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Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business

CAO code: BN110 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Special circumstances
  • QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates

 

Duration: 4 years
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: CAO
2018 Points: 250
Award title: Bachelor of Business (Honours)
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6; 60 @ NFQ Level 7; 60 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body: ITB  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate applicants will require a H5 in any two higher level subjects and a 06/H7 in four other subjects, these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish.

Foundation level mathematics will meet the minimum entry requirement where a grade F2 or higher is achieved.

There is no prior language requirement for the language electives. Students may choose an elective language from French, German or Spanish.

Mature students may be admitted without meeting these formal requirements.

Minimum entry requirements for QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates, see www.itb.ie/QQI-FET

 

Course Content

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Year 1
Semester 1
  • Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Economics: Micro Economics
  • Exploring Modern Enterprises
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education
  • Business Mathematics and Statistics 1
  • Electives:

    French PLC 1a or Spanish Ab-Initio 1a or Spanish PLC 1a or German Ab-Initio 1a or German PLC1a or French Ab Initio 1a or *English for Academic Purposes 1

Semester 2
  • Fundamentals of Economics : Macro Economics
  • Leading Modern Enterprises
  • Business Mathematics and Statistics 2
  • Business Information Systems
  • Electives:
    French PLC 1b or Spanish Ab-Initio 1b or Spanish PLC 1b or German Ab-Initio 1b or German PLC 1b or French Ab-Initio 1b or *English for Academic Purposes 2

* Where students already have a native speaker competence in a language which may be used for international business, students may choose to take the English for Academic Purposes electives in Year 1. Students who take French, German or Spanish in Semester 1 are required to continue with this language for the duration of the programme.
Year 2
Semester 3
  • Financial Accounting
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Principles of Marketing
  • European Studies
  • Group Elective 1:
    French for Business 2a or German for Business 2a or Spanish for Business 2a
  • Group Elective 2:
    French Language, Culture and Society 2a or German Language, Culture and Society 2a or Spanish Language, Culture and Society 2a
  • Group Elective 3:
    English for Business Purposes 1 and Traditional Irish Culture and Society
Semester 4
  • Introduction to Management and Cost Accounting
  • Information Management
  • International Economic & Public Policy
  • Marketing Communications
  • Group Elective 1:
    French for Business 2b or German for Business 2b or Spanish for Business 2b
  • Group Elective 2:
    French Language, Culture and Society 2b or German Language, Culture and Society 2b or Spanish Language, Culture and Society 2b
  • Group Elective 3:
    English for Business Purposes 2 and Contemporary Irish Culture and Society

Students who have chosen a language elective (French, German, Spanish) in Semester 1 must take one module from Group Elective 1 and one module from from Group Elective 2. Students who have chosen English for Academic Purposes 1 in Sem 1 must take both modules from from Group Elective 3.
Year 3

Students on this programme can choose from one of the below four options in Year 3.

Option 1 : Both Semester 5 and Semester 6 aborad on Erasmus studies.

Option 2 : Semester 5 in ITB with Semester 6 abroad on Erasmus studies.

Option 3 : Both Semester 5 and 6 in ITB.

Option 4 : Semester 5 aborad on Erasmus studies with Semester 6 in ITB

Year 3 - Option 1
Semester 5 (Abroad on Erasmus)
  • Semester Abroad 1
Semester 6 (Abroad on Erasmus)
  • Semester Abroad 2
Year 3 - Option 2
Semester 5 (in ITB)
  • Financial Management 1
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Group Elective 1:
    French for Business 3a or German for Business 3a or Spanish for Business 3a
  • Group Elective 2:
    Spanish Ab-Initio 1a or German Ab-Initio 1a or French Ab-Initio 1a or Global Business Environment

Note : Students who have chosen a language elective (French, German, Spanish) in Sem 1 must take one module from Group Elective 1 and one module from Group Elective 2. Students on the English language speaking stream must choose 2 modules from Group Elective 2. Students who take either semester 5 or 6 abroad cannot take Operations Management as this module is delivered across both semesters.

