2019/2020

BComm (Hons) [CK201]

NFQ Level 8, Major Award

Last updated on 10 October 2019

To be admitted to the First University Examination in Commerce, a student must have satisfactorily attended prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

AC1100 Introduction to Accounting (5 credits)
BU1000 Developing Critical Thinking Skills (5 credits)
EC1207 Principles of the Micro Economy (5 credits)
EC1208 Principles of the Macro Economy (5 credits)
FE1101 Introduction to Food Business and Development (5 credits)
IS1105 Business Information Systems (5 credits)
LW1108 Introduction to the Legal System (5 credits)
LW1109 Introduction to Business Law (5 credits)
MA1100 Introductory Mathematics for Business I (5 credits)
MG1000 Foundations of Management and Organisational Behaviour (5 credits)
MG1002 Foundations of Marketing (5 credits)
ST1023 Introduction to Business Statistics (5 credits)

Optional Additional Modules (fee applies)
Students may also take up to 10 additional credits in addition to their 60 core credits. Please note that the fee for taking every 5 additional credits will be 1/12th of the full year tuition fee for the programme. All such additional credits are offered subject to the availability of staff and resources, and to the attainment of a minimum viable group size, normally six.

A student may not select an optional additional module that clashes with the timetable of any module in the student's core 60 credits of study.

Students must obtain advance approval from the School of Business to register for additional modules. To do so, students should submit a signed Student Application Form to the School of Business.

These optional additional modules will not contribute to end of year results nor will they contribute to the final degree award. However, marks achieved in these modules will appear on the student's transcript.

The following modules are available:

CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) I (10 credits)
FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits)
plus FR1107 French for Reading Purposes I (5 credits)
GA1002 Ceart na Gaeilge idir Scríobh agus Labhairt (10 credits)
¹GE0003 German Language (Beginner Level A1) Part 1 (5 credits)
¹GE0004 German Language (Beginner Level A1) Part 2 (5 credits)
²GE0005 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.1) (5 credits)
²GE0008 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.2) (5 credits)
HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS0128 Spanish Language (Improver [01] Level) (10 credits)
³IT1109 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)

Note: The following conditions apply to Language modules:

Alternatively, students may take the Certificate in Languages which is a part-time programme taken over one or two academic years. It involves the study of two languages (from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) at levels from ab initio (beginner) to advanced. In determining the appropriate modules to be taken in each of the languages, recognition will be given for prior learning, and where appropriate students' language level will be assessed by the relevant language coordinator. For details, follow this link.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Three Year Rule
Students must pass the First University Examination in Commerce within three academic years from the date of first registration for First Year. Failure to comply with this rule would mean that the student would be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the School of Business, only for very serious reasons.

Students Repeating First Year in 2019/20
A student who repeats the first year of the programme must pass and progress in the current prescribed programme which may differ from the programme in an earlier attempt year. Where a student has been granted exemptions due to having passed module(s) in an earlier attempt year, an exemption in any particular module is relevant to the repeat year only where that module is included in the current prescribed programme. Students repeating first year in 2019/20 may be required to take new modules as prescribed by the School.

No student may register for the Second Year programme of study until the First University Examination in Commerce has been passed. Second Year consists of core modules to the value of 50 credits and elective modules to the value of 10 credits. In order to be admitted to the Second University Examination in Commerce, a student must have satisfactorily attended prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules

AC2204 Introduction to Management Accounting (5 credits)
AC2205 Intermediate Management Accounting (5 credits)
BU2001 Placement Skills and Professional Practice (5 credits)
EC2200 Economics of Managerial Decision Making (5 credits)
EC2211 Economics - Production and Costs (5 credits)
IS2200 IS Analysis and Design for Business (5 credits)
MG2001 People and Organisation (5 credits)
MG2005 International Business (5 credits)
MG2007 Enterprise Planning and Processes (5 credits)
MG2008 Business Ethics and Governance (5 credits)

and modules to the value of 10 credits from the following:

Elective Modules

FE2012 Sustainability in Modern Businesses (5 credits)
FE2013 Global Food Policy (5 credits)
GV1218 International Politics (5 credits)
GV2218 European Government and Politics (5 credits)
LW2205 Commercial Law: The Law of Sale and Agency (5 credits)
LW2206 Commercial Law: Intellectual Property Law and Finance (5 credits)
MA2200 Introductory Mathematics for Business II (5 credits)
MG2003 Consumer Behaviour and Sustainable Consumption (5 credits)
ST2200 Methods of Business Statistics (5 credits)

Optional Additional Modules (fee applies)
Students may also take up to 10 additional credits in addition to their 60 core credits. Please note that the fee for taking every 5 additional credits will be 1/12th of the full year tuition fee for the programme. All such additional credits are offered subject to the availability of staff and resources, and to the attainment of a minimum viable group size, normally six.

