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Professional Diploma in Artificial Intelligence for Business

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Discover the transformative role that Artificial Intelligence is playing in organisations and society today and learn how this technology connects to practical business needs. You’ll learn about the implications of AI from a strategic, tactical, and operational perspective and gain insights on how to integrate AI technology in a way that blends seamlessly with your organisation’s people and processes. This course is suitable for all levels of experience and does not require technical skills like coding.

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Starts 20 Jun — Ends 05 Sep 23

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  • Live online lectures with an industry expert
  • 12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
  • Tuesdays, 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm

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Why UCD Professional Academy?

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  • Industry expert lecturers
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Artifical Intelligence for Business Course Modules

Understand what AI is in practical terms, learning about the different applications and technologies across diverse industries, geographies, and functions in organisations of all sizes. Using many real-world examples and demonstrations, you will examine the opportunities, challenges, and implications of AI, in the context of business. 

This practical, interactive course features case studies, discussions, and debates.

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1. Introduction To Artificial Intelligence

Explore the history, myths, capabilities, and commoditisation of AI.

  • History of AI
  • Myths and capabilities of AI
  • Commoditisation of AI
  • Review of key terminology

2. Digital Transformation

Discover how organisations are achieving significantly greater performance through the digital transformation of their processes. Digital transformation has four domains - tech, data, process, and change management.

  • The domains of digital transformation
  • Streamlining processes
  • Change management and integration

3. Process Automation Technology

Discover the opportunities, challenges, and implications of AI-powered process automation systems. Look at the application of robotic process automation (RPA) across industries, geographies, and functions.

  • Application of RPA
  • Decreasing cost bases
  • Increasing profitability
  • Strategic implications

4. Cognitive Insight Technology

Explore the opportunities, challenges, and implications of machine learning systems. Discover how machine learning is used in different industries, geographies, and functions.

  • Capabilities of machine learning systems
  • Using machine learning
  • Policy considerations
  • Strategic threats, opportunities, and applications

5. Cognitive Engagement Technology

Learn how natural language processing is used in different industries, geographies, and functions.

  • Natural language processing systems
  • Opportunities and threats
  • Policy considerations

6. Industry Developments

With the use of case studies, learn about how Artificial Intelligence is implemented in organisations across different industries, geographies, and functions. Discover best practices from the applications of Artificial Intelligence in different contexts.

  • Artificial Intelligence across industries
  • Challenges, Trends, and Implications
  • Innovations in Ireland

7. Capability Strategy

Learn about the key capabilities that organisations need to build to harness the benefits of Artificial Intelligence, and develop a strategically focused, vision-led approach.

  • Business capabilities
  • Technical Capabilities
  • Scaling business processes
  • Building compliance by design
  • Managing risk
  • Governance implications
  • Change management concerns

8. Strategy and Implementation

Develop the knowledