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Bachelor of Science in Technology Management

Bachelor of Science in Technology Management
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
379
Course code:
LM063
Duration:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr Alan Ryan
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 234868
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

Are you the type of person who likes being hands on, making decisions, organising people and making things work better? Do you like the idea of being in charge of something from start to finish? Do you enjoy designing creative innovative solutions to problems, working in teams and individually? Then this programme might suit you.

Why study Technology Management at UL?

It opens up opportunities for you to work in numerous roles in a wide range of industries. Technology Management has been designed and developed in consultation with a panel of leading industrial experts to ensure that you will have the skills needed by industry.

You will experience a broad range of subjects that will give you a good insight into the workings of modern industry. The programme has been accredited by Engineers Ireland at Associate Engineer Level. Due to the mix of business & engineering subjects, graduates have a strong track record of securing employment. All subjects on the course are taught as if you have never experienced that subject before, and are taught through lectures, tutorials and/or practical hands-on sessions.

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What you will study

In this 4 year degree programme you will study subjects which cover the principles and practice of Technology Management. The programme can be divided into a number of subject streams – so you will experience all aspects of an industrial environment over the course. All subjects are taught on the assumption that you have never before studied them.

Business Stream: Subjects include Employee Relations, Human Resource Management, Financial Accounting and Economics. Theobjective is to provide you with an understanding of the costs associated with designing and making a product and the laws around treating employees in the workplace.

Technology Management Stream: Subjects include Innovation Management, Technology Management, Project planning & Automation. In this stream you will learn about new product development, idea generation, managing projects and how products are put together.

Quality Management Stream: Subjects include Quality Management, Measurement Systems, Logistics systems, Service systems. You will learn how to measure quality and how to produce a quality process or product. You will examine factors such as logistics and services and see how they can impact on the quality and cost of the finished item.

During the Spring Semester of Year 3 and the subsequent summer, a period of Cooperative Education provides experience of the practice and application of Technology Management in a working environment. Such relevant industrial experience has proven very beneficial to students seeking employment after completing their studies.

Years 3 and 4 offer one module per semester where you choose an area you would like to focus on. You can choose from a list of elective options to broaden your education. These options include;

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Management
  • Information management
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Analysis for Business

By the End of this Course

You will have completed a course specifically designed to meet the needs of industry. You will have experienced a wide range of subjects and developed a selection of skills to gain employment in many diverse industries. You will have finished a course which is unique in its mix of business and engineering subjects, and one which has a track record of producing quality graduates.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Microeconomics Macroeconomics
Technological Mathematics 1 Decision Support Tools
Management Principles Technological Mathematics 2
Introduction to Technology Management Introduction to Quality Management
Manufacturing Technology Manufacturing Technology 2

 

Semester 3 Semester 4
Financial Accounting Accounting for Financial Decision Making
Drawing and CAD Technological Mathematics 4
Principles of Human Resource Management Employee Relations: Theory and Practice
Operations Modelling Plant Automation
Marketing Industrial Organisation

 

Semester 5 Semester 6
Supply Chain Design Cooperative Education
Lean Thinking and Lean Tools  
Simulation Modelling and Analysis  
Design for Environmental Sustainability  
Elective 1  
Semester 7 Semester 8
Plan within Supply Chains Deliver & Return within Supply Chains
Innovation and Technology Management Project Planning and Control
Measurement and Quality Systems Production and Service Systems
Elective 2 Elective 3
Final Year Project 1 Final Year Project 2

Entry requirements

CAO points history 379
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold an O3/ H7 grade in Mathematics and an O4/H7 grade in any one of the following: Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Design and Communication Graphics/Technical Drawing, Technology, Computer Science, Construction Studies, Agricultural Science, Biology.

