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									  Adult & Continuing
Education Programmes
Welcome
Welcome to the Prospectus of courses offered by Adult and Continuing Education, in which
you will find the information and guidance necessary to commence your studies at National
University of Ireland, Galway. The Prospectus aims to promote and familiarise potential
students with the many opportunities available at our University.

In these challenging economic times, Lifelong Learning – learning for life and throughout life
– has become more important than ever before to enable us cope with and respond to
challenges facing the Irish population at this time. NUI Galway recognises the valuable and
important role that lifelong education and training plays in the development of communities
and regions, but particularly in equipping individuals to meet the needs of the changing
workplace and labour market.

The University, in its recent Strategic Plan 2009 – 2014, has given a strong commitment to
opening up new educational opportunities for all individuals who have left the formal school
system. In recent years, the University has developed and planned new entry routes and
flexible learning pathways which are student-centred and which facilitate easy access to
University courses.

This year’s Prospectus places focus on new educational paths to professional and personal
development which aim to enhance students’ development and employability. The staff of
Adult and Continuing Education hope you will be in a position to take up some of the
opportunities on offer and look forward to enrolling and welcoming you as a member of
our University community at courses on campus or at outreach locations.




_____________________
Seamus O’Grady
Director, Adult and Continuing Education




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Table of Contents

 Contact details                                        04

 How to reach us - directions to NUI Galway             05
 Part-time programmes at a glance                       06
 What can I study?                                      07
 How and where do I study?                              08
 Classroom-based programmes                             08
 Blended learning programmes                            08
 Outreach programmes at NUI Galway                      08
 How long does it take and what award do I receive?     08
 Applying for a part-time programme                     09
 Assessment and examinations                            09
 But I never completed the Leaving Certificate          09
 Ongoing student support                                09
 Making your decision                                   09
 Being a student at NUI Galway: Student Services        10
       Disability Support Service                       10
       Mature Students Office                           10
 Postgraduate study at NUI Galway                       10
 Being a student at NUI Galway: Facilities              11
       James Hardiman Library                           11
       Careers Development Centre                       12
       Sporting Facilities                              12
       Student Societies                                13
       IT Facilities                                    13
       Car Parking                                      13

 Frequently Asked Questions                             14
      Programme Applications                            14
      Fees                                              14
      Academic Credits and Qualifications               16
      Entry Requirements                                18
      General                                           20

 Programmes
      Business/Management                               21
      Community Development                             27
      Health Promotion                                  31
      Humanities                                        33
      Human Resource Management                         43
      Information Technology                            45
      Languages                                         47
      Returning to Learning                             57
      Rural Development                                 61
      Science                                           63
      Science & Technology                              67
      Social Care                                       71
      Socio-Economics                                   73
      Training & Education                              75

 Adult and Continuing Education Staff Contact Details   80




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                                          Contact Details

                                          Access Programme Coordinator           Mature Students Office & Foundation Programmes
                                          Rita O’Donoghue                        Trish Hoare
                                          Tel: 091 492971                        Tel: 091 492695
                                          Email: rita.odonoghue@nuigalway.ie     Email: trish.hoare@nuigalway.ie

                                          BA & Diploma Programmes                Science & Technology Programmes
                                          Martha Higgins                         Niamh McHugh
                                          Tel: 091 492062                        Tel: 091 495845
                                          Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie     Email: niamh.mchugh@nuigalway.ie

                                          Blended Learning Programmes            Training & Education Programmes
                                          Aisling Monahan                        Edel Molloy
                                          Tel: 091 495698                        Tel: 091 494058
                                          Email: aisling.monahan@nuigalway.ie    Email: openlearningcentre@nuigalway.ie

                                          Community Education Programmes
                                          Gail Cassidy                           For more information on our Adult & Continuing
                                          Tel: 091 495241                        Education programmes, check out our website on
                                          Email: community.ed@nuigalway.ie       www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation
                                                                                 or alternatively contact the Adult Education Centres
                                          Diploma Programmes and Summer School
                                          Fiona Dwyer                            directly for more information.
                                          Tel: 091 495442
                                          Email: fiona.dwyer@nuigalway.ie
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How to reach us - Directions to NUI Galway

Campus Map




Directions
1. By Car
• Approaching from north, east & west ( N6, N17, N18, N83 or N84)
• From the south (Cork/Limerick/Shannon Airport) N18
• From the south (Cork/Limerick) approach Galway on the N18. Pass straight through Ennis, Gort, Ardrahan
   and Clarinbridge and onto Oranmore.
• Approaching from west Galway take the N59

There are two main entrances to the University (i.e. from University Road and from Newcastle Road). If you enter by
University Road you arrive at the Original University building, the oldest building on campus where some student
parking is available. Alternatively if you enter from Newcastle Road you will enter the campus on Distillery Road (just
beside the AIB bank). This is the main entrance for the on campus car parks. A large 500 space car park is available at
Dangan (directly north of Distillery Road), which is a 10-15 minute walk from the main University buildings.
A regular bus service is also available from this car park to the main campus.

2. By Public Transport
• Taxi - go to the rank at the top of Eyre Square and ask for the Quadrange or Archway in NUI Galway.
   You will be dropped inside the main entrance of the University.
• If taking a bus, take the No. 4 Bus Eireann service to Newcastle from Eyre Square - there are different
   bus stops for each of the services, so make sure you are at the right stop!




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                                          Part-time programmes at a glance
                                          Subject area        Programme/Award                                Duration      Mode of Delivery    Page
                                                                                                             (Part-time)                       No.
                                          Business/          Bachelor of Commerce                            4 Years       Blended learning   22
                                          Management         Diploma in Business                             2 Years

                                                             Masters in Technology Management                2 Years       Blended learning   23

                                                             Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Management 1 Year          Blended learning   24

                                                             Postgraduate Diploma in Technology              1 Year        Blended learning   25
                                                             Commercialisation

                                          Community          BA Community & Family Studies                   4 Years       Blended learning   28
                                          Development        Diploma in Community & Family Studies           2 Years
                                                             Certificate in Community & Family Studies       1 Year

                                                             Diploma in Community Development Practice       1 Year        Classroom-based    29
                                                             Certificate in Community Development Practice   1 Year

                                          Health Promotion Certificate in Health Promotion                   1 Year        Classroom-based    32

                                          Humanities         Bachelor of Arts                                4 Years       Classroom-based    34
                                                             Diploma in Arts                                 2 Years

                                                             Certificate in General Studies                  1 Year        Classroom-based    35

                                                             Diploma in Archaeology                          2 Years       Classroom-based    36

                                                             Diploma in English Literature                   2 Years       Classroom-based    37

                                                             Diploma in General Studies                      1 Year        Combination of      38
                                                                                                                           classroom -based
                                                                                                                           modules and blended
                                                                                                                           learning modules

                                                             Diploma in History                              2 Years       Classroom-based    39

                                                             Diploma in Irish Music Studies                  2 Years       Classroom-based    40

                                                             Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling        2 Years       Classroom-based    41
                                                             Certificate in the Psychology                   1 Year
                                                             of Counselling

                                                             Short Courses Series (non - credit)             8-10 weeks    Classroom-based    42

                                          Human Resource     Diploma in Employee Assistance                  2 Years       Blended learning   44
                                          Management         & Social Support
                                                             Certificate in Employee Assistance              1 Year
                                                             & Social Support

                                          Information        Master of Science in Software Engineering &     2 Years       Online Learning    46
                                          Technology         Database Technologies

                                          Languages          Diploma in French                               2 Years       Classroom-based    48

                                                             Diploma in Irish                                2 Years       Classroom-based    49
                                                             Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge                            2 Years                          50

                                                             Diploma in German                               2 Years       Classroom-based    51

                                                             Diploma in Italian                              2 Years       Classroom-based    52
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                                                             Diploma in Spanish                              2 Years       Classroom-based    53

                                                             Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English    1 Year        Classroom-based    54
                                                             as a Foreign Language

                                                             Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English        1 Year        Classroom-based    55
                                                             as a Foreign Language

                                                             Masters of Arts in Teaching English             3 Years       Classroom-based    56
                                                             as a Foreign Language

                                          Returning to       Access Course for Mature Students               1 Year        Classroom-based    58
                                          Learning

                                                             Foundation Course in Business/                  1 Year        Classroom- based   59
                                                             Commerce/Science & Engineering


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Subject area        Programme/Award                                    Duration         Mode of Delivery       Page
                                                                       (Part-time)                             No.
Rural               BSc Rural Development                              4 Years          Blended learning       62
Development         Diploma in Rural Development                       2 Years

Science             Diploma in Gemmology                               2 Years          Classroom-based        64

                    Diploma in Geology                                 2 Years          Classroom-based        65

Science &           BSc Science & Technology Studies                   2-4 Years        Blended learning       68
Technology          Diploma in Science & Technology Studies            2-4 Years

                    Specialist Diploma in Environmental Sustainability 1 Year           Blended learning       69
                    Specialist Diploma in Form & Function              1 Year           Blended learning
                    of the Human Body
                    Specialist Diploma in Medical Device Science       1 Year           Blended learning

Social Care         Bachelor of Arts Social Care                       4 Years          Blended learning       72
                    Diploma in Social Care                             2 Years
                    Certificate in Social Care                         1 Year

Socio-Economics     Diploma in Social Gerontology                      2 Years          Classroom-based        74

Training &          BA in Early Childhood Studies and Practice          4 Years         Blended learning       76
Education           Diploma in Early Childhood Studies and Practice 2 Years
                    Certificate in Early Childhood Studies and Practice 1 Year

                    Foundation Diploma in Training & Education         3 Months         Blended learning       77

                    BA in Training & Education                         4 Years          Blended learning       78
                    Diploma in Training & Education                    2 Years
                    Certificate in Training & Education                1 Year

                    Masters of Arts in Adult Learning & Development 2 Years             Blended learning       79



What can I study?
At NUI Galway we firmly believe that education and learning extend from the cradle to the grave. In browsing through
this prospectus we would like you to explore what we at NUI Galway can offer you, a potential adult learner. Whether
you want to study full-time or part-time, for personal pleasure or to enhance your career prospects, whether you live
near Galway or further away, whether you have a lot or a little formal education up to now - keep reading, investigate
the possibilities, consider which path you might like to take, consider which option suits you.

A wide range of part-time programmes are on offer. These cover a variety of different subject areas such as English
Literature, Archaeology, Irish Music Studies, Business Studies and Management, Information Technology,
Technology Management, Social Care, Languages, Community Development, Training and Education, Science
and Technology Studies. Many of these programmes lead to a recognised NUI award, a Certificate, a Diploma, a
Degree or Masters.

The programmes on offer vary in terms of level of award (whether Certificate, Diploma or other) and also in
duration. Certificate programmes usually last 1 year. A Diploma programme usually lasts 2 years, a Degree
programme can take 4 years, while a Masters can take 2 to 3 years to complete.

This prospectus introduces you to the range of programmes available and gives contact details for all programme
coordinators. If you are unsure about the best programme for your needs or you would like to find out more
information, you can contact the relevant course coordinator directly.

We also run a series of short liberal education courses extending across a wide range of disciplines, which do not
lead to an award. These short courses consist of 8-10 weeks of lectures in areas such as Philosophy, Art History,
Creative Writing, Film Studies, History, English Literature, Environmental Studies and many others. Take a look
at the directory section of this book entitled “Part-time Programmes at a Glance” for our full list of programmes.




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                                          How and where do I study?
                                          Adult education programmes are offered in different ways at NUI Galway. As an adult learner you can study on a
                                          part-time or a full-time basis. This book concentrates mainly on the part-time courses available in NUI Galway;
                                          however, if you are considering returning to full-time education, check out the ‘Returning to Study Full-time’
                                          section for some introductory information.

                                           Classroom-based programmes
                                           Classes for most part-time programmes take place in the evenings or at weekends, while a small number of part-
                                           time programmes are offered during the day. We have both Classroom-based and Blended learning programmes.
                                           For our Classroom-based programmes you attend lectures each week in NUI Galway or at our outreach locations.
                                           As well as the time spent in the classroom, you also spend time studying on your own and completing assignments.

                                           Blended-learning programmes
                                           Certain programmes are taught using Blended learning, which allows students to study at times that suit them
                                           best. Blended learning is simply an extension of what was traditionally called distance learning. It is a
                                           combination of self-instructional learning materials, traditional face-to-face lectures and workshops, online
                                           discussions, self-assessment activities, assignments and formal examinations. Students who enrol on a Blended
                                           learning programme receive a set of self-paced, self-instructional learning materials, in hard copy. This material
                                           is also available online over the Internet using our designated learning portals.

                                           When a Blended learning programme involves online activities, e-tutors are assigned to each module and are
                                           available to provide help and feedback on your online classroom activities. It is also possible to discuss course
                                           topics with other students on a virtual discussion board. You don’t need to have IT skills when you enrol on a
                                           Blended learning course; course tutors and the programme coordinator will provide training and support when
                                           you commence the programme. Course fees generally cover tuition costs and all course materials. However, for
                                           certain programmes, you may be required to purchase additional textbooks.


                                          Outreach programmes at NUI Galway
                                          Responding to the need for local education in communities all around Connacht, NUI Galway has developed a
                                          number of outreach programmes. An increasing number of these programmes are available at outreach locations in
                                          Counties Clare and Donegal and also in Counties Offaly, Longford and Laois. Students can attend lectures at these
                                          outreach facilities in their own locality, giving them an opportunity to talk face-to-face with the tutors and fellow
                                          students.
                                          The outreach centre in Ennis, Co. Clare is an example of this development and has offered a wide range of part-
                                          time programmes over the past number of years. Equally, St. Angela’s College in Sligo which is an affiliate college of
                                          NUI Galway offers a number of part-time programmes from its campus in the North-West. Check locally with the
                                          coordinator at St. Angela’s for course details.
                                          The University’s Access Office has expanded its activities to enhance access and promote new lifelong learning
                                          opportunities across the Border, Midlands and Western Region and County Clare. A project involving
                                          collaboration of seven third level partner institutions offering a joint approach to planning and outreach delivery of
                                          its Access programmes in three geographic regions: Cavan/Donegal in the Border regions, Tullamore /Portlaoise
                                          in the Midlands and Ennis/Shannon in County Clare is actively supporting students who are interested in pursuing
                                          third level studies, but who require some initial foundation studies which will equip them with the necessary skills
                                          to embark on a longer term diploma or degree award.

                                          How long does it take and what award do I receive?
                                          We are conscious of the many demands placed on adult learners and as a result all new courses are developed on a
                                          modular basis. This means that students are provided with manageable amounts of learning, to enable them to
                                          combine their work and family commitments with their studies.
                                          As a general rule, it is recommended that students on programmes taught in a classroom spend at least one hour
                                          studying or researching at home for every hour spent in class. This may increase coming up to examination time.
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                                          Certificate programmes typically require you to attend classes one evening per week for one year. Diploma
                                          programmes typically require you to attend classes one or two evenings per week for two years. On many programmes
                                          you can receive a Certificate when you successfully complete the first year, and you then have the option of continuing
                                          on to complete the Diploma programme in the second year.
                                          Degree programmes continue over 4 years and require a high level of commitment from students. As a degree student
                                          you are required to attend classes up to three times per week with occasional classes scheduled for Saturday mornings.
                                          Masters programmes, a number of which are available on a part-time basis, vary in duration and attendance
                                          requirements vary with the mode of study involved. However, most Masters programmes take 2 to 3 years and you
                                          must submit a research dissertation in the final year.
                                          The amount of study time involved in a Blended learning programme depends entirely on the individual student.
                                          Students complete each module at their own pace. Students must also allow time to complete assignments. Most
                                          Blended learning programmes involve attendance at workshops or Classroom-based lectures at different stages during
                                          the academic year. The number and duration of these activities tend to vary across the different programmes.


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Applying for a part-time programme
The part-time programmes offered by the University vary each year. Many courses are offered on a cyclical basis,
every two to four years while others accept students on an annual basis. If you are interested in any of the
programmes listed in this booklet, contact the relevant programme coordinator to ensure that your chosen
programme is on offer this year.

Assessment and examinations
Assessment is required for all programmes that lead to a Certificate, Diploma, Degree or a Masters. Course
assessment is generally a combination of continuous assessment, including written essays, written examinations,
projects or practical assignments, for example, field trips. Some programmes that do not lead to an award, for
example, the short, non-accredited courses, do not involve any assessment.

But I never completed the Leaving Certificate…
Don’t let that stop you. At NUI Galway, we have designed courses for adults with limited prior education who
would like to enter mainstream University programmes. These Returning to Learning courses provide an
alternative pathway to third level education for those whose background education was limited by socio-economic
circumstances and/or educational disadvantage, but who want to continue their education at third level, on either a
full-time and or a part-time basis.
If you have a limited educational background, check out the Returning to Learning courses on page 58 in this book.
These programmes provide students with introductory-level University courses as a starting point to continuing
their studies to a higher level at NUI Galway.
Participants who successfully complete the Access programme are eligible to apply for direct entry to full-time
University degree courses in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, College of Science, College of
Engineering and Informatics and the College of Business, Public Policy & Law. A similar Foundation course in
Science, Technology and Engineering and another in Business Studies is offered in conjunction with the Galway-
Mayo Institute of Technology. These courses are particularly valuable as a preparatory course for students
interested in progressing to further studies in Science, Engineering, Information Technology or Commerce.

Ongoing student support
Many of the students registering for adult education programmes may have been away from formal education for
some time. Students sometimes doubt their own ability to succeed or find submitting assignments and doing
written examinations a very daunting prospect.
The staff at the Adult and Continuing Education Office are very aware of these anxieties and our lecturers and
tutors are conscious of the difficulties that students experience in returning to education. They are fully supportive
and are there to assist you in any way possible. Help is there when you need it - all you have to do is ask.
Additional study, examination techniques, applied writing, reading skills and memory technique workshops are
generally offered to students on our Diploma and Degree programmes. These are provided outside of regular class
hours and assist students in preparing course assignments and preparing for end of semester examinations. While
these workshops are optional, students are encouraged to attend as many as possible, particularly during the first
year of their study programme. Students who attend these workshops regularly comment on how useful the
workshops are, particularly in providing valuable study tips and techniques.

Making your decision
If you decide to enrol on a Certificate, Diploma or Degree programme, it will require immense time commitment
on your part. There is also a financial commitment; as well as your tuition fees, you need to consider the cost of
course materials in some cases, childcare expenses, time off work and other general associated costs.
It is important that you spend time researching the options available and exploring the course most suited to your
educational needs.

 You might want to consider some of the following when you are making your choice:
 • Research which course suits your talents, experience and interests before you begin studying
 • Consider what pace of study, full-time, part-time or modular, suits your needs best
 • Read the relevant section of this information booklet
 • Contact the programme coordinator listed if you require further course details or perhaps set up an
   appointment to meet them if you wish to discuss the programme in person
 • Attend any information evenings that are provided by the Adult & Continuing Education Office on its
   programmes. Information evenings for entry in September of each academic year usually take place from
   April to June of that year.

Check programme entry requirements – while there are no formal educational entry requirements for many of our
courses, certain programmes may require candidates to have some work experience in the area of study, partake in
an informal interview or perhaps meet the University’s mature student entry criteria. As each programme varies,
you are advised to contact the coordinator for specific details or contact the Adult & Continuing Education Office
by telephone on (091) 492062 or by e-mail: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie.



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                                          Being a student at NUI Galway: Student Services

                                          Disability Support Services
                                          NUI Galway is committed to Equality of Opportunity and values the participation of students with disabilities in its
                                          educational programmes. The University welcomes applications from students with disabilities and makes
                                          provision, wherever possible, to facilitate access and participation. The Disability Officer works closely with the
                                          Adult & Continuing Education Office in assisting students to participate in our range of part-time programmes.

                                          Disability Officer
                                          Elizabeth Walsh
                                          Tel: 091 493541
                                          Email: elizabeth.walsh@nuigalway.ie

                                          Mature Students Office
                                          If you are interested in undertaking a full-time programme, you can apply to the University for entry to full-time
                                          study as a mature student, once you are over 23 years of age. A quota of places is reserved each year in the Colleges
                                          of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, Science, Engineering and Informatics, Business, Public Policy and Law
                                          and in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

                                          You apply in the normal way through the Central Applications Office (CAO). We have a Mature Students Officer
                                          who provides support and advice for current and potential mature students.

                                          Mature Students Officer
                                          Trish Hoare
                                          Tel: 091 492695
                                          Email: trish.hoare@nuigalway.ie

                                          Full-time study as a mature student
                                          www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/mature-students


                                          Postgraduate study at NUI Galway
                                          If you are interested in postgraduate study, NUI Galway offers a wide range of graduate level Diploma programmes,
                                          Master Degrees, and Doctoral Research Degrees in each College. Almost a quarter of all registered full-time
                                          students at NUI Galway are studying postgraduate programmes and the University is deeply committed to further
                                          developing postgraduate teaching and research.

                                          There are two types of postgraduate degree programmes on offer at NUI Galway:

                                          • Research-based programmes normally involving two years on campus for Master Degrees and four years
                                            for Doctoral Degrees
                                          • Postgraduate Diploma, Higher Diploma, and Master level taught programmes

                                          While the majority of these programmes are geared for full-time students, part-time study options are also available
                                          on certain programmes and you can contact the course coordinator for further information.

                                          For information on all postgraduate programmes, log onto the postgraduate website and take a look at the current
                                          postgraduate prospectus.

                                          Postgraduate Admissions Officer
                                          Valerie Leahy
                                          Tel: 091 495148
                                          Email: valerie.leahy@nuigalway.ie

                                          Postgraduate programmes
                                          www.nuigalway.ie/courses
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Being a student at NUI Galway: Facilities
If you enrol on a part-time programme leading to a Certificate, Diploma,
Degree or Masters Award, you receive a student identity card which
provides you with access to the following University facilities.

James Hardiman Library
Adult Education students will have full access to the James Hardiman
Library. Term opening hours are: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 22:00,
Saturday 08:30 – 17:30 and Sunday 10:00 – 17:30, with some additional
hours leading up to and during examinations.

The James Hardiman Library is situated in front of the concourse. It has a
wide collection of books available, most of which can be borrowed. The
library also has resources of academic papers and journals, many of which
can be accessed online. Books can generally be borrowed for a period of
two weeks with an opportunity to extend the loan period. Other special
collection books are on desk reserve. This means that they are available
only for a shorter period. (e.g. 1 hour, 3 hours or 1 day) and must be
perused at the library itself.

The library is spread over three floors and has a wide range of services
including archives, special collections, microform/microfiche, photocopiers
and computer suites. On the first floor you will find books and journals
covering a variety of subjects: arts, commerce, social science and also the
library’s audiovisual collection including DVDs and videos. The second
floor houses the science, technology and computing collection.

There are office staff on each floor of the library to assist you in your search
and you will find study spaces on all floors and further study spaces in the
basement reading room. The library also provides a browsing room that
contains fictional books, magazines, local and national newspapers.
Have a look at the library’s website on www.nuigalway.ie/library for
more information on the full range of its services to students, including
online services.

Students registered on Blended learning programmes or students who are
unable to access the library on a regular basis, can use the library’s off-
campus services which allow access to a wide range of electronic resources
and reference material from home using an internet connection. To use
this service you just need to know your student number and library pin or
computer suite password. Simply follow the link to the electronic databases
from the library website.

The library also provides tours at the beginning of the academic year that
will introduce you to all the facilities in the library. Check the library
website or enquire at the library for more details. Further training
opportunities on specific aspects of the library, for example carrying out
research on library databases, exploring the library catalogue, are available
on a regular basis throughout semesters 1 and 2.

James Hardiman Library
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                                          Careers Development Centre
                                          The Careers Development Centre offers a comprehensive range of guidance and information services to all the
                                          students who attend NUI Galway assisting them in the management of their own career development.

