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Business – BBs

  • CAO Points: 233

  • Campus: Thurles

  • years: 3

Course Overview

Put simply, business really matters in the current challenging global economy. The role of business is to enable commerce and to make the world a better place for all – by creating wealth, jobs, prosperity and choices. Our Degree in Business provides students with the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills to work effectively at operational and management level within a business environment in the public or private sector or as a self-employed individual.
Our Business programmes educate students in a broad range of business principles and functions, providing a solid understanding of the modern business world. Coupled with an opportunity to undertake a semester long work placement at the during third year means that, on graduation, our students are equipped with the necessary core knowledge and skills to contribute immediately and effectively to any organisation.

Contact Details

Business and Humanities Faculty Office

Faculty Office


What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/Irish.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

Course Modules

  • Introduction To Financial Accounting

    Credits: 5

    Identify the fundamentals of financial accounting and be able to apply these principles to produce the financial information required by modern business organisations.

  • Business Communication And Analysis

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is that learners will be introduced to the communication process and the essentials of effective business communication be that verbal, non-verbal or written.

  • Business Mathematics

    Credits: 5

    This module will provide the learner with the fundamentals of business mathematics in areas such as graph drawing and interpretation, algebra and its business applications, probability and financial mathematics including investment appraisal.

  • HRM Concepts

    Credits: 5

    To identify and understand the fundamentals of HRM in a modern workplace.

  • Management Principles

    Credits: 5

    To investigate the environmental context of management, to examine the theory supporting management practice and to explore key management functions and the skills needed for managerial success.

  • Marketing Principles

    Credits: 5

    Marketing Principles is an exploration of the theory and practice of marketing, and the marketing function, within the business environment.  Guiding learners from the fundamentals of marketing through to the role and application of marketing within an organisation.  This module will build on the fundamental principles of marketing whilst illustrating the application of these principles to the development of marketing strategy in industry.

  • Financial Accounting

    Credits: 5

    Further development of the financial accounting principles and concepts and be able to apply these to produce the financial information required by modern business organisations.

  • Financial Services Savings and Investments

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to allow the learner gain knowledge of savings and investments in financial services.

  • Information Technology And Data Analysis Application

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is that learners will be introduced to the communication process and the essentials of effective business communication. Equally, the learner will be introduced to information technology and the impact on business along with associate risks and regulations.

  • Marketing Practice

    Credits: 5

    The marketing practice module is centred around equipping the learner with real life strategic techniques and planning approaches and tools used in industry.  The learner will gain an invaluable understanding into the core elements of developing and implementing a successful marketing strategy.  The module will be centred on the opportunities awaiting businesses in the new customer-centric, global marketplace, made readily accessible through the advancements in technology and digital platforms.

  • Organisational Behaviour

    Credits: 5

    To provide learners with an introduction to the organisational setting and dynamic and examine the role of management as an integrating activity. To offer an integrated view embracing both theory and practice and cover the broad range of influences which drive organisational behaviour.

  • Statistical Methods for Business

    Credits: 5

    This module will provide the learner with the fundamentals of statistics and how these can be applied in business.

  • Business Law Fundamentals

    Credits: 5

    This module will equip the learner with an understanding of the legal and regulatory issues involved in Business Law.  The aim of this module is to provide learners with a knowledge of the legal system and principles of tort law and contract law. The module will enable the learner to apply legal theory to different real life scenarios.

  • Cost Accounting

    Credits: 5

    To provide the learner with a comprehensive understanding of the importance of cost accounting principles in the business process. The learner will acquire competencies in costing that can be applied to all business environments.

  • Digital Selling

    Credits: 5

    The role of the salesperson has changed dramatically over time. Sales departments are now at the pinnacle of every company with profits relying on the successful implementation of their selling strategy. Companies have established a clear link between profits & success and marketing/sales departments working in unison. This module aims to look at the contemporary sales role and the challenges faced.

  • Employee Engagement And Well-Being

    Credits: 5

    To introduce the importance of employee well-being and engagement.

  • Introduction To Microeconomics

    Credis: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide learners with decision-making skills and an understanding of the competitive environment.  The module also aims to develop learner’s analytical ability and critical thinking skills.

  • Operations Management

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to develop a wide range of learner skills and decision-making capabilities to ensure the efficient utilisation of organisational resources & capabilities in order to meet & respond to changing market conditions, and to facilitate a seamless interface between the marketing, finance, management, operations & logistics functions.  Such skills will support and complement the business planning and management skills which graduates will acquire.

  • Financial Services Protection and Planning

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide learners with a knowledge of financial services in insurance, banking, retail, investments and financial planning.

  • Introduction To Macroeconomics

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide learners with an understanding of the macroeconomic environment.  The module also aims to develop learners’ analytical ability and critical thinking skills.

  • Ip And Technology Law

    Credits: 5

    An introduction to key issues relating to intellectual property and technology law and how these issues impact on business.

  • Management Accounting

    Credits: 5

    Develop an appreciation of the management accounting skills necessary for stock valuation, control and decision making within the organisation.

