leadership and management principles, best practices and practical ready-to-apply tools. In a survey of the 2021 Certificate Management Practice graduates, the skills and competencies gained were being leveraged across a diverse industry spectrum - IT, pharmaceutical, health and education.

The programme delivery is a balanced blended approach offering students the opportunity for an in-person learning experience combined with the convenience of online learning. Academic and expert-practitioners deliver the curriculum via diverse teaching methods – case study methods, role-plays, interactive workshops, seminars, and group activities. All of which support the development of the student’s management skills and capabilities. The programme is wholly assessed by continuous assessment and all assessments have a real-world focus where students complete tasks associated with the practical skills learned on the programme. This allows for rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace which we feel is more appropriate now than an accredited work placement given the changing demographics of the Springboard+ cohorts where the vast majority of students are already in employment.

Entry Requirements

Applications will be accepted from candidates who qre over 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
AND
hold a level 6 qualification
OR
Have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience as deemed appropriate by the programme Academic Director.

Note: The programme will be particularly valuable to managers in any sector who have had little or no formal management training and want to strengthen their managerial capabilities through the completion of a formal third level management qualification that is highly practical in its orientation. It is also suitable for people working in non-managerial roles who wish to improve their career development in preparation for future management roles.

English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score

Long Description

The Certificate in Management Practice is a one-year, part-time programme delivered via a blended teaching model. The programme content has been amended to reflect recent feedback received from the Southwest Regional Skills Forum and through engagement with local employers. The programme combines four modules commencing with the important topic of self-management, and how to develop yourself as an effective manager. This module includes topics such as emotions, resilience, and empathy. The second module focuses on people management exploring how organisational sustainability is achieved through people. This module explores topics such as managing teams – cross functional, inter-generational, hybrid working, diverse teams; how to recruit, engage, develop, and retain people. The third module helps students to explore creativity and innovation in a problem solving and decision-making context via the introduction of innovative tools and techniques. Finally, the programme concludes with an introduction to managing finance; helping students to familiarise with how financial resources are planned and operated within an organisational context.

This programme responds to government and industry reports which underscore the need to develop and future proof management skills. For example, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (June 2021) made five key recommendations, one of which was “the development and increased engagement with entrepreneurial and management skills training”. These management skills are more important today than ever before. COVID-19 has been an unprecedented grand challenge and whilst, a level of normality is returning, an ever changing, complex business environment remains. Therefore, it is vital for organisations to be agile, innovative, and responsive. This highlights the absolute necessity for organisations to ensure management have the necessary skills to adapt their practices to this relentless and demanding context.

Importantly, both the programme delivery and curriculum are pertinent in today’s ever-changing competitive environment and designed to appeal to a wide cohort of part-time students in private, public, and not for profit organisations. This Certificate is not sector specific and instead focuses on equipping students from a range of industries with the fundamentals of leadership and management principles, best practices and practical ready-to-apply tools. In a survey of the 2021 Certificate Management Practice graduates, the skills and competencies gained were being leveraged across a diverse industry spectrum - IT, pharmaceutical, health and education.

The programme delivery is a balanced blended approach offering students the opportunity for an in-person learning experience combined with the convenience of online learning. Academic and expert-practitioners deliver the curriculum via diverse teaching methods – case study methods, role-plays, interactive workshops, seminars, and group activities. All of which support the development of the student’s management skills and capabilities. The programme is wholly assessed by continuous assessment and all assessments have a real-world focus where students complete tasks associated with the practical skills learned on the programme. This allows for rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace which we feel is more appropriate now than an accredited work placement given the changing demographics of the Springboard+ cohorts where the vast majority of students are already in employment.

Timetable Info

Blended Online - Online Classes with pre-recorded material & in person workshops

Delivery Notes

Lectures will be delivered entirely online via UCC’s Canvas virtual learning environment. Lectures will be delivered using a blended online approach with pre-recorded material released on a weekly basis prior to a live interactive discussion class with the subject lecturer. Lectures can be viewed at any time, from anywhere, and as often as desired. Detailed lecture notes will accompany each lecture as well as recommended reading. Weekly learning activities will be provided to the learner which will focus and foster active learning directly relevant to the weekly topic and the discussion forums enable peer-to-peer engagement which ensures collaborative and enhanced learning for all. Field work will resume when guidelines allow.

Course commitment: An ability to manage and allocate time to course content each week is necessary. Students are expected to participate in the weekly live class and to engage with the discussion forum to interact with course lecturers, tutors, and other students, where they can discuss content and engage in module material.

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:
* You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
* Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
* You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
* We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
* You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,
Cork.

Phone

0876931100

Email

Ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Application Procedures

CV - Please upload an up-to-date CV.
Academic transcripts (results) or parchment (if results are included) - Please upload evidence of your previous educational qualifications in 1 file. If you do not have your UCC transcript(s) on hand, there is no need to order one, we can view your results on our internal system.

Personal / Motivational Statement - Please upload a document. In 500 words or less, please state: 1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and 2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.

Transcripts showing educational evidence for course.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? - If applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a work, personal or academic reference to support your application.