                                          The information room provides information on areas such as postgraduate study and funding, particular
                                          occupations, further study and work worldwide. Employer information, computers with Internet access, an
                                          audio-visual section, career CD-ROMs, psychometric tests and photocopying facilities are examples of some of
                                          the services provided for mature students.

                                          Seminars are held on specific career areas, employability skills and postgraduate study. Seminars are also organised
                                          for particular focus groups, for example, for mature students. The computerised guidance service includes access to
                                          a virtual careers library via the website, www.nuigalway.ie/careers, where you will find further career information
                                          and useful contact details.

                                          The Career Development Centre helps students with some of the following areas
                                          1. Deciding what to do next – further study opportunities
                                          2. Finding out about options regarding degree or subject choice
                                          3. Obtaining careers information
                                          4. Finding out how to develop skills that employers want
                                          5. Help with finding a job
                                          6. Providing information about Career Events

                                          Careers Development Centre
                                          www.nuigalway.ie/careers


                                          Sporting Facilities
                                          NUI Galway offers a wide choice of sporting activities to its students. The University has recently opened a new
                                          6,500 sq ft sports complex, located by the Quincentennial Bridge. This modern sports facility includes a 6 lane, 25
                                          metre swimming pool, dedicated squash and racquetball courts, national league basketball arena and sports hall.
                                          The sports complex also houses an impressive cardiovascular gym, two fitness studios suitable for aerobic training
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                                          and a competition style climbing wall. Saunas and steam rooms are also situated within the complex. There are
                                          regular classes where you can acquire new expertise, or improve existing skills, with professional tuition. If you are
                                          interested in competitive activities, intervarsity sport may be of special interest. The new sports complex offers a
                                          balance to the students of the University from their academic study by providing them with an opportunity to
                                          engage in recreational and sporting activity. As a registered student at NUI Galway you can avail of reduced
                                          membership of the University gym and leisure facilities.




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Student Societies
The University is also home to over 85 active societies covering a large range of sporting and non-sporting
extra-curricular interests and activities. Societies include Canoeing, Rowing, Basketball, Photography, Hill Walking,
Debating and many others. Society spaces are available in Áras na Mac Léinn and include performance spaces,
meeting rooms, acoustic rooms, dance studio, art room, screening rooms, dark room, computer & editing suites.
These are all available for student use.

As part of a society students learn new skills, explore their interests, create a community of friends with similar
interests and goals and of course have great fun. Being a member of a society also gives you access to high profile
speakers, educators and potential employers. It gives you an opportunity to unleash your creative potential. There
is literally something for everyone.

IT facilities
Registered students at NUI Galway may use the computer network. There are approximately 1,600 PCs which are
available for student use in general access and departmental PC suites located across the campus. These computers
provide access to a large number of general and specialist software applications as well as Internet and email
facilities. When you enrol on an adult education programme, you are provided with access details required to login
to the computers in these PC suites. If you have any difficulties with this you can contact the information desk at
the User Support Centre, Computer Services Office. Students will also be given their own email account as NUI
Galway students as well as access to the University’s wireless service.

User Support Centre
Email: usersupport@nuigalway.ie
Tel. 091 493325


Photocopying facilities
Photocopiers which are located in college buildings and the main library are operated by photocopying cards,
which can be purchased from dispensers. Printing is charged on a per-page basis.

Car parking
NUI Galway enjoys a central location in Galway city and with this comes parking restrictions which are in place on
the campus from 08:30 to 17:30 Monday to Friday. The parking management system is enforced by clamping
during these hours. You are strongly advised to park only in designated parking spaces. Registered students are
provided with a parking permit which allows students to park in specific places. There are also a number of Pay &
Display places located across the campus for student, staff and guest use.

Please refer to the Buildings Office website - www.nuigalway.ie/buildings for instructions on how to obtain an
annual student parking permit which allows registered students to park freely in student designated parking areas.

Buildings Office
www.nuigalway.ie/buildings




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                                          Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
                                          In this FAQ Section we have strived to answer the most frequently asked questions from prospective students,
                                          however if there is a question you wish to ask and it is not listed below do not hesitate to contact us in the Adult &
                                          Continuing Education Office on 091 492062 or email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie.

                                          Programme Applications
                                          1. How do I apply for an adult education programme?
                                          Generally, you complete an application form. Application forms are available from the Adult and Continuing
                                          Education Office, the Admissions Office or are included as part of the programme brochure.

                                          In the application form, you provide contact details, outline your educational background, any previous courses
                                          undertaken and any additional information that may be required to assess your suitability for the programme for
                                          which you are applying. You will also be required to provide a copy of your birth certificate, a passport-sized photo
                                          and the programme application fee (non-refundable), which is circa €30.

                                          You return the application form to the designated office (which is generally the Admissions Office) on or before
                                          the stated closing date. However, because some courses request you to return that application form to somewhere
                                          other than the Admissions Office, check the application form or the appropriate course details in this book to
                                          confirm the return address.

                                          2. What is the closing date for applications?
                                          While the closing date for applications is typically in mid to late June, the actual closing date for each programme
                                          differs. Check the closing date specified on the application form and make sure that you adhere to this date.

                                          3. What happens to my application form after I apply?
                                          Applications sent to the Admissions Office are acknowledged by return of a postal reply card, which is included
                                          with the application form. Acknowledgement procedures for applications returned elsewhere may differ, so check
                                          with the programme coordinator to find out how you will be notified that your application has been received.
                                          Applications are processed by the Admissions Office and forwarded to the various college offices for assessment in
                                          accordance with selection criteria.

                                          Successful applicants are informed in writing by the University. To accept your place you will be required to return
                                          a deposit within the specified time frame – the deposit is offset against the full fee payment. The process of
                                          assessing applications and offering places may take between 4 and 6 weeks. Additional registration details and
                                          communication from the relevant department will be issued to all applicants approximately 2 weeks before the
                                          programme commences, informing you of the registration date and lecture times for the programme.

                                          4. When do courses begin?
                                          The majority of courses commence the first week of September of each academic year. Lectures normally take
                                          place Monday to Thursday from 18:00 hours onwards or on Saturdays from 9:00-13:00. However, if you opt for a
                                          Blended learning programme, that is, a combination of self-instructional materials and classroom tutorials, you may
                                          find that your Classroom-based tutorials take place entirely on weekends.

                                          Fees
                                          5. What is the schedule of fee payment?
                                          Once a student accepts a course place an advance booking deposit (portion of course fees) is paid initially. This is a
                                          non-refundable deposit which becomes part of the overall fee once registered. The deposit is circa €535 and must
                                          be paid using a postal order or bank draft when you accept your course place. The remaining fee may be paid in two
                                          instalments as listed in question 6 below.

                                          6. Tuition fees
                                          The EU fee for each course is listed in the programme section of this prospectus. Non-EU students may be obliged
                                          to pay higher fees than those payable by EU students. You should contact the Fees Office directly for further
                                          information on this.

                                          Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. EU fees can be paid in full prior to registration or in two equal
                                          instalments, 50% prior to registration in September and 50% by the following January. Non-EU fees must be paid
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                                          in full prior to registration. Fees can be paid by bank giro at your local bank branch or online using your credit card.
                                          You should retain the receipt stamped by the bank and/or online payment confirmation number, as evidence of
                                          payment. As online fee payment is the recommended route of payment, students who would prefer to pay via the
                                          bank should request a fees giro form from the Fees Office by sending an email to fees@nuigalway.ie and state their
                                          name and student number.




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7. If I change my mind about a programme, are fees refunded?
Once registered, you are liable for full course fees regardless as to whether you complete/attend the course.
The University accepts no obligation to refund any fees or part thereof. However, if you wish to appeal this
decision please contact the Fees Office directly in writing or by email to fees@nuigalway.ie.

It is essential that you appreciate clearly the various requirements of the programme for which you are registering
for and it is recommended that you contact the programme coordinator for guidance on programme suitability.

8. Is funding available for these programmes?
In certain cases employers may sponsor tuition fees where the programme of study has direct relevance to the
workplace, while other students may seek support from local community or development organisations.

Students in employment may be eligible for income tax relief on certain programmes at the standard rate of tax.
This is in accordance with the Taxes Consolidation Act of 1997. For specific details on this scheme, contact your
local tax office or visit the Revenue website on www.revenue.ie.




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     Academic Credits and Qualifications

     9. Can I obtain credit for previous courses undertaken by me?
     The University acknowledges that all learning is valuable and that courses
     previously undertaken by students may be considered for the award of
     credit and possible subject exemptions against a new programme of study
     through the RPL process (Recognition of Prior Learning).

     If you feel that you have covered some of the course material previously,
     the RPL process allows you to gain admission to a programme of study, or
     to gain exemptions from some parts of a programme, based on
     demonstrated learning achieved prior to admission. This means that you
     will have a lighter course load for some elements of the programme and in
     some cases, complete your award over a shorter period.

     RPL includes:
     (i) Recognition of Prior Certified Learning: Where an applicant has
     already been awarded a certificate for a formal programme taken at
     another institution or training organisation, this prior learning can be
     recognised and may entitle the applicant to exemptions from some
     parts of a programme.

     Certain courses are deemed eligible for the award of credit:
     • Extra-mural or Adult Education Certificates or Diplomas
     • University programmes, full-time or part-time
     • Other third-level programmes

     Where such credit is granted it is normally limited to a maximum number
     of credits. The award of credits applies to specific programmes only –
     check with the relevant programme coordinator regarding the exemption
     policy of a specific programme.

     (ii) Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning: This involves the
     awarding of credit for learning from experience. In this case, the candidate
     must prove the learning by producing a portfolio to support the claim for
     admission, exemption, or credit. As a general principle, credit is given for
     learning, not for experience per se.

     Some of the programmes in this prospectus may consider RPL
     applications. For further information please contact the programme
     coordinator or go the Adult and Continuing Education web page at
     www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation.

     10. What are ECTS (credits) and what value do they have?
     To quantify learning and to place a value on it, courses are divided up
     into credit units, under a system called the European Credit Transfer
     System (ECTS). Credits may vary however, they represent a standard
     number of class contact hours and average workload for a programme.
     Courses are allocated a standard number of credits within the
     following general guidelines:

     •   Certificate 15 ECTS (credits)
     •   Diploma (single subject) 30 ECTS (credits)
     •   Diploma (Arts/Management) 90 ECTS (credits)
     •   Degree 180 ECTS (credits)

     The use of the term credits is a common one among the third-level
     sector and provides a “currency” with which students may transfer
     from one course to another or gain exemption from elements of a
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11. What can I do with an NUI Galway qualification?
All programmes at NUI Galway reflect the highest academic standards of the National University of Ireland.
These programmes have been devised in response to the professional training needs of different community and
corporate organisations and are recognised, stand-alone qualifications. Having attained this initial qualification, you
may wish to progress to further study in a particular area or alternatively progress to a Degree programme having
already completed a Diploma programme.

A number of our Diploma programmes have follow-on Degree options. For example, students of the Diploma in
Community Development Practice may progress to the new BA in Community and Family Studies. Students from
the various single-subject Diplomas in the Humanities, for example, Archaeology, English Literature or History,
may progress directly with credit exemptions to the part-time Bachelor of Arts programme.

Apart from the possibility of progressing to further study, students completing an adult education programme
improve their writing, reading and oral presentation skills. These skills are invaluable in the workplace in all sectors
and help improve the career prospects of these individuals.


12. What student support services can I avail of?
NUI Galway has a wide range of student support services which are available to Adult & Continuing Education
students. It is important for students returning to education or for those who have been out of education for some
time to avail of these services to enable them to make the most of their time as students in NUI Galway. Some of
the support services offered to students returning to education include additional study, examination techniques,
applied writing, reading skills and memory technique workshops. These are provided outside regular class hours
and assist students in preparing for end of semester examination. While these workshops are optional, students are
encouraged to attend as many as possible, particularly during the first year of their study programme. Students who
attend these workshops regularly comment on how useful the workshops are, particularly in providing valuable
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                                          Entry Requirements
                                          13. What are the mature student entry requirements for these programmes?

                                          Part-time programmes
                                          Students applying to complete a part-time course at NUI Galway under the age of 21 may, in certain circumstances,
                                          be asked to fulfil the matriculation requirements for the University, which include a pass in at least six subjects
                                          (including Irish, English and another language) at the Leaving Certificate Examination, with at least grade C3 in
                                          two subjects on the higher course and at least grade D3 (ordinary or higher course) in the remaining four subjects.
                                          Students who do not meet this matriculation requirement may be allowed submit applications for some courses
                                          and are assessed for suitability of entry on a case-by-case basis.

                                          Students aged 21 years or over by 1st January of the year of admission to a part-time programme may matriculate
                                          on the grounds of mature years alone. Therefore, many of the programmes detailed in this prospectus state that
                                          there are no formal entry requirements involved.

                                          Full-time programmes
                                          Students applying to the CAO for full-time courses on the grounds of mature years alone must satisfy the NUI
                                          regulation and be of mature years (at least 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry to first year
                                          lectures in a constituent university or recognised college). Students who are under 23 years of age are assessed for
                                          entry though the CAO on the basis of their Leaving Certificate points only.

                                          14. Are there any restrictions on the numbers of places available for mature students
                                          on the full-time programmes?
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                                          In addition to the ‘mature years’ regulation, the following selection procedures and restrictions on places available
                                          for mature students on the full-time programmes apply (the course codes refer to the CAO course codes):

                                          Arts - about 150 places are available in the daytime BA (GY101 – GY117, excl. GY104)). Each applicant is
                                          considered on an individual basis and other criteria in addition to examination results which are also taken into
                                          account. A written assessment is held in April. Application on mature grounds only is not accepted for GY104 Arts
                                          (Psychology) - mature students wishing to study Psychology should apply for GY101.

                                          Commerce - about 35 places are available in the daytime Bachelor of Commerce programmes (GY201 – GY207)
                                          on an annual basis. Evidence of educational attainment in the business area is desirable. A pass in Mathematics in
                                          the Leaving Certificate or in an equivalent examination is required. By way of preparation for entry to a business or
                                          commerce programme, a Foundation course is available. Programme details are found on page 59 of this booklet.




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Engineering - about 30 places are available across all programmes, excluding Information Technology
programmes, in the College of Engineering and Informatics. Applications are considered on an individual basis.
Some knowledge of mathematics and science is highly desirable.

Computer Science and Information Technology (Engineering) - about 10 places are available. Applications are
considered on an individual basis. Some knowledge of mathematics is highly desirable. By way of preparation for
entry to an Engineering or IT programme, a Foundation course is available. Programme details are found on page
59 of this booklet.

Science - about 50 places available across all programmes in the College. However, an intake limit of ten per cent
of the quota for each programme applies. Applications are considered on an individual basis. Knowledge of
mathematics and at least one science subject is desirable. By way of preparation for entry to a Science programme,
a Foundation course is available. Programme details are found on page 59 of this booklet.

Law - 4 places are available in GY250 and 8 places in GY251. Applications are considered on an individual basis
and other criteria in addition to examination results are also taken into account.

Nursing & Midwifery Studies - 15 per cent of places in the General Nursing programme in Galway and
Portiuncula (GY525) and 40 per cent of places in Psychiatric Nursing Western Health Board (GY526) are
available to students applying on mature grounds. Twenty per cent of places in the Midwifery programme are
available to mature applicants. Further details are available from the Nursing Careers Centre or from An Bord
Altranais, phone (01) 6398500, website: www.nursingcareers.ie.

Medicine & Health Sciences - Application on mature grounds only are not accepted for Medicine (GY501).
Two places are reserved for mature applicants annually in Occupational Therapy (GY502), in Speech and
Language Therapy (GY503) and in Podiatry (GY504).

Applications on mature grounds are invited in the normal way for University entrants through the Central
Applications Office (CAO), Eglinton Street, Galway. You can contact this office by telephone on 091 509800
or through its website, www.cao.ie. The closing date is 1st February each year. However, CAO encourages mature
applicants to submit applications in advance of this date if possible.




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                                          General
                                          15. How do I know which is the right course for me?
                                          Choosing the right course is difficult, particularly in light of the range of part-time programmes which are available to
                                          you. Ideally, you should consider what your interests and strengths are, take a look at the programme content and
                                          method of delivery to see if this meets with your needs. You should also contact the programme coordinator for some
                                          further details on the programme and make your decision on the balance of information available. Many of our
                                          courses have a Certificate option after one year’s study or a Diploma after two, so you do have an exit option (with an
                                          academic award), if you wish to change your course of study or if you wish to finish your studies after one year.

                                          16. I’m not sure if I want to start a full College course – what can I do?
                                          The University offers a number of foundation programmes in Science & Technology, Business and Humanities
                                          which allow you to taste these subject areas at foundational level for one year. Each subject area has a follow-on
                                          Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degree programme which you can follow on
                                          completion of the foundation programme, should you wish to continue your studies in this area and provides an
                                          ideal preparation for University life. Check out the programme details on page 59 of this prospectus and also the
                                          Certificate/Diploma in General Studies on pages 35 and 38.

                                          17. What are the tutorial and class schedules?
                                          Class schedules vary according to the programme you select. However, in general terms, Classroom-based courses
                                          run lectures in the evenings from 6.00pm onwards, Mondays to Thursdays and occasionally offer tutorials on a
                                          Saturday morning. If you choose a Blended learning programme, you will be required to attend face-to-face lectures
                                          on an occasional basis, once every three to four weeks for 1-2 full days. Often these classes take place on a Friday or
                                          at the weekends. For programme specifics you are advised to contact the programme coordinator.
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Business/Management
         Bachelor
         of Commerce                                    Course Overview
                                                        The part time Bachelor of Commerce is a four-year degree programme in business education.
                                                        A Diploma in Business is awarded upon successful completion of the first two years. The programme
         Diploma                                        will help students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to new business methods and
                                                        contexts throughout their working life. Graduates will have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of
         in Business                                    business and management and will have an opportunity to gain a more comprehensive grounding in
                                                        specialist areas such as Services Marketing, Human Resource Management and E-Commerce.

                                                        Who is this course intended for?
                                                        The Diploma and Degree are aimed at mature students who may currently work in business or hope
                                                        to in the future, but who could not avail of third level education immediately following second level.
                                                        The programme is delivered by blended learning to allow mature students with work and/or family
                                                        commitments to study at times that suit their needs.
      “Returning to third level education after 25
             years was daunting. However,               Course Outline
      through a combination of integrated course        Year 1: Introduction to Learning, Economics, Accounting, Management Information Systems,
                                                        Introduction to Management, Introduction to Marketing;
           design, excellent tutorials, and the
      internet-based learning management system         Year 2: Management Accounting, Business Finance, Managerial Economics, Macroeconomics,
                                                        Business Law I, Mathematics, Action Marketing, Management Skills and Organisational Behaviour;
      Blackboard, learning has become a pleasure
      and I have never felt that I am on my own.”       Year 3: Business Law II, Ireland in the Global Economy, Information and Operations Management,
                                                        Statistics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management,
      Paul McLoughlin, Diploma in Management            Marketing Research and Services Marketing;

                                                        Year 4: Business Taxation, Strategic Management, Marketing Management, E-Commerce and
        “Online support, through the Blackboard         Management of Organisational Change.
      learning system, has made this course much
                                                        Year 4 options, choose two from: Financial Reporting, Quantitative Methods, Economic Theory,
          easier than I expected. Information is        Information Systems Innovation, Business Negotiation, Health Economics, and Policy and
     accessible when it suits me so I can work at my    Marketing Communications.
     own pace, fitting it in around my own lifestyle.   Students receive a resource pack for each module containing core learning materials. Some
         Between the dedicated lecturers and the        modules will require students to purchase a prescribed text. Students communicate with dedicated
                                                        module lecturers online using Blackboard, a virtual learning tool. Email and telephone support
      combined workplace experiences of the class,
                                                        is also available.
        there is a wealth of knowledge to absorb.
     Everything I have learned is relevant to my job    Requirements and Assessment
                                                        Students are required to attend eight weekend workshops each academic year (on Friday afternoons
        and has broadened my understanding of           and Saturdays), and participate in online discussions and activities throughout the year.
                     the workplace.”
                                                        All modules are individually assessed. Typically this assessment consists of assignments and
        Sheila Gethings, Bachelor of Commerce
                                                        end-of-year/end-of-semester examinations.

                                                        Key Facts
                                                        Entry Requirements: Applicants should have a minimum of pass mathematics at Leaving Certificate
                                                        level. Applicants are normally expected to have satisfied the matriculation requirement of the
                       Applications Procedure           University either on the basis of mature years, aged 21 or over by 1st of January of the year of entry, or
                                                        by meeting the normal minimum entry (matriculation) requirements of the University. All students
                 Application forms are available from   who have passed the Foundation Course in Business/Commerce are eligible for admission.
                          and should be returned to:    Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
                                  Admissions Office     ECTS weighting: 90 ECTs (Diploma); 180 ECTs (Degree)
                                        NUI Galway      NFQ Level: 7 (Diploma), 8 (Degree)
                                                        Duration: 2 years (Diploma). On completion of the diploma programme students may progress for a
                                   Tel: 091 492199      further 2 years for the award of a degree.
                                                        Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                   Fax: 091 495566
                                                        Next start date: The programme is offered on a cyclical basis. The next start date is September 2010.
                    Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie      Contact the programme coordinator for start details in subsequent academic years.
                                                        EU and non-EU fees (per annum): Diploma: EU fees €3,055 and non-EU fees €3,555; Degree: EU
                                   Find out more        €3,055 and non-EU fees €3,555. Fees are subject to a yearly review.
                                      Eilis O’Regan
                           Programme Coordinator
                             Room 330 (Top Floor)
                       JE Cairnes School of Business
                                       NUI Galway
                                    Tel: 091 493104
                   Email: eilis.oregan@nuigalway.ie
                         www.nuigalway.ie/course-
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    MSc
    Technology                                        Course Overview
    Management                                        The blended learning Master of Science in Technology Management programme provides students
                                                      with an insight into the role of technology management within the Irish and international economy.
                                                      The programme aims to develop students’ knowledge of product innovation, technology transfer
                                                      and R&D processes, enabling students and companies to gain competitive advantage through their
                                                      technology. It is offered under the auspices of the Atlantic University Alliance (AUA), which is a
                                                      collaborative agreement between UCC, UL and NUI Galway and involves all three universities
                                                      working on a number of joint projects in the training, education and R&D area.

                                                      Who is this course intended for?
                                                      The programme is designed for managers, technical specialists, engineers or those responsible for
                                                      managing technologies within their organisations. The programme content explores topics such as
                                                      innovation and entrepreneurship and the use of new and emerging technologies in a variety of
"The MSc in Technology Management offered             sectors. A wide range of career opportunities are open to graduates of the programme in areas
 both flexibility and structure by setting out a      such as research and development, production and operations management, information systems
                                                      and management consultancy.
 clear timetable from the very start of year 1,
which outlined the content of the modules and         Course Outline
the examination methods. Module assessment            Delivered on a part-time basis over four semesters, the programme will include 10 taught modules and
                                                      one year-long research (thesis) module in year 2 of the programme.
    enabled me to analyse and improve on
    everyday work practices, in addition to           The programme aims to:
 opening discussions with company employees           • Develop knowledge and understanding of the increasingly important area
                                                        of technology management.
and managers. The overall course content was          • Build the management and leadership capabilities of companies
 sufficiently comprehensive to greatly help me          and individuals in this area.
                                                      • Enable graduates to facilitate organisational change and sustainable improvements at the
   set up my own technology led company".               enterprise level through competitive work systems and effective knowledge management.
               Gavan O'Sullivan
                                                      Core Modules
                                                      1. Managing Innovation                                 6. Marketing Technology Products
                                                      2. Information Systems                                 7. Technology Innovation
                                                         and Software Management                                and Entrepreneurship
                                                      3. Managing Technology Projects                        8. Technology Finance and Capital
                                                      4. Product Design and Development                      9. Thesis (30 ECTS)
                                                      5. Innovation and Technology Transfer

                                                      Plus any two Elective Modules from the following groupings
                                                      1. People and Strategic Management - Strategy & Management of Technology, People
                                                         Management for Technology Organisations
                                                      2. Lean & Six Sigma - Lean Tools & Techniques, Six Sigma
                                                      3. Process and Product Improvement - Process and Product Modelling, Problem Solving
                                                         and Improvement Methodologies

                                                      Modular Learning: If students wish to register for an individual module(s) for the purpose
                                                      of continuing professional development credit or to update their existing skills or knowledge,
                                                      they may do so on a modular credit basis. Check out the AUA website on www.aua.ie
                                                      for further details.

