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Martin Dunn

Activities Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Martin Dunn
  • Qualities & Values - Patience, hard work, like meeting people, enjoy providing good customer service, desire to do a good job for yourself and your employer 
  • Client Skills - Qualification both education qualifications and practical ability to the job
  • Interests - to be generally interested in the field you are working in. I think that it is easy for people to look at the job and think its great and must be loads of fun because you get to go on the high ropes all the time. That is just a small part of the job and generally you are watching others having fun and playing on the activities and you only go on them to do staff training or to do safety checks. You must also be prepared for the paper work that goes along with a job where you are responsible for that safety of people and this cannot be overlooked.

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Arts - Geography

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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Geography involves the study of subjects such as the impact of societies on the quality of the environment; geographical approaches to the study of world population;  climate change; migration; the relationship between culture, landscape transformation and politics. No prior knowledge of geography is assumed.

The BA degree in UCD (DN500) may be taken as a Joint Honours or a Single Honours Degree. Joint Honours' students take two subjects to degree level (and indicate their two chosen subjects on their CAO form). Single Honours' students take one subject to degree level. In First Year of both programmes students also study an additional subject which they can drop at the end of the academic year. Geography is taken as part of a Joint Honours Degree.

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DN500 - Arts - Geography

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DN500 - Arts - Geography
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism

Essential Module Requirements:
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20001 or 5N0690

and 3 of the following 12 modules:
E20115 or 5N0762
E30106 or 6N2399
E30107 or 6N2401
E30108 or 6N2400
E30109 or 6N2404
E30110 or 6N2398
E20113 or 5N1296
G20022 or 5N1837
D20032 or 5N1279
E20124 or 5N4571
E20024 or 5N1444
E20013 or 5N2152

5 modules at Distinction Grade.

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20001 or 5N0690

and 4 of the following 16 modules:
E20008 or 5N1298
E20076 or 5N2443
B20004 or 5N1351
E20078 or 5N2435
G20022 or 5N1837
5N1405 or N23004 or L20043 or L21757
G20031 or 5N1370
E20106 or 5N1623
E20107 or 5N1624
E20109 or 5N1626
E20171 or 5N1627
E20111 or 5N1628
E20178 or 5N1629
E20108 or 5N1630
E20110 or 5N1631
E20164 or 5N1632

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Geography students can also benefit during their studies from international study exchange options.

Employers value the ability of Geography graduates to investigate, analyse, critique and interpret complex phenomena. Their combination of spatial understanding and technical skills also helps with employment opportunities. 

Graduates enter careers as: Educators at primary, second and third level; Social Science researchers and policy analysts, GIS specialists working with Local Government; Planners in both local government and private sector consultancies.

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