Management Practice (Specialist Diploma) (Blended Learning) (September 2020)

University of Limerick (21SDMNPRTDA)
Key Programme Details
Award

Minor

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Management Development Unit

General Information
Contact

Ask to speak to a Springboard+ coordinator

Email

springboard@ul.ie

Phone

061-202605 or 061-234379

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
Castletroy
Limerick
V94 T9PX

Important Dates
Application Deadline

23/07/2020

Start Date

12/09/2020

End Date

17/05/2021

About this Course

Applications for this course are closed since 23rd July. We are unable to accept any late applications for this course. Any applications received before the closing date will be contacted in the coming weeks with an update.

Please note the start date of this course has been changed to 12th September 2020

The Specialist Diploma in Management Practice is a skills-based programme designed for graduates who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental management competencies while building upon their existing skills and knowledge in the area of business management practice.

The programme offers a robust combination of advanced practical management skills while developing the entrepreneurial and innovative capabilities of the student. Students will also be required to undertake a Problem Based Learning (PBL) project with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. The aim of this project is to develop the entrepreneurial mindset of the student and to explore viable business opportunities, both national and international.

This Specialist Diploma has a strong focus and approach on skills-based learning which encourages students to actively collaborate and expand their critical thinking skills in the classroom. This Level 9 award will greatly enhance the managerial skills of participants beyond the level of current offerings, to fill the skills gap which exists in middle to upper management.

Given the current environment the first semester of this course is planned to be delivered fully online. In line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation, this will be reviewed for semester 2 and may likely be delivered in a part-time blended format at this point.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please keep an on this section of the University of Limerick website:
https://www.ul.ie/covid-home

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Objectives

On successful completion graduates will be equipped with:

- the knowledge and skills to competently deal with challenges within the complex and dynamic business environment.

- strategic vision and innovative solutions, supported with practical business knowledge and tools which can easily adapt and respond to such complex issues in our rapidly changing, competitive environment.

Entry Requirements

Level 8 qualification in any discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with a second-class honours degree or higher. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course.

Each application is considered on an individual basis and is assessed by the Selection Panel for the programme.

Educational qualifications, work and life experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered and evaluated usually, but not always, by means of an interview.

Applicants may be short-listed for interviews, depending on the number of applications received. It is highly advisable to submit a strong and thorough application in the event that short-listing for interview does take place.

In conjunction with the RPL policy of the University (see attached PDF) this Specialist Diploma will consider previous experience as means of application through an ethical and transparent RPL process.

Long Description

This programme has been specifically designed for the successful career progression and upskilling of our graduates, leading to senior careers in the area of business management and leadership for global business, industry and public sector positions. It embraces the technological developments in information technology of the last half century and makes them central to the management skills required by modern business, now and into the future.

Due to the constantly evolving and increasingly challenging business environment within which we operate, graduates of this Specialist Diploma will directly benefit their current and future organisations. The demanding business and economic climate, places increasing demands on business professionals to apply strategic vision and innovative solutions, supported with practical business knowledge and tools which can easily adapt and respond to such complex issues in our
rapidly changing, competitive environment.

The following benefits are key to the success of the programme:

- Skills-based learning, allowing graduates to immediately express and apply their knowledge to industry.
- Development of knowledge and skills to competently deal with challenges within the complex and dynamic business environment.
- Filling of skills shortage, ensure career progression and formalise graduate’s education in management.
- Exposing graduates to realistic business problems and develops their approach to problem solving.
- Enabling industry-based learning with guest lectures and company-based projects.
- Focus groups and workshops allowing students to build relationships among their peers and learn from other students with varying backgrounds, leads to an increased awareness and appreciation for the many industry types for which this programme has been produced.
- Blended learning offers students the opportunity to learn while meeting work and personal commitments.

MODULES:

CM6901 Professional Business Communication Skills: Provide effective business communication & presentation skills
AC6111 - Financial Management and Decision Making: Fundamental concepts & practices of management accounting & finance for non-business students
AU5011 - Strategic Business & Services Management: Overview of the strategy process & operations management from concept to deployment
PT5041 - Strategy Formulation and Implementation: Principles of strategic management focusing on using projects as a framework for implementation
AU5032 - Marketing Technology : Introduction to relational approaches to marketing
CA4003 Career Development: An optional module for those students who wish to pursue this professional development workshop. Which prepare learners with CV and career coaching, develop a LinkedIn/online presence, physical presentation and interviews skills.
IE2011 Industry Learning Project: Optional module for unemployed students who require a placement in the area of course study.

All assessment is done through Tutor Marked Assignments .
There are no sit-down examinations.

Timetable Info

Given the current environment the first semester of this course is planned to be delivered fully online. In line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation, this will be reviewed for semester 2 and may likely be delivered in a part-time blended format at this point.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please regularly consult this section of the University of Limerick website:
https://www.ul.ie/covid-home

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Ask to speak to a Springboard+ coordinator

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
Castletroy
Limerick
V94 T9PX

Phone

061-202605 or 061-234379

Email

springboard@ul.ie

RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2020 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures

APPLICATION TO A SPRINGBOARD+ COURSE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK IS A 2 STEP PROCESS.

Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2).
You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- Digital quality head and shoulders photograph.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
requirements:
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
AND
• English language competency certificate



FEES - EMPLOYED APPLICANTS ONLY
All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Employed participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €300 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
Should an offer be made, in order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €300 outlined above. Once the €250 acceptance has been paid then the remaining fee (€50) will be due for payment for semester 2 and is due by 15th January 2021

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:
NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.

Unemployed
Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).

Returners
Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)