                                                      Requirements and Assessment
                                                      The Masters programme runs over two academic years (four semesters) on a part-time basis. Modules
                                                      are assessed by a combination of written assignments during the semester and a formal examination at
                                                      the end of each semester. A selection of assignments will be group orientated. The thesis module will
                                                      be assessed completely by continuous assessment and is ideally based upon a project carried out
                  Applications Procedure              within the student’s own organisation.
 Application forms are available on www.aua.ie.       The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach. This means that students can study
    Return completed applications to the AUA          at their own pace using a combination of distance/online materials, as well as attending face-to-face
     Programme Coordinator. Closing date for          tutorials, seminars and study groups where they meet up with fellow students.
receipt of applications is late June of the year in
                                                      Key Facts
                which the programme is offered.
                                                      Entry Requirements: Applicants are expected to hold a primary honours degree or equivalent and
                                                      have at least three years of industrial experience. Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry
                               Find out more          criteria may apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Management or the Postgraduate
                             Nuala McGuinn            Diploma in Technology Commericalisation. On successful completion of either of these programmes,
        Adult and Continuing Education Office         students may apply for entry to the MSc Technology Management with exemptions.
                                                      ECTS weighting: 90 credits
                                NUI Galway            NFQ Level: 9
                              Tel: 091 493746         Duration: Part-time, 2 years in duration.
                                                      Mode of Study: Blended learning
                  Email: techmgt@nuigalway.ie         Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for start details
                                   www.aua.ie         in subsequent academic years.
                                                      EU and non-EU fees (per annum): €7,900. This fee is subject to a yearly review.




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        Postgraduate
        Diploma in                                         Course Overview
        Innovation                                         Students of the Diploma in Innovation Management will learn about innovation and change and how
                                                           it affects business operations. They will gain knowledge of new process technologies that contribute to
        Management                                         improving operational efficiency and competitiveness in their organisations. The programme will
                                                           address the effective management of new product innovation strategies and identify appropriate
                                                           business process improvements to facilitate the introduction of such change. The programme is
                                                           delivered in association with the University of Limerick (UL) and University College Cork (UCC)
                                                           under the auspices of the Atlantic University Alliance (AUA).

                                                           Who is this course intended for?
                                                           The programme is targeted at managers responsible for innovation in their organisations.
                                                           The programme will also appeal to those who have experience in a non-management area, but wish
                                                           to increase their skills and knowledge to launch their own enterprises or introduce new products or
          "I found the Diploma in Innovation               services to the market. The programme ensures that students are innovation focused and assists them
        Management to be very stimulating and              in the development of an entrepreneurial culture within their organisation.
      applicable to my role. I found that after each       Course Outline
     subject there was a new initiative I had begun        The programme content is extensive and varied and includes the following modules plus
      or that I had a renewed professional interest        a project which provides students with an opportunity to apply the module theories and concepts
                                                           in a practical setting.
         in certain aspects of my organisation's
       business. As I have now progressed onto the         1. Managing Innovation
                                                           2. Enterprise Product Modelling and Simulation
      MSc in Technology Management, I can now              3. Managing Technology Projects
        appreciate that the diploma was a good             4. Product Design and Development
                                                           5. Company Project
       way of gradually reintroducing myself back          6. Industry Seminar
                into third level education."
                                                           This programme will assist students to:
                       Ed Purtill                          • identify and develop the skills necessary to manage innovation at both operational and
                                                             strategic levels in their organisation;
                                                           • familiarise themselves with business process improvement methods and simulation tools;
                                                           • present a professional innovative idea to their peers with the potential to improve business
                                                             within their organisation.

                                                           Requirements and Assessment
                                                           The Diploma programme runs over one academic year (two semesters). Modules are assessed by a
                                                           combination of written assignments during the semester and a formal examination at the end of each
                                                           semester. A selection of assignments will be group orientated.

                                                           The project module will be assessed completely by continuous assessment and is ideally based upon a
                                                           project carried out within the student’s own organisation.

                                                           The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach. This means that students can study at
                                                           their own pace using a combination of distance/online materials, as well as attending face-to-face
                                                           tutorials, seminars and study groups where they meet up with fellow students.

                                                           Key Facts
                                                           Entry Requirements: An undergraduate Degree 1st or 2nd Class Honours in any discipline along
                                                           with one year of relevant industrial experience; or Ordinary or 3rd Class Honours Undergraduate
                                                           Degree along with three years of relevant industrial experience; or a recognised professional
                                                           qualification along with three years of relevant industrial experience.
                                                           Transfer Options: Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria for the Diploma may be
                                                           interviewed by the Programme Board to ascertain their suitability for entry. On successful completion
                       Applications Procedure              of the Diploma in Innovation Management students may apply for entry to the MSc Technology
                                                           Management with credit for related modules.
      Application forms are available on www.aua.ie.       ECTS weighting: 30 credits
         Return completed applications to the AUA          NFQ Level: 9
          Programme Coordinator. Closing date for          Duration: Part-time, 1 year in duration.
     receipt of applications is late June of the year in   Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                                           Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for start details in subsequent
                     which the programme is offered.       academic years.
                                                           EU and non-EU fees: €3,950. This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                                    Find out more
                                 Nuala McGuinn
            Adult and Continuing Education Office
                                    NUI Galway
                                   Tel: 091 493746
                       Email: techmgt@nuigalway.ie
                                        www.aua.ie




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 Postgraduate
 Diploma in                                           Course Overview
 Technology                                           The Diploma in Technology Commercialisation seeks to improve Ireland's expertise in Technology
                                                      Commercialisation and to up-skill the next generation of entrepreneurs focused on new and emerging
 Commercialisation                                    technologies. It provides information and guidance to potential entrepreneurs in business planning,
                                                      securing project finance and the knowledge needed to commercialise new technologies, products and
                                                      services. The programme is delivered in association with the University of Limerick (UL) and
                                                      University College Cork (UCC) under the auspices of the Atlantic University Alliance (AUA).

                                                      Who is this course intended for?
                                                      The Diploma is delivered via blended learning in association with UL and UCC and is designed to
                                                      assist managers, scientists and engineers who support technology commercialisation activities, to
                                                      realise the potential of innovation and gain a greater understanding of the commercialisation process.

                                                      Course Outline
                                                      Through the programme students will participate in project activities that will assist their
                                                      understanding of the commercialisation options available to an identified venture. It will also
                                                      develop the students’ understanding of venture capital financing, business management, marketing
     “There is an excellent combination of            and technology development. In addition, this course will provide invaluable networking
     observing, reading, discussion forums,           opportunities with individuals, companies and agencies involved in technology commercialisation.

 assignments and studying. This combination           Modules titles are varied and include the following subject areas:
 along with the method of delivery allows the         1. Innovation and Technology Transfer
                                                      2. Marketing Technology Products
   student flexibility in maintaining a good          3. Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
balance between work, study and personal life,        4. Technology Finance and Capital
                                                      5. Company Project
and having instant access to the course via the       6. Industry Seminar
   internet; you never feel distant from your
                                                      This programme will assist students to:
             classmates or lecturers.                 • develop an understanding of the technology commercialisation process;
                                                      • identify technology based business opportunities, with particular focus on how to assess
                                                        their market potential and how to judge their appeal to the venture capital community;
    The Diploma in Commercialisation                  • establish the importance of innovation in the exploitation of new technological developments
Technology has been a real accelerator to my            and the transfer process for this technology to enable commercialisation;
                                                      • gain an understanding of the importance of intellectual property and patenting
 post-graduate education and has been an                as a key element of commercialisation.
   excellent stepping stone to the Masters
        in Technology Management                      Requirements and Assessment
                                                      The Diploma programme runs over one academic year (two semesters). Modules are assessed by a
         which I am now pursuing.”                    combination of written assignments during the semester and a formal examination at the end of each
             Caitriona Conneely                       semester. A selection of assignments will be group orientated. The project module will be assessed
                                                      completely by continuous assessment and is ideally based upon a project carried out within the
                                                      student’s own organisation.

                                                      The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach. This means that students can study at
                                                      their own pace using a combination of distance/online materials, as well as attending face-to-face
                                                      tutorials, seminars and study groups where they meet up with fellow students.

                                                      Key Facts
                                                      Entry Requirements: An undergraduate Degree 1st or 2nd Class Honours in any discipline along
                                                      with one year of relevant industrial experience; or Ordinary or 3rd Class Honours Undergraduate
                                                      Degree along with three years of relevant industrial experience; or a recognised professional
                                                      qualification along with three years of relevant industrial experience.
                                                      Transfer Options: Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria for the Diploma may be
                  Applications Procedure              interviewed by the Programme Board to ascertain their suitability for entry. On successful completion
 Application forms are available on www.aua.ie.       of the Diploma in Technology Commercialisation students may apply for entry to the MSc
                                                      Technology Management with credit for related modules.
    Return completed applications to the AUA
                                                      ECTS weighting: 30 credits
     Programme Coordinator. Closing date for          NFQ Level: 9
receipt of applications is late June of the year in   Duration: Part-time, 1 year in duration.
                which the programme is offered.       Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for start details in subsequent
                                                      academic years.
                                                      EU and non-EU fees: €3,950. This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                               Find out more
                             Nuala McGuinn
        Adult and Continuing Education Office
                                NUI Galway
                              Tel: 091 493746
                  Email: techmgt@nuigalway.ie
                                   www.aua.ie




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     Adult & Continuing Education Programmes
Community Development
         BA in
         Community and                                  Course Overview
         Family Studies                                 This distance learning programme is a four-year, part-time programme in Community and Family
                                                        Studies. Students are awarded an NUI Diploma in Arts (Community and Family Studies) upon
                                                        successful completion of the first two years of the programme and a Bachelor of Arts in Community and
         Diploma in                                     Family Studies on completion of the four-year cycle. This programme is designed to enable participants
                                                        to further develop and enhance their understanding, knowledge and skills relevant to Family and
         Community and                                  Community work practice and policy in Ireland or abroad. The main focus of the Degree programme
                                                        will be on Community and Family studies, but will broadly incorporate community development, family
         Family Studies                                 support, adolescence, childcare, health, political and general socio-economic studies.

                                                        Course Outline
         Certificate in                                 This programme was developed in response to the continuing education needs of personnel working
                                                        in community/voluntary and state sectors actively supporting Community and Family life in a rapidly
         Community and                                  changing society. It is an interdisciplinary programme drawing upon selected components of
                                                        Sociology, Politics, Community Development, Family Studies and Law. It is a broad educational
         Family Studies                                 programme which places specific emphasis on knowledge and skills for personnel working within a
                                                        broad range of sectors which seek to support and enable families and communities to function
                                                        effectively within society.

                                                        This NUI Diploma/ BA programme is designed specifically to create accessible, student centred
                                                        learning opportunities within the Social Sciences. Core open learning materials, developed by NUI
       “I was a bit apprehensive about starting the     Galway practitioners and experts in the field of Community and Family support, will be provided to
                                                        students at the start of the programme. The cost of learning materials and the tuition is included in
      course, having had no formal education since      the programme fee. Each programme consists of a combination of learning materials, workshops and
         Leaving Certificate and in particular, no      assignments. The workshops will be held at a number of geographic locations throughout Ireland.
      experience of third level education. However,     Year 1                                                Year 2
       after the first workshop I was confident that    Introduction to Sociology                             Elective Module (See electives listing)
                                                        Social Research Skills                                Politics and Policy Making
       with the support of tutors, the content of the   Elective Module (See electives listing)               Issues in Contemporary Family Life
     course was well within the groups’ capabilities.   Understanding Communities                             Group work and Community Leadership
                                                        Family and Society                                    Independent Research Project 2
           The tutors are excellent in explaining       Independent Research Project 1
         modules, but also show an abundance of
                                                        Year 3                                                Year 4
     patience, enthusiasm and willingness to help.”     Elective Module (See electives listing)               Life Long Learning: Policy and Practice
                     Anthony Wyse                       Research Methodology in the Social Sciences           Project Planning & Development
                                                        Childhood and Adolescence                             Equality and Diversity
                                                        Family and Societal Interactions                      Research Project
                                                        Independent Research Project 3
                                                        Elective Choices
                                                        • Community Enterprise, Business                      • Social Exclusion, Citizenship and
                                                          and Legal Issues                                      the Modern State
                                                        • Community Health                                    • Information Technology: Family
                                                        • Development and Change                                and Community
                                                        • Micro Finance                                       • Adulthood and Ageing
                                                        • Understanding Conflict                              • Families and the Law
                                                        • Youth and Society                                   • Community and the Environment
                                                        • Critical Thinking                                   • Racism and Interculturalism
                       Applications Procedure           • Community Management                                • Community Consultation and
            Application forms are available from and    • Comparative Themes in Society,                        Decision-making
                             should be returned to:       Politics and Culture
                          Programme Administrator       Note: Other elective modules may be offered in addition to, or in substitution of, the modules listed
                      Community Education Centre        above. Not all of the elective modules may be offered every academic year.
                  Hygeia Office Block , Nun's Island
                          NUI Galway, Galway City       Requirements and Assessment
                                                        The modular structure of the programme allows students to proceed at their own pace. A series of
                                                        one- to two-day workshops are scheduled throughout the academic year (September to May) which
                                   Find out more        students must attend – this equates to approximately one workshop per month. Students must attend
                                                        workshops and submit an assignment for each module. Students must also submit a project at the end
                      Programme Administrator
                                                        of each year of study. A proportion of marks are also allocated to written examinations.
        Community Education Centre, NUI Galway
               Hygeia Office Block, Nun's Island        Key Facts
                                    Galway City         Entry Requirements: Applicants for the programme should meet the University’s requirements for
                                                        mature students. Formal academic qualifications are not required to commence the BA in
                                                        Community and Family Studies.
                                  Tel: 091 495241
                                                        ECTS weighting: Diploma: 90 Ects, Degree: 180 Ects
                                  Fax: 091 494567       NFQ Level: Diploma: 7; Degree: 8
                 Email: community.ed@nuigalway.ie       Duration: 4 years, part-time
                  www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation       Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                                        Next start date: Sept. 2010. Please contact the programme coordinator for start details in subsequent
                                                        academic years.
                                                        EU fees (per annum): €2,900 per year. This fee is subject to an annual review.


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Diploma in
Community                                         Course Overview
Development Practice                              The Certificate/Diploma in Community Development Practice are part-time programmes, designed
                                                  to enable community activists gain a thorough understanding of community development combined
                                                  with the practical skills necessary to work effectively in development work.
Certificate in
                                                  Course Outline
Community                                         Students completing the Certificate programme study three modules which involve a minimum of
                                                  120 hours of instruction and assignments:
Development Practice
                                                  • Community Development Theory and Practice
                                                  • Social Analysis and Communication
                                                  • Leadership and Group Work Skills

                                                  Students completing the Diploma programme study six modules and complete a project.
                                                  The Diploma course involves a minimum of 240 hours of instruction and project work.

                                                  Course modules include:
“The reason I chose the course in Community       • Community Development Theory and Practice
                                                  • Communication, Group Work and Leadership Skills
        Development Practice is because           • Research Techniques
I have an interest in working with people and     • Social Analysis
                                                  • Public Policy
  have been volunteering with a few charities     • Project Planning, Development and Evaluation
 and wanted to develop my skills in this area.
                                                  A number of special interest workshops and field trips will be organised during each course
  As it had been over 10 years since I did any    throughout the year, reflecting the needs and interests of the course participants. These visits to other
formal study, I was apprehensive about going      community development projects will give participants opportunities to make contact with the
                                                  practice of community development in other locations.
  back to college but the learning style of the
    course suited me and I found the tutors       Requirements and Assessment
    excellent and very supportive. I’m now        Class sessions for both programmes are normally held on one evening/morning each week
                                                  throughout the academic year as well as special weekend seminars and workshops, which are arranged
 continuing my studies in the BA Programme        in consultation with the class members.
   in Community and Family Studies. The
                                                  Each aspect of the course will be monitored by the Course Director and course tutors who are based
 course gave me great confidence and I would      locally. A system of support for course work and projects is provided to participants by experienced,
   recommend it to anyone with an interest        locally based practitioners and development workers. Participants’ work will be examined by means of
                                                  continuous assessment.
             in community work.”
              Olivia Harrington                   Participants will be required to reach a pass standard in each assignment. Students on the Diploma
                                                  programme will be required to work on a specific practical project on behalf of the community of
                                                  which they are a member. Students will be assigned a project advisor who will assist them directly with
                                                  this project work. These projects will provide a valuable opportunity for the transfer of skills to groups
                                                  in relation to planning local development projects. They will also facilitate the involvement of other
                                                  members of community organisations in the activities of the Diploma programme.

                                                  Key Facts
                                                  Entry Requirements:
                                                  Candidates must have experience of working in a community or voluntary organisation. There are no
                                                  special educational requirements for entry to Certificate or Diploma programmes. Selection of
                                                  students is made on the basis of informal interviews following completion of an application form.
                                                  Numbers accepted on these programmes are limited.
                                                  ECTS weighting: 15 (Certificate); 30 (Diploma)
                                                  NFQ Level: 7
                                                  Duration: 8 months, part-time (Certificate); 1 academic year, part-time (Diploma)
                 Applications Procedure           Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                  Next start date: Certificate – Please contact the programme co-ordinator for details.
         Students are required to complete the
                                                  EU fees: €200 (Certificate) and €400 (Diploma). Fees are subject to annual review.
    programme application form in addition to
              attending an informal interview

                              Find out more
                    Programme Administrator
               Community Education Centre
            NUI Galway, Hygeia Office Block
                    Nun's Island, Galway City
               Tel: 091 495472 / 091 495786
                             Fax: 091 494567
           Email: community.ed@nuigalway.ie
            www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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     Adult & Continuing Education Programmes
Health Promotion
         Specialist
         Certificates in                               Course Overview
         Health Promotion                              The Certificate programme takes place over one year and aims to provide students with a professional
                                                       education and training in the principles and practice of health promotion, with students taking a
                                                       generic module, a specialist module and a practical project.

                                                       Who is the course intended for?
                                                       The course is open to those working in a professional capacity in a specialist health promotion field.
                                                       This programme is designed to meet the needs of health promotion practitioners in specific fields and
                                                       is run in partnership with specialist agencies. For example, specialist programmes are available in
                                                       Oral Health Promotion, Youth Work, Health-Promotion Training Centres, Sexual Health Promotion,
                                                       Community Development, and Supportive Environments for Health, all leading to a Certificate in
                                                       Health Promotion in the chosen specialism.

      “I feel much more confident when talking to      Some programmes are run directly by the Department of Health Promotion at the request of an
                                                       agency or professional group, others are run in partnership with an agency, to meet the needs of
     parents and children about their oral hygiene     specific practitioners.
             and giving them advice on diet.”

                                                       Course Outline
        “The Specialist Certificate gave me good       The Certificate in Health Promotion in a chosen specialism is a taught programme comprising the
      grounding in the theoretical concepts of oral    following three modules:
         health promotion to become competent          • Principles and practice of health promotion (Semester 1 and 2)
                    and confident.”                    • Specialism in health promotion (Semester 2)
                                                       • Project (Semester 1 and 2)

       “Completing the course in OH Promotion          The first two modules include workshop participation and self-paced instructional materials and
                                                       assignments for home study, while the third module focuses on project work.
        has given such diversification to my job.
            It gave me the confidence to carry         Requirements and Assessment
        out my duties with conviction and pride,       Each module is assessed by means of an essay or a practical project.
         but also reiterated my awareness of the
         responsibility we all have to ensure the      Key Facts
     information we give our patients and clients is   Entry Requirements: Are set with specialist agencies and are primarily based
         as up to date as possible and based on        on relevant work experience.
                                                       ECTS weighting: The certificate comprises three modules which carry a total of 5 ECTs each.
             researched, evaluated evidence.”          The entire course represents 15 ECTs.
      Selection of comments from past students         NFQ Level: 7
                                                       Duration: 1 year, part-time
                                                       Mode of Study: Combination of distance & classroom-based learning.
                                                       Next start date: Variable – please contact the course coordinator for next commencement date
                                                       EU and non-EU fees: €1,250 - this fee is subject to an annual review.
                                                       (Fees may vary according to individual agency arrangements).
                      Applications Procedure
     Contact the Department of Health Promotion,
              NUI Galway for an application form.
      There is also an application form available on
                              the following website:
            www.nuigalway.ie/health_promotion/
                             courses/outreach.html

                  Students should return completed
             application forms to the Department of
                    Health Promotion, NUI Galway



                                   Find out more
            Dr. Claire Connolly/Ms. Anne O’Grady
                  Department of Health Promotion
                                     NUI Galway

                                 Tel: 091 493644
              Email: claire.connolly@nuigalway.ie
                        anne.ogrady@nuigalway.ie
       www.nuigalway.ie/healthpromotion/courses




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Humanities
         Bachelor of
         Arts                                            Course Overview
                                                         The programme aims to provide students with an opportunity to pursue a number of subject areas
                                                         (English, Spanish, Sociological & Political Studies in the case of the 2010 – 2014 cycle of the part-
         Diploma in                                      time BA programme), to degree level according to personal and educational interests. A variety of
                                                         modules are available within each of these subject areas which provide students with a thorough
         Arts                                            knowledge of the subject area and an opportunity to explore its particular themes and concepts from a
                                                         variety of perspectives. In undertaking this degree programme students have an opportunity to
                                                         develop their analytical and problem-solving skills which are appropriate for decision-making roles
                                                         and for personal or professional competencies.

                                                         Who is the course for?
                                                         The Degree programme is intended for those who have an interest in the humanities area or who
                                                         require a general academic qualification for either career or personal development purposes.
       “Studying for an evening BA degree would          The programme also caters for those who intend to progress to further studies.
       seem daunting to most. When I decided to
                                                         Course Outline
           embark on the BA at NUI Galway,
                                                         The BA programme is devised on a modular, credit basis. Each module carries a specific number of
     I had to balance this additional commitment         credits. The maximum number of credits that a student can attain in each year is 45 credits. A Diploma
     with commuting from my home every Monday            in Arts is awarded on attaining 90 credits and a Bachelor of Arts degree on attaining 180 credits. Each of
                                                         the main subject areas of the BA (English, Spanish, Sociological & Political Studies) offers a number of
        morning combined with a full-time job in         modules over the four year Degree programme. Applicants are encouraged to choose a minimum of two
      Galway during the week. Once I started, the        to three subjects in these specialist areas during the first two years of the programme (Diploma Cycle)
                                                         and then specialise in one or two of these subjects during the Degree cycle, in years three and four.
      encouragement and support from the college
     departments, lecturers and my fellow students       The following provides a sample of the subject areas on offer in the current cycle of the Diploma/BA
                                                         programme
              kept me focused and driven.
                                                         English: Year 1 and year 2 modules include              Sociological & Political Studies: Year 1 and
      l graduated with a degree in Economics and                                                                 year 2 modules include
       History and while this required dedication          Introduction to Poetry                                  Introduction to Sociology
                                                           Introduction to Drama                                   Social Research Skills
        and hard work it was the most energising           Introduction to Fiction                                 Understanding Conflict
     period of my life. I can highly recommend this        Studies in Contemporary Literature                      Politics and Policy Making
                                                           in English                                              Youth & Society
      worthwhile experience and course of study.”          Literary Periods and Literary History                   Understanding Communities
                      Des Meade                            The Fiction of Adolescence
                                                         Spanish: Year 1 and year 2 modules include
                                                           Introduction to Beginners’ Spanish – written and spoken
                                                           Beginners’ Spanish – written, spoken and comprehension
                                                           Introduction to Spain and Oral Spanish
                                                           Improvers’ Spanish 1 – written, spoken and oral comprehension
                                                           Improvers’ Spanish 2 – written, spoken and oral comprehension
                                                           Introduction to Latin America and Oral Spanish

                                                         Requirements and Assessment
                                                         All modules in the Degree programme are individually assessed. The assessment for each module
                      Applications Procedure             takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written
                                                         examination at the end of the semester.
               Application forms are available from:
                                 Admissions Office       The programme is offered on a semester basis. Each semester comprises 12 weeks of teaching
                                       NUI Galway        followed by examinations. Semester 1 commences in early September and ends, including
                                   Tel: 091 492199       examinations, in late December. Semester 2 commences during mid-January and ends, including
                                                         examinations, in mid-May. Students on the BA programme attend lectures three evenings per week
                                   Fax: 091 495566       for up to three hours, with the specific evening varying, depending on the modules chosen. Occasional
                  Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie         tutorial sessions, also up to three hours, may also be delivered on Saturday mornings.

