The BA (Hons) in Business with a pathway in Project Management is designed to provide a strong grounding in fundamental business concepts, ideas, practices and methodologies.

 

Throughout this EQF level 6/NFQ level 8 honors program, students will undertake comprehensive and critical analysis of business organisations, functions, processes and management techniques. This pathway deals comprehensively with contemporary project management concepts for business whilst exploring the social, organizational, behavioral, and systems issues of project management and the provision of a framework for managing projects.

 

The BA (Hons) in Business with a pathway in Project Management is a three-year full-time program (180 ECTS).


Dublin Business School (DBS) is a private higher education institution and Ireland’s largest accredited independent provider of higher education. Its programs are accredited by Quality and Qual­ifications Ireland (QQI), the Irish state body for quality assurance of all education and training services. The institution has 90 awards (including embedded awards) currently validated under QQI.

 

 

DEGREE AWARDED

 

A state-recognized Dublin Business School BA (Hons) in Business degree awarded by Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

 

Dublin Business School (DBS) is a private higher education institution and Ireland’s largest accredited independent provider of higher education. Its programs are accredited by Quality and Qual­ifications Ireland (QQI), the Irish state body for quality assurance of all education and training services. The institution has 90 awards (including embedded awards) currently validated under QQI.

 

 

Awarding Body 

 

Quality and Qualifications, Ireland (QQI) is the Irish State body responsible for the Quality Assurance of all education and training services in Ireland. QQI sets quality assurance criteria for the sector and regulates and approves programs of study. For more information about QQI, click here.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The BA (Hons) in Business (Project Management) program is a six-semester, three-year program (180 ECTS). Courses comprise of formative and summative assessment as well as group work and presentations.

 

This pathway provides students with a comprehensive understanding of business and management concepts, and includes an additional focus on the management of business projects from initial feasibility of a project idea right through to project completion and close out.

Program Duration
3 years
Credits
180 Ects
Teaching Language
English
Start Dates
October, January
You can do it in
Munich
Schedule
Full-time
Title
BA (Hons) in Business
Awarding body
Quality and Qualifications, Ireland (QQI)
Level
EQF level 6/NFQ level 8
PROGRAM
SEMESTER 1

The following courses are 10 ECTS credits over two semesters:
  • This course introduces the student to concepts and techniques within mathematics and statistics that are relevant in the modern business environment. Students will study different data collection methods and sampling techniques, along with appropriate methods for summarizing and presenting data. Students will apply various theories and concepts of research techniques and demonstrate how mathematical models can be applied to research activities. The course will enable students to cultivate an approach and methodology for solving contemporary business problems using appropriate mathematical and statistical tools.

  • This course introduces students to analysis of the business environment. The course provides students with an appreciation of the external and internal business environment. The course introduces environmental analysis tools, examines the contribution of the various functional areas, and introduces the concepts of organizational change, ethics, and entrepreneurship. Finally, the course also exposes students to an introductory review of business law and regulation.

  • This course introduces the student to marketing concepts and theories that provide a comprehensive foundation within the marketing subject area. Lectures will be the primary method of delivery. Students are supported by tutorials to facilitate further discussion of material and guidance for self‐directed learning.  

    Guest lecturers will be invited to offer seminars to develop the student’s understanding of current practices in marketing led organizations.

  • This course enables students to focus on the essential concepts of computing and related technologies. Students focus upon the fundamental issues surrounding the world of computing through a balance between theory and applied learning. Students will build practical skills in database, spreadsheets, and web technologies. They will also contextualize the role that computer technologies have played in facilitating the evolution and development of business systems, and the legal and ethical issues that have emerged through this process.

  • This course is designed to expose students to contemporary economic perspectives, for example: free market versus government interventionist policies. By applying theoretical frameworks to various industries and different economies, students will develop and in-depth view of this complex environment and an understanding of real-world developments.

This course is 5 ECTS credits:
  • This course provides the students with knowledge of the behavior required to transition into third level education. The course builds upon existing learning and equips the student with the skills required in an academic and the business context. This course provides students with the practical strategies to thrive both as individuals and in teams in a third level environment. The course is specifically designed to develop the following skills and competencies: academic and referencing, the ability to operate in groups, and the techniques of effective public speaking.

