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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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Monaghan Institute

Monaghan Institute


 

Accounting, Payroll & Financial Studies


Course Code:  5M2102
Award Code(s):  5M2102
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is designed to enable the learner to develop a keen understanding of principles and practices of the maintenance of financial records both manually and using integrated accounting software. Learners will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain payroll records and perform office procedures in small to medium sized organisations. This course will focus on a range of accounting and business related subjects to assist the learner to develop the skills to work in a variety of roles in an organisation. In addition work experience within a business setting forms an integral part of the course.

 

What you will Study...
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Accounting Manual and Computerised Legal Practice and Procedures Payroll Manual & Computerised Business Administration Skills Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised Spreadsheet Methods Word Processing Financial Services Communications Work Experience

 

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