A student may not select an optional additional module that clashes with the timetable of any module in the student's core 60 credits of study. Students must obtain advance approval from the School of Business to register for additional modules. To do so, students should submit a signed Student Application Form to the School of Business.

These optional additional modules will not contribute to end of year results nor will they contribute to the final degree award. However, marks achieved in these modules will appear on the student's transcript.

The following modules are available:

CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) I (10 credits)
either
FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits)
plus FR1107 French for Reading Purposes I (5 credits)
or
FR2105 Towards Vantage French (5 credits)
plus FR2107 French for Reading Purposes II (5 credits)
GA1002 Ceart na Gaeilge idir Scríobh agus Labhairt (10 credits)
GA2001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge I (10 credits)
¹GE0003 German Language (Beginner Level A1) Part 1 (5 credits)
¹GE0004 German Language (Beginner Level A1) Part 2 (5 credits)
²GE0005 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.1) (5 credits)
²GE0008 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.2) (5 credits)
*GE2801 Integrated German Language Course for BComm Students (10 credits)
HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS0128 Spanish Language (Improver [01] Level) (10 credits)
³IT1109 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language (10 credits)

Note: The following conditions apply to Language modules:

Year Abroad Option - Third Year

A limited number of students may be allowed to take either (a) their Third Year at an approved university in another country or (b) their first semester of Third Year at an approved university in another country (see under Third Year for details).

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Three Year Rule
Students must pass the Second University Examination in Commerce within three academic years from the date of first registration for Second Year. Failure to comply with this rule would mean that the student would be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the School of Business, only for very serious reasons.

Students Repeating Second Year in 2019/20
A student who repeats the second year of the programme must pass and progress in the current prescribed programme which may differ from the programme in an earlier attempt year. Where a student has been granted exemptions due to having passed module(s) in an earlier attempt year, an exemption in any particular module is relevant to the repeat year only where that module is included in the current prescribed programme. Students repeating second year in 2019/20 may be required to take new modules as prescribed by the School.

No student may register for the Third Year programme of study until the Second University Examination in Commerce has been passed.

You can complete the Third Year of your Programme (a) in UCC, (b) at a University abroad or (c) you may spend Semester One Abroad and the remainder of the year in UCC.

50% of the aggregate Third Year mark of taught modules (maximum 450 marks) is carried forward and added to the Fourth Year aggregate mark (maximum 1200 marks) to determine the final mark in the BComm (Hons) Degree (maximum 1650 marks).

Students spending Third Year in UCC
Third Year consists of core modules to the value of 40 credits consisting of 25 credits of modules aligned with the major options offered in Year 4 and 15 credits of a Transferable Skills module. Successful completion of the ECDL computer course is highly recommended for the Transferable Skills Work Placement and Research Project modules. Places on the Work Placement option are limited and students will be ranked on the basis of their second year examination results and success at interview. Elective modules to the value of 20 credits will be chosen from the options provided. In order to be admitted to the Third University Examination in Commerce, a student must have satisfactorily attended prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

Core modules

EC3005 Banking and Finance (5 credits)
EC3006 Business Cycles and Macroeconomic Policy (5 credits)
FE3020 Understanding Supply Chain Management (5 credits)
MG3018 Human Resource Management (5 credits)
MG3019 Business Ethics (5 credits)
with
BU3001 Transferable Skills - Work Placement (15 credits)
or BU3002 Transferable Skills - Research Project (15 credits)

Elective Modules
and modules to the value of 20 credits from the following:

