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Title: First Year Commerce Orientation 2012/2013

First Year Commerce Orientation 2012/2013
  • Welcome to the J.E Cairnes School of Business

Dr. Gerard Turley September 2012
Bachelor of Commerce Degree First Year
  • Lectures commence on Monday September 10th as per
  • Semester One (12 weeks) Teaching ends Friday
    30th November
  • Study Week beginning 3rd December with
    Examinations 10 18th December. There will be
    five exams, with the possibility of more than one
    exam on one day
  • Semester Two (11.5 weeks) Teaching begins 7th
    January and ends 27th March
  • Exams begin 16th April 2013.

B. Comm. Degree
  • Students are required to take six modules per
  • Introduction to Accounting (AY) 5 5 ECTS
  • Economics, Principles of (EC) 5 5 ECTS
  • Business Information Systems Management (MS) 5
    5 ECTS
  • Mathematics Statistics for Business (MA) 5 5
  • Introduction to Management / Marketing (MG/MK) 5
    5 ECTS
  • 6. Skills to Succeed Business Law I or Spanish
    or German 5 5 or 10 ECTS
  • Total 60 ECTS

B. Comm. Degree Compulsory Modules
  • Semester One (Sept - Dec)
  • Intro to Management Accounting
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Mathematics for Business
  • Introduction to Management
  • Semester Two (Jan Apr/May)
  • Intro to Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Business Information Management
  • Statistics for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing

B. Comm. Degree Optional Modules
  • Skills to Succeed new module focusing on work
    life skills such as writing and presenting,
    planning, research skills etc. 100 continuous
  • and
  • Business Law I - important for Accounting
    Exemptions at the end of your degree
  • Or
  • Spanish or German
  • Available as an alternative to Skills to
    SucceedBusiness Law I
  • Beginners or Advanced Level available. No
    previous knowledge of these languages is
    necessary for the Beginners course.
  • If demand exceeds supply selection based on
    aggregate Leaving Cert points and HC3 in a
    continental language
  • To apply complete application form in handbook
    and return to School Office (Room 355 or 359, top
    floor of Cairnes building)
  • End of Year you may be eligible for transfer to
    2nd yr. of B. Comm. International

Lectures and Tutorials
  • All are Obligatory
  • Lectures Concepts and Ideas, Tools and
  • Tutorials apply tools and techniques, ask
  • Self Study readings, practice, application

First Year Modules
  • Accounting and Economics start from beginning
    but moves quickly
  • Many modules have continuous assessment /
  • Descriptive subjects Marketing, Management,
    Business Law I
  • - Do not underestimate difficulty and approach to
  • Skills to Succeed a skills-based module, with
    100 attendance, events and coursework
  • Language Small classes
  • Your attendance and engagement is required from
    Week 1 through to Week 12

Tutorials, Skills to Succeed and Learning
Communities A New Initiative
  • Lectures have 250 plus students in attendance
  • Tutorials small classes, fewer than 50 in
  • Skills to Succeed new module designed to
    develop skills for students that are necessary
    for success in university life and subsequently
    in their working lives.
  • Learning Communities tutorials with the same
    group of students for each module, where students
    come together, engage together and learn together
  • Timetables look out for lectures (begin in Week
    1) and tutorials (begin in Week 1-2). There will
    be two separate timetables. Both are compulsory

Peer Assisted Learning
  • Part of the Skills to Succeed Module, on Friday
  • Requirement course marks awarded
  • Excellent feedback
  • Second Years pass on the benefit of their
    experience and help you work together
  • More next week Michael Campion

Skills Development
  • Transferrable Skills Start Now
  • Group work
  • Presentation
  • Get Involved
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Business Society (Biz Soc)
  • Volunteering (Alive Programme)

Opportunities open to you as you progress
  • Peer Assisted Learning Leadership Roles and
    Training (second year)
  • Career Mentoring in second year.
  • Study Abroad Possibilities - after second year
  • THREE week Management Summer School in Austria
  • Full year of study abroad
  • One semester of study abroad and one semester
  • Tuition is paid. You pay for accommodation,
    travel and subsistence.
  • All will be available on basis - ACADEMIC merit
    and those who have made an effort with personal
    and skills development

