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Brian Macken

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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Galway Community College

Galway Community College

Business Information Systems


Course Code(s):  5M2067
QQI Award Code:  5M2067 Information Processing
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course will provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently and under supervision providing administration services and support in a range of office information processing contexts, and/or to progress to further and/or higher level studies.

The learner will explore Information Processing with a view to re-skilling/up-skilling and exploring concepts and subject areas that may stimulate the interest of the learner in future programmes or employment and to offer the learner the opportunity to develop creative and problem solving skills. Software packages used on this course include Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Excel and Access, TAS Books, Dreamweaver, Quark Express Version 8 and Photoshop.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Bookkeeping - Manual and Computerised - (5N1354 )
Communications - (5N0690)
Database Methods - (5N0783 )
Desktop Publishing - (5N0785 )
Information and Communication Systems - (5N1952 )
Spreadsheet Methods - (5N1977 )
Web Authoring - (5N1910 )
Work Experience - (5N1356 )

Work experience takes place one day per week throughout the academic year in the IT sector.

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Builders' Merchant   Chartered Secretary  
Accounts Team Leader   Data Protection Officer  
Business Analyst   Business Consultant  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Health & Safety Officer  
Arts agent/promoter   Business Adviser  
Management Associate   Financial Adviser  
Company Secretary   Managing Director  
Manager - General   Financial Trader  
Operations Research Analyst   Human Resources Assistant - EU  
Information Architect - IT   Network Administrator  
Web Designer / Developer   Web Editor  
Network Engineer   Database Administrator  
Project Manager - Software Design   Software Production Co-ordinator  
Information Systems Manager   Multimedia Project Manager  
Data Analyst   Big Data Specialist  
Games Programmer   Test Lead - Software  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Computer Programmer  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   Technical Architect - Data  
Computer Systems Analyst   Games Tester  
Data Change Agent   Front Office Junior Manager  
Personal Assistant   Secretary  
Payroll Manager   School Principal  
Music Manager   Bank / Financial Manager   
Recruitment Team Leader   Travel Agency Manager  
Area Sales Manager   Retail Manager  
Distribution Manager   Taxation Consultant  
Accounts Assistant   Accountant  
Management Accountant    

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Business Organisation & Business Management
Computers & ICT
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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5M2067