AC3302 Investment Appraisal (5 credits)
AC3303 Introduction to Asset Pricing and Valuation (5 credits)
EC3007 Growth and Development in a Global Economy (5 credits)
FE4009 Co-operative Business and the Rural Economy (5 credits)
FE4450 International Food Business (5 credits)
GV3217 Global Political Economy - Finance (5 credits)
IS3320 Designing and Using Management Information Systems (5 credits)
IS3321 Information System Solutions for the Digital Enterprise (5 credits)
LW3300 Company Law (10 credits)
MA3301 Multivariable Calculus and Optimisation (5 credits)
MG3013 Marketing Communications (5 credits)
MG3014 Social Media Marketing Project (5 credits)
ST3300 Data Analysis I (5 credits)

Students spending Semester One Abroad and the Remainder of the Year in UCC

A limited number of students may be allowed to take the first Semester of their Third Year at an approved university in another country. This option is only available to students who (1) obtain at least 55% in their first attempt of the First University Examination in Commerce, and who (2) pass all modules and obtain at least 60% at the College Examination Board in the first semester of the Second University Examination in Commerce. The approved host university will be in an English-speaking country or will deliver its courses through English. Second Year students who wish to avail of this facility in their Third Year must apply to and receive permission from the Business School. Applications should be submitted to the International Office (IO) in January in Second Year (contact IO for application deadline). This application should include full details of the applicant's proposed academic workload in the approved host university. It is important to stress that the number of students who can avail of the year-abroad option will be limited by the number of places available in any given year. Where the demand exceeds the number of available places, the International Office and the BComm Programme Directors will adjudicate on the applications. The adjudication will be based on the following criteria: (a) the student's performance in their University Examinations in Commerce; (b) the quality of the application; and (c) an interview (if held).

Third Year consists of core modules to the value of 40 credits and elective modules to the value of 20 credits. Students are required to study modules within their chosen university which align with the Year 4 UCC major options (approved by Programme Directors) and complete the 15 credits of Transferable Skills. It is recommended that modules amounting to 30 ECTS (other than the Transferrable Skills module which must be taken at UCC) can be taken in the host university and the remaining credits taken in UCC. Successful completion of the ECDL computer course is highly recommended for the Transferable Skills Work Placement and Research Project modules. Places on the Work Placement option are limited and students will be ranked on the basis of their second year examination results and success at interview. Elective modules are to be selected from a subject group or combination of subject groups apart from the chosen Major.

During the semester abroad students should complete a workload broadly equivalent to (a) 30 ECTS credits or (b) 144 teaching contact hours. The workload should be at a broadly equivalent level to the UCC BComm (Hons) III.

Semester abroad students are expected to complete a module(s) broadly equivalent to the matching BComm (Hons) III core module(s) offered by UCC. Semester abroad students are not expected to take identical courses to the remaining modules offered in BComm (Hons) III. Nevertheless, students are advised that some modules in BComm (Hons) III Semester One may be prerequisites to certain BComm (Hons) III Semester Two modules and to BComm (Hons) IV modules (and/or certain postgraduate programmes). Students should obtain agreement from the Programme Director(s) on the courses/modules they propose to take while abroad, and the standard necessary to be achieved in these in order to fulfil any prerequisite requirements they may wish to avail of.

In order to be admitted to the Third University Examination in Commerce, a student must have satisfactorily attended modules to the value of 60 credits. Individual marks per module will be submitted to the Spring Examination Board with a Supplemental Board in autumn.

Students spending Third Year Abroad

A limited number of students may be allowed to take their Third Year at an approved university in another country. This option is only available to students who obtain (1) at least 55% in their first attempt of the First University Examination in Commerce, and (2) pass all modules and obtain at least 60% in the first semester of the Second University Examination in Commerce. The approved host university will be in an English-speaking country or will deliver its courses through English. Second Year students who wish to avail of this facility in their Third Year must apply to and receive permission from the School of Business. Applications should be submitted to the International Office (IO) in January in Second Year(contact IO for application deadline). This application should include full details of the applicant's proposed academic workload in the approved host university. It is important to stress that the number of students who can avail of the year-abroad option will be limited by the number of places available in any given year. Where the demand exceeds the number of available places, the International Office and the BComm Programme Directors will adjudicate on the applications. The adjudication will be based on the following criteria: (a) the student's performance in the University Examinations in Commerce; (b) the quality of the application; and (c) an interview (if held).

