Academic and Professional Development
Students taking this course will often come from a professional background having had no prior experience with a third level academic qualification. As such, we feel that it is essential to support you as you build the skills needed to successfully complete this course.
The aim of this unit is to develop your research skills to help you attain your professional objectives and to prepare you for a successful dissertation process. The key research skills developed are those of critical reading, reflective writing and good academic practices.
To achieve this, you will be aligned with a personal academic tutor when you start the course. This tutor will work with you throughout both units to ensure that you understand the requirements of each unit and have the ability to successfully engage with the assessments set. As we are a professional department, the majority of tutors within the department have had a similar experience to you, trying to balance a full-time position with further study. As such, we try to be as flexible as possible when working with you.
Dissertation in Financial Planning and Business Management
The purpose of this unit is to help you develop your academic research skills, which can be applied within your professional environment, by testing your ability to produce a substantial, original, and independent piece of scholarly work. The dissertation unit follows on naturally from Academic and Professional Development. By learning and applying academic research skills in your organisation, you should be able to more effectively and efficiently further your own professional learning and enhance your career progression
We often encourage students to engage with this unit by picking a topic of interest to them, for example an area of your organisational activity that is under-researched, or a topic related to your career progression plans and to develop a dissertation in this area. This is to ensure your interest is maintained and the extensive study you do will be of benefit to you going forward.
Governance, Risk and Control
As a result of numerous international corporate scandals over recent years, corporate regulation is coming under increasing scrutiny. Adopting a critical and topical perspective, students will critically evaluate corporate governance and in particular the importance of risk management, internal control and ethical considerations in corporate governance. This content will be explored using a range of recent and well-known case studies, encouraging you to explore the extent to which the developments in this area have achieved the intended impact.
While we are all familiar with the term Financial Technologies, it continues to be an abstract concept for many of us. In fact, some of the most exciting advances in recent years related to development in financial technologies. These advances have meant that data analysis and computer-processing power are no longer prohibitively expensive to implement in a small business. As a result, many large financial institutions are finding their traditional business models under threat by the disruptive application of technology led by smaller competitors.
The unit is intended to give students a foundation in financial technologies and their most promising applications within the financial sector. Students will critically examine the disruptive impact of these technologies as well as the potential risks they entail.