Agile Business Analysis (Graduate Diploma) (September 2020)

University of Limerick (21 TBC)
Key Programme Details
Award

Minor

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Kemmy Business School

General Information
Contact

Ask for a Springboard+ Co-ordinator

Email

springboard@ul.ie

Phone

061-202605 or 061-234379

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
University of Limerick
Limerick
V94 T9PX

Role

Springboard+ Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

23/07/2020

Start Date

28/09/2020

End Date

17/05/2021

About this Course

The Graduate Diploma in Business Agile Business Analysis is designed to position graduates in the space between data analytics and business decision makers.

This gap has been clearly identified as a skills deficiency in the Irish labour market. This programme is targetted at technically oriented business graduates looking to further develop business and quantitative skills as well as graduates with strong mathematical ability that want to transition into a business environment.

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 of this course, graduates will be equipped with skills and competencies necessary to critically analyise and solve business problems using large data sets, statistical methods, optimisation techniques and predictive models, skills that are necessary to navigate and mitigate any economy turbulence, such as the Brexit scenarios that currently exist.

The modules have been specifically selected to allow participants to approach business problems in an applied, innovative and creative environment, both developing transversal skills as well as providing the opportunity to reflect the skills and competencies required in real-word situations.

In addition, attention will be focused on developing approaches to communicate findings and implement strategies are developed in leadership and project management modules.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement will be a primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant area (business, finance, economics, engineering and mathematics) with an award of Second Class Honours Grade 2.

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications and experience and/or with an appropriate honours degree in a cognate discipline may also be considered for admission. An interview may also form part of the selection process.

Applicants who cannot satisfy the minimum 2.2 honours primary degree requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience (RPL). Applicants must also satisfy the Universities English Language Requirements.

Long Description

Globalisation and technology have transformed the world's economy; international competitiveness is vital to the success of small open economies, like Ireland. Traditional financial institutions and fintech start-ups alike are looking for more candidates with adaptable, agile business skills to be able to navigate and adapt to this ever-evolving this sector.

The first semester develops quantitative skills. The second semester looks at the application of these apply these skills in specific business contexts. In particular this programme seeks to develop participants': Business/Enterprise Skills • High level understanding of Tech Skills. Translator between tech & business. • Business Domain Knowledge • Business/Financial awareness • Governance/Ethics & Data protection/privacy • Audit & Control as well as Soft/Transversal Skills • Presenting Skills • Technical Report Writing • Project Management • Communication and teamwork

MODULES:
CS6401: Database Systems in Practice
CS6501: Machine Learning and Applications
MA610: Statistics for Data Analytics
MI6201: Data and Analytical Decision Making
MN6041:Project Management in Practice
CS6502: Applied Big Data and Visualisation
IN6062: Data Governance and Ethics
MK6102: Digital Organisations, Markets & Consumers
PM6072: Leadership, Influence and Change
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.

Timetable Info

This is traditionally a fulltime courses which is taught on campus. Given the current environment this course is planned to be delivered in line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation. Therefore this course will now be delivered in a fulltime blended format for semester 1 at least.

It is expected that anyone that wishes to participate in this course will be available to attend Full Time, on campus lecturers as soon as delivery can return to normal.

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 for a Springboard+ Co-ordinator

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
University of Limerick
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 €600 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 €600 as outlined above. The full fees of €600 are due in two equal instalments which is €300. Once the €250 acceptance has been paid then the remaining fee for semester 1 of €50 is due by 4th September 2020. The remaining €300 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)