To fulfil requirements for the successful completion of the year abroad, a student must achieve a pass standard, as applied by the host institution, on a set of courses approved by the School of Business, UCC. Students will be asked to complete a workload broadly equivalent to (a) 60 ECTS credits or (b) 288 teaching contact hours over an academic year. The workload should be at a broadly equivalent level to the UCC BComm (Hons) III. Third Year consists of core modules to the value of 40 credits and elective modules to the value of 20 credits. Students are required to study modules within their chosen university which align with the Year 4 UCC major options (approved by Programme Directors).

Year-abroad students are not expected to take identical courses to the modules offered in BComm (Hons) III. Nevertheless, students are advised that some modules in BComm (Hons) III may be prerequisites to certain BComm (Hons) IV modules (and/or certain postgraduate programmes). Students should obtain agreement from the Programme Director(s) on the courses/modules they propose to take while abroad, and the standard necessary to be achieved in these in order to fulfil any prerequisite requirements they may wish to avail of.

Marks shall be submitted to the autumn Examination Board, UCC with a Supplemental Board in winter.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Three Year Rule
Students must pass the Third University Examination in Commerce within three academic years from the date of first registration for First Year. Failure to comply with this rule would mean that the student would be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the School of Business, only for very serious reasons.

Students Repeating Third Year in 2019/20
A student who repeats the third year of the programme must pass and progress in the current prescribed programme which may differ from the programme in an earlier attempt year. Where a student has been granted exemptions due to having passed module(s) in an earlier attempt year, an exemption in any particular module is relevant to the repeat year only where that module is included in the current prescribed programme. Students repeating third year in 2019/20 may be required to take new modules as prescribed by the School.

No student may register for the Fourth Year programme of study until the Third University Examination in Commerce has been passed.

For students who took the year abroad option in Third Year:
Fourth Year consists of core modules to the value of 40 credits constituting a Major Subject Group and modules to the value of 20 credits from a subject group or combination of subject groups apart from the Major chosen.

For students who took the transferable skills option in Third Year:
Fourth Year consists of core modules to the value of 40 credits from the subject Major already chosen in Third Year and modules to the value of 20 credits from a subject group or combination of subject groups apart from the Major chosen.

To be admitted to the BComm (Hons) Degree Examination, a student must have satisfactorily attended prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules

40 credits (constituting a Major) to be taken from one of the following Major Subject Groups (of which 10 credits of the chosen major must be the compulsory module BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone):

  1. Business Economics
  2. Food Business and Development
  3. Government
  4. Law
  5. Management
  6. Marketing

and

a balance of 20 credits from modules (not already taken) to be chosen from any other Major or Minor or combination thereof.

FOURTH YEAR MAJOR SUBJECT GROUPS

Business Economics Subject Group

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits from the following:
EC3213 Money, Credit and Banking (5 credits)
EC3214 International Finance (5 credits)
EC3217 Finance and Capital Markets (5 credits)
EC3218 Portfolio Analysis (5 credits)
EC3119 Capital Markets and Asset Valuation (5 credits)
EC4206 Incentives in Firms (5 credits)
EC4207 Firm Organisation and Behaviour (5 credits)
EC4209 Government and the Macroeconomy (5 credits)
EC4210 Government and Business (5 credits)
EC4211 Economics of the Labour Market (5 credits)
EC4212 Behavioural Economics in Labour Markets (5 credits)
EC4215 Business Econometrics 1 (5 credits)
EC4216 Business Econometrics 2 (5 credits)
EC4220 Economics of Strategic Behaviour (5 credits)

Food Business and Development Subject Group

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits from the following:
FE4002 Global Food Policy (5 credits)
FE4008 Food Security and the Developing World (5 credits)
FE4009 Co-operative Business and the Rural Economy (5 credits)
FE4205 Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets (5 credits)
FE4206 International Food Retail Marketing (5 credits)
FE4207 Global Food Supply Chain Management (5 credits)
FE4405 Food Choice Analysis (5 credits)
FE4412 Sustainable Development: Food, Natural Resources and Gender (10 credits)
FE4414 Co-operative Banking (5 credits)
FE4415 Research Project and Analytical Skills (10 credits)
FE4416 Rural Development Policy (5 credits)
FE4450 International Food Business (5 credits)