  • Project Management

    Credits: 5

    This module will provide business students with a set of tools and techniques which can be used by project managers at different phases of the project life cycle, including identifying and selecting projects, and planning, performing and controlling projects, including lean and agile management principles. The module covers the project life cycle over four key areas, consisting of an introduction to and overview of project management, project selection, project management processes and tools, including scoping, scheduling, budgeting & resourcing, and project close. Students will be using MS Project to gain hands-on experience of using industry standard project management software.

  • Sales Management

    Credits: 5

    The role of the salesperson has changed dramatically over time. Sales departments are now at the pinnacle of every company with profits relying on the successful implementation of their selling strategy. This module aims to look at the contemporary sales role and the challenges faced, the implementation of the CRM system and it’s impact on managing the sales funnel. Further to this it will examine the impact of sales on supply chain management and the domino effect it can have on a businesses’ success.

  • Customer Care & Customer Relationship Management

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with a thorough understanding of key Customer Relationship Management (CRM) concepts, technologies & applications and have an appreciation of the need for good customer care.

  • Enterprise Development

    Credits: 5

    The student will acquire the skills necessary to understand the importance of Enterprise Development in Ireland and internationally. The student will also develop a business plan for a proposed business idea. The student will develop techniques on how to become more entrepreneurial.

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

    Credits: 5

    This module is an introduction to the processes involved in the management of the Operations of a company, specifically Operations Strategy, Aggregate Planning, Inventory Management, Quality Management. It also introduces the students to the evolution of, and the need for, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

  • Financial Services Innovation And Disruption

    Credits: 5

    The financial services sector has for decades played a central role in the global economy, providing capital for growth, payments infrastructure for transactions, and the tools to manage risk. While finance and financial services organisations have traditionally been viewed as highly regulated and dominated by banks resistant to disruption and change, the sector is currently undergoing unprecedented change and disruption due to changing consumer demands, regulatory changes, competitive pressures and increasingly accessible & open technologies including cloud services, data analytics & payments infrastructure. Innovation in financial services is creating a wave of disruptive activity that will change the shape of the global financial system and its participants, markets and regulation over the foreseeable future. This module aims to provide students with the latest knowledge and competencies at the intersection of finance, innovation and technology.

  • Global HRM

    Credits: 5

    This module will provide students with a deep practical knowledge of global HRM, which is an umbrella term that includes all aspects of HR processes and practices in an organisation, on a global scale. The module will emphasise how essential it is that multinational organisations, in particular, have the right HRM processes in place which are capable of serving employees working around the global, in increasingly diverse environments, providing competitive advantage. Students will also critically analyse recent and not so recent trends of how HRM is evolving globally.

  • Introduction To Data Analytics

    Credits: 5

    Many businesses are increasingly using sophisticated data analysis techniques to both increase productivity and to build and sustain competitive advantage.  This module provides an introduction to this important area introducing the student to the concepts involved.

  • Workplace Effectiveness

    Credits: 5

    This module explores the nature of work and human behaviour through the dual lens of workplace psychology and personal effectiveness. It focuses on the work-based performance of individual workers and groups and analyses the influences and effects of their work environment.  The module promotes critical reflection and self-awareness of learners in order to enhance their personal effectiveness and develop appropriate professional responses to workplace challenges.

  • Work Placement/Study Abroad

    Credits: 30

    This Work Placement/Study Abroad component is an integral part of all academic programmes of the Institute and is provided in compliance with HEA/DES requirements for practice-based learning on all third level courses as laid out in the “Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018-2020”. The overall aim of the module is to offer the student the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout their course of study up to this point in a new and relevant experiential setting. This is to be achieved whilst facilitating the student in developing the practical life-skill competencies and communication skills necessary to function as an effective member of the work environment and wider society.

    The skills developed during work placement include technical job-related skills, numeracy and literacy skills, use of new technologies, critical evaluation of the host organisation and meta-cognition skills such as reflective learning and self-regulation. Students will apply previously acquired learning, work with less explicit instruction and cope with a variety of workplace challenges.

    The student’s employability is enhanced by working on a wide range of employment skills, from adapting to workplace culture, managing time and stress to demonstrating initiative and engagement in their work tasks.

    Throughout work placement, students have ample opportunity to build confidence in their personal brand.  The work placement assessment requires students to identify and actively improve key skills such as productivity, professionalism, communication, motivation, initiative, problem-solving and decision-making.  Students must reflect on how they have managed challenges in the workplace, how they operate within teams and are also guided to explore an area in their workplace which lies outside their designated area of work.

    Students choosing to study abroad will be provided a comparable programme of study in an approved foreign partner Institution.

  • Business Problem Solving (Elective)

    Credits: 30

    Business problem solving is available as an alternative for students who have not been successful in gaining work placement. The aim of this module is to offer students the opportunity to engage in real- world business problems by participating actively in problem solving activities related to business issues. The module will advance the student’s ability to problem solve, to think critically and to communicate effectively, whether through presentations or written reports.

What can you do after this programme?

Employment opportunities for graduates include: Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, Management, Teaching (subject to postgraduate study), Accountancy, Banking and Financial Services.

On successful completion of the programme, graduates can progress to the Level 8 honours degree in Business at TUS.