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DN520
Arts - Information and Communication

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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 QQI, HEA 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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If you are curious about the ways companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Intel, Google and Apple utilise the interplay of people, information, technology and social structures to succeed in today's digital world and if you are interested in learning how to create, manage, share, find and use digital information this course in Information and Social Computing will suit you.

This course examines the generation, representation, storage, organisation, communication and use of knowledge by individuals, groups and society as a whole. Students also have the option of taking some modules in Computer Science.

The BA degree in UCD (DN500) may be taken as a Joint Honours or a Single Honours Degree. Joint Ho

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To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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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
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies

Essential Module Requirements:
ECHSX - CULTURAL AND HERITAGE STUDIES; 5M2154 - CULTURAL AND HERITAGE STUDIES; ELESX - LANGUAGE AND EUROPEAN STUDIES; 5M2073 - LANGUAGE AND EUROPEAN STUDIES

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


G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications


and 3 of the following 12 modules:

E20115 - Archaeology
or 5N0762 - Archaeology

E30106 - French
or 6N2399 - French

E30107 - German
or 6N2401 - German

E30108 - Spanish
or 6N2400 - Spanish

E30109 - Italian
or 6N2404 - Italian

E30110 - Irish
or 6N2398 - Irish

E20113 - Local History Studies
or 5N1296 - Local History

G20022 - Political Studies
or 5N1837 - Political Studies

D20032 - Human Growth & Development
or 5N1279 - Human Growth and Development

E20124 - Theatre Studies
or 5N4571 - Theatre Studies

E20024 - European Studies
or 5N1444 - European Studies

E20013 - Print Journalism
or 5N2152 - Print Journalism

ELAXX - LIBERAL ARTS; 5M3114 - GENERAL STUDIES

5 modules at Distinction Grade.

EPJXX - PRINT JOURNALISM; 5M2464 - JOURNALISM

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


G20001 - Communications
or 5N0690 - Communications


and 4 of the following 16 modules:

E20008 - Media Analysis
or 5N1298 - Media Analysis

E20076 - Research Skills for Journalism
or 5N2443 - Research Skills for Journalism

B20004 - Behavioural Studies
or 5N1351 - Behavioural Studies

E20078 - Writing Skills for Journalism
or 5N2435 - Writing Skills for Journalism

G20022 - Political Studies
or 5N1837 - Political Studies

5N1405 - Public Relations
or N23004 - Campaigning and Lobbying
or L20043 - Public Relations
or L21757 - Public Relations

G20031 - Social Studies
or 5N1370 - Social Studies

E20106 - French
or 5N1623 - French

E20107 - German
or 5N1624 - German

E20109 - Italian
or 5N1626 - Italian

E20171 - Polish
or 5N1627 - Polish

E20111 - Russian
or 5N1628 - Russian

E20178 - Slovak
or 5N1629 - Slovak

E20108 - Spanish
or 5N1630 - Spanish

E20110 - Irish
or 5N1631 - Irish

E20164 - English as a Second Language
or 5N1632 - English as a Second Language

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Students have an opportunity to study abroad in third year in a variety of partner universities.

Graduates enter careers in: Web design and development; Knowledge management; Social media; Social computing; User experience design; Investigative research; Publishing; Librarianship; Digital Marketing; Business.



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