Additional considerations

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
Stryker Scholarship
€2,500
3
The Ei Electronics Women in Engineering Scholarship
€2,500 for 3 years
1

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Programme
Individual Award - a bursary to the value of €2000. Team Project Grant - €1750
1 of each
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Problem-solving through logic and creative and innovative approaches
  • Planning, prioritising, working to deadlines and under pressure
  • Communicating and working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Numeracy and IT skills, with excellent analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good judgement and acceptance of responsibility
  • CAD—ability to interpret engineering drawings towards design considerations
  • Quality systems and measurement— Lean Thinking & Lean Tools (DIMAC,A3)
  • Supply Chain: MRP, ERP, forecasting
  • Operations management
  • Foundations of business—HR/ER, accountancy, financial planning, marketing, entrepreneurship
  • Technology design management— automation, new product development

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
78% 0% 11% 0% 11% 9 10 2014
54% 8% 38% 0% 0% 13 13 2015
84% 0% 8% 0% 8% 13 16 2016
67% 16% 17% 0% 0% 12 14 2017
88% 6% 6% 0% 0% 16 21 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Engineer
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Operations Personnel
  • Production Graduate
  • Production Supervisor
  • Production Support Manager
  • Quality Compliance Specialist
  • Quality Engineer
  • Test Technician

Student Profiles

Anthony Kavanagh

When I came to UL for the open days, I was very impressed by its campus, facilities and staff. The people in UL are extremely kind, helpful and friendly with someone always available to guide you in the right direction. 

This Technology Management course is well-structured with a good range of business, technology and quality modules. The lecturers have spent time in leading companies across many sectors so their modules are industry-focused. Business Modules such as Financial Accounting, HRM and Employee Relations were of particular benefit to me while managing projects, especially when engaging with vendors, managing financial accounts/records and most importantly communicating with my colleagues while on Co-op.  Engineering Modules such as Lean Tools, CAD, Quality Management, Automation and Simulation gave us an excellent foundation in technology, while the various site visits to leading companies such as Abbott, ZimmerBiomet, Lufthansa Shannon Turbine Technologies etc. where particularly useful in showing us how the classroom theory is applied in a very practical way.  

One of the main attractions for me was the 8 month placement in industry that all students complete in 3rd year. The co-op placement allowed me to engage with and learn from experts in the pharmaceutical sector who were working with the latest cutting edge technology while also developing new innovative process and products.  The skills I had learned in UL ensured that I could contribute effectively to progressing projects and therefore reach my agreed targets.

Zara Buckley

Technology Management is very practical and team-focused course, where students learn the basics of a variety of subjects. It has helped me to develop a range of skills and knowledge in the business, engineering, quality and project-oriented sectors. Despite not studying any engineering subjects in secondary school, I did not feel disadvantaged. Each topic was taught at beginner level, allowing students from non-engineering backgrounds to engage and learn concepts. Gradually, we were taught more advanced content, building on our foundational knowledge of topics. I really enjoyed the past four years in this course, and I feel I have developed practical skills applicable across many industries.

In my third year of the course, I got the opportunity to complete an eight-month placement in Regeneron as a Warehouse and Logistics Intern. Regeneron is a biotechnology company based in Raheen, Limerick; which produces medicines for patients across the world. My role focused on shipping tasks (organising and tracking shipments with couriers and creating and reviewing relevant documentation) and project management (lead/contribute in a range of cross functional projects), which expanded my knowledge on industry standards and expectations. The placement experience allowed me to put the theory learnt into practice and vice versa in my final year.

Brian Oakes

This Technology Management course provides a good mix of both practical and project work in each module, giving you a platform to develop many varied skills in both engineering and business. It is a very hands-on course, which really interested me and one of the reasons I chose this course. The first year provides an introduction to the basics, with core modules including economics, manufacturing technology, and mathematics. Over the years, I enjoyed learning about Quality Management, Operations Modelling, Supply Chain design and Plant Automation. The course is very practical and relevant to the workplace, and so provides great scope for future careers in many industries.

For my co-op placement, I worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for Stryker Corporation. Stryker is a multi-national company, with four plants located in Ireland, three in Cork and one in Limerick. They are one of the world’s leading medical device manufacturers and winner of Fortune’s Most Admired Company in the medical devices industry. My role was in the Acetabular unit which produces replacement hips. On a day-to-day basis, my work was very varied; purchasing tools, repairing and adjusting machines, creating and updating procedures and processes, and generating Dynamic Control Plans. I was also involved in various cost-reduction projects. Apart from the many practical skills I learned, Co-op also gave me a great opportunity to develop skills involving global communications. I also developed a great awareness of quality in the medical devices industry and in manufacturing operations in general.

