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Brian Macken

Science Communicator

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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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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


 

Office Administration


Course Code:  5M1997
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Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This one year business course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in administration and reception. Opportunities arise in a wide variety of different office environments including legal, medical, and civil service, commercial and educational.

Modules such as text production, reception, information and administration etc. provide graduates with essential skills required by busy office environments. This course also provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue degree programmes in institutes of technology and universities or to obtain a place on Level 6 business programmes

 

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.

Information and Administration
Communications
Reception and Frontline office Skills
Work Experience
Text production
Spreadsheet methods
Database Methods
Word Processing
The Internet
Information and Communication Skills

 

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Progression Routes

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