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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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Computer Business Applications

Course Code(s):  5M2067
QQI Award Code:  5M2067 Information Processing
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Inchicore College of Further Education

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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 a sound foundation in the practical use of a wide variety of computer application packages. It will be of benefit to anyone interested in a career in a business or commercial computer environment. The aim is to give the students proficiency in a number of computer based skills which would be of value particularly in a business environment.

Students will be required to attend lectures four days a week and one day a week will be given to work experience. There is a strong emphasis on the practical elements in each module. Successful students will obtain the QQI Level 5 Information Processing Award.

What will you Study?

Word Processing 5N1358
The Internet 5N1611
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Database Methods
Information and Communications Systems
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Communications 5N0690
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

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