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Analog Devices

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2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

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Office Informatics

Course Code(s):  5M18294
QQI Award Code:  5M18294 Office Informatics
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Ballsbridge College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M18294
QQI Award Code 5M18294 Office Informatics
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This office skills course is suited to participants who wish to obtain the skills and knowledge required to work efficiently and effectively in a busy office environment. An employee with excellent office administration skills is essential in every organisation. All financial companies, hotels, travel agencies, small local business, local government agencies like hospitals, schools and councils require top quality IT and administrative support.

This course will give the student business and computer skills to successfully apply to work in any of these areas. This course also suits someone who has deferred a college place and wishes to develop excellent IT skills while taking a year out.

The great advantage of this course is that it is so versatile. Successful students can work in a variety of areas and so are more flexible in the positions for which they can apply. The graduate of this course is well qualified in all high level office skills. Most students secure a job in an office when they complete the course. The work experience programme gives valuable insights into the workplace and many students obtain full time employment on the basis of their performance during the work placement. There is also progression to higher education institutions.

What will you Study?

Word Processing 5N1358
Database Methods 5N0783
Internet
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Capstone for Office Informatics
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. 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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