              Return completed applications to the       Award on completion of studies: NUI Diploma in Arts; on accumulating 90 credits at the end of Year
                                                         2. NUI Bachelor of Arts; on accumulating 180 credits at the end of Year 4.
       Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of
        applications is late June of the year in which   Key Facts
                            the programme is offered.    Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma/Degree Programme.
                                                         Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the
                                                         programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
                                                         matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                                  Find out more          ECTS weighting: 90 credits – Diploma in Arts (Years 1 and 2); 180 credits
             Adult and Continuing Education Office       – Bachelor of Arts (Years 1 – 4).
                                      NUI Galway         NFQ Level: Diploma cycle – Level 7; Degree cycle – Level 8
                                  Tel: 091 492062        Duration: Part-time, 4 years in duration. Students are awarded a Diploma in Arts upon successful
                                                         completion of the first two years of the programme and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) on completion of the
                                  Fax: 091 494595        four year cycle.
               Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie        Mode of Study: Classroom-based.
                  www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation        Next start date: September 2010. Please contact the course coordinator for information regarding
                                                         commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                                                         EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €3,055, non-EU €3,555.
                                                         This fee is subject to a yearly review.


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    Certificate in
    General Studies                                 Course Overview
                                                    The Certificate in General Studies consists of a range of modules within the Humanities area
                                                    including subjects such as English Literature, Philosophy, Archaeology, Irish Studies, Maths,
                                                    Information Technology and many others. This certificate programme introduces students to
                                                    and gives a good foundation in a number of subject areas that they may wish to study at a
                                                    later date. The programme gives some credits to students who subsequently enrol on the part-time
                                                    BA Degree.

                                                    Who is this course intended for?
                                                    The course is suitable for those who have an interest in the Humanities or for students who are
                                                    considering a more substantial programme of study such as a Bachelor of Arts, but are uncertain as
                                                    to what subject area they wish to pursue.
“I chose the General Studies course because of      Course Outline
 the wide range of subjects to choose from and      Each module offered represents 5 credits. Students must take three modules in total from the modules
    the flexible timetable. The lecturers were      available to make up 15 credits to qualify for the Certificate in General Studies. Students may select
                                                    from the following broad subject areas:
 excellent and imparted their knowledge with
real passion. The subject matter of the lectures    Exploring English Literature – An Introduction
                                                    Life Skills for Success
  provided just enough of a taste of the subject    Philosophy – Ethics, Education, Modern Philosophy
   to whet your appetite to delve deeper. For       Archaeology
                                                    History
    anyone wishing to “dip their toes” into a       Community Development
     variety of subjects in a well structured       Information Technology
                                                    Maths
   environment, this is a great way to do so.”      Introduction to French, Italian or Spanish
                 Gerry Cuddy
                                                    The choice of modules on offer varies with each offering of the programme.
                                                    Students should consult with the programme coordinator for a detailed list of these modules
                                                    on offer in the current academic year.

                                                    Requirements and Assessment
                                                    Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments and by examination during or at
                                                    the end of each semester. Modules are taught from Monday evening to Thursday evening, from
                                                    6.30 – 9.30pm. A module is taught in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

                                                    The exact day and time of classes depends on the modules chosen. Students who wish to pursue the
                                                    Certificate award must register for one or two modules each semester to accumulate 15 credits on
                                                    completion of their studies.

                                                    Key Facts
                                                    Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Certificate in General Studies.
                                                    Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the
                                                    programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
                                                    matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                  Applications Procedure            ECTS weighting: 15 credits
           Application forms are available from:    NFQ Level: 7
                                                    Duration: Part-time, 1 year in duration.
                             Admissions Office      Mode of Study: Combination of classroom-based and blended learning modules.
                                   NUI Galway       Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for start details in
                               Tel: 091 492199      subsequent academic years.
                               Fax: 091 495566      EU and non-EU fees: EU €970, non-EU €1,470. This fee is subject to a yearly review.
              Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie

         Return completed applications to the
  Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of
   applications is late June of the year in which
                       the programme is offered.



                              Find out more
        Adult and Continuing Education Office
                                 NUI Galway
                             Tel: 091 492062
                             Fax: 091 494595
          Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie
             www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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         Diploma in
         Archaeology                                     Course Overview
                                                         The programme aims to equip participants with a sound knowledge of Ireland’s archaeological
                                                         heritage from the earliest settlers to the medieval period. The programme consists of lectures,
                                                         fieldwork and project work. The programme offers a general introduction to the field monuments and
                                                         material culture of some nine millennia of the Irish past. Participants are also introduced to the
                                                         discipline of archaeology, its historical development worldwide, theoretical perspectives and
                                                         methodologies. They will examine the archaeology of Ireland in general, and explore the prehistoric
                                                         and historic archaeology of human settlement in their region.

                                                         Who is this course intended for?
                                                         The Diploma programme is of particular interest to first and second level teachers and others
                                                         interested in the contribution of archaeology to education, local studies, heritage studies and tourism.
      “The NUI Galway Diploma in Archaeology             Course Outline
       Course which I undertook on an outreach           There are six modules on offer within the diploma structure. Students are required to
         basis in Roscommon was excellent. The           complete 3 modules each year.

        lecturers are all very highly qualified and      Year 1
         genuinely interested in passing on their        Introduction to Archaeology: This module will introduce students to the discipline of archaeology
                                                         and provide the theoretical and methodological foundations for later courses. The first weeks will be
     knowledge to the students. It is quite amazing      devoted to Exploring the Past, a series of lectures designed to introduce students to modern
       how a visit to a ring fort, an old castle or a    archaeology, its historical development, aims and practices. This is followed in the latter weeks by
                                                         lectures devoted to Fundamentals of Archaeological Explanation where students are introduced to the
     church site can take on a whole new meaning         techniques involved in archaeological analyses.
     when you actually know what you are looking
                                                         The Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland: This module provides an introduction to the prehistory of
              at. The two years just flew by.            Ireland. The first lectures deal with the first settlers in Ireland, the arrival of farming and megalithic
          The course was a fantastic experience          tombs. This is followed by lectures considering the many developments that marked the transition to
                                                         the Bronze Age, from the introduction of metallurgy, to changes in the structure of society and ritual
     and the friendships made will last a lifetime!      practices. The arrival of Celtic influences to Ireland and the process of Celticisation in the Late
               Very highly recommended.”                 Bronze Age and Iron Age are explored. The course ends by considering Ireland during the Roman era.
                      Liam Byrne                         The Archaeology of Historic Ireland: This module introduces Irish archaeology from the arrival of
                                                         Christianity in the 5th century AD to the end of the medieval period. The weeks of Early Medieval
                                                         and Viking Ireland looks at the period between AD 400-1000, covering topics such as settlement,
                                                         economy and craft, the early Christian Church, and Ireland and the Viking world. This is followed by
                                                         lectures on Anglo-Norman and Gaelic Ireland that deal with the medieval period in Ireland, covering
                                                         such areas as the archaeology of medieval castles, churches and towns.

                                                         Year 2
                                                         Approaching the Past: This module deals with the different ways that archaeologists use
                                                         archaeological evidence to explain past societies and social change as well as a field project where
                                                         students learn the fundamentals of recording archaeological monuments.

                                                         Prehistoric Landscapes: This module focuses on the prehistoric landscapes of western Ireland
                                                         and includes topics such as the megalithic tombs of the Burren and the Late Bronze Age chiefdom
                                                         of Dún Aonghasa.
                       Applications Procedure
                Application forms are available from:    Historic Landscapes: This module focuses on the historic-period landscapes of western Ireland and
                                  Admissions Office      includes topics such as Christianity in the west, secular settlement, and the towns, castles and other
                                                         remnants of the Anglo-Norman and medieval Gaelic period. A number of field trips are scheduled
                                        NUI Galway
                                                         throughout both years, designed to complement each module.
                                    Tel: 091 492199
                                    Fax: 091 495566      Requirements and Assessment
                   Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie        All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the
                                                         form of essays or projects during the semester or a written examination at the end of the semester.
                                                         This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week with occasional
              Return completed applications to the
                                                         weekend field trips.
       Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of
        applications is late June of the year in which   Key Facts
                            the programme is offered.    Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Archaeology and no
                                                         previous knowledge of Archaeology is required. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before
                                                         January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates
                                                         under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently
                                   Find out more         Asked Questions section.
             Adult and Continuing Education Office       ECTS weighting: 30 credits
                                      NUI Galway         NFQ Level: 7
                                                         Duration: Part-time, 2 years in duration.
                                  Tel: 091 492062
                                                         Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                  Fax: 091 494595        Next start date: September 2010. Please contact the course coordinator for information regarding
               Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie        commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                  www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation        EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, non-EU €1,470.
                                                         This fee is subject to a yearly review.




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 Diploma in
 English Literature                               Course Overview
                                                  The Diploma in English Literature aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of literary analysis.
                                                  Students learn to deal with issues of genre and style, to apply diverse critical perspectives and to
                                                  recognise the ways in which literature functions in society. Through a detailed study of selected
                                                  poets, the programme explores relations between form, content and culture in poetic art. In its focus
                                                  on drama, the programme analyses selected plays paying close attention to issues such as theatrical
                                                  practice, spectatorship and the social function of theatre. The Diploma programme also introduces
                                                  students to the world of fiction, to its formal and thematic properties and looks at facets of fiction
                                                  writing such as characterisation, plot, setting and diction.

                                                  Who is this course intended for?
                                                  The Diploma programme is intended for adult learners who are interested in English Literature.
                                                  The programme is equally attractive to graduates and non-graduates alike. Students graduating
                                                  with this Diploma should have acquired an ability to think critically about literary texts and an
                                                  appreciation of the cultural and expressive resources of literature. It could be seen as a first step
                                                  towards degree-level studies or to work in related arts and education fields.

                                                  Course Outline
                                                  There are 3 modules on offer each year of the programme. It covers a variety of literary periods and
                                                  genre from introductory to specialist level.

                                                  Programme content Year 1
                                                  Introduction to Poetry
                                                  Introduction to Drama
                                                  Introduction to Fiction

                                                  Programme content Year 2
                                                  Studies in Contemporary Literature in English
                                                  Literary Periods and Literary History
                                                  The Fiction of Adolescence

                                                  Alternative modules may be on offer in year 1 or year 2 due to variety of specialisms on offer
                                                  in each Diploma cycle.

                                                  Requirements and Assessment
                                                  Module assessment will be based on a combination of continuous assessments (mid-module), an end of
                                                  module examination (up to two hours) or a final written assignment(s) or equivalent. Duration/
                                                  attendance requirements vary according to the module chosen. Students who wish to pursue the
                                                  Diploma award must register for three modules each semester to accumulate 30 credits on completion
                                                  of their studies. Transfer Exemptions will be allowed in the Diploma programme to a maximum of 5
                                                  ECTS for prior learning.

                                                  Key Facts
                                                  Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in English Literature,
                                                  however, students should have an interest in reading and writing about literature. Candidates who are
                                                  21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the
               Applications Procedure             basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation
        Application forms are available from:     requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                                                  ECTS weighting: 30 credits
                          Admissions Office       NFQ Level: 7
                                NUI Galway        Duration: 2 years part-time.
                            Tel: 091 492199       Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                            Fax: 091 495566       Next start date: September 2010. Please contact the course coordinator for information regarding
                                                  commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
           Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie         EU and non-EU fees (per annum): €970, Non-EU €1,470. This fee is subject to a yearly review.

       Return completed applications to the
Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of
 applications is late June of the year in which
                     the programme is offered.



                           Find out more
     Adult and Continuing Education Office
                              NUI Galway
                          Tel: 091 492062
                          Fax: 091 494595
       Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie
          www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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        Diploma in
        General Studies                                 Course Overview
                                                        The Diploma in General Studies provides a broad-based, liberal studies education which is
                                                        interdisciplinary in nature allowing students to choose from elective modules in the areas of Science,
                                                        Engineering, Humanities and Business in accordance with their professional requirements and/or
                                                        personal goals.

                                                        Who is this course intended for?
                                                        The Diploma may be seen as a stepping stone for students who wish to explore a number of subjects
                                                        within the Humanities, Science, Engineering and Business areas at introductory level. It provides a
                                                        guide for them as they make informed decisions in relation to which specialism they may pursue at
                                                        diploma or degree level should they so desire. The Diploma programme may equally be attractive for
                                                        students wishing to enter/re-enter the job market as, through their engagement in programme
                                                        modules, they develop key professional skills such as written and oral communication, decision
      “Having returned to education as a mature         making, critical thinking and technical skills, required by today’s employers.
     adult and trying to decide what course would
                                                        Course Outline
       best suit me, I found the diverse range of
                                                        The programme structure includes two core modules - Essential Life Skills covering communication
     courses on offer very reassuring, and the level    skills, applied writing and presentation skills, and an Information Technology module. Students are
      of support from the tutors, office personnel      also required to take a further four modules in an area of their choice (i.e. Science, Business,
                                                        Engineering or Humanities). The modules as set out in each of the specialist streams are
          and support staff a great help to me.         recommended for students who may wish to pursue a professional career in that specialism or for
                                                        those who may wish to undertake further study at a later date. Programme modules introduce
                                                        students to a particular subject area, its historical development, theoretical approaches and
         I found that the course gave me a new          methodologies. They provide an opportunity to explore its particular themes and concepts from a
        confidence and a desire to study further.       variety of viewpoints and perspectives and guide students in how to research and analyse information
                                                        in that discipline.
         I am glad I decided to embark on this
       academic journey of a lifetime and would         As the programme intends to provide a broad, liberal education, students can equally pick and choose
                                                        modules from among these streams to a total of four, according to their particular interests and/or
             highly recommend it to others.”            professional requirements.
                   Florence Moran
                                                        Core Modules (5 ECTS)                                   Elective Modules (5 ECTS each)
                                                        1. Essential Life Skills for Success                    Students are required to complete four
                                                        2. Information Technology                               modules (20 ECTS).
                                                        Science                      Engineering                Business Studies           Humanities
                                                        (5 ECTS each)                (5 ECTS each)              (5 ECTS each)              (5 ECTS each)
                                                        Maths                        Maths                      Introduction to            Exploring English
                                                                                                                Management                 Literature – An
                                                                                                                                           Introduction
                                                        Chemistry                    Physics                    Enterprise Development     Introduction to
                                                                                                                                           Archaeology
                                                        Physics                      Introduction to Electro-   Organisational Behaviour   Introduction to
                                                                                     Mechanical Engineering                                Local History
                                                        Biology & Biotechnology      Introduction to Quality    Introduction to Quality    Introduction to the
                                                                                     Management                 Management                 History of Western
                                                                                                                                           Philosophy
                                                                                     Introduction to
                      Applications Procedure                                         Environmental Science
               Application forms are available from:
                                                        Requirements and Assessment
                                 Admissions Office
                                                        Module assessment will be based on a combination of continuous assessments (mid-module), an end of
                                       NUI Galway       module examination (up to two hours) or a final written assignment(s) or equivalent. Duration/
                                   Tel: 091 492199      attendance requirements vary according to the module chosen. Students who wish to pursue the
                                   Fax: 091 495566      Diploma award must register for three modules each semester to accumulate 30 credits on completion
                                                        of their studies. Transfer Exemptions will be allowed in the Diploma programme to a maximum of 5
                  Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie        ECTS for prior learning and up to 15 ECTS for graduates of the Certificate in General Studies.

             Return completed applications to the       Key Facts
      Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of    Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in General Studies.
       applications is late June of the year in which   Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the
                                                        programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
                           the programme is offered.
                                                        matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                                                        ECTS weighting: 30 credits
                                                        NFQ Level: 7
                                   Find out more        Duration: 1-2 years part-time.
                                                        Mode of Study: Modules will be delivered either on a classroom-basis where students will be
            Adult and Continuing Education Office       required to attend classes on one evening per week over an eight-week period per module
                                     NUI Galway         (minimum 24 hours tuition). Alternatively, a number of modules may be delivered via blended
                                 Tel: 091 492062        learning where students can study at their own pace using online learning materials as well as
                                 Fax: 091 494595        attending regular, face-to-face seminars.
                                                        Next start date: September 2010. Contact the course coordinator for information regarding
              Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie        commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                 www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation        EU and non-EU fees: EU fees €1,940, non-EU €2,440.
                                                        This fee is subject to a yearly review.




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   Diploma in
   History                                         Course Overview
                                                   The Diploma in History seeks to analyse and explain the development of human society over time.
                                                   The history modules are very broad, covering a range of chronological periods; the historical
                                                   experience of different countries, major themes in human society and the processes of cultural change.

                                                   The Diploma aims to introduce students to the nature of historical knowledge, the key role of history
                                                   in shaping social and political attitudes, the significance of history in building our perceptions of
                                                   ourselves and others, major historiographical controversies and debates, along with recent advances
                                                   and changes in the study of history.

                                                   Who is this course intended for?
                                                   The Diploma will appeal to those with a keen interest in history and the historical developments of the
                                                   past, over a number of centuries, from the perspective of different countries. It will also be of interest to
“I completed the Diploma in History in 2008.       those working within heritage centres and the tourism industry, who may require a knowledge of
    I found it challenging and informative.        history and cultural issues in their working lives.

                                                   Equally, it may be of interest to teachers, both primary and secondary, who wish to refresh their
My objective of gaining a broader perspective      knowledge of history for classroom teaching.
on the subject was achieved. One of the main
                                                   Course Outline
 benefits derived was the illustration of how
                                                   The programme modules focus on specific periods in history. There are six modules on offer within
   the accumulated occurrences of history          the diploma structure. Students are required to complete three modules each year. The programme
  contribute to the country and indeed the         introduces some new approaches to history and also introduces a number of key themes and concepts
                                                   in history including revisionism, oral history, gender history, war and society.
            world we have today.”
                Declan Ryan                        Modules are offered subject to availability and are selected from the following list:

                                                     Post-Famine Ireland, 1850-1920
                                                     Europe, 1300-1450: Creative Responses to Catastrophe
                                                     Ireland in the Age of the Renaissance and Reformation
                                                     The Third Reich
                                                     St. Patrick & the Coming of Christianity to Ireland
                                                     A History of Science, 1543-1945
                                                     The Practice of Local History
                                                     Classical Greek History 500-323BC

                                                   Requirements and Assessment
                                                   All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the
                                                   form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination
                                                   at the end of the semester.

                                                   This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week.

                                                   Key Facts
                                                   Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in History.
                Applications Procedure             Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the
                                                   programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
          Application forms are available from:    matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                            Admissions Office      ECTS weighting: 30 credits
                                  NUI Galway       NFQ Level: 7
                              Tel: 091 492199      Duration: 2 years, part-time
                                                   Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                              Fax: 091 495566      Next start date: Contact the course coordinator for information regarding forthcoming
             Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie        commencement dates.
                                                   EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, non-EU €1,470.
        Return completed applications to the       This fee is subject to a yearly review.
 Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of
  applications is late June of the year in which
                      the programme is offered.



                            Find out more
       Adult and Continuing Education Office
                                NUI Galway
                            Tel: 091 492062
                            Fax: 091 494595
         Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie
            www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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         Diploma in
         Irish Music                                   Course Overview
         Studies                                       This programme provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the ways in which music and literature
                                                       have contributed to the creation of identity among Irish communities on the island of Ireland and
                                                       beyond. The course investigates the ways in which Irish writers and those involved in the revival of
                                                       Irish traditional music and dance were actively involved in the formation and reformation of modern
                                                       Irish identities. It provides insights from music, dance, poetry, television and film of the ways in which
                                                       Irish performers and writers have been actively involved in imagining and re-imagining Ireland from
                                                       the eighteenth century through to the present.

                                                       Who is the course intended for?
                                                       The programme is of particular interest to anyone with an interest in modern Irish culture
                                                       and traditional music.
      “The Diploma gave me an insight into the         Course Outline
     culture and history of Ireland through music,     Four modules are offered over the 2-year programme:
               literature, film and dance.             Programme content Year 1
                                                       Transmission of Irish traditional music and dance
                                                       Irish Roots and World Rhythms: The Journey and Influence of Irish Music 1750-2006
      I thoroughly enjoyed the course which gave
                                                       Programme content Year 2
          me a new understanding of where our          Negotiating Identity through Irish traditional music and dance
         roots are and how traditions have been        Traditional Music and Commodification: ‘The Pure Drop’ or ‘Pure Product’?
     handed down within Ireland and through the        • Alternative modules may be offered in year 1 or year 2.
             Irish diaspora across the world.
                                                       Requirements and Assessment
                                                       All modules in the Diploma programme are individually assessed. The assessment for each module
         I particularly enjoyed researching the        takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written
     progression of traditional Irish dance from the   examination at the end of the semester. This is a two year, part-time programme. Classes are held on
                                                       one evening per week.
     hearth to the dancehalls, ceilis in London and
      back to the hearth again, where our children     Online Diploma in Irish Studies
     are practising for the competitions which now     The Centre for Irish Studies also offers a Diploma in Irish Studies (online). This programme, the first
                                                       of its kind in the world, has been developed in partnership with Regis University, Denver, USA.
            have worldwide participation.”             It is targeted at non-traditional and mature students who do not have access to traditional
                   Mairead McKeon                      programmes of study in this area.