Semester 6 (Abroad on Erasmus)
  • Semester Abroad 2
Year 3 - Option 3
Semester 5 (in ITB)
  • Financial Management 1
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Group Elective 1:
    French for Business 3a or German for Business 3a or Spanish for Business 3a
  • Group Elective 2:
    Spanish Ab-Initio 1a or German Ab-Initio 1a or French Ab-Initio 1a or Operations Management * or Global Business Environment

Note : Students who have chosen a language elective (French, German, Spanish) in Sem 1 must take one module from Group Elective 1 and one module from Group Elective 2. Students on the English language speaking stream must choose 2 modules from Group Elective 2. * Operations Management runs across both Semesters 5 and 6

Semester 6 (in ITB)
  • Business Law
  • Databases for Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Intercultural Studies for the Export Market
  • Group Elective 1:
    French for Business 3b or German for Business 3b or Spanish for Business 3b
  • Group Elective 2:
    Spanish Ab-Initio 1b or German Ab-Initio 1b or French Ab-Initio 1b or Enterprise Development

Note : Students who have chosen a language elective (French, German, Spanish) in Sem 1 must take one module from Group Elective 1 and one module from Group Elective 2. Students on the English language speaking stream must choose 2 modules from Group Elective 2. * Operations Management runs across both Semesters 5 and 6

 

Year 3 - Option 4
Semester 5 (Abroad on Erasmus) Semester Abroad 1
Semester 6 (in ITB)
  • Business Law
  • Databases for Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Intercultural Studies for the Export Market
  • Group Elective 1:
    French for Business 3b or German for Business 3b or Spanish for Business 3b
  • Group Elective 2:
    Spanish Ab-Initio 1b or German Ab-Initio 1b or French Ab-Initio 1b or Enterprise Development

Note : Students who have chosen a language elective (French, German, Spanish) in Sem 1 must take one module from Group Elective 1 and one module from Group Elective 2. Students on the English language speaking stream must choose 2 modules from Group Elective 2. * Operations Management runs across both Semesters 5 and 6

Year 4
Semester 7
  • International Selling & Sales
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Group Elective 1:
    French for Business 4a or German for Business 4a or Spanish for Business 4a
  • Group Elective 2: French Language, Culture & Society 4a or German Language, Culture & Society 4a or Spanish Language, Culture & Society 4a
  • Group Elective 3: Project Management or Strategic Human Resource Management or Business Research Methods or Digital & Contemporary Marketing Practice or Business Ethics or Financial Information Analysis

Students who have chosen a language elective (French, German, Spanish) in Sem 1 must take one module from Group Elective 1 and one module from Group Elective 2. Students on the English language speaking stream must choose two modules from Group Elective 2.

Semester 8
  • Global Marketing
  • Business Strategy
  • Group Elective 1 : French for Business 4b or German for Business 4b or Spanish for Business 4b
  • Group Elective 2: French Language, Culture & Society 4b or German Language, Culture & Society 4b or Spanish Language, Culture & Society 4b
  • Group Elective 3: Business Intelligence or Business Project or Strategic Management of Information Systems or Supply Chain Management or Service Marketing Management or Corporate Social Responsibility

Students who have chosen a language elective (French, German, Spanish) in Sem 1 must take one module from Group Elective 1 and two modules from Group Elective 2. Students on the English language speaking stream must choose three modules from Group Elective 2.

Note : The choice of electives are dependent upon learner demand and resource availability and may vary from year to year.

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What our students say...

After I finished my Leaving Cert, I spent a year abroad in Switzerland and Germany. That year helped me realise what I wanted to do with my life. I had looked into a few other colleges who offer Business with a language, but their modules were not as attractive as those offered at ITB and there was no Erasmus option. Languages are something that I've always been interested in, so the language option and the Erasmus year on the course was what appealed to me.                                                When I commenced the International Business course at ITB, I was all the more interested after already spending a year away.
The course has a huge variety of modules, ranging from Economics, Marketing, Business Information Systems and Financial Accounting to a choice of languages, in my case - German. Students have the opportunity to gain a lot of hands-on skills, for example marketing at the college open day. The lecturers are all incredibly understanding and patient.
                                             If you are considering ITB, you wont regret it. They offer so many courses but they are also quite specialised compared to other colleges. Its a small, tightly knit campus and one of those places that you will always meet somebody you know. I love how every week there is usually a different event on campus. The Students union celebrate the small things and if you are part of a society you will never be bored! I would highly recommend International Business at ITB.                                                              Una Glennon
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