Government Subject Group

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits from the following:
GV2239 Chinese Politics (5 credits)
GV3215 Politics of the United States of America (5 credits)
GV4401 Global Governance (5 credits)
GV4409 Political Ideologies and Social Change (5 credits)
GV4413 Public Finance - Public Expenditure (5 credits)
GV4414 Contemporary Debates in Ireland (5 credits)
GV4415 Contemporary Debates in the EU (5 credits)

Law Subject Group

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits from the following:

LW2100 Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union (5 credits)
LW2102 Economic Law of the European Union (5 credits)
LW2263 Law of Public Administration (5 credits)
LW2264 Administrative Law: Grounds of Judicial Review (5 credits)
LW2269 Privacy and Data Protection Law (5 credits)
LW2270 Intellectual Property and Cybercrime in a Digital World (5 credits)
LW3301 Employment Law: Contracts, Rights and Termination (5 credits)
LW3302 Employment Law: Employee Protection, Equality and Industrial Relations (5 credits)
LW3316 Financial Services: Law and Regulation (5 credits)
¹LW3368 Principles of Revenue Law (5 credits)
²LW3369 Income Tax Law (5 credits)
EC4213 Law and Economics of EU Competition Policy (5 credits)
EC4214 Law and Economics of Competition and Regulation (5 credits)

Note:
¹LW3368 - students can only register for LW3368 provided they have not taken LW3368 in Second Year.
²LW3369 - students can only register for LW3369 provided they have not taken LW3369 in Second Year.

Management Subject Group

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits from the following:
MG4004 Project Management (5 credits)
MG4018 Management/Marketing Research Project (10 credits)
MG4027 Contemporary Issues in HRM (10 credits)
MG4034 Entrepreneurial Business Start-Ups (5 credits)
MG4037 Operations Management (5 credits)
MG4038 Ownership, Management and Governance of Family Businesses (5 credits
MG4039 Family Entrepreneurship (5 credits)
MG4401 The Management of Organisational Change (5 credits)
MG4402 Leadership and Organisational Dynamics (5 credits)

Marketing Subject Group

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits from the following:
MG4018 Management/Marketing Research Project (10 credits)
MG4032 Creative Design and Innovation (10 credits)
MG4035 Strategic Marketing (5 credits)
MG4040 Relationship Marketing (5 credits)
MG4041 Business Networks (5 credits)
MG4042 International Brand Strategy (5 credits)
MG4043 International Marketing Environment (5 credits)
MG4045 Marketing and Society (5 credits)
MG4048 Digital Marketing (5 credits)

FOURTH YEAR MINOR SUBJECT GROUPS

Accounting Subject Group

AC4100 Management Accounting: Planning and Control (5 credits)
AC4101 Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making (5 credits)
AC4407 Financial Reporting 1 (5 credits)
AC4408 Financial Reporting 2 (5 credits)
AC4409 Corporate Financing (5 credits)

Business Mathematics and Statistics Subject Group

MA4402
Game Theory and Linear Algebra (5 credits)
MA4403 Financial Mathematics (5 credits)
¹ST4400 Data Analysis II (5 credits) (if not already taken in Third Year)
²ST4401 Introduction to Operations Research (5 credits)
³ST4402 Modelling and Systems for Decision Making (5 credits)

Note:

Management Information Systems Subject Group

IS3302 Electronic Business Foundations (5 credits)
IS3303 Electronic Business (5 credits)
IS4443 Principles of Web Design for Business (5 credits)
IS4444 Introduction to Web Development for Business (5 credits)

In order to select any of the above, the relevant prerequisite (as specified in the module description) must have been taken.

Optional Additional Modules (fee applies)
Students may also take up to 10 additional credits in addition to their 60 core credits. Please note that the fee for taking every 5 additional credits will be 1/12th of the full year tuition fee for the programme. All such additional credits are offered subject to the availability of staff and resources, and to the attainment of a minimum viable group size, normally six.

A student may not select an optional additional module that clashes with the timetable of any module in the student's core 60 credits of study.

Students must obtain advance approval from the School of Business to register for additional modules. To do so, students should submit a signed Student Application Form to the School of Business.