                                                       The purpose of the course is to provide a basic introduction to Irish life and culture through the
                                                       disciplines of Archaeology, History, English, Irish, Political Science and Sociology. Five individual
                                                       courses are available within the programme, each lasting eight weeks. Successful completion of four
                                                       courses earns a Certificate in Irish Studies, with a Diploma in Irish Studies awarded upon
                                                       completion of all five.
                      Applications Procedure
               Application forms are available from:   Key Facts
                                 Admissions Office     Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements, however applicants should meet the
                                                       University’s requirements for mature students. No previous knowledge of the Irish language or of
                                       NUI Galway      Irish music is necessary.
                                   Tel: 091 492199     ECTS weighting: 30
                                   Fax: 091 495566     NFQ Level: 7
                                                       Duration: 2 years, part-time
                  Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie
                                                       Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                       Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for commencement dates in
               Return completed applications to the    subsequent academic years.
                               Admissions Office.      EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, Non-EU €1,470. This fee is subject
                                                       to a yearly review.
                                   Find out more
                                Samantha Williams
                           Centre for Irish Studies
                                  Tel: 091 492051
            Email: samantha.williams@nuigalway.ie
                 www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation

                                   OnLine Diploma
                               Dr. Michelle Comber
                            Centre for Irish Studies
                                    Tel: 091 492051
              Email: michelle.comber@nuigalway.ie
                        www.irishstudiesonline.org




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    Diploma in
    Psychology of                                   Course Overview
    Counselling                                     This part-time programme aims to provide a good, basic grounding in the psychology of lifespan
                                                    development and major psychological theories of personality and their application to counselling.
                                                    The practical aspects of the course include basic counselling skills and group facilitation of personal
    Certificate in                                  development. Students who successfully complete the first year of the programme are awarded a
                                                    Certificate and have the option of proceeding to the second year of the programme to obtain a Diploma.
    Psychology of
                                                    Who is this course intended for?
    Counselling                                     It is designed for individuals who are involved in a helping or advice giving role. In particular, it caters for
                                                    members of self-help groups, volunteers in befriending and support organizations, individuals engaged in
                                                    personnel work and staff of educational, youth and health services. The course enables participants to
                                                    gain a better understanding of the processes in which they are involved and to develop their counselling
                                                    skills. The course is also suitable for persons who would like subsequently to pursue a professional
 “I was delighted with the course and found it      counselling course as the programme is a foundation in the theory and basic skills of counselling.
to be of great benefit to me in lots of ways. One
                                                    Course Outline
   of my reasons for doing the course was for
                                                    The programme includes lectures and workshops. Participants are introduced to diverse counselling
 personal development and it certainly helped       theories and to the practices derived from them in a variety of settings. The two-year course integrates
   in many ways. The challenge of doing the         three dimensions of counselling psychology:
   essays was new to me and while I found it        • Personality theory and theories of counselling
 tough going at the time it was very rewarding      • Lifespan development and theories of counselling
                                                    • Counselling skills and practice, including ethical and professional issues
            when the task was done.
                                                    In the second year of the course students will have an opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge of:
  The teachers were very committed to the           • Diverse approaches to counselling
      course and put a lot of work into it.           Gestalt Counselling; Person-centred Counselling; Behavioural / Cognitive-Behavioural
                                                      Counselling; Reality Therapy; Family / Couples Counselling; Applied Behavioural Analysis
   I felt we were part of college life and the      • Working with groups
     conferring was the icing on the cake.
  As a group, I think we got on very well so,       Requirements and Assessment
                                                    Programme lectures take place one evening per week. In addition, there are three weekend workshops
  for me, it was a very positive experience.”       (Saturdays, 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) throughout the year. Reading and writing assignments will be in
                 Mary Whelan                        addition to the above time requirements.

                                                    Assessment
                                                    Submission of written work, participation in skills training sessions, group work and discussion work
                                                    form the basis of assessment.

                                                    On successful completion of Year 1, participants will be eligible for the award of Certificate or may
                                                    progress to the Diploma cycle of the course. On successful completion of Year 2, participants will be
                                                    awarded a Diploma in Psychology of Counselling.

                                                    The Diploma is not a professional qualification in counselling. The Certificate / Diploma programme
                                                    is recognised and approved under the accreditation scheme of the National University of Ireland.
                                                    The programme merits 15 ECTS credits in each academic year under this scheme.

                                                    This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week.

                                                    Key Facts
                                                    Entry Requirements: No special educational qualifications are required. Successful applicants should
                  Applications Procedure            have acceptable standards in written and oral aspects of the course. Involvement, either voluntary or
                                                    professional for which the contents of this programme have relevance, will be taken into
     The closing date of applications is end of     consideration. The programme selection panel reserves the right to select candidates.
August in the year of offer. Applications should    ECTS weighting: 30 ECTS
        be accompanied by two passport-sized        NFQ Level: 7
photographs and a copy of birth certificate and     Duration: 2 years, part-time
                                                    Mode of Study: Classroom-based
     returned to the programme coordinator.         Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for commencement details in
                                                    subsequent academic years.
                                                    EU and non-EU fees (per annum): €970, payable in three instalments (October, January, April).
                               Find out more        This fee is subject to an annual review.
           Fiona Dwyer, Course Administrator
               Adult & Continuing Education
         National University of Ireland, Galway
                               Tel: 091 495442
                              Fax: 091 525051
              Email: fiona.dwyer@nuigalway.ie
             www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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         Short
         Courses                                       Course Overview
         Series                                        The Adult and Continuing Education Office offers a series of short, non-accredited courses in a
                                                       number of different subject areas. Designed for students with an interest in the subjects on offer, these
                                                       courses may provide you with an opportunity to meet interesting people to discuss your ideas with, to
                                                       find out more about your subject areas and also to experience the world of lifelong learning.

                                                       Who is this course intended for?
                                                       These courses are particularly suitable for people who have never had an opportunity to study a
                                                       particular subject area before or for people who wish to gain a deeper insight into a discipline that
                                                       already interests them. The short courses are also ideal for someone who is considering higher
                                                       education as a mature student and wishes to experience learning at an introductory level.

                                                       Course Outline
             “You will find so many resources
                                                       The following provides a general flavour of the courses on offer. However, if you are interested in
        out there which will help you trace your       participating in a short course, you are advised to contact the Adult and Continuing Education Office,
      ancestors… but what you may ask is - where       as course titles on offer vary each year.

             do you start? I never saw myself          Courses are offered from the following subject areas:
     as someone who would one day start working
                                                         English Literature
          on my family tree… well I’ve started           Alexander Technique
     and that’s only because I decided to attend the     Creative Writing
                                                         Personal and Career Development
            Introduction to Genealogy course             Philosophy
           which has now shown me not only               Celtic Studies
                                                         History
          where to start, but what an exciting           Archaeology
                 project this actually is.”              History of Art
                                                         Exploring Music
           Genealogy - Loretto O’Donoghue                Roman and Greek Civilisation
                                                         Introduction to Genealogy
                                                         Local History

                                                       Requirements and Assessment
                                                       There are no assessments on the short courses, attendance and participation is based on the student’s
                                                       interest in the area and joy of learning.

                                                       Key Facts
                                                       Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for the Short Courses Series.
                                                       ECTS weighting: N/A
                                                       NFQ Level: N/A
                                                       Duration: Part-time, 8 weeks in duration. Some courses take place by way of 1 day seminars
                                                       (Saturday).
                                                       Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                       Next start date: The Short Course Series commences in late September of each academic year.
                                                       EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €120, non-EU €120.
                                                       This fee is subject to a yearly review.



                      Applications Procedure
          Forward a completed application form to:
            Adult and Continuing Education Office
                                     NUI Galway
                                 Tel: 091 492062
                                 Fax: 091 494595
              Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie
            web: www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation



                                   Find out more
             Adult and Continuing Education Office
                                      NUI Galway
                                  Tel: 091 492062
                                  Fax: 091 494595

                Email: adulteducation@nuigalway.ie
                 www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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Human Resource
Management
        Certificate/
        Diploma in                                      Course Overview
        Employee                                        The Diploma in Employee Assistance and Social Support is a two-year, blended learning training
                                                        programme for staff working or intending to work in Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs).
        Assistance and                                  The programme provides knowledge and basic training in the skills necessary to fulfil the role of an
                                                        EAP practitioner. The programme is broadly based in recognition of the very different functions and
        Social Support                                  responsibilities allocated to the EAP support role in different types of enterprise and organisations.

                                                        On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
                                                        • Describe and explain the origins of Employee Assistance and differing national approaches
                                                          to EAP policies, legislation and practice in the European Union.
                                                        • Demonstrate in their work an ability to use a wide range of interpersonal skills appropriate
                                                          to the needs of their clients.
                                                        • Demonstrate the ability to respond with appropriate skills to a wide range of frequently
      “I am thrilled with what I have achieved on         occurring workplace problems.
                                                        • Describe and advise on different ways of providing EAP services in a workplace.
       this course as it stands to me in my present
       employment as Personnel Support Service          Course Outline
            Non-Commissioned Officer, in the            The following are the range of modules (five per year) available on this programme:
                   Irish Defence Forces.                Year 1
                                                        The modules in the Certificate year (Year 1) focus on the basic knowledge and skills for the practice
                                                        of employee assistance:
     This appointment entails dealing with serving
      and retired soldiers and their families with        - Individual Help in the Employee Assistance Process
                                                          - Employee Assistance: Origins, Principles and Organisation
       social and domestic problems, and much             - Problem Management and Creativity
                         more.                            - Negotiations and Negotiation Skills
                                                          - The Legal and Policy Framework of EAP
                                                          - Work-based Project
        I am actually thinking along the lines
       of a degree. If someone had told me that         Year 2
                                                        In the Diploma year (Year 2), the focus is on workplace problems that are encountered frequently.
      two years ago I wouldn’t have believed it!”       Processes and procedures for managing and coping with these problems are explained and the
                     Dennis Farrell                     interpersonal skills needed at the various stages of these procedures identified and practised. The
                                                        modules in the second year are:

                                                          - Practical Research and Writing
                                                          - Employee Assistance – Psychological Trauma
                                                          - Depression and Common Mental Disorders in EAP
                                                          - Responding to Substance Misuse in the Workplace
                                                          - Employee Assistance – Bullying and Harassment
                                                          - Work-based Project

                                                        Requirements and Assessment
                                                        Participants will be required to attend module related workshops guided by tutors from NUI Galway.
                                                        Workshop locations are selected to be geographically accessible to the majority of students.
                                                        Attendance at workshops is a key programme requirement. A full set of self-instructional learning
                                                        material is provided at the start of each module. The time it takes to work through each module
                                                        depends on the individual student.

                                                        Assessment is by means of an assignment for each module plus an end of year project.
                      Applications Procedure
          Application forms are available from and      Key Facts
                 should be returned to the Course       Entry Requirements: Applicants must have reached 21 years of age by January 1 of the year of entry.
       Administrator, together with course deposit      Applicants should have appropriate experience in some area of Human Resources or Employee
                                                        Assistance and should be in a position to undertake course assignments and projects in Human
     (€500), copy of birth certificate and a passport   Resources or EAP setting.
                                    size photograph.    ECTS weighting: 90 ECTS (45 ECTS per each academic year)
                                                        NFQ Level: 7
                                                        Duration: 2 years, part -time
                                                        Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                                        Next start date: September 2010
                                   Find out more        EU and non-EU fees (per annum): The course fee is €2,750. This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                                        Fiona Dwyer     A course fee deposit of €500 must accompany the application form; unsuccessful applicants will
                              Course Administrator      be refunded this deposit. The balance of the fee payment may be made in two instalments in
                                                        November and February each year.
                    Adult & Continuing Education
              National University of Ireland, Galway
                                    Tel: 091 495442
                                   Fax: 091 525051
                   Email: fiona.dwyer@nuigalway.ie
                  www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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Information Technology
         MSc Software
         Engineering &                                  Course Overview
         Database                                       This programme aims to provide a flexible, part-time, blended learning route for students to gain the
                                                        necessary professional skills, conceptual frameworks, methods, technologies and hands-on experience
         Technologies                                   of software development as a basis for a career in the IT industry. Students also acquire specialised
                                                        knowledge of specific IT topics, particularly in the area of software development and database
         (MScSED)                                       systems, and develop advanced research and/or development skills. The programme is offered jointly
                                                        by NUI Galway and Regis University, Denver, USA.

                                                        Who is this course intended for?
                                                        This is an ideal programme for students who wish:
                                                        • to update their Information and Communication Technology development skills
                                                        • to learn about information technology with a specific emphasis on software development
                                                          or database technologies while gaining advanced research skills
     “Having already graduated from NUIG with           • who already work in the area, but would like to gain a recognised Masters qualification
     a degree in Geology 10 years ago, my career in
                                                        Course Outline
         Geographical Information Systems had
                                                        The core syllabus of the MSc in Software Engineering and Database Technologies comprises equally
     brought me to a point where I felt I needed to     Software Development and Information Systems modules. Students undertake a number of optional
        fill the gaps in my IT knowledge. I would       modules during the second year allowing them to specialise in advanced software development and
                                                        other computer science disciplines. Students also undertake a major research and/or development
     recommend this course to existing or emerging      project, leading to a thesis.
      IT - or related discipline - professionals who
                                                        The programme content is extensive and varied, and includes modules on:
       wish to follow a formal learning path and        • Computer Architecture & Operating Systems
     gain a higher level qualification. New modules     • Application Programming
                                                        • Software Engineering
           every eight weeks means the material         • Database Administration
         remains fresh, and the distance learning       • Database Concepts
                                                        • XML Concepts for Database Development
          approach allows the flexibility to study      • Middleware Architectures and Database Applications
                while still working full time.          • Object Oriented Design
                                                        • Artificial Intelligence
                                                        • Real-Time Systems
         I am now implementing the Software             • Graphics Programming
                                                        • Distributed Systems
        Engineering and Database Management
                                                        • Object Oriented Programming
     techniques I learned on this course in my day      • Database Architecture
       to day work, and also found that the time
                                                        Modular Learning: If students wish to register for an individual module(s) for the purpose
     management skills developed through distance       of continuing professional development credit or to update their existing skills or knowledge,
          learning have lead me to manage my            they may do so on a modular credit basis. Check out the programme website for further details.

                 time better in general.”               Requirements and Assessment
                     Fiona Lawlor                       The MScSED programme is delivered entirely using online learning technology so students can study
                                                        when and where they want. Course materials are easy to follow and are accompanied by continuous
                                                        assessment exercises, research/review questions and recommended course textbooks.
                                                        Each module is delivered over an eight-week period via asynchronous online technologies using
                                                        web-supported learning. The programme coordinators provide a recommended outline of study for
                                                        each of the eight-week modules to ensure students keep their progress on track. Course tutors are
                                                        highly experienced in facilitating online programmes and will provide all the support students need
                      Applications Procedure            with the programme content, as well as giving feedback on weekly assignments. Each module is
            Application forms are available online at   individually assessed. Students are assessed by online examinations, online assignments and Thesis in
                                                        year 2 of the programme.
                                        www.pac.ie.
                                                        Key Facts
                                   Find out more        Entry Requirements: The MScSED Degree is open to honours degree graduates (minimum 2nd
                                 Catherine Cronin       class honours) in Science, Engineering or other relevant discipline, and to other degree graduates with
                            Academic Coordinator        three or more years of relevant experience, and to those otherwise satisfying the MSc entry standards
                                                        (degree equivalent qualifications). Applicants with an ordinary or pass degree or Level 7 diploma
            Department of Information Technology        must have at least three years relevant experience to be considered for the programme. If the applicant
                                     NUI Galway         has no formal qualification at all then he/she is not eligible to apply.
             Email: catherine.cronin@nuigalway.ie       ECTS weighting: 90 ECTS
                      www.it.nuigalway.ie/mscsed        NFQ Level: 9
                                                        Duration: The programme is part-time and is 2 years in duration.
                                                        Mode of Study: Online learning
                                  Nuala McGuinn         Next start date: The programme is offered on an annual basis and commences
                          Programme Coordinator         in late August of each academic year.
                                                        EU and non-EU fees (per annum): €4,250 for students who qualify for the EU rate of fees. The fee
             Adult and Continuing Education Office
                                                        for those who do not qualify is €8,350. This programme is subsided by the HEA IT Investment Fund
                                  Tel: 091 493746       and is subject to an annual review.
                                  Fax: 091 494595
               Email: nuala.mcguinn@nuigalway.ie




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Languages
         Diploma in
         French                                          Course Overview
                                                         The Diploma in French is designed for students with an interest in French to acquire a high level of
                                                         communication skills in the language (oral and written) through a variety of practical language
                                                         exercises. Great emphasis is placed on continuous assessment and feedback to students. Students
                                                         will study major issues in the contemporary French speaking world, such as immigration, education,
                                                         culture and politics.

                                                         Who is this course intended for?
                                                         The Diploma is designed for those who have some knowledge of the language and is also suitable for
                                                         the complete or quasi beginner.

                                                         Course Outline
      “I was delighted with the Diploma in French        The programme aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in French. The French
                                                         native teachers will use the communicative method of modern language instruction. He/she will
     and I tell everyone about it. The lecturers were    gradually introduce the relevant points of grammar to the students and show how these are applied to
        so encouraging and even though I had no          written and oral structures.
     French to begin with, I made a commitment to
                                                         By the end of each week/term/and year students should be able to converse and comprehend a
       the course. With a nephew living in France,       variety of topics and situations that are normally encountered in everyday situations in a
      I can now converse with his family! I’m now        contemporary Francophone environment.

            considering other course options.”           Programme content Year 1
                    Margaret Fahey                       Introduction to French Language
                                                         French Language
                                                         Introduction to Civilisation, Culture and Society in France
                                                         Oral French - Parlons Français

                                                         Programme content Year 2
                                                         Improvers’ French – on écoute, on écrit et on parle 1
                                                         Improvers’ French – on écoute, on écrit et on parle 2
                                                         French Culture – connaître le monde francophone 2
                                                         Oral French – Parlons Français 2

                                                         Requirements and Assessment
                                                         All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form
                                                         of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the
                                                         end of the semester.

                                                         This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week.

                                                         Key Facts
                                                         Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in French.
                                                         Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the
                                                         programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
                                                         matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                                                         ECTS weighting: 30
                                                         NFQ Level: 7
                       Applications Procedure            Duration: 2 years, part-time
                Application forms are available from:    Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                  Admissions Office      Next start date: The programme is on offer each academic year (subject to sufficient registrations).
                                        NUI Galway       EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, non-EU €1,470.
                                                         This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                                    Tel: 091 492199
                                    Fax: 091 495566
                   Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie

              Return completed applications to the
       Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of
        applications is late June of the year in which
                            the programme is offered.



                                   Find out more
                        Dr. Máire-Áine Ní Mhainnín
                              Department of French
                                   Tel: 091 493397
                 Email: mary.mannion@nuigalway.ie
                  www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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  Diploma in
  Irish (Level A2)                              Course Overview
                                                Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge is now offering a Diploma in Irish (Level A2) and Diploma in
                                                Irish (Level B2) to all students and staff within the National University of Ireland, Galway and in
  Diploma in                                    other centres outside of the University.

  Irish (Level B2)                              Who is the course intended for?
                                                The Diploma in Irish (Level A2) is suitable for students who have no prior knowledge of the language
                                                and the Diploma in Irish (Level B2) is suitable for students who have some prior knowledge of Irish,
                                                but who may not have had the opportunity to use it in some time. The course syllabi are based
                                                on A2 and B2 levels and standards established by the Common European Framework of Reference
                                                for Languages.

                                                Course Outline
                                                The Diploma in Irish (Level A2) provides a basic knowledge and understanding of Irish to students
                                                who have no prior knowledge of the language while the level B2 programme aims to develop and
                                                foster language skills of students who have prior knowledge of the language. Throughout the course,
                                                student's communicative skills will be developed and (s)he will be equipped with the ability to
                                                function through the medium of Irish in a range of basic everyday realistic situations. Authentic
                                                communicative activities will be used (i.e. television and radio programmes, newspapers, etc.) so that
                                                the student will gain an insight into everyday usage of the language.

                                                Both diplomas are delivered part-time over 2 years. Each academic year is divided into two parts
                                                called semesters. A semester consists of 10 teaching weeks. Students will attend a three hour class
                                                once a week over 2 academic years and will also spend one weekend in the second semester of both
                                                years in the Gaeltacht. There is additional fee for the weekend course. The courses consists of four
                                                modules. Students must successfully complete all modules over the two-year period to be awarded a
                                                Diploma.

                                                Diploma in Irish (Level A2) - Year 1 & Year 2
                                                • Listening and Speaking 1 and 2
                                                • Writing and Reading 1 and 2

                                                Diploma in Irish (Level B2) - Year 1 & Year 2
                                                • Listening and Speaking 3 and 4
                                                • Writing and Reading 3 and 4

                                                Requirements and Assessment
                                                Assessment Procedures
                                                Course participants will sit an oral and written examination at the end of each year.

                                                Oral Examination
                                                Students’ competence in spoken Irish will be tested by oral examination in the first and second years.

                                                Written Examination
                                                Students will be tested by written examination at the end of the first and second years.

                                                Continuous Assessments
                                                Students will be required to complete two assessments during each year of the course.

                                                Key Facts
                                                Entry Requirements:
                                                Diploma in Irish (Level A2) - No formal entry requirements for this course. Applications are welcome
                                                from those interested in gaining a basic knowledge of the language.
                                                Diploma in Irish (Level B2) - This course is suitable for people who have a prior knowledge of the
                                                language (gained through the Irish educational system, for example). Each applicant must complete
                                                the Language Placement Test.
                                                ECTS weighting: 30
               Applications Procedure           NFQ Level: 6
 Applicants may apply online by logging onto    Duration: 2 years, part-time
                                                Mode of Study: Classroom-based
www.acadamh.ie/cursai/cursai_dioplomai/foi      Next start date: September 2010. Check with the course co-ordinator for commencement dates in
            rm_dioploma_gaeilge_irish.html      future academic years.
                                                EU and non-EU fees (per annum): For further information on fees,
                                                email caitriona.nichoirbhin@oegaillimh.ie
                           Find out more
                       Caitríona Ní Choirbhín
                              Tel: 091 495302
   Email: caitriona.nichoirbhin@oegaillimh.ie
http://www.acadamh.ie/cursai/cursai_dioplo
     mai/foirm_dioploma_gaeilge_irish.html




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         Dioplóma sa
         Ghaeilge                                          Cuir síos ar an gcúrsa
         (Leibhéal B2)                                     Is faoi scáth Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, atá an Dioplóma sa
                                                           Ghaeilge (Leibhéal C1) agus Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Leibhéal B2) á reáchtáil. Reáchtáiltear na cúrsaí seo
                                                           go páirtaimseartha thar dhá bhliain. Tá siollabas na gcúrsaí seo bunaithe ar chaighdeán agus ar leibhéal
         Dioplóma sa                                       C1 agus leibhéal B2 mar atá leagtha amach i bhFráma Tagartha an Chomhchreata Eorpaigh. Beidh deis
                                                           ag mic léinn freastal ar chúrsa Gaeltachta.
         Ghaeilge                                          Tá sé mar chuspóir ag an Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Leibhéal B2) forbairt agus buanú a dhéanamh ar
         (Leibhéal C1)                                     scileanna teanga an mhic léinn a bhfuil eolas áirithe ar an nGaeilge aige nó aici. Déanfar é seo trí úsáid a
                                                           bhaint as gníomhaíochtaí cumarsáideacha nuálacha agus úsáidfear ábhar dílis (is é sin, cláir theilifíse, cláir
                                                           raidió, nuachtáin, srl) ionas go bhfaighidh an mac léinn léargas ar ghnáthúsáid laethúil na Gaeilge.

                                                           Is é misean an Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Leibhéal C1) scileanna cumarsáide agus scríofa sa Ghaeilge a
       "Ba mhór an chabhair dom an Dioplóma i              thabhairt d'iarrthóirí a chuirfidh ar a gcumas a ngnó gairmiúil a dhéanamh go héifeachtach trí Ghaeilge.
      mbliana. Bhí mé ag iarraidh feabhas a chur           Modúil an chúrsa
        ar mo chuid Gaeilge agus mé i mbliain na           Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Leibhéal B2)
      céime. Bhí mé in ann dul ó cheacht go ceacht         Éisteacht agus Labhairt 3 & 4 (Bliain 1 agus 2).
                                                           Scríobh agus Léamh 3 & 4 (Bliain 1 agus 2).
      ag foghlaim míreanna beaga ceann i ndiaidh
     a chéile. Tá sé riachtanach go mbeadh Gaeilge         Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Leibhéal C1)
                                                           Tá cúig mhodúl sa Dioplóma seo. Ní mór do gach mac léinn pas a fháil i ngach modúl chun an
        ag dlíodóirí freisin. Múintear téarmaíocht         Dioplóma a bhaint amach. Is iad na modúil ná:
         úsáideach sa Dioplóma do lucht an dlí.            Ceart na Gaeilge (Bliain 1 agus 2).
                                                           Straitéisí Comhrá (Bliain 1 agus 2).
           Mholfainn an Dioplóma go hard."                 Annála na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta (Bliain 1).
                    Úna Ní Chatháin
                                                           An Córas Measúnachta

                                                           An Scrúdú Cainte
                                                           Déanfar tástáil ar chumas labhartha Gaeilge na n-iarrthóirí trí scrúdú cainte sa chéad agus sa dara bliain.