SEMESTER 2

The following courses are 10 ECTS credits over two semesters:
  • This course introduces the student to concepts and techniques within mathematics and statistics that are relevant in the modern business environment. Students will study different data collection methods and sampling techniques, along with appropriate methods for summarizing and presenting data. Students will apply various theories and concepts of research techniques and demonstrate how mathematical models can be applied to research activities. The course will enable students to cultivate an approach and methodology for solving contemporary business problems using appropriate mathematical and statistical tools.

  • This course introduces students to analysis of the business environment. The course provides students with an appreciation of the external and internal business environment. The course introduces environmental analysis tools, examines the contribution of the various functional areas, and introduces the concepts of organizational change, ethics, and entrepreneurship. Finally, the course also exposes students to an introductory review of business law and regulation.

  • This course introduces the student to marketing concepts and theories that provide a comprehensive foundation within the marketing subject area. Lectures will be the primary method of delivery. Students are supported by tutorials to facilitate further discussion of material and guidance for self‐directed learning.  

    Guest lecturers will be invited to offer seminars to develop the student’s understanding of current practices in marketing led organizations.

  • This course enables students to focus on the essential concepts of computing and related technologies. Students focus upon the fundamental issues surrounding the world of computing through a balance between theory and applied learning. Students will build practical skills in database, spreadsheets, and web technologies. They will also contextualize the role that computer technologies have played in facilitating the evolution and development of business systems, and the legal and ethical issues that have emerged through this process.

  • This course is designed to expose students to contemporary economic perspectives, for example: free market versus government interventionist policies. By applying theoretical frameworks to various industries and different economies, students will develop and in-depth view of this complex environment and an understanding of real-world developments.

This course is 5 ECTS credits:
  • This course will introduce students to the principles, concepts and techniques required to understand the core components of business finance and internal/external financial analysis. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of finance in the key areas of financial reporting, budgeting, variance analysis, performance evaluation and the role of various stakeholders.

SEMESTER 3

The following courses are 10 ECTS credits over two semesters:
  • This course introduces the student to the nature of management and advocates the importance of good managerial practice in contemporary organizations. The course is designed to explain the integrative nature of managerial functions. The course identifies how their environment affects organizations and how organizations in turn create change, through innovation and adapt to their local and global environments. Students will be encouraged to understand how management has evolved and continues to be influenced by institutional and cultural factors. The course places an increased emphasis on corporate governance, ethics, data mining for performance management, entrepreneurship, innovation, change management and operations and supply chain management.

  • This course introduces students to financial management principles. The course provides students with the knowledge and understanding to apply the basic principles, concepts, and techniques of financial management in commercial situations.

  • The course introduces students to the role of Information Systems in a business organization. It focuses on how modern businesses use information technology and systems to support management, business functions and activities. Multiple emerging digital technologies are becoming the basis of competitive strategies that are having a profound impact on existing businesses and creating opportunities for new ones.  

    Students will also develop practical skills in web design using client-side technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript which meet current web standards while also building a series of interactive spreadsheet data analysis models to meet business requirements.

  • This course provides the participant with an understanding of the importance of Project Planning & Control in Project Management. The course assists students in adopting an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the importance and relevance of Project Planning & Control within Project Management. Planning and control focus on the reconciliation between what the market requires and what the operations resources can deliver. This course will enable students to gain mechanisms to communicate what tasks need to get done and identify the different organizational resources to be allocated in order for tasks to be completed within a specific timeframe.

  • This course provides the student with an understanding of the importance of Project Feasibility in Project Management. The course assists student in adopting an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the importance and relevance of Project Feasibility within Project Management. Project management is important because it ensures proper expectations are set around what can be delivered, by when, and for how much. Effective project managers should be able to negotiate reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones across stakeholders, teams, and management. Many of the issues that impact a project result in one way or another from project risk. The student will gain theoretical and practical skills required to develop Project Feasibility. Students will apply appropriate methodologies and understand basic approaches, best-practice techniques as well as appreciate the dynamic project management environment and the approach that underpin it.

This course is 5 ECTS credits:
  • The course will provide the environment to assist the student to apply ethical principles in a given situation whether in business practice or in research. The importance of leadership and teamwork in relation to ethical practices will be appraised. Learners will be encouraged to scrutinize both Irish and international government legislations, policies, and company responsibilities in relation to ensuring ethical business and research practices. The course will be delivered using a combination of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, case studies, published research papers, and self-directed learning. In addition, the course will provide workshops enabling students to debate and apply their knowledge to practical business situations.

SEMESTER 4

The following courses are 10 ECTS credits over two semesters:
  • This course introduces the student to the nature of management and advocates the importance of good managerial practice in contemporary organizations. The course is designed to explain the integrative nature of managerial functions. The course identifies how their environment affects organizations and how organizations in turn create change, through innovation and adapt to their local and global environments. Students will be encouraged to understand how management has evolved and continues to be influenced by institutional and cultural factors. The course places an increased emphasis on corporate governance, ethics, data mining for performance management, entrepreneurship, innovation, change management and operations and supply chain management.

  • This course introduces students to financial management principles. The course provides students with the knowledge and understanding to apply the basic principles, concepts, and techniques of financial management in commercial situations.

  • The course introduces students to the role of Information Systems in a business organization. It focuses on how modern businesses use information technology and systems to support management, business functions and activities. Multiple emerging digital technologies are becoming the basis of competitive strategies that are having a profound impact on existing businesses and creating opportunities for new ones.  

    Students will also develop practical skills in web design using client-side technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript which meet current web standards while also building a series of interactive spreadsheet data analysis models to meet business requirements.

  • This course provides the participant with an understanding of the importance of Project Planning & Control in Project Management. The course assists students in adopting an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the importance and relevance of Project Planning & Control within Project Management. Planning and control focus on the reconciliation between what the market requires and what the operations resources can deliver. This course will enable students to gain mechanisms to communicate what tasks need to get done and identify the different organizational resources to be allocated in order for tasks to be completed within a specific timeframe.

  • This course provides the student with an understanding of the importance of Project Feasibility in Project Management. The course assists student in adopting an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the importance and relevance of Project Feasibility within Project Management. Project management is important because it ensures proper expectations are set around what can be delivered, by when, and for how much. Effective project managers should be able to negotiate reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones across stakeholders, teams, and management. Many of the issues that impact a project result in one way or another from project risk. The student will gain theoretical and practical skills required to develop Project Feasibility. Students will apply appropriate methodologies and understand basic approaches, best-practice techniques as well as appreciate the dynamic project management environment and the approach that underpin it.

This course is 5 ECTS credits:
  • The course is designed to give students a deeper appreciation of the roots of political economic perspectives existing in the world today, in order to understand the free-market approach and the government interventionist approach of policy. Students will also apply the theoretical frameworks provided in lectures to individual markets/industries and wider macro environments to enable them to develop a more sophisticated view of the political economic events taking place in the real-world context.

SEMESTER 5

The following courses are 10 ECTS credits over two semesters:
  • This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, concepts, and tools necessary to understand, and respond to, the increasingly complex, global, volatile, and dynamic context in which organizational strategy formulation and development take place today. This course will conduct a detailed study of the nature of strategy content, and of strategic processes, in a variety or organizational/industry settings designed to equip students for further study at post‐graduate level and for future career development.

  • This course provides an integrated framework whereby global business-relevant trends/issues may be identified and analyzed, their strategic implications may be understood, and informed business responses may be deployed.

  • The course provides students with a comprehensive and modern view of talent planning, management, and resourcing. Students will view how Human Resource (HR) specialists demonstrably add value in pursuit of competitive advantage and organizational sustainability. Among other contemporary issues, like HR metrics and data analytics, students will be introduced to the complexity surrounding the reconfiguration of the HR role, the impact of environmental factors on HR performance, the rise of the HR strategic business partner, the potential of e-enabled HR and HR outsourcing opportunities. The course also includes an assessment of the traditional HR activities, recruitment and selection, training and development and associated sophisticated policies and practices.

  • This course provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work independently, or in a group setting, on a well-defined research question in an organized and critical manner. The course will enable students to develop their research and analytical skills. The capstone module, business project synergizes previous learning and ensures graduate attributes such as independent learning, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as research and development are captured by the student and necessitates time management and planning.  

    Students will be provided with appropriate research topics in the specific domain they choose to focus upon. Students will select their research question, determine the appropriate research approach, summarize the relevant literature, apply specific research methodologies, collect secondary data, critically appraise their findings, and construct appropriate recommendations.