Emer Mooney

When I was in Leaving Cert, I like many others was so unsure what path to take, Business had always appealed to me with the Young Entrepreneur Awards in secondary school, but I still wasn’t 100% sure. Finding this course on the UL website jumped out to me for its mix of both business and engineering. I was apprehensive at first for the engineering side, I had no experience at all in those subjects. Arranging a meeting with Alan Ryan (course director) immediately put my worries at ease. Explaining how every module is taught from scratch, and if I attended lecs/labs I would be ok, and he was right.

Throughout the whole course, we constantly got a mix of both theory and practical subjects, I loved the hands on in the lab with Manufacturing to switching it up with Business modules such as HR and Marketing. I struggled in labs such as Solidworks and Simio (Simulation Modelling and Analysis) but constantly asking questions and working together with friends made it much easier.

Lean Thinking and Lean Tools was my favourite module, I was lucky enough to study this further in my Co-op. I worked in Cook Medical, it is a medical device company that works with developing minimally invasive devices for patients. My role was Continuous Improvement, this involved finding ways to work smarter, not harder, in order to be more efficient and profitable. The most commonly used model is PDCA: Plan, Do, Check, Act. Walking through these four steps can bring improvements to any process such as Improved product quality, increased efficiency and productivity, decreased cost and reduced waste. My final year project studied the “Benefits of 6S in a medical device company”, this would not have been possible without my experience from Co-op.

I was fortunate to secure a job in Dell Technologies as a Logistic Analyst before graduating. Starting in June I will be responsible for overseeing the entire life cycle of a product, including purchase, distribution, internal allotment, release and final clearance of resources. This is all possible because I chose Technology Management and I am so delighted I did.

Connie Murphy

Upon attending the University open day, I knew instantly that the University of Limerick was for me. As I always had a keen interest in Business/Engineering, I was aware of the direction that I wanted to take but was still unsure of the exact course. When I saw Technology Management it appealed to me greatly as it offers a broad range of both Business and Engineering subjects and enables the student to develop both the skills and knowledge needed for any industry.

As Technology Management is a hands-on course, it is of great interest to me as it involves numerous projects both individually and in groups making it not only beneficial, but interactive and fun. Year one offers a wide mix of these subjects allowing the student to develop an insight into the core modules and potentially decide what path they may decide to take in the future. Throughout the 4-year period, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Supply Chain, Lean Management, Project Management and New Product Development. Before undertaking this course I had never studied any of these areas, but I now know that this is the path I would like to take when progressing my career.

I completed my Co-Op in the Supply Chain Department in a pharmaceutical industry called NorthStar Healthcare in Co. Cork.  NorthStar Healthcare is a wholly owned subsidiary of McKesson and a leading supplier of generic pharmaceutical drugs. This experience gave me the opportunity implement the skills and knowledge that I had learned in lectures and labs into a real industry. My main daily tasks included production planning, issuing purchase orders, creating scorecards as well as working on various projects throughout my time there. I also got the opportunity to work closely with the Technical Support and Logistics Department as well as being part of the Agile team. The skills that I have learned throughout the 4 years of this course had contributed immensely to the progression of my career.

Claire O'Dwyer

When I was applying for University, I found it extremely difficult to narrow down my CAO choices. I chose Technology Management as it combined all the areas that I wished to study into one. The course appeared to be more extensive than a standard business or IT degree.  I felt well suited to the degree as I’ve always enjoyed problem-solving as well as more practical and scientific based subjects. I loved that the course was aimed at people who have a broad range of interests and skills.

The selection of topics is diverse, and I liked modules from both the engineering and business streams. I found subjects like CAD, Simulation Modelling, Financial Accounting and Lean Thinking to be highly beneficial and applicable to various industries. Most projects and assignments are relevant to industry and several require field trips and research. It was a relief to feel prepared and confident when going out on work experience.

For my elective I chose to study Environmental Management, this was highly advantageous to me on my Co-op in Teagasc, where I worked on an Agricultural research project. I found the choice of electives to be very helpful in choosing what area I wanted to work in. Overall, I feel the course broadens career opportunities and gives insight into businesses of all styles and sizes. When I graduate, I would love to pursue a job in Project or Service Management.