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Critical Business Skills (Diploma)
The Diploma in Critical Business Skills aims to enable those with non-business backgrounds, to fulfil their potential and progress to middle management roles. The course is designed to develop critical business skills required to contribute to economic development and productivity within their organisation or elsewhere.
The syllabus will use methods of self-reflection to evaluate personal performance and professional development. Participants will assess personal strengths, characteristics and skills that impact on workplace performance. They will design strategies to enhance personal and organisational strengths and manage weaknesses. Graduates will develop valuable leadership and management skills required to maximise their team's contribution to the organisation. Negotiation skills are a key skill in a wide range of business contexts, such as contracts, deal-making, employment discussions, team building, and disputes. This course will enable graduates to understand, accommodate and manage individual differences through constructive negotiations.
The Diploma in Critical Business Skills is approved by Engineers Ireland as a CPD learning opportunity for engineers.
Visit our Business Students Launchpad for sample learning material, tips for online learning & time management and further information on getting started with NUI Galway as a part-time learner.
Mode of Study: Online Learning
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.
Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.
NB: Applicants must have a level 7 award in any discipline of no less than 90 ECTS.
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments, online activities and a block release workshop in semester 2 for the module Negotiation Skills.
Applicants must have a level 7 award in any discipline of no less than 90 ECTS. Three years of industry experience is desirable, but not essential. General entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, English language requirements etc.).
1 year, part-time
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Mode of study
The 2022/23 modules are as follows:
Business Law I
Organisational Psychology and Analysis
Leading and Managing People
Negotiation Skills (workshop - 27th, 28th and 29th January 2023)
Graduates may go on to select from a range of level 8 and 9 postgraduate courses at NUI Galway or further afield.
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates can progress in a diverse range of industries, such as financial services, information systems and human resources.
Who’s Suited to This Course
This course is suitable for those with non-business backgrounds. This course is designed to develop digital, transversal, management and leadership skills within graduates. Graduates should also develop the fundamental skills necessary to adapt to market trends and prepare for the future.
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:
- Understand the relevant business regulations and legislation
- Achieve key analytical, critical thinking, negotiating and leadership skills required for business success
- Critically examine the national and global business environments to identifying market needs and trends
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:
- Job-seekers Benefit
- Job-seekers Allowance
- One-parent family allowance
- Disability allowance
- Community Employment Scheme
- Carer’s Allowance
- Signing for social insurance contribution credits
Please download the 2022_23 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.
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