  • This course enables the student to understand the importance of Project Planning Techniques in Project Management. The course assists students in adopting an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the importance and relevance of Project Planning Techniques within Project Management. The course provides the context for application of theories and concepts to the workplace. The project management simulation will take the form of participation in a business game where students will apply the knowledge they have gained to resolve a workplace problem incorporating role play. Students will assess their skill acquisition across the program and prepare a Personal Development E-Portfolio which they can use subsequently to aid career choice and continuing professional development. Students will complete Learning Logs as they progress to facilitate recording of skill acquisition.

  • This course provides the participant with an understanding of the importance of Project Management & Evaluation in Project Management. The course assists students in adopting an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the importance and relevance of Project Management & Feasibility within Project Management. The student will gain theoretical and practical skills required to develop Project Management & Feasibility. Students will apply appropriate methodologies and understand basic approaches, best-practice techniques as well as appreciate the dynamic project management environment and the approach that underpin it.

SEMESTER 6

The following courses are 10 ECTS credits over two semesters:
  • This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, concepts, and tools necessary to understand, and respond to, the increasingly complex, global, volatile, and dynamic context in which organizational strategy formulation and development take place today. This course will conduct a detailed study of the nature of strategy content, and of strategic processes, in a variety or organizational/industry settings designed to equip students for further study at post‐graduate level and for future career development.

  • This course provides an integrated framework whereby global business-relevant trends/issues may be identified and analyzed, their strategic implications may be understood, and informed business responses may be deployed.

  • The course provides students with a comprehensive and modern view of talent planning, management, and resourcing. Students will view how Human Resource (HR) specialists demonstrably add value in pursuit of competitive advantage and organizational sustainability. Among other contemporary issues, like HR metrics and data analytics, students will be introduced to the complexity surrounding the reconfiguration of the HR role, the impact of environmental factors on HR performance, the rise of the HR strategic business partner, the potential of e-enabled HR and HR outsourcing opportunities. The course also includes an assessment of the traditional HR activities, recruitment and selection, training and development and associated sophisticated policies and practices.

  • This course provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work independently, or in a group setting, on a well-defined research question in an organized and critical manner. The course will enable students to develop their research and analytical skills. The capstone module, business project synergizes previous learning and ensures graduate attributes such as independent learning, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as research and development are captured by the student and necessitates time management and planning.  

    Students will be provided with appropriate research topics in the specific domain they choose to focus upon. Students will select their research question, determine the appropriate research approach, summarize the relevant literature, apply specific research methodologies, collect secondary data, critically appraise their findings, and construct appropriate recommendations.

  • This course enables the student to understand the importance of Project Planning Techniques in Project Management. The course assists students in adopting an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the importance and relevance of Project Planning Techniques within Project Management. The course provides the context for application of theories and concepts to the workplace. The project management simulation will take the form of participation in a business game where students will apply the knowledge they have gained to resolve a workplace problem incorporating role play. Students will assess their skill acquisition across the program and prepare a Personal Development E-Portfolio which they can use subsequently to aid career choice and continuing professional development. Students will complete Learning Logs as they progress to facilitate recording of skill acquisition.

  • This course provides the participant with an understanding of the importance of Project Management & Evaluation in Project Management. The course assists students in adopting an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the importance and relevance of Project Management & Feasibility within Project Management. The student will gain theoretical and practical skills required to develop Project Management & Feasibility. Students will apply appropriate methodologies and understand basic approaches, best-practice techniques as well as appreciate the dynamic project management environment and the approach that underpin it.

EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates of this program in Munich can go on to have successful careers in roles such as:

  

  • IT
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Event Management

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

The BA (Hons) in Business (Project Management) prepares students for future careers in global business ventures and large international organizations. In addition, after graduating, students will competently: 

  • Assess knowledge and information, tools, and techniques in a critical way to confidently adapt to changing business environments.  
  • Evaluate data and information derived through research to ensure relevant new knowledge is continually incorporated to enhance business planning and decision making.  
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiation, persuasion, and presentation in individual and group situations.  
  • Display an in‐depth understanding of the inter‐relationships between business functions and business processes and their impact on product and service provision.  
  • Apply diagnostic and creative skills in the solution of business problems showing an interdisciplinary approach to resolution.  
  • Demonstrate a capacity to contribute to business development and enhanced strategic decision-making. 
  • Appreciate the importance of the project management function within organizations and adopt an appropriate project management perspective with regard to the management of projects within organizations. 
  • Analyse methods, tools, and techniques for planning, monitoring, and controlling projects and for risk management within and around projects. 
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