                                                           An Scrúdú Scríofa
                                                           Ní mór d’iarrthóirí na scrúdaitheoirí a shásamh go bhfuil ar a gcumas scríobh go cruinn sa Ghaeilge.
                                                           Seasfaidh gach mac léinn scrúdú ag deireadh gach bliana.

                                                           Measúnuithe Leanúnacha
                                                           I rith gach bliana caithfidh iarrthóirí dhá mheasúnú a sheasamh.


                                                           Príomhghnéithe an chúrsa

                                                           Riachtanais Iontrála:
                                                           Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Leibhéal B2)
                                                           Beidh an cúrsa seo oiriúnach do dhaoine a bhfuil eolas áirithe acu ar an teanga cheana féin (de bharr a
                An Triail Socrúcháin Teanga                dtréimhse scolaíochta in Éirinn, mar shampla).
         Ceisteanna ilroghnacha atá sa triail seo agus
                                                           Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (Leibhéal C1)
        moltar 20 nóiméad di. Cliceáil ar an nasc seo      Fáilteofar roimh iarratais ó dhaoine a bhfuil leibhéal pas bainte amach acu i scrúdú ardleibhéal Gaeilge
     chun tús a chur leis an Triail Socrúcháin Teanga      na hArdteistiméireachta agus a bhaineann amach an caighdeán sásúil sa Triail Socrúcháin Teanga.
      www.nuigalway.ie/acadamh/cursai/cursai_dio
                                     plomai/triail.html    Is ag Stiúrthóir an chúrsa, atá ceaptha ag Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, atá an cead glacadh le
                                                           hiarrthóirí nó diúltú dóibh. Ní mór do gach iarrthóir Triail Socrúcháin Teanga a sheasamh.

                       Tá an fhoirm iarratais ar fáil ag   ECTS: 30
           www.oegaillimh.ie/acadamh. Is féidir leat       Leibhéal NFQ (Leibhéal B2): 6
                                                           Leibhéal NFQ (Leibhéal C1): 7
           iarratas a dhéanamh ar líne ach dul chuig
                                                           Fad an chúrsa: Cúrsa páirtaimseartha thar dhá bhliain
      www.oegaillimh.ie/acadamh.ie/cursai/cursai_d         Modh Staidéir: Seomra Ranga
            ioplomai/foirm_dioploma_gaeilge.html           Tús an chúrsa: Meán Fómhair 2010
                                                           Táillí: Seol ríomhphost chuig caitriona.nichoirbhin@oegaillimh.ie chun tuilleadh
                                                           eolais a fháil faoi tháillí an chúrsa.
                                 Tuilleadh Eolais
                             Caitríona Ní Choirbhín
               Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge
                       Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh
                                             Gaillimh
                                    Fón: 091 495248
       R-phost: caitriona.nichoirbhin@oegaillimh.ie
                        www.oegaillimh.ie/acadamh




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 Diploma in
 German                                           Course Overview
                                                  This two-year programme will help students develop the skills to communicate successfully in the
                                                  German-speaking world. Through the programme’s module on German culture, students will gain a
                                                  deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe's intellectual and economic life,
                                                  as well as in its cultural history.

                                                  In its language and culture elements, the programme aims to excite students’ curiosity for other
                                                  cultures since German is not only the official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, but
                                                  is spoken in regions of France, Italy, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Poland and many other East
                                                  European countries.

                                                  Who is the course intended for?
                                                  The Diploma in German is designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the
                                                  language and wish to gain German language skills for personal or professional reasons.

                                                  Course Outline
                                                  The programme aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in German.
                                                  Much emphasis will be placed on teacher-student interaction, continuous assessment, written
                                                  assignments and feedback to students. Students will begin with the basic elements of German
                                                  grammar and vocabulary and will progress to the study of a selection of social and cultural issues
                                                  in the contemporary German-speaking world. By the end of each term, students will have learned to
                                                  converse on, and comprehend, a variety of topics in situations that are normally encountered in
                                                  a modern German-speaking environment. There are six modules on offer throughout the two-year
                                                  programme. Students must successfully complete three modules per year.

                                                  Programme content Year 1
                                                  Introduction to Beginners’ German – written and spoken
                                                  Beginners’ German continued – written, spoken and comprehension
                                                  Introduction to aspects of 20th Century German, Swiss, and Austrian culture

                                                  Programme content Year 2
                                                  Intermediate German – written, spoken, and oral comprehension 1
                                                  Intermediate German – written, spoken, and oral comprehension 2
                                                  Contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss Culture and conversation.

                                                  Requirements and Assessment
                                                  All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form
                                                  of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the
                                                  end of the semester.

                                                  Classes are held one evening per week over two academic years. The teaching method is mainly based
                                                  on a communicative approach which focuses on teaching language structures through conversation
                                                  and exercises rather than on memorising forms. This approach will help students develop productive
                                                  skills (speaking and writing) as well as receptive skills (listening and reading), as vocabulary and
                                                  grammar activities progress from controlled and form-focused to open-ended and interactive.
                                                  Whenever useful, grammatical structures are contrasted with parallel structures in English.

                                                  Students are encouraged to spend time at home incorporating language practice in their everyday
               Applications Procedure             routines and availing of the self-access language-learning facilities at the University.
        Application forms are available from:
                          Admissions Office       Key Facts
                                NUI Galway        Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in German.
                            Tel: 091 492199       Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to
                            Fax: 091 495566       the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
                                                  matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
           Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie
                                                  ECTS weighting: 30
                                                  NFQ Level: 7
       Return completed applications to the       Duration: 2 years, part-time
Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of    Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                  Next start date: September 2010. This programme is offered on a cyclical basis and does not have an
 applications is late June of the year in which   annual intake. Please contact the course coordinator for information regarding commencement dates
                     the programme is offered.    in subsequent academic years.
                                                  EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, non-EU €1,470.
                                                  This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                           Find out more
                            Gabriele Behrens
                     Department of German
                            Tel: 091 493396
       Email: gabriele.behrens@nuigalway.ie
         www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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        Diploma in
        Italian                                         Course Overview
                                                        The Diploma in Italian introduces students to the basics of the Italian language and assists them in
                                                        developing their language competence in relation to the common situations of everyday life.
                                                        The course concentrates on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
                                                        and uses authentic material, carefully selected, to provide a gradual introduction to the structures
                                                        and functions of the language. In addition, a cultural module will introduce students to aspects of
                                                        contemporary Italian culture including the main trends in Italian art, cinema, history and lectures on
                                                        a variety of topics from different regions in Italy to wine-tasting sessions.

                                                        On completion of the programme, students acquire a very high level of oral and written
                                                        communication skills in the Italian language for personal, travel or professional purposes.

                                                        Who is this course intended for?
        “My expectations were surpassed by this         The Diploma in Italian is designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the language
       course. The style of teaching was ideal for      and who wish to gain Italian language skills for personal or professional reasons.
         adult learners: always positive, always
                                                        Course Outline
           encouraging, with weekly homework
                                                        The programme aims to equip students with appropriate written and oral skills in Italian and will
     individually assessed and marked with words        include the following six modules, three of which are taken in year 1 and a further three in year 2.
          of encouragement. We got through an
                                                        Programme content Year 1
      extensive range of material on the course. In     Italian Language Level 1 Part 1
           addition to the Italian language and         Italian Language Level 1 Part 2
                                                        Italian Culture and Language Level 1
           grammar, the cultural material was
          particularly interesting and enjoyable,       Programme content Year 2
                                                        Italian Language Level 2 Part 1
      including contemporary history and culture        Italian Language Level 2 Part 2
         and an introduction to some individual         Italian Culture and Language Level 2
       Italian cities and regions. Overall, I would
                                                        Requirements and Assessment
       describe the course as demanding but very        All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of
              satisfying and very enjoyable.”           essays and written assignments during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.
                     Mary Quinn
                                                        This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week.


                                                        Key Facts
                                                        Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Italian. Candidates
                                                        who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on
                                                        the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation
                                                        requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                                                        ECTS weighting: 30
                                                        NFQ Level: 7
                                                        Duration: 2 years, part-time
                                                        Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                        Next start date: September 2010. Please contact the course coordinator for information regarding
                      Applications Procedure            commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
               Application forms are available from:    EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, non-EU €1,470.
                                 Admissions Office      This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                                       NUI Galway
                                   Tel: 091 492199
                                   Fax: 091 495566
                  Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie

             Return completed applications to the
      Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of
       applications is late June of the year in which
                           the programme is offered.



                                  Find out more
                              Dr. Anne O’Connor
                             Department of Italian
                                  Tel: 091 493794
                Email: anne.oconnor@nuigalway.ie
                 www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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   Diploma in
   Spanish                                         Course Overview
                                                   The Diploma in Spanish introduces students to the basic elements of Spanish and includes a study of
                                                   a selection of social and cultural issues in the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. Learning Spanish
                                                   will clearly be of interest to students for a number of different reasons. Knowledge of the language will
                                                   be of benefit to all of those planning to visit Spain for business or pleasure. The ability to converse and
                                                   write in Spanish will be a clear advantage to those who work, or wish to work in areas such as
                                                   education, business, tourism and information technology, to name but a few. Knowledge of Spanish
                                                   will offer enhanced employment opportunities both in Ireland and abroad.

                                                   Who is this course intended for?
                                                   The Diploma in Spanish is designed for those who have little or no previous knowledge of the
                                                   language and wish to gain Spanish language skills for personal or professional reasons.
 “What can I say, the Diploma in Spanish at        Course Outline
    NUI Galway is a resounding success.            This two year programme has the following aims:
   I had only two words in Spanish at the          • To equip students with essential communicative skills in Spanish, both spoken and written;
                                                   • To familiarise students with a range of contemporary social and political issues from
beginning-HOLA and ADIOS and now I can               the Spanish-speaking world;
   speak and understand a lot of Spanish.          • To introduce students to the history and cultures of Spain and Latin America.

                                                   Six modules are on offer throughout the 2-year programme. Students must successfully
  Also I have made friends for life from the       complete 3 modules per year.
   course, people I would never have met.          Programme content Year 1
 I would highly recommend the diploma to           Introduction to Beginners’ Spanish – written and spoken
                                                   Beginners’ Spanish – written, spoken and comprehension
anybody who has an interest in the Spanish         Introduction to Spain and Oral Spanish
           language and culture.”
                                                   Programme content Year 2
              Deirdre Squires                      Improvers’ Spanish 1 – written, spoken and oral comprehension
                                                   Improvers’ Spanish 2 – written, spoken and oral comprehension
                                                   Introduction to Latin America and Oral Spanish

                                                   Requirements and Assessment
                                                   All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form
                                                   of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the
                                                   end of the semester.

                                                   This is a two year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week.


                                                   Key Facts
                                                   Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Spanish.
                                                   Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the
                                                   programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
                                                   matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                Applications Procedure             ECTS weighting: 30
         Application forms are available from:     NFQ Level: 7
                                                   Duration: 2 years, part-time
                           Admissions Office       Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                 NUI Galway        Next start date: September 2010. Please contact the course coordinator for information regarding
                             Tel: 091 492199       commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                             Fax: 091 495566       EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, Non-EU €1,470.
                                                   This fee is subject to a yearly review.
            Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie

        Return completed applications to the
 Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of
  applications is late June of the year in which
                      the programme is offered.



                            Find out more
                       Dr. Lorna Shaughnessy
                         Spanish Department
                                 NUI Galway
                             Tel: 091 492229
       Email: lorna.shaughnessy@nuigalway.ie
            www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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         Post-graduate
         Certificate in TEFL                            Course Overview
         (Teaching English as a                         This post-graduate certificate course provides initial training, specialised knowledge and skills
                                                        needed for graduates who wish to teach English as a Foreign Language. Successful course
         Foreign Language)                              participants are awarded a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language by the National
                                                        University of Ireland, Galway.

                                                        Successful completion of this course enables graduates to proceed to the post-graduate Higher
                                                        Diploma in TEFL and on successful completion of the Diploma to the MA programme in TEFL.

                                                        Course Outline
                                                        Classes are in the form of lectures, discussions, microteaching and a minimum of 50 hours supervised
                                                        teaching practice. Teaching practice is arranged by, and takes place in, NUI Galway. Each student
                                                        must design a portfolio of relevant material to be submitted at the end of the course. Classes are held
        “I attained a TEFL certificate from NUI         on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from October to May from 7pm to 10pm.
          Galway. I found the course interesting,
                                                        The course covers:
      comprehensive and very much catered to the        Basic Teaching Skills
           needs of the workplace. The subjects         Teaching Practice
                                                        Language Analysis
          were varied and the lecturers engaging        Theories and Approaches to Language Teaching
         and stimulating. The extensive teaching        English as a Foreign Language Methodology
                                                        Grammar Presentation
     experiences I gained on this course really stood   Syllabus Design
       to me when I went in search of a teaching        Testing, Evaluation
                                                        Introduction to Linguistics
       position and I was employed as an English        English for Special Purposes
        language teacher shortly after I finished.”     Portfolio Preparation
                                                        Microteaching
                 Murchadh O’ Tuairisg
                                                        Teaching Young Learners
                                                        Assessment of Young Learners
                                                        Teaching Adults
                                                        Multicultural Education
                                                        Modern Developments in English as a Foreign Language and Teaching Overseas

                                                        Requirements and Assessment
                                                        Assessment includes written assignments, student performance in teaching practice, the teaching
                                                        portfolio and student performance in the course examination which is held at the end of the course.


                                                        Key Facts
                                                        Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a primary degree.
                                                        ECTS weighting: 30
                                                        NFQ Level: 8
                                                        Duration: 1 year, part-time
                                                        Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                        Next start date: October 2010. Please contact the programme coordinator for details of
                                                        commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                       Applications Procedure           EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €1,500. This fee is subject to a yearly review.
      The following information must be sent to the
      Course Co-ordinator, Marie Morrissey by the
                end of May in the academic year the
                              programme is offered:
                                    A covering letter
                                   A curriculum vitae
      A copy of the transcript of the primary degree
                      taken and the results obtained
                          A copy of birth certificate
           Two passport size photographs (signed)




                                   Find out more
                                Dr. Marie Morrissey
                                    Adult Education
           Level 1, Ballard House, Westside, Galway
                                    Tel: 091 493898
              Email: marie.morrissey@nuigalway.ie
                  www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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    Post-graduate
    Diploma in TEFL                                 Course Overview
    (Teaching English as                            This course is primarily designed to expose participants to the skills necessary to equip them to
                                                    organise and run an EFL School or to undertake the role of Director of Studies in such a school.
    a Foreign Language)                             Successful course participants are awarded a Higher Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign
                                                    Language by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Successful completion of this course enables
                                                    graduates to proceed to the MA postgraduate programme in TEFL.

                                                    Course Outline
                                                    Classes are in the form of lectures, discussions, microteaching and a minimum of 40 hours supervised
                                                    teaching practice. Teaching practice is arranged by, and takes place in, NUI Galway. Each student
                                                    must design a portfolio of relevant material to be submitted at the end of the course. Classes are held
                                                    on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from October to May from 7pm to 10pm.
   “Upon completion of the excellent TEFL           The course covers:
Certificate course in NUI Galway I was eager        Marketing and Management in English Language Teaching
                                                    Advanced Language Analysis
 to return and enrol in the subsequent Higher       Second Language
  Diploma in TEFL. Expectations were high           Testing and Test Construction
                                                    Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching
  and I have not been disappointed. A superb        Syllabus Design
  teaching standard and consistent guidance         Literature in English Language Teaching
                                                    Socio Linguistics
allowed also for the challenges of this intensive   Pragmatics
course to be met with enthusiasm and vigour.        Microteaching
                                                    Portfolio Preparation
 Highly recommended for anyone who wishes           Teaching Practice
    to progress and advance their career in         Modern Developments in English as a Foreign Language and Teaching Overseas
         English Language Teaching.”
                                                    Requirements and Assessment
              Colin McCracken                       Assessment includes written assignments, student performance in teaching practice, the teaching
                                                    portfolio and student performance in the course examination, which is held at the end of the course.
                                                    This is a one year, part-time programme. Classes are held two evenings per week (Tuesdays
                                                    and Wednesdays).


                                                    Key Facts
                                                    Entry Requirements: A primary degree and a recognised Certificate in TEFL.
                                                    ECTS weighting: 30
                                                    NFQ Level: 9
                                                    Duration: 1 year, part-time
                                                    Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                    Next start date: October 2010. Please contact the programme coordinator for details of
                                                    commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                                                    EU and non-EU fees: EU fees €1,600. This fee is subject to a yearly review.


                  Applications Procedure
 The following information must be sent to the
 Course Co-ordinator, Marie Morrissey by the
           end of May in the academic year the
                         programme is offered:
                               A covering letter
                              A curriculum vitae
 A copy of the transcript of the primary degree
                 taken and the results obtained
                     A copy of birth certificate
      Two passport size photographs (signed)




                               Find out more
                           Dr. Marie Morrissey
                               Adult Education
      Level 1, Ballard House, Westside, Galway
                               Tel: 091 493898
         Email: marie.morrissey@nuigalway.ie
             www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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       Master of Arts
       in TEFL                                         Course Overview
       (Teaching English as a                          This post-graduate course provides an intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant programme
                                                       using new technology delivery mechanisms, which enables graduates to contribute significantly to the
       Foreign Language                                teaching and training profession in Ireland and abroad. This Masters programme is intended to give
                                                       trainers and teachers working with students an opportunity to:
       in conjunction with St.                          • Extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of theory underlying the teaching of
                                                          English to non-native speaking students;
       Angela’s College, Sligo)
                                                        • Further develop analytical and critical thinking skills;

                                                        • Explore research-based knowledge in integrating theory and practice in learning
                                                          and development;

                                                        • Train the trainer: teacher training skills such as running workshops and seminars for trainers
                                                          involved in pre-service or in-service teacher training courses;

                                                        • Study contemporary issues in teaching young learners and adult learners;

                                                        • Bring new standards of excellence to the quality of teaching English as a Foreign language
                                                          learning, education and training practice;

                                                        • Enhance skills and understanding of information technology processes and systems.

                                                       Course Outline
                                                       Year 1: Modules: History and Approaches, Methodology of Teaching English as a Foreign Language,
                                                       Testing, English as a Foreign Language Textbooks, Linguistics, Language Analysis, Teaching Young
                                                       Learners, Teaching Practice, Micro-teaching, Portfolio/Journal.

                                                       Year 2: Modules: Marketing and Management, Applied Linguistics, Syllabus Design, Methodology of
                                                       TEFL, Advanced Language Analysis, ESP Teaching Practice, Micro-teaching Portfolio/Journal.

                                                       Year 3: Advanced Research Methods I and II, Psychology of Learning I and II, Education and
                                                       Training Technology, Dissertation.

                                                       Classes (7 pm to 10 pm October-May) are in the form of lectures, discussions, microteaching and
                                                       supervised teaching practice. Teaching practice is arranged by, and takes place in, NUI Galway.

                                                       Requirements and Assessment
                                                       Assessment (Year 1 and 2 ) includes written assignments, student performance in teaching practice, the
                                                       teaching portfolio and student performance in the written examination held at the end of the course.
                                                       Assessment (Year 3), participants are required to submit written assignments for each of the taught
                                                       modules. A proportion of marks will be available for the quality of contributions to online discussions
                                                       on course topics. A research dissertation must be submitted at the end of Year 3.


                                                       Key Facts
                     Applications Procedure            Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a primary degree.
     The following information must be sent to the     ECTS weighting: 90
     Course Co-ordinator, Marie Morrissey by the       NFQ Level: 9
               end of May in the academic year the     Duration: 3 years, part-time
                                                       Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                             programme is offered:
                                                       Next start date: October 2010. Please contact the programme coordinator for details of
                                   A covering letter   commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                                  A curriculum vitae   EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €3,500. This fee is subject to a yearly review.
     A copy of the transcript of the primary degree
                     taken and the results obtained
                         A copy of birth certificate
          Two passport size photographs (signed)




                                 Find out more
                              Dr. Marie Morrissey
                                  Adult Education
         Level 1, Ballard House, Westside, Galway
                                  Tel: 091 493898
            Email: marie.morrissey@nuigalway.ie
                www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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Returning to Learning
        Access
        Course for                                      Course Overview
        Mature Students                                 The Access Course is a 1-year, part-time evening course that aims to provide mature students with the
                                                        opportunity to prepare personally and academically for an undergraduate course of full-time study of
        (from socio- economically                       at least 3 years duration at NUI Galway. The course is designed to:

        disadvantaged backgrounds)                      • Meet the learning needs of the adult student
                                                        • Provide individual attention and assistance where appropriate
                                                        • Provide financial support, subject to sufficient funding being available

                                                        Who is this course intended for?
                                                        Mature Students who may not have the conventional educational requirements and who come from
                                                        socio-economic backgrounds that are under represented in third level.

                                                        Course Outline
                                                        The course content consists of core subjects and academic options. The core subjects include:

                                                          - Study Skills
                                                          - Applied Writing
                                                          - Information Technology
                                                          - Educational Guidance

                                                        The academic options provide students with introductory University courses as a prelude to
                                                        continuing their studies at a higher level. Students generally study four academic options, from the
                                                        following subjects:

                                                        Arts: Philosophy, Sociology, History, Irish, English, Mathematics, Legal Science, Spanish,
                                                        Economics, Classical Civilisation
                                                        Science/Engineering/IT: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
                                                        Commerce: Economics, Mathematics
                     Applications Procedure             Celtic Studies: Irish
             The application procedure consists of:
                                                        The exact subjects on offer in a given year may vary, depending on the availability of specialist
            An application form, available from and     tutors. There may also be guest lectures in subjects such as Psychology, Classical Civilisation and
             returned directly to the Access Office,    Archaeology or on other subjects.
            Recommendations by two referees, sent
                       directly to the Access Office.   Requirements and Assessment
                          A 15–20 minute interview      The criteria for successful completion of this course involve satisfactory attendance and performance in
         A short written piece (on day of interview)    all elements of the programme. Students’ academic progress is measured through a process of written
                                                        and oral continuous assessment and examinations held at the end of each semester.


                                                        This part-time course runs over the academic year, lasting approximately 28 weeks. Classes are held on
                                  Find out more
                                                        two or three evenings per week from 18:30–22:00 hours and one Saturday per month (3–5 hours).
                       Main campus, NUI Galway          Private (home) study is an integral and important part of the course. Students also have the opportunity
                                 Rita O’Donoghue        to attend some undergraduate lectures on campus, by arrangement.
                           Programme Coordinator
           Access, Adult and Continuing Education       Key Facts
                                      NUI Galway        Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements, such as Leaving Certificate or
                                  Tel: 091 492971       aptitude tests, but typically candidates have a keen interest in reading and learning in general and
              Email: rita.odonoghue@nuigalway.ie        aspire to continue their education to degree level and/or beyond. Applicants must be 22 years of age
                                                        or over on 1 January in the year of application.
                                                        NFQ Level: 6
      Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, An Cheathrú Rua        Duration: 28- week, part-time
                            Alma Uí Fhlannchadha        Mode of Study: Classroom-based
     An Cúrsa Rochtanna do Mhic Léinn Lánfhásta         Next start date: September 2010. For details regarding commencement dates in subsequent
                                                        academic years, please contact the programme coordinator.
                           Cill Chiaráin, Conamara
                                                        EU and non-EU fees (per annum): Course costs for those selected to attend the course are borne
                                  Co. na Gaillimhe      by the University, subject to sufficient funding being available.
                     Teil: 095 33402/087 7998675
             Riomhphost: cillchiarain@eircom.net

                        St Angela’s College, Sligo
                                    Karen Kennedy
                           Programme Coordinator
           Access, Adult and Continuing Education
              St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo
              Tel: 071 914 1406 Extension no: 223
                          Email: acep@stacs.edu.ie
                          www.nuigalway.ie/access




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    Foundation
    Course in Business                            Course Overview
    /Commerce                                     The preparatory nature of these programmes builds up participants’ confidence in their academic
                                                  ability and equips them with skills that will help them to participate in future third level education
                                                  programmes in a business or technology related area.
    Foundation                                    Who is this course intended for?
    Course in Science,                            These programmes are designed for individuals who have been out of the formal education system for
                                                  some time and now wish to begin third level studies in the area of Commerce/Business Studies,
    Technology and                                Science, Engineering, Technology or in Commerce.

