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Business Information Systems

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

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2067
QQI Award Code 5M2067 Information Processing
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course 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 will you Study?

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
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.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BIPXX 5M2067

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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.
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Accounts Team Leader   Data Steward / Data Manager  
Management Associate   Managing Director  
Management Consultant   Project Manager  
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Company Secretary   Hotel General Manager  
Financial Trader   Financial Adviser  
Industrial Relations Officer   Charity Officer  
Business Adviser   General Manager  
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Occupational Psychologist   Human Resources / Personnel Manager  
Staff Relations Official   Personnel Officer  
Personnel Manager    Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP  
Equality Officer   HR Director - Human Resources  
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Restaurant / Catering Manager   Call Centre Manager  
Retail Manager   Area Sales Manager  
Department Manager   Procurement Officer / Buyer  
Distribution Manager   Accountant  
Management Accountant   Taxation Consultant  
Accounts Assistant   Facilitator  

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 & Management
Clerical & Administration
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.