These optional additional modules will not contribute to end of year results nor will they contribute to the final degree award. However, marks achieved in these modules will appear on the student's transcript.

CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) I (10 credits)
CH3000 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 3 (10 credits)
either
FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits)
plus FR1107 French for Reading Purposes I (5 credits)
or
FR2105 Towards Vantage French (5 credits)
plus
FR2107 French for Reading Purposes II (5 credits)
GA1002 Ceart na Gaeilge idir Scríobh agus Labhairt (10 credits)
GA2001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge I (10 credits)
GA3001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge (10 credits)
¹GE0003 German Language (Beginner Level A1) Part 1 (5 credits)
¹GE0004 German Language (Beginner Level A1) Part 2 (5 credits)
²GE0005 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.1) (5 credits)
²GE0008 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.2) (5 credits)
*GE2801 Integrated German Language Course for BComm Students (10 credits)
*GE3801 Advanced Integrated German Language Course for BComm Students (10 credits)
HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS0128 Spanish Language (Improver [01] Level) (10 credits)
³IT1109 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language (10 credits)
IT3101 Advanced Italian Language (10 credits)

Note: The following conditions apply to Language modules:

Alternatively, students may take the Certificate in Languages which is a part-time programme taken over one or two academic years. It involves the study of two languages (from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) at levels from ab initio (beginner) to advanced. In determining the appropriate modules to be taken in each of the languages, recognition will be given for prior learning, and where appropriate students' language level will be assessed by the relevant language coordinator. For details, follow this link.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Three Year Rule

Students must pass the BComm (Hons) Degree Examination within three academic years from the date of first registration for Fourth Year. Failure to comply with this rule would mean that the student would be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the School of Business, only for very serious reasons.

Fourth Year - Commerce (from 2020/21 onwards)

No student may register for the Fourth Year programme of study until the Third University Examination in Commerce has been passed.

For students who took the year abroad option in Third Year:
Fourth Year consists of core modules to the value of 40 credits constituting a subject Major and modules to the value of 20 credits from any other Major group apart from the Major chosen or from elective module options.

To be admitted to the BComm (Hons) Degree Examination, a student must have satisfactorily attended prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules

40 credits (constituting a Major) to be taken from one of the following Major Subject Groups (of which 10 credits of the chosen major must be the compulsory module BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone):

  1. Banking and Financial Markets
  2. Human Resources and Leadership
  3. Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
  4. Marketing and Consumer Understanding
  5. Operations and Supply Chains

and

a balance of 20 credits of modules from any other Major or elective modules option or combination thereof.

FOURTH YEAR MAJOR SUBJECT GROUPS

Banking and Financial Markets

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits as follows:
AC4409 Corporate Financing (5 credits)
EC3213 Money, Credit and Banking (5 credits)
EC3214 International Finance (5 credits)
EC3217 Finance and Capital Markets (5 credits)
EC3218 Portfolio Analysis (5 credits)
EC4215 Business Econometrics 1 (5 credits)

Human Resources and Leadership

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits as follows:
EC4211 Economics of the Labour Market (5 credits)
EC4212 Behavioural Economics in Labour Markets (5 credits)
MG4027 Contemporary Issues in HRM (10 credits)
MG4049 Human Resource Development (5 credits)
MG4402 Leadership and Organisational Dynamics (5 credits)

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits as follows:
EC4207 Firm Organisation and Behaviour (5 credits)
EC4220 Economics of Strategic Behaviour (5 credits)
FE4017 Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Opportunity Recognition (5 credits)
MG3012 Enterprise and Innovation (5 credits)
MG4034 Entrepreneurial Business Start-Ups (5 credits)
MG4050 SME and Family Business Management (5 credits)

Marketing and Consumer Understanding

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits as follows:
FE4205 Consumer Behaviour in Food Markets (5 credits)
FE4206
International Food Retail Marketing (5 credits)
MG4035
Strategic Marketing (5 credits)
MG4042 International Brand Strategy (5 credits)
MG4043 International Marketing Environment (5 credits)
MG4048 Digital Marketing (5 credits)

Operations and Supply Chains

Core module:
BU4000 Business Strategy Capstone (10 credits)

plus 30 credits as follows:
FE4016 Lean Thinking and Processes (5 credits)
FE4207 Global Food Supply Chain Management (5 credits)
IS4429 Enterprise Systems (5 credits)
MG4004 Project Management (5 credits)
MG4037 Operations Management (5 credits)
MG4041 Business Networks (5 credits)

FOURTH YEAR ELECTIVE OPTIONS

Students can choose the balance of 20 credits from modules from any other Major or from the elective module options below or combination thereof.

Elective options
AC4100 Management Accounting: Planning and Control (5 credits)
AC4101 Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making (5 credits)
AC4407 Financial Reporting 1 (5 credits)
AC4408 Financial Reporting 2 (5 credits)
AC4409 Corporate Financing (5 credits)
FE4405 Food Choice Analysis (5 credits)
FE4414 Co-operative Banking (5 credits)
IS4443 Principles of Web Design for Business (5 credits)
IS4444 Introduction to Web Development for Business (5 credits)
LW2270 Intellectual Property and Cybercrime in a Digital World (5 credits)
LW3301 Employment Law: Contracts, Rights and Termination (5 credits)
LW3302 Employment Law: Employee Protection, Equality and Industrial Relations (5 credits)
LW3316 Financial Services: Law and Regulation (5 credits)
LW3317 Banking Law (5 credits)
MA4402 Game Theory and Linear Algebra (5 credits)
MA4403 Financial Mathematics (5 credits)
ST4400 Data Analysis II (5 credits)
ST4401 Introduction to Operations Research (5 credits)

Optional Additional Modules (fee applies)
Students may also take up to 10 additional credits in addition to their 60 core credits. Please note that the fee for taking every 5 additional credits will be 1/12th of the full year tuition fee for the programme. All such additional credits are offered subject to the availability of staff and resources, and to the attainment of a minimum viable group size, normally six.

A student may not select an optional additional module that clashes with the timetable of any module in the student's core 60 credits of study.

Students must obtain advance approval from the School of Business to register for additional modules. To do so, students should submit a signed Student Application Form to the School of Business.

These optional additional modules will not contribute to end of year results nor will they contribute to the final degree award. However, marks achieved in these modules will appear on the student's transcript.

CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) I (10 credits)
CH3000 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 3 (10 credits)
either
FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits)
plus FR1107 French for Reading Purposes I (5 credits)
or
FR2105 Towards Vantage French (5 credits)
plus
FR2107 French for Reading Purposes II (5 credits)
GA1002 Ceart na Gaeilge idir Scríobh agus Labhairt (10 credits)
GA2001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge I (10 credits)
GA3001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge (10 credits)
¹GE0003 German Language (Beginner Level A1) Part 1 (5 credits)
¹GE0004 German Language (Beginner Level A1) Part 2 (5 credits)
²GE0005 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.1) (5 credits)
²GE0008 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.2) (5 credits)
*GE2801 Integrated German Language Course for BComm Students (10 credits)
*GE3801 Advanced Integrated German Language Course for BComm Students (10 credits)
HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS0128 Spanish Language (Improver [01] Level) (10 credits)
³IT1109 Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language (10 credits)
IT3101 Advanced Italian Language (10 credits)

Note: The following conditions apply to Language modules:

Alternatively, students may take the Certificate in Languages which is a part-time programme taken over one or two academic years. It involves the study of two languages (from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) at levels from ab initio (beginner) to advanced. In determining the appropriate modules to be taken in each of the languages, recognition will be given for prior learning, and where appropriate students' language level will be assessed by the relevant language coordinator. For details, follow this link.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Three Year Rule
Students must pass the BComm (Hons) Degree Examination within three academic years from the date of first registration for Fourth Year. Failure to comply with this rule would mean that the student would be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the School of Business, only for very serious reasons.

Students Repeating Fourth Year in 2020/21
A student who repeats the final year of the programme must pass in the current prescribed programme which may differ from the programme in an earlier attempt year. Where a student has been granted exemptions due to having passed module(s) in an earlier attempt year, an exemption in any particular module is relevant to the repeat year only where that module is included in the current prescribed programme. Students repeating final year in 2020/21 may be required to take new modules as prescribed by the School.

Programme Learning Outcomes for BComm (Hons) (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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