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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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  Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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TA021
European Studies

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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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4 Years
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This course offers students a choice of learning two of three languages; from French, German or Spanish. A wide range of topics gives students a general view of European society and culture.

After the first year, each student specialises in one language. In the third year they attend one of the colleges partner universities in either France, Germany or Spain.


 
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TA021 - European Studies
IT Tallaght

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TA021 - European Studies
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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
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
DTXXX  5M5011  Tourism with Business
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
BCCOX  5M2071  Contact Centre Operations

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions

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Entire focus of the programme is vocational and applied so much so that students will spend a year abroad in third year in one of the Institute's continental partner universities.



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