    Engineering                                   Course Outline
                                                  The aim of the teaching programme is to foster in the participants confidence and enthusiasm for
                                                  each subject and to introduce them to the conceptual framework and language for each subject area.
“I have great colleagues who are interesting to
  be with, sharing ideas and thoughts about       The Foundation Course in Business/Commerce focuses on three specific subject areas:
  college and life in general. Commerce is an
                                                   - Mathematics
interesting and challenging subject. The online    - Economics
  continuous assessment helps to keep me on        - Accountancy

     track with my study and have a deep          The Foundation Course in Science, Engineering and Technology focuses on the following four
         understanding of the course.”            specific subject areas:

   Michael Richard, Foundation Diploma              - Physics
           in Business/Commerce                     - Chemistry
                                                    - Biology
                                                    - Mathematics
 “My experience of the course has been both
                                                  Requirements and Assessment
challenging and rewarding. I have built up a
                                                  The Foundation courses are 25-week, part-time introductory programmes, running over the academic
wide-ranging knowledge base. This has been        year from October to May. Classes are held twice a week, one evening from 7-9pm and the second
     achieved through a well designed and         evening from 7-10pm. There are also occasional Saturday Study Skills sessions.
  structured course presented by helpful and      Assessment may be by means of written examination and/or continuous assessments.
    supportive lecturers. I have thoroughly       The courses are a recognised entry requirement at GMIT and NUI Galway for full-time and
                                                  part-time Commerce/Business, Science, Engineering and Technology courses at both institutions.
enjoyed the course (even though studying has      Participants on these Foundation courses must apply through the CAO mature students route for a
   been hard at times), and this is due in no     place on a full-time course. Participants must apply to the CAO before 1st February in the year of entry
                                                  to a third level programme, that is, participants apply for a full-time, third level place that will start the
   small way to the friendliness of my fellow     following autumn while still completing the Foundation Course.
 students and the open and easy atmosphere
            of the university itself.”            Key Facts
     James Boyce, Foundation Diploma              Entry Requirements: No specific entry requirements, but Leaving Certificate is desirable.
                                                  ECTS weighting: N/A
          in Science & Engineering
                                                  Duration: 25 weeks, part-time
                                                  Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                  Next start date: The programme runs on an annual basis from October to May.
                                                  EU and non-EU fees: €360 subject to yearly review.


                 Applications Procedure
                                   Trish Hoare
                       Mature Students Officer
                                   NUI Galway
                               Tel: 091 492695
               Email: trish.hoare@nuigalway.ie
                      www.nuigalway.ie/access



                              Find out more
                                   Trish Hoare
                       Mature Students Officer
                                   NUI Galway
                               Tel: 091 492695
               Email: trish.hoare@nuigalway.ie
                      www.nuigalway.ie/access




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     Adult & Continuing Education Programmes
Rural Development




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        BSc Rural
        Development                                    Course Overview
                                                       The Diploma and BSc in Rural Development reflect a creative approach to changing social, economic
        Diploma in Rural                               and rural development issues. The programme aims to provide students with a broad introduction
                                                       to all aspects of Rural Development and the 29 course modules are complemented by seminars
        Development                                    and workshops.

                                                       Who is the course intended for?
                                                       The course is open to everyone and will be particularly beneficial to those with an interest in rural
                                                       affairs and community development.

                                                       Course Outline
                                                       Diploma Year 1
     “Following the untimely death of my father in     Introduction to Rural Development                                                 5 ECTS
                                                       Socio-economic Aspects of Rural Development                                       5 ECTS
         1979 I was unable to continue formal          Socio-economic Community/Resource Audits                                          5 ECTS
       education and took over the running of the      Community and Rural Development through Groups                                    5 ECTS
      family dairy farm at the age of 18. However,     Choosing and Setting up a Rural Development Organisation                          5 ECTS
                                                       Marketing for Rural Enterprise                                                    5 ECTS
          I always maintained an interest and
     involvement in rural affairs and was an active    Diploma Year 2
                                                       Business Planning and Stimulating Rural Enterprise                                5 ECTS
                  member in the IFA.
                                                       Interpersonal Communications, Leadership and Group Work Skills                    5 ECTS
                                                       Designing and Managing an Area Development Plan                                   5 ECTS
      The BSc in Rural Development, delivered          Inter-organisational Partnerships and the Role of Support Agencies                5 ECTS
                                                       Social Exclusion and Gender Equality Issues in Rural Development                  5 ECTS
       through distance learning and monthly
                                                       Integrated Field Work Project                                                     5 ECTS
     workshops, enabled me to return to education
            and obtain a degree in 2006.               Degree Year 1
                                                       SME Development                                                                   5 ECTS
                                                       Co-operative Theory & Practice                                                    5 ECTS
         The course has equipped me with the           Project Planning & Development                                                    10 ECTS
           knowledge, skills, confidence and           Information Technology                                                            5 ECTS
                                                       Communications in Development                                                     5 ECTS
        understanding of rural issues and I now        Public and Social Policy Processes                                                5 ECTS
          combine my dairy enterprise with             Community Education & Development                                                 5 ECTS
               a supervisory post with a               Rural Labour Markets                                                              5 ECTS
                                                       Rural Dev: Social & Economic Aspects of Policy & Planning                         10 ECTS
           Local Development Company.”                 Socio-Economic Research (Level 11)                                                5 ECTS
                       Pat Talty
                                                       Degree Year 2
                                                       Financial Analysis & Planning                                                     5 ECTS
                                                       Food Business                                                                     5 ECTS
                                                       Socio-Economic Research (Level 111)                                               10 ECTS
                                                       Health & Social Service Policy                                                    5 ECTS
                                                       Rural Tourism                                                                     5 ECTS
                                                       Co-operative & Rural Social Enterprise Management                                 10 ECTS
                                                       Research Project/Thesis                                                           20 ECTS

                                                       The Research Project is a collaborative venture between students of the four constituent universities
                      Applications Procedure           who partner in this programme (namely UCD, UCC, NUI Galway and NUI Maynooth).
               Application forms are available from:   The outcomes of the Research Project/Thesis will be published.
                                  Maureen Mescall
                 School of Business and Economics
                                                       Requirements and Assessment
                                       NUI Galway
                                                       Students are required to attend the University for workshops and seminars for one weekend per month
                                   Tel: 091 495325     between September and April, engage with the online learning system (Blackboard), and carry out an
              Email: maureen.mescall@nuigalway.ie      assignment each month. During the degree phase students are examined by written examination at the
                                     www.v-learn.ie    end of each semester as well as a written assignment.


                                                       Key Facts
                                   Find out more       Entry Requirements: Applicants should meet the University’s requirements for mature students.
                                 Maureen Mescall       ECTS weighting: Diploma - 60 ECTS (30 per annum); Degree - 120 ECTS (60 ECTS per annum)
                School of Business and Economics       NFQ Level: 8
                                                       Duration: 2 years, part-time for the Diploma and a further 2 years for the BSc.
                                     NUI Galway        Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                 Tel: 091 495325       Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for commencement dates in
              Email: maureen.mescall@nuigalway.ie      subsequent academic years.
                                    www.v-learn.ie     EU and non-EU fees (per annum): Diploma - €1,967, Degree - €3,345.
                                                       This fee is subject to a yearly review.




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Science




          63
         Diploma in
         Gemmology                                       Course Overview
                                                         This Diploma in Scientific Studies (Gemmology) provides an introduction to the science of
                                                         gemmology for people with a general interest in gemstones, as well as for those working in the
                                                         jewellery and related trades. The programme aims to provide the student with a broad introduction
                                                         to the study of gemstones. It teaches a range of laboratory–based techniques used to identify
                                                         gemstones and provides the student with hands-on experience in identification protocols using a
                                                         comprehensive collection of gemstones. The programme also includes studies of typical geological
                                                         settings of gemstones during lectures and field trips to Connemara.

                                                         Who is this course intended for?
                                                         The course is open to everyone and is designed for those with no previous training in gemmology.
                                                         It is suitable as an introductory course for people with a general interest in gemstones, as well as for
                                                         those working in the jewellery and related trades.
     “I had completed full-time education for years
           when I decided to do the Diploma in           Course Outline
           Gemmology in NUIG to further my               The programme consists of lectures, laboratory demonstrations and practicals including tuition on
                                                         good practice in the identification of gemstones from the programme’s teaching collection, which
     qualifications. I was nervous about going back      comprises in excess of 200 cut stones. The programme also focuses on the examination of these
     to study again, but I really enjoyed the course     gemstones using a range of laboratory instruments including binocular microscope, refractometer,
                                                         spectroscope, polariscope and conoscope.
                 from the very first lecture.
     Gemmology is a fascinating subject and covers       The programme includes the following topics:
                                                           The Dynamic Earth
      so many areas of interest that the course will       Earth History
         appeal to a broad range of people. Every          Earth Materials
                                                           The Formation and Geological Settings of Gemstones
        lecture is interesting and the facilities and      Global Distribution of Gemstones
         equipment in NUIG are state of the art.           The Crystallography and Mineralogy of Gemstones
                                                           The Optical Properties of Crystals and Gemstones
       I loved being a student at such a beautiful         Properties and Instrumentation
           university in a unique environment.”            Recording Gemstone Properties/Identification
                                                           Protocols
                    Frances Murphy                         Fashioning of Gemstones
                                                           Synthetic Gemstones (Enhancements and Imitations)
                                                           Systematic Recording of the Physical and Optical
                                                           Properties of Gemstones

                                                         There are also two, one day field trips to Connemara to study crystals and minerals in their
                                                         natural settings.


                                                         Requirements and Assessment
                                                         All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. Assessment is by examination (written and
                                                         practical) at the end of each semester and by continuous assessment.

                       Applications Procedure            This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week (Wednesdays).
                Application forms are available from:
                                  Admissions Office      Key Facts
                                        NUI Galway       Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Gemmology.
                                    Tel: 091 492199      Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the
                                    Fax: 091 495566      programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
                                                         matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                   Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie
                                                         ECTS weighting: 30
                                                         NFQ Level: 7
              Return completed applications to the       Duration: 2 years, part-time
       Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of    Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                         Next start date: September 2010. Please contact the course coordinator for information regarding
        applications is late June of the year in which
                                                         commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                            the programme is offered.    EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, non-EU €1,470.
                                                         This fee is subject to a yearly review.

                                   Find out more
                                    Dr. Martin Feely
                  Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences
                  Quadrangle Building, NUI Galway
                                    Tel: 091 492129
                                    Fax: 091 494533
                   Email: martin.feely@nuigalway.ie
                  www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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 Diploma in
 Geology                                          Course Overview
                                                  The Diploma in Scientific Studies (Geology) provides an introduction to the science of geology for
                                                  people with a general interest in the natural environment. It explores key questions such as: How did
                                                  the Earth and the landscape form? What is a geological hazard? What are geological materials and
                                                  how are they exploited? What effect does that have on the environment? The programme aims to
                                                  provide the student with a broad introduction to the study of the Earth and hands-on practical
                                                  experience of the techniques employed within the field of geology. The principles of geology are
                                                  covered using case studies and physical materials from around the world and the course includes
                                                  field trips to see in-situ geology in an Irish context.

                                                  Who is this course intended for?
                                                  The course is open to everyone and is designed for people with no previous training in geology. It is
                                                  suitable for all people with a general interest in the natural environment and those who appreciate the
                                                  outdoors; it is suitable for those with or without a general scientific background.

                                                  Course Outline
                                                  The programme consists of lectures and practical exercises concerning the structure of the Earth from
                                                  the atomic to the planetary level, internal and external Earth processes and materials, and the
                                                  interaction between people and the planet they inhabit.

                                                  The programme includes the following topics:
                                                    Planet Earth
                                                    Structural Geology and Geological Maps
                                                    Building Blocks of the Earth
                                                    Crystallography, Mineralogy and Microscopy
                                                    Global Geology
                                                    Virtual Geology Tours
                                                    Evolution of the Earth
                                                    Palaeontology
                                                    Economic Geology
                                                    Earth’s Physical Resources
                                                    The Human Perspective
                                                    Hazards and the Environment

                                                  There are also two field trips available per semester, usually from half a day to one day in duration.
                                                  These are all located in Ireland, in Counties Mayo, Galway, Clare and sometimes further afield
                                                  (e.g. Antrim, Kerry or Waterford) and they are designed to complement the course material.


                                                  Requirements and Assessment
                                                  Students attend for three hours per week over two years, for a total of four semesters. The programme
                                                  usually comprises one lecture and one practical per week and two field trips per semester, lasting
                                                  usually for half-day or a full day. Students must attend at least one field trip each semester.

                                                  All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form
               Applications Procedure             of practical assignments during the semester and an essay or written examination at the end of the
        Application forms are available from:     semester.
                          Admissions Office
                                NUI Galway        This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week (Thursdays).
                            Tel: 091 492199
                            Fax: 091 495566       Key Facts
           Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie         Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Geology.
                                                  Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the
                                                  programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum
       Return completed applications to the       matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Admissions Office. Closing date for receipt of    ECTS weighting: 30
 applications is late June of the year in which   NFQ Level: 7
                                                  Duration: 2 years, part-time
                     the programme is offered.
                                                  Mode of Study: Classroom-based
                                                  Next start date: September 2010. Please contact the course coordinator for information regarding
                                                  commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                           Find out more          EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970, non-EU €1,470.
                                                  This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                         Dr. Kathryn Moore
          Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences
                                NUI Galway
                            Tel: 091 493682
                            Fax: 091 494533
         Email: kathryn.moore@nuigalway.ie
          www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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     Adult & Continuing Education Programmes
Science and Technology
        BSc Science &
        Technology Studies                               Course Overview
                                                         The Modular Programme in Science & Technology Studies is a part-time programme which focuses
        Diploma in Science                               on the knowledge and skill requirements of high-tech industries. The modular structure is designed
                                                         with flexibility in mind, enabling students to balance study with work and other commitments and to
        & Technology                                     accumulate credits over a time frame that suits their lifestyle. Learning is delivered jointly by NUI
                                                         Galway and UL (University of Limerick) via a blend of distance and online resources, on-campus
        Studies                                          tutorials and labs, and company-based projects.

                                                         Who is the course intended for?
                                                         The programme is primarily intended to support those seeking career advancement in a variety of
                                                         high-tech industries such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and manufacturing.
                                                         It will also appeal to those with a personal interest in Science and Technology.

      “I have now completed a diploma and am             Course Outline
       continuing onto a degree through Adult            The programme aims to:
                                                         • provide students with a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical foundations
        Education in NUI Galway. I found the               of Science and Engineering;
     distance learning course a wonderful way to         • introduce students to areas of applied and specialist knowledge found
                                                           in today’s high-tech environments;
        combine study with full-time working.            • develop important managerial skills such as problem solving, decision making
                                                           and advanced communication skills.
      My tutors and course coordinators were all         Diploma in Science & Technology Studies
     very helpful, always available for advice and       The Diploma consists of 20 modules to be completed over a minimum of 2 and a maximum of
                                                         4 years. The modules on offer include:
      guidance and I have also made many great           • Core modules which cover the foundations of Science, Engineering, Management and IT
        friends. I would highly recommend it.”           • Electives which allow students to specialise in an area of particular interest to them
                                                         • Company-based projects to help students apply their learning in the workplace
                    Dara Kirwan                          Students who have successfully completed the Diploma can automatically progress to
                                                         the Degree or the Specialist Diplomas.

                                                         Degree in Science & Technology Studies
                                                         The Degree consists of an additional 20 modules to be taken over 2 to 4 years. The core modules are
                                                         largely in the areas of production science and operations and systems management. The elective streams
                                                         will enable students to specialise and deepen their knowledge in the following areas:
                                                         •   Lean & Quality Systems
                                                         •   Medical Device Science
                                                         •   Environmental Sustainability
                                                         •   Mechanical Design
                                                         •   Form & Function of the Human Body
                                                         •   Automation & Control

                                                         Exemptions: Applicants who have completed accredited study in a relevant area may apply for
                                                         exemptions. Credit may also be granted for demonstrable experiential learning. Exemptions may be
                     Applications Procedure              granted up to a maximum of 5 modules in the Diploma cycle and 5 modules in the Degree cycle.
                                                         Exemptions are considered by the programme board on a case-by-case basis.
             Application forms are available from:
                                 Niamh McHugh            Requirements and Assessment
      Adult & Continuing Education, NUI Galway           Assessment is through assignments, written exams and in some cases practical laboratory
                                 Tel: 091 495845         sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. All modules from the programme will be
             Email: niamh.mchugh@nuigalway.ie            individually assessed. The programme is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates
                                                         will receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be
                                                         specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material
                              Or downloaded from:        and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The programme requires attendance on campus
                               www.modularbsc.ie         for approximately 10 hours per module, mainly on Saturdays.

             Return completed applications to the        Key Facts
        Admissions Office in NUI Galway. Closing         Entry Requirements: Diploma: Applicants under 21 years of age on 1st January of year of entry must
        date for receipt of applications is late June.   meet the mature student entry requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                                                         Other applicants may enter as mature students in which case the Leaving Certificate may not be
                                                         required, but a pass standard in Maths at Leaving Cert level is desirable.
                                                         Degree: Applicants with a Diploma in a related area in Science or Engineering may be considered for
                                  Find out more          direct entry to the Degree cycle
                                 Niamh McHugh            ECTS weighting: Diploma in Science & Technology Studies - 120 credits. Bachelor of Science - 240
                                                         credits.
            Adult and Continuing Education Office        NFQ Level: Diploma cycle – Level 7; Degree cycle – Level 8
                                     NUI Galway          Duration: the programme is delivered on a part-time basis. The Diploma can be completed in a
                                 Tel: 091 495845         minimum of 2 or a maximum of 4 years. The Degree cycle can be completed in an additional 2 to
                                                         4 years.
              Email: niamh.mchugh@nuigalway.ie
                                                         Mode of Study: Blended learning.
                              www.modularbsc.ie          Next start date: August 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for commencement dates in
                                                         subsequent academic years.
                                                         EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees are €360 per module and non-EU fees are €360 per module
                                                         plus an additional €500 per academic year. This fee is subject to a yearly review.


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 Specialist
 Diploma in                                       Course Overview
 Environmental                                    The specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling
                                                  for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in the particular area for personal or
 Sustainability                                   professional reasons. The specialist diplomas are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in
                                                  Science & Technology Studies (www.modularbsc.ie).

 Specialist Diploma in                            Who is the course intended for?
                                                  The specialist diplomas are primarily intended for students who already have a Science or Engineering
 Form and Function                                related diploma or degree and who wish to up-skill or become expert in one of the specialist areas as
                                                  offered through these one-year diploma programmes.
 of the Human Body
                                                  Course Outline
 Specialist Diploma                               Each specialist diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project to allow individuals
                                                  to upskill in a particular area or study in a highly focused area of interest: Medical Device Science,
                                                  Environmental Sustainability, Form and Function of the Human Body.
 in Medical
                                                  • Environmental Sustainability: Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Impact
 Device Science                                     Assessment, Sustainability and Design, Design for Environment, Project.
                                                  • Medical Device Science: Anatomy, Biocompatibility & Device Design, Mechanics of Solids,
                                                    Medical Device Design, Project.
                                                  • Form and Function of the Human Body: Anatomy, Biocompatibility & Device Design,
                                                    Cell Biology, Immunology & Human Therapeutics, Project.

                                                  Modular Learning: If students wish to register for an individual module(s) for the purpose
                                                  of continuing professional development credit or to update their existing skills or knowledge,
                                                  they may do so on a modular credit basis. Check out the programme website for further details.


                                                  Requirements and Assessment
                                                  Assessment is through assignments, written examinations and in some cases practical laboratory
                                                  sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. All modules from the programme will be
                                                  individually assessed.

                                                  The programmes are delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will receive learning
                                                  materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be specifically designed
                                                  for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning
                                                  resources where appropriate. The programme requires attendance on campus for approximately 10
                                                  hours per module, mainly on Saturdays.


                                                  Key Facts
                                                  Entry Requirements: Applicants must be in receipt of the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies
                                                  or a related Diploma, or otherwise prove that they satisfy the prerequisites of each of the courses.
                                                  ECTS weighting: 30
                                                  NFQ Level: 8
              Applications Procedure              Duration: 1-year, part-time
                                                  Mode of Study: Blended learning.
       Application forms are available from:      Next start date: August 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for commencement dates in
                           Niamh McHugh           subsequent academic years.
Adult & Continuing Education, NUI Galway          EU and non-EU fees: €1,800. This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                           Tel: 091 495845
       Email: niamh.mchugh@nuigalway.ie

              Or may be downloaded from:
                         www.modularbsc.ie
      Return completed applications to the
 Admissions Office in NUI Galway. Closing
 date for receipt of applications is late June.



                           Find out more
                          Niamh McHugh
     Adult and Continuing Education Office
                              NUI Galway
                          Tel: 091 495845
       Email: niamh.mchugh@nuigalway.ie
                       www.modularbsc.ie




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     Adult & Continuing Education Programmes
Social Care
         Bachelor of Arts
         (Social Care)                                  Course Overview
                                                        The Bachelor of Arts (Social Care) provides teaching of theoretical concepts applied to social care
         Diploma in                                     practice. It was developed in response to the continuing educational needs of social care workers in
                                                        the context of the professionalisation of social care work.
         Social Care                                    Who is the course intended for?
                                                        It is designed to meet the needs of adult students returning to education and to enable those working
         Certificate in                                 in the social care field to further develop and enhance their understanding, knowledge and skills. The
                                                        programme aim is to provide students with a professional education and training in the principles and
         Social Care                                    practice of social care.

                                                        Course Outline
      “This course has been the greatest experience     Year 1 of the programme is offered in various centres around the country supported by local tutors.
                                                        The centres are Galway, Portarlington and Carlow. The first year provides a general introduction to
         in my adventure back to education as a         the field of health studies through three course components: course modules, a seminar and work
                                                        placement. Students receive interactive materials for home study and attend a workshop for each
           mature student. It has given me new
                                                        module. Students also attend one weekend seminar in NUI Galway and complete a supervised work
       perspectives in which I view people and the      placement in a social care setting in which they do not have experience. Students who successfully
                                                        complete these course components may leave the programme at the end of this first year and be
         world. It has been very challenging and        awarded the Certificate in Social Care.
       rewarding. I am excited and nervous about
                                                        Entry to the second year of the BA is open to those who have completed the first year, obtaining an
           my dissertation – but I see this as a        average mark of or in excess of 60%. As with the first year the course is provided through interactive
     springboard to more adventure. My tutors are       distance education materials for home study with local workshops, a seminar and work placement.
                                                        The second year is offered through various centres with local tutor support. This second year provides
         very supportive and I would personally         students with further skills as well as introducing the theoretical ideas that underpin social care work
     recommend this course to any prospective care      and service provision. Students may leave the programme on the successful completion of year 2 and
                                                        graduate with a Diploma in Arts (Social Care). Students who successfully complete year 2 of the
                         worker.”                       programme can continue to year 3 of the BA in Social Care. This year builds on years 1 and 2 with
                    Michael Quinn                       further theoretical exploration of social care work and service provision through interactive distance
                                                        education materials and workshops. The core competencies required for working in the social care
                                                        field will be examined and linked to their application in a workplace setting. This year is offered at
                                                        NUI Galway only with full day workshops on 1 in 2 to 1 in 3 Saturdays from September to May.

