Module Details

Module Code: INFO C1318
Module Title: IT for Business
Title: IT for Business
Module Level:: 6
Credits:: 10
Module Coordinator: Martin Meagher
Module Author:: Dara McHugh
Module Description: 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 will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
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.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
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.
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Practical/Skills Evaluation % of Total Mark 45
Timing Ongoing Learning Outcomes 1,2,3
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
A combination of some/all of the following: inclass tests and Class Notebook assignments practising application features.
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 55
Timing Ongoing Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
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.
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Laboratory Contact No Description Every Week 6.00 6
Independent Learning Non Contact No Description Every Week 12.00 12
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Laboratory Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Learning Time Non Contact No Description Every Week 15.00 15
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Frye, C.. (2019), Microsoft Excel 2019 Step by Step, Microsoft Press, [ISBN: 978-150930767].
  • Lambert, J.. (2019), Microsoft Word 2019, Microsoft Press, [ISBN: 978-150930587].
  • Wilson, K.. (2018), Essential Office 365, 3rd. Independently published, [ISBN: 978-17309276].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Foulkes, L.. (2020), Learn Microsoft Office 2019, Packt Publishing, [ISBN: 978-183921725].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
Discussion Note: