This year’s course focuses on public sector economics, a field that is plainly critical to public servants at various grades. The topics addressed include economic growth, forecasting and planning, the finances of central and local government, the principles of taxation, the preparation of budgets, borrowing and the national debt and income redistribution.
Managing the Software/Data Infrastructure
This is a technical management course that includes the study of database design and management, the integration of data types, security, human factors in software design, and industry trends.
Managing the Hardware Infrastructure
The aim of this course is to provide a sound understanding of hardware infrastructure management. It examines such topics as network planning, hardware configurations, protocols, design options, security and contingency measures and industry trends.
This course aims to provide students with a clear understanding of standard accounting techniques and the proper management of an organisation’s finances. Designed for those who do not possess a background in accounting, it addresses, among other things, double-entry book-keeping, how profits are measured and the regulations governing financial statements and disclosure.
Information Systems (IS) Planning
This course examines the planning of IS, the inclusion of IS in broader business strategies, the economics of IS development and the role of IS in project management.
Human Factors in Information Systems
The human factors that affect the planning, introduction and management of IS systems are discussed in this course. Among the topics addressed are cognitive and behaviourist approaches to human interventions in IS, how change is managed and legal issues.
The study of economics in this year turns to economic policy and policy analysis. The course explores such topics as industrial and regional economic policy, economic integration, the theory and practice of cost-benefit analysis and issues around financing and control.
Strategic management is the study of how organisations meet their objectives and effectively respond to change. This course focuses on strategic management in the Irish public sector, but it covers concepts common to both public and private sector organisations.