Module Title:IT for Business
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 15 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lab sessions - communication of knowledge from the lecturer to the student through demonstrations. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work both individually and as part of a team to resolve various computer applications tasks/ scenarios. E-Learning - the module will be supported with online learning materials and screencasts. Self-Directed Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: This module focuses on developing essential practical IT skills for working in a business environment. Students will learn Office 365 and the suite of Microsoft applications (MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint). There will be an introduction to MS OneNote and MS Teams.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand the role of the cloud and local networks in business for file organisation, sharing and virtual access.
LO2 Utilise a range of Office 365 applications for business purposes and collaboration/ teamwork and appreciate the interconnectivity of same.
LO3 Perform a range of spreadsheet functions to an intermediate level; gather and analyse data for specific business purposes.
LO4 Demonstrate report writing and presentation skills for communicating and reflecting on data analysis findings.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
File Management & collaboration
Introduction to Office 365, the Windows environment and the college network; using File Explorer, network drives and OneDrive for working with files and folders, including creating, saving, copying, moving, renaming, deleting and searching; using MS OneNote for organising work; using MS Teams for collaboration/ group work.
MS Outlook
Introduction to MS Outlook; email etiquette; creating, sending, receiving, forwarding, replying to and deleting emails; proper use of subject line; signatures and attachments; creating and using contacts and contact lists; using the calendar, making appointments;
MS Excel
Introduction to spreadsheets; spreadsheet formulas; spreadsheet functions; formatting cells as numbers, text, currency etc; formatting worksheets for clear presentation; sorting and filtering spreadsheet data; introduction to IF functions; introduction to statistical functions; pivot tables; inserting, deleting and formatting cells, rows and columns; fill-in series; headers and footers; page layout and setting print area; creating and enhancing charts; saving as pdf
MS Word
Introduction to Microsoft Word; creating and saving documents; printing documents; editing and formatting text; formatting paragraphs; laying out a document-margins, orientation, columns, page background; inserting headers and footers; replacing text; using comments, symbols, equations and text boxes; check spelling and grammar; using bullets and numbering; inserting and formatting tables; sorting data; working with columns; creating, formatting and managing illustrations (images, shapes, SmartArt and Charts);
MS PowerPoint
Introduction to PowerPoint; creating presentations; slide structure, using templates, designing presentations; working with text; proofing content; working with images and multimedia; working with charts; transitions and animations; delivery methods - printing, publish to web, slideshow; using notes pages, making a professional presentation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A combination of some/all of the following: inclass tests and Class Notebook assignments practising application features. 1,2,3 45.00 Ongoing
Project Cross-disciplinary Project: Learners will complete a cross-disciplinary data analysis project with QT. They will use a range of Office applications to gather and analyse data. Learners will demonstrate their QT knowledge and IT skills when communicating and reflecting on their findings both in writing and via an oral presentation. This project will partly be group-based, partly individual. 1,2,3,4 55.00 Ongoing
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Laboratory Every Week 6.00
Independent Learning Every Week 12.00
Total Hours 18.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Laboratory Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 15.00
Total Hours 18.00

Module Delivered In

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CW_BBBUS_D Bachelor of Business in Business 1 Mandatory
CW_BBHRM_D Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management 1 Mandatory
CW_BBINB_D Bachelor of Business in International Business incorporating Double Degree 1 Mandatory
CW_BPMKT_D Bachelor of Business in Marketing 1 Mandatory
CW_BBSCM_D Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management 1 Mandatory
CW_BBCAA_C Higher Certificate in Accounting 1 Mandatory
CW_BBLEG_C_1 Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies 1 Mandatory
CW_BBBUS_C Higher Certificate in Business 1 Mandatory
CW_BBLAW_C Higher Certificate in Business with Law 1 Mandatory