                                                        Similarly, the final year is offered at NUI Galway only with full day workshops on 1 in 2 to 1 in 3
                                                        Saturdays throughout the year. This final year of the BA in Social Care provides a selection of optional
                                                        modules focused on working with specific population groups; children and youth, people with
                                                        disabilities and older people. In addition a dissertation on a particular area of social care work will be
                                                        undertaken supported by a named individual supervisor.
                                                        Year One: Certificate in Social Care                    Year Two: Diploma in Arts (Social Care)
                                                        Module                                   ECTS           Module                                 ECTS
                                                        Redefining Health and Well Being         5              Skills in Practice for Social Care     5
                                                        Seminar 1                                5              Seminar 2                              5
                                                        Basic Care Skills                        5              Psychology for Social Care Workers     5
                                                        Health Services and Policy Context       5              Sociology for Social Care Workers      5
                                                        Workplacement 1                          10             Work placement 2                       10
                                                        Introduction to Information                             Introduction to Social Research Skills 5
                                                        Technology for Social Care Practice      5              Independent Research Project 1         10
                      Applications Procedure            Introduction to the Legal and Ethical
           Application forms are available from and     Context of Social Care                   10
                              should be returned to:    Year 3: Bachelor of Arts Social Care                    Year 4: Bachelor of Arts Social Care
                                      Yvonne Forde      Module                                   ECTS           Module                                   ECTS
           Secretary of the Social Care Programmes      Health and Social Care Services          5              Social Care Theory and Practice 2        10
                                   Health Promotion     Equality and Diversity                   10             Promoting Health in Social Care          10
                                                        Social Care Theory and Practice 1        10             *Working with Older People               10
                                   16 Distillery Road   Research Methodology in                                 *Working with People with Disabilities   10
                                        NUI Galway      the Social Sciences                      10             *Working with Children/Young People      10
                                              Galway    Work placement 3                         10             Research Project 2                       15
                                                                                                                * Optional Modules

                                  Find out more         Requirements and Assessment
                   Yvonne Forde, Course Secretary       Assessment of course modules, seminars and work placements is based on a combination of written
                                                        assignments, practical work, project work and examinations in each year of the programme.
                          Social Care Programmes
                                 16 Distillery Road     Key Facts
              National University of Ireland Galway     Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications, but social care work experience is essential.
                                   Tel: 091 493874      Candidates under 21 years should meet the University’s minimum matriculation entry requirements.
                                   Fax: 091 494577      ECTS weighting: 180
                                                        NFQ Level: 8
                Email: yvonne.forde@nuigalway.ie
                                                        Duration: 4 years, part- time
                            www.nuigalway.ie/hpr        Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                                        Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for details regarding
                                                        commencement dates in subsequent academic years.
                                                        EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fee €2,740; non-EU fee €3,240.
                                                        This fee is subject to a yearly review.

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Socio-Economics
         Diploma in
         Social Gerontology                              Course Overview
                                                         The Diploma in Social Gerontology covers a broad range of economic, social and political theories
                                                         relating to ageing and examines public policy for older people across a number of fields. It is designed
                                                         to equip students with the professional and analytical skills necessary to understand age and ageing in
                                                         an economic, social and policy context and to enhance and develop their careers in age-related fields.

                                                         Who is this course intended for?
                                                         This course is open to all those with an interest in the study of ageing including; health and social care
                                                         professionals; those who work with older people in governmental, non-governmental or voluntary
                                                         organisations; members of active retirement groups or other older people’s groups; older volunteers;
                                                         those who wish to study issues related to older people for their own interest and enjoyment.
      “I've always worked since the age of 15 years
                                                         Course Outline
        which didn't allow for time to finish out a      The Diploma is a two-year, stand-alone, part-time programme for mature students. It covers a broad
      degree. But as I got older it became a goal to     range of economic, social and political theories relating to ageing and examines public policy for older
                                                         people across a number of fields.
       go back to university and finish out what I
       had started. The Social Gerontology course        In Year 1 of the programme, there are three modules:
                                                         • Introduction to Social Gerontology.
      through the Adult Education Office gave me
                                                         • Economics of Ageing
           the opportunity to get back into an           • Social Perspectives on Ageing
     environment that I hadn't been in, in a while,
                                                         In Year 2, there are three modules:
     as well as giving me an opportunity to learn a      • Rural Gerontology
     course in my area of interest. I love the Social    • Public Policy for Dependant Older People
                                                         • Research Skills and Research Paper
        Gerontology course because I've met other
              students from different areas              Learning takes place by means of a blend of formal teaching, guest speakers, a field trip, discussion and
                                                         students sharing their own knowledge and experience.
     of employment who have the same interest in
      ageing that I do. I would highly recommend         Requirements and Assessment
       this course and its dynamic staff to anyone       Students attend class for six hours every second Saturday during semesters 1 and 2 of each academic
                                                         year. All modules are assessed individually. For four of the modules there is an end of semester written
     who is interested in issues facing us as we age.”   examination and a continuous assessment assignment; for the remaining two, there is continuous
                       Karen King                        assessment and a research project.


                                                         Key Facts
                       Applications Procedure
                                                         Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Social
                Application forms are available from:    Gerontology. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain
                    Admissions Office, NUI Galway        entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the
                                    Tel: 091 492199      minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
                                    Fax: 091 495566      ECTS weighting: 30
                                                         NFQ Level: 7
                   Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie        Duration: 2 years, part-time
                                                         Mode of Study: Classroom-based
             Please return completed applications to     Next start date: September 2010. Contact the programme coordinator for commencement dates in
                             the Admissions Office.      subsequent academic years.
                                                         EU and non-EU fees (per annum): EU fees €970; Non-EU €1,535.
                                                         This fee is subject to a yearly review.

                                    Find out more
                                       Áine Ní Léime
                                 Course Coordinator
                 Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
                      Cairnes Building, NUI Galway
                                     Tel: 091 495458
                                     Fax: 091 512516
                   Email: aine.nileime@nuigalway.ie
                                                  Or
                                    Christine Delargy
                                Development Officer
                 Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
                      Cairnes Building, NUI Galway
                                     Tel: 091 495461
                                     Fax: 091 512516
               Email: christine.delargy@nuigalway.ie
                  www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation




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Training and Education
      BA in Early
      Childhood Studies                              Course Overview
      and Practice                                   The Diploma/Bachelor of Arts (Early Childhood Studies and Practice) has been developed to meet the
                                                     identified needs of practitioners in the childcare sector who wish to pursue further education and training
                                                     in a flexible manner, complimenting and supporting continued employment. This programme of study
      Diploma in Early                               builds on practical experience, enhancing the learner’s skills through exposure to theory, policy, research
                                                     and work-based learning opportunities. It also aims to provide practitioners currently working in the field
                                                     of early childhood care and practice an opportunity to upgrade their qualifications, to further develop
      Childhood Studies                              their skills and to enhance their existing knowledge through a part-time, flexible and accessible
                                                     academic programme.
      and Practice                                   Who is the course intended for?
                                                     This programme was developed in response to the identified need of childcare practitioners who may
      Certificate in Early                           already posses a recognised qualification at NFQ levels 5 or 6 and who wish to upgrade their qualification
                                                     in a manner that will support their continued employment and their workplace. Alternatively, potential
      Childhood Studies                              students without a recognised qualification, but with extensive experience in the childcare care and
                                                     education sector are also encouraged to apply.
      and Practice                                   Course Outline
                                                     The programme of study builds year to year on the skills and knowledge students develop through their
                                                     exposure to key areas of the course, including theory, social policy, the development of research skills, and
                                                     the enhancement of practical experiential learning opportunities. By the completion of year four, the
                                                     graduate emerges as a reflective practitioner with an in-depth understanding of the holistic needs of
                                                     children and families and the role of early years services in the broader community and policy context.

                                                     The programme will be particularly suitable for:
                                                     • Early year carers in crèches, pre-schools, school-age childcare services, special education
                                                        services and childminding settings
                                                     • Managers of crèches, pre-schools, school age services, special education services
                                                     • Early childhood practitioners in the Health Services Executive
                                                     • County Childcare Committee members and staff
                                                     • Practitioners in the child and family support sector
                                                     • Special Needs Assistants
                                                     Potential students should be disciplined, self-directed and enthusiastic learners as course expectations see
                                                     students coming to workshops and seminars prepared to discuss, explore and critically analyse subject
                                                     matter which they have become familiar with through home study.
                                                     Year One                                                Year Two
                                                     Introduction to Learning                   5 ECTS       Psychology: The Developing Child 2        10 ECTS
                                                     Psychology: The Developing Child 1        10 ECTS       Implementing the Early
                                                     Creative Development in Early Years        5 ECTS       Learning Curriculum                       10 ECTS
                                                     Child Protection and Safety                             The Child and Family in Irish Law          5 ECTS
                                                     in Childcare Services                     10 ECTS       Quality Awareness in Early Learning       10 ECTS
                                                     Health, Hygiene and Nutrition                           Work-based Project: Year 2                10 ECTS
                                                     in Early Childhood                         5 ECTS
                                                     Work-based Project: Year 1                10 ECTS
                   Applications Procedure            Year Three                                              Year Four
        Application forms are available from and     Children and Families in Society          10 ECTS       Promoting Inclusion in Early
                          should be returned to:     Working with Children and Families         5 ECTS       Years Care and Education                  10 ECTS
                                Suzanne Golden       The Management of                                       Irish Social, Family
                                                     Childcare Environments                    10 ECTS       and Childcare Policies                    10 ECTS
                       Programme Administrator       Effective Leadership for                                Understanding Family Support              10 ECTS
      BA in Early Childhood Studies and Practice     the Childcare Sector                       5 ECTS       Dissertation                              15 ECTS
         Adult and Continuing Education Office       Research Methodologies                     5 ECTS
                                    NUI Galway       Work-based Project: Year 3                10 ECTS
                                                     Requirement and Assessment
       Applicants to this programme of study may     Programme assessment generally takes the form of a combination of continuous assessment, but may also
      apply for exemptions from some modules, in     include written examinations. Continuous assessment methods may include written assignments, learning
                                                     portfolios, end of year projects and practical assignments.
     accordance with the University’s Recognition
     of Prior Learning policy as determined by the   Duration & Attendance: The programme will be delivered on a modular basis over 4 years using a
      Academic Directors. For further information    blended learning approach. This allows adult learners, with work and family commitments, to study at
                                                     times that suit their needs. Blended learning combines face-to-face learning approaches with distance
               contact the programme coordinator
                                                     learning and includes:
                                                       • Self-study learning materials including online learning components
                                                       • Required textbooks which students are expected to purchase
                               Find out more           • Additional readings which may be available in the library
                               Suzanne Golden          • Workshop or classroom sessions
          Adult and Continuing Education Office      Key Facts
                               Tel: 091 492659
                                                     Entry Requirements: Applicants will ideally be adult learners, aged 21 years or over, returning to
                               Fax: 091 494051       education and employed in an early childhood setting with up to 2 years experience working in the sector.
            Email: suzanne.golden@nuigalway.ie       ECTS weighting: Certificate: 45 ECTS; Diploma: 90 ECTS; BA: 180 ECTS
               www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation       NFQ Level: Certificate: level 7; Diploma: level 7; Degree: level 8
                                                     Duration: Certificate: 1-year; Diploma: 2-years; Degree: 2 further years following diploma cycle.
                                                     Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                                     Next start date: Sept 2010. For commencement dates in subsequent academic years, please contact the
                                                     programme coordinator.
                                                     EU and non-EU fees (per annum): €2,900. This fee is subject to a yearly review.
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   Foundation
   Diploma in                                      Course Overview
   Training and                                    The Foundation Diploma in Training and Education will equip participants with the key
                                                   competencies necessary to function effectively in a modern training environment. Successful course
   Education                                       participants will receive a recognised qualification in training and education.

                                                   Course Outline
                                                   The course is run over a 12- week period. Participants attend a total of four days of workshops. The
                                                   open learning course materials cover the following topics:

                                                   •   The context of training and education
                                                   •   Planning for training
                                                   •   Training analysis
                                                   •   The trainer in action
  “I became a student of the Open Learning         •   Motivation
  Centre in 2005 studying for a Foundation         •   Communication
                                                   •   Training methods
 Diploma in Training and Education. I then         •   Evaluation and assessment
 skipped a year due to work commitments. I         •   Quality assurance in training and education
                                                   •   Equality issues in training
started studying in 2007 for the Certificate in
 Training and Education and haven’t looked         FÁS policy
                                                   FÁS policy in relation to registration of trainers is to ensure that trainers delivering training on behalf
 back since. I must admit that the course can      of FÁS (contracted training) and of training to companies under the FÁS training support scheme
      be time consuming, but the sense of          have achieved a minimum set of trainer competencies. FÁS recognises the Foundation Diploma in
                                                   Training and Education as meeting this requirement.
        achievement is very rewarding.
Both the staff and lecturers are most helpful.”    Requirements and Assessment
              Michael Quinlan                      Participants are required to complete an assignment for submission to NUI Galway for assessment.
                                                   The assignment relates to material covered in the modules and emphasises the practical application
                                                   of this course material to work situations. Participants are given written feedback on the assignment.
                                                   Participants who complete the Foundation Diploma in Training and Education may claim
                                                   exemption from the Learning – Essential Trainer Skills module in the Certificate in Training and
                                                   Education programme.


                                                   Key Facts
                                                   Entry Requirements: Applicants must normally have reached 21 years of age on 1st January of the
                                                   calendar year of entry. Applicants under 21 years of age must satisfy the matriculation requirements of
                                                   NUI Galway. Applicants should also have appropriate experience in a training or educational
                                                   organisation and must be in a position to undertake assignments and work-based projects relating to
                                                   practical aspects of training or education.
                                                   ECTS weighting: 10
                                                   NFQ Level: 7
                                                   Duration: 3 months
                                                   Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                                   Next start date: The Foundation Diploma is offered three times per academic year subject to
                                                   demand. Contact the programme coordinator for information regarding commencement dates.
                                                   EU and non-EU fees: €950 (EU). This fee is subject to a yearly review.




                 Applications Procedure
 The Foundation Diploma is offered at regular
  intervals in various locations around Ireland.
    Additional information and an application
             form are available from the Course
   Administrator at the Open Learning Centre



                              Find out more
         For further information please contact
                         Open Learning Centre
              Ballard House, Westside, Galway
                               Tel: 091 494055
                              Fax: 091 528905
         Email: info@openlearningcentre.com
                 www.openlearningcentre.com




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         BA Degree
         Programme in                                  Course Overview
         Training and                                  Courses are designed for vocational trainers, educational consultants, human resource specialists and
                                                       those practising or planning a career as trainers in the educational, industrial, commercial, voluntary
         Education                                     and community sectors. The open learning programmes aim to develop the knowledge and skills of
                                                       training professionals in line with national and European competencies and standards.

         Diploma in                                    The NUI Galway programmes benefit from partnerships developed with FÁS, the Training and
                                                       Employment Authority, SIPTU and other organisations.
         Training &                                    Course Outline
         Education                                     Year 1: Learning-Essential Trainers Skills, The Individual Learner, Learning in Groups, The Learning
                                                       Process, The Assessment of Learning, Work Based Project;

         Certificate in                                Year 2: Management of Training and Education, Course Design, Course Delivery, Understanding
                                                       Communities, Practical Research and Report Writing, Work Based Project;
         Training &                                    Year 3: Organisational Management, Research Methods in the Social Sciences; Project Planning,
                                                       Management and Evaluation, Lifelong Learning in Europe, Introduction to Quality Management,
         Education                                     Work Based Project;

                                                       Year 4: Critical Thinking, Applied Innovation Management, Irish Administration System,
                                                       Research Project.
       “Having started my B.A. in Training and
                                                       Note: Alternative modules of equivalent status may be offered each year of the programme
      Education with some trepidation taking this
         course has proved to be one of the best       Requirements and Assessment
       decisions I ever made. The Open Learning        Students may take year 1 of this programme as the first year in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Training
                                                       and Education, or as a stand-alone course for which a Certificate in Training and Education will be
      Centre has supported me right through and        awarded. At the end of year 2, a Diploma in Training and Education will be awarded. On completion of
      the variety of lecturers and variety of topics   year 4, a Degree in Training and Education will be awarded. Participants must successfully complete all
                                                       course requirements before proceeding to the next year of the Bachelor of Arts programme.
     have kept the course lively and interesting and
                 completely rewarding”.
                                                       Each programme comprises a number of modules. Course assessment generally takes the form of
                   Jacqueline Keane                    continuous assessment, but may also include written examinations. Continuous assessment methods
                                                       include written assignments, end of year projects and/or practical assignments.


                                                       Workshops: Participants will be required to attend module related workshops guided by tutors from
                                                       NUI Galway. Workshop locations are selected to be geographically accessible for students. Locations in
                                                       recent years have included Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Kilkenny, Kildare, Sligo, Donegal, Kerry, Waterford
                                                       and Galway. Workshop locations may change from year to year.


                                                       Key Facts
                                                       Entry Requirements: Applicants must normally have reached 21 years of age on January 1st of the
                                                       calendar year of entry. Applicants under 21 years of age must satisfy the matriculation requirements of
                      Applications Procedure           NUI Galway. Applicants should also have appropriate experience in a training or educational
          Applicants must complete an NUI Galway       organisation and must be in a position to undertake assignments and work-based projects relating to
      Open Learning Centre application form to be      practical aspects of training or education.
                                                       ECTS weighting: Certificate: 45, Diploma: 90, Degree: 180
     submitted by post to the Course Administrator     NFQ Level: Certificate: level 7; Diploma: level 7 and Degree: level 8
      at the Open Learning Centre (address listed).    Duration: 1 year for Certificate, 2 years for Diploma, 4 years (in total) for the Degree. Courses are
             Registration will be arranged following   taken on a part-time basis.
                        confirmation of acceptance.    Mode of Study: Blended learning
                                                       Next start date: September of each academic year.
                             Open Learning Centre      EU and non-EU fees (per annum): €2,900 (EU). This fee is subject to a yearly review.
                  Ballard House, Westside, Galway
                                    Tel: 091 494055
                                    Fax: 091 528905
              Email: info@openlearningcentre.com



                                   Find out more
                            Open Learning Centre
                  Ballard House, Westside, Galway
                                  Tel: 091 494055
                                  Fax: 091 528905
               Email: info@openlearningcentre.com
                       www.openlearningcentre.com




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  Master of Arts
  in Adult Learning                                Course Overview
  and Development                                  The Masters programme offers trainers and educators working with adults the opportunity to:
                                                   • Extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of theory underlying adult learning
                                                     and training;
                                                   • Contribute to the debate on the role of lifelong learning in the context of international
                                                     experience, government priorities and the framework for future developments;
                                                   • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

                                                   Course Outline
                                                   Year 1
                                                   Research Methods 1                                        5 ECTS
                                                   Research Methods 2                                        5 ECTS
                                                   Psychology of Learning 1                                 10 ECTS
                                                   Learning Society 1                                        5 ECTS
                                                   Learning Society 2                                        5 ECTS
                                                   Human Resources Development & Training for Work           5 ECTS
                                                   Education and Training Technology                        10 ECTS

                                                   Year 2
                                                   Psychology of Learning 2                                 10 ECTS
                                                   Management of Training and Education                      5 ECTS
                                                   Dissertation                                             30 ECTS

                                                   Requirements and Assessment
                                                   This Open Learning Programme is delivered over two academic years and attendance at workshops,
                                                   seminars and tutorials form an integral part of the programme.


                                                   Participants are required to submit a written assignment for each module. A proportion of marks will
                                                   be available for the quality of contributions made to online discussions on course topics. A research
                                                   dissertation must be submitted during the second year of the programme.


                                                   Key Facts
                                                   Entry Requirements:
                                                   1. Academic: Candidates must have achieved an honours grade in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in
                                                      Training and Education or its equivalent.
                                                   2. Technological: Candidates should have computer proficiency.
                                                   3. Experiential: Candidates must possess a minimum of three years experience in training
                                                      and education or other relevant experience.
                                                   ECTS weighting: 90 ECTS
                                                   NFQ Level: 9
                                                   Duration: 2 years, part-time
                                                   Mode of Study: A combination of workshops and distance learning materials.
                                                   Next start date: September 2011
                                                   EU and non-EU fees: €3,700 Year 1 (EU) €4,200 Year 2 (EU).
                                                   This fee is subject to a yearly review.


                Applications Procedure
    Applicants must complete an NUI Galway
  Open Learning Centre application form and
  supporting documentation (e.g. transcript of
results) to be submitted by post to the Course
   Administrator at the Open Learning Centre
 (address listed). Registration will be arranged
         following confirmation of acceptance.
          The next intake to this programme is
                               September 2011



                            Find out more
                     Open Learning Centre
           Ballard House, Westside, Galway
                           Tel: 091 494055
                           Fax: 091 528905
        Email: info@openlearningcentre.com
                www.openlearningcentre.com




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     Adult & Continuing Education Staff
     Central Office     Seamus O’Grady           Director, Adult and                                091 492146
                                                 Continuing Education
                        Maeve Cuffe              Office Manager                                     091 495972
                        Fiona Dwyer              Programme Administrator                            091 495442
                        Suzanne Golden           APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning)              091 492659
                                                 Coordinator
                        Martha Higgins           Programme Administrator                            091 492062
                                                 (BA/Diploma Series/Short Courses Series)
                        Nuala McGuinn            Adult Education Development Officer                091 493746
                        Maria McHugh             Administrator                                      091 492144
                        Niamh McHugh             Programme Administrator                            091 495845
                                                 (B.Sc Science and Technology)
                        Aisling Monahan          Programme Administrator                            091 495698
                                                 (MScSED/MSc Technology Management)
                        Marie Morrissey          Programme Administrator (TEFL)                     091 493898
                        Niamh Nolan              Programme Coordinator                              091 493909
                                                 (B.Sc Science and Technology)
                        Eilis O’Regan            Programme Coordinator                              091 493104
                                                 (Bachelor of Commerce)

     Access Office      Imelda Byrne             Access Officer                                     091 493553
                        Karen Kennedy            Access Course Coordinator (Sligo)                  071 9195575
                        Rita O’Donoghue          Mature Student Coordinator                         091 492971
                        Alma Clancy              Mature Student Coordinator (Outreach)              087 7998675
                        Carol Gallagher          Access School Project Coordinator (Sligo)          071 9195575
                        Helena Moran             Executive Assistant                                091 493553
                        Kathleen Hartigan        Executive Assistant                                091 495804

     Community          Helen Casey              Community Education Officer                        091 493110
     Education Centre
                        Deirdre Hardiman         Community Education Officer                        091 495203
                        Mary Surlis              Adult and Community Education                      091 493040
                                                 Project Officer
                        Jacqueline Murphy        Community Development Coordinator                  091 495241
                                                 (Outreach)
                        Gail Cassidy             Administrative Assistant                           091 495241
                        Eimear Forde             Administrative Assistant                           091 495472
                        Fiona Treacy             Administrative Assistant                           091 495786
                        Lisa Walshe              Community Education Trainer                        091 495787

     Open Learning      John Bradley             Academic Director                                  091 494056
     Centre
                        Emer Toner               Centre Manager                                     091 494066
                        Tricia Sweeney           Desk-top Publisher                                 091 494063
                        Pauline Dillon           Programme Administrator                            091 494059
                        Phil Gilmore             Programme Administrator                            091 494060
                        Bernadette Morgan        Programme Administrator                            091 494055
                        Edel Molloy              Programme Administrator                            091 494058
                        Noreen Joyce             Accounts Administrator                             091 494062
                        Tara Prendeville         Programme Administrator                            091 494061


     Adjunct Staff      Programmes provided by the Adult and Continuing Education Office are supported by a large
                        number of course lecturers and tutors from the various academic departments at NUI Galway.




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