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Junior Freshman

Modules 2016/17

The following is a brief overview of the modules taken in Junior Freshman year. Current students should refer to for full details, including assessment criteria and learning outcomes.

ST1001 Software Applications I
ST1002 Statistical Analysis I
ST1004 Introduction to Management Science
EC1010 Introduction to Economics
CS1010 Introduction to Programming
BU1510 Introduction to Organisation and Management
MA1E01/2 Engineering Mathematics I/II

ST1001 Software Applications I (5 ECTS)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the practical uses of computer applications particularly in the area of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages and web page design and development.

ST1002 Statistical Analysis I (5 ECTS)

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to basic statistical concepts. A considerable emphasis is placed on the use of a statistical package to analyse data. Topics include the nature of data, descriptive statistics, displaying data using graphs, the normal distribution, selecting random samples, confidence intervals for means and proportions, hypothesis testing, independent t-tests, chi-square tests and simple linear regression.

ST1004 Introduction to Management Science (10 ECTS)

This module covers a range of subjects in management science at an introductory level. The objectives of the module are to give students an overview of the subject, to teach important basic techniques and introduce systematic thinking about problems. The first semester starts with an introduction to problem solving and models and moves on to cover the time value of money, classic network problems, inventory control and time series forecasting and graphical linear programming. The second semester develops ideas in linear programming and introduces the simplex method. It will cover the basic transportation and allocation algorithms and introduce the basic ideas of game theory and decision analysis.

CS1010 Introduction to Programming (10 ECTS)

This module provides an introductory course in computer programming. The course takes a practical approach to teaching the fundamental concepts of computer programming, with a strong emphasis on tutorial and laboratory work, and is an important vehicle for developing students' analytical and problem-solving skills.
The module aims to give students an understanding of how computers can be employed to solve real-world problems. Specifically, students are introduced to the object-oriented approach to program design and are taught how to write programs in Java, a popular and widely used object-oriented language.
Students also have the opportunity to reinforce their problem solving and programming skills by developing solutions to programming problems and implementing those solutions as object-based programs.

BU1510 Introduction to Organisation and Management (10 ECTS)

This module introduces students to the nature and form of organisations and their management, indicating their importance in society and why the study of their form, management and performance constitutes one of the disciplines of the social sciences. This module provides a foundation for later business and financial topics.
The module is structured around five key themes: the historical context of organisations; the competitive environment of organisations; modes of organising; managing organisations, and finally managing today.

MA1E01/2 Engineering Mathematics I/II (5 ECTS each)

Engineering Mathematics I and II provide the basic mathematical underpinnings required for the other quantitative modules.
Engineering Mathematics I starts with the calculus of functions of one real variable, formalising and building on Leaving Certificate mathematics. The module emphasises both theoretical foundations of calculus and application of mathematical methods and is intended to enable students to recognise mathematical structures in practical problems, to translate problems into mathematical language and to apply differentiation and integration to solve them.

Engineering Mathematics II concludes the study of the calculus of functions of one variable and begins the study of linear algebra. The module emphasises both the theoretical foundations of the integral calculus and the application of mathematical methods and gives an introduction to modelling with differential equations and power series approximations.

EC1010 Introduction to Economics (10 ECTS)

This module provides students with a broad introduction to, and overview of, introductory economics, covering both microeconomics and macroeconomics.
The module focuses on the principles of economics. The module does not assume any previous knowledge of economics and has no pre-requisites.
The first part of the module covers microeconomics, which is concerned with the allocation of scarce resources between competing uses at the disaggregated level of individuals, households and firms. The central issue concerns the respective roles of the price mechanism and of the government in resource allocation.

The second part of the module covers macroeconomics, which is concerned with economy-wide aggregates such as the overall scale of economic activity, the rate of inflation, the levels of employment and unemployment and the exchange rate. The central issue concerns the role of the government in tackling macroeconomic challenges such as reducing unemployment, promoting growth and maintaining price stability.



Note: module overviews may be subject to change

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