B. Comm. (International Experience) Degree
  • During second year opportunity to apply to
    transfer to
  • B. Comm. (International Experience) Degree
  • Study abroad one year, or
  • Work in Ireland (1 semester) Study Abroad (1
  • Internships this year and in 2010/11
  • Failte Ireland, Boston Scientific, Brothers of
    Charity, Delphi Mountain Resort, NUI Galway,
    Medtronic, Kennys Bookstore, Marine Institute,
    Creganna, Connacht Tribune, Alkermes, Accenture,
    GDSI, ESB, Simon Community, DHKN, Grant Thornton,
    G Hotel, Rooney Auctioneers
  • Study Abroad Austria, Holland, Belgium,
    Netherlands, Sweden, USA, Hong Kong

Importance of First Year
  • Skills Development
  • Personal Growth
  • Second Year Opportunities first year results
    and semester one of second year.
  • Third Year Interviews - first and second year

Progression to Second Year
  • Must pass ALL modules in First Year to progress
    to second year
  • Pass 40 in all modules
  • The 35 Rule
  • Must obtain 35 or more in written exam for
    years work (continuous assessment) to be included

Progression to Second Year (ctd.)
  • Pass by Compensation what does it mean?
  • You are allowed to pass by compensation in
    modules up to 15 ECTS credits in range 35 - 39
  • - The aggregate mark for all modules of the year
    is at least 40
  • - No mark is below 35
  • You may not repeat a module you have passed.

  • Honours
  • 70 First Class Honours (H1)
  • 60 Second Class Honours Grade 1 (H 2.1)
  • 50 Second Class Honours Grade 2 (H 2.2)
  • 40 Third Class Honours (H 3)
  • First Year Examinations
  • Students must present for the initial exam in a
  • To defer for serious personal/medical reasons,
    you must seek permission from the School Office.
    Supporting documentation required.

Autumn (Repeat Examinations)
  • Fail in Sem I or Sem II repeat failed modules in
  • Fail in autumn get exemptions in all modules
    passed repeat any failed modules at Sem I, Sem
    II or autumn sessions of next academic year
  • Two year rule First BComm must be passed within
    two academic years from the date of entering the
    BComm programme.
  • Must pass ALL modules in First Year to progress
    to second year

Module Registration
Students must register online by 21st September Change of mind dates
for optional module - 27th / 28th September You
may not change your mind after this date
What is required for success?
  • Ability and Aptitude
  • Interest and Enthusiasm
  • Dedication, Engagement and Hard Work

Class Representatives
  • If any of you wish to volunteer to act as Class
    Representative please contact Mairead McKeon,
    School Office by Wednesday, 12th September.
  • Room 355, Top Floor, Cairnes Building.
  • Tel (091) 492612

B.Comm. Director
  • Dr. Gerard Turley
  • Room 205, First Floor, St. Anthonys Building
  • (beside Cairnes building)
  • Tel 091-493095
  • Email
  • For an appointment with Dr. Turley please ring me
    on ext. 3095 or email me at gerard.turley_at_nuigalwa

School Office
  • If you have any queries please contact the School
    Office, located on the top floor, Cairnes
  • Details as follows
  • Martina Huban
  • Room 359, Top Floor, Cairnes Building
  • Tel 091-493617
  • Email

Languages as an Option
  • German, Spanish available at Beginners and
    Advanced/Intermediate Level
  • Continue a language you have already studied or
    take up a new one
  • Why?

IBEC Press Release
  • The business arguments to support improved
    language skills are obvious. The Irish market for
    goods and services is extremely small and
    companies must look further afield for new
    customers and clients. Irish companies need staff
    that that have the language skills required to
    develop their markets abroad.
  • The report by the Expert Group on Future Skills
    Needs, noted that the availability of an
    internal supply of foreign language skills will
    enhance the attractiveness of Ireland for foreign
    multi-nationals wishing to establish such

Informal meetings
  • GERMAN MON 10th September, 4.00 pm
    in AM 204
  • (first floor, Arts Millennium building)
  • Ms. Doris Devilly, Arts Millennium Building 318
  • SPANISH MON 10th September, 11.00 am in AM117
    (SH140 Spanish Intermediate) and 1200 in
    Concourse 215 (SH102 Spanish Beginners)       
  • Programme Coordinator (Spanish) Ms. Begoña
    Sangrador-Vegas, Arts Millennium Building 317
  • First Year Coordinator (Spanish) Ms. Pilar
    Alderete, Arts Millennium Building 342

Finally Welcome again and have a wonderful Year
  • Well go the extra mile
  • excellent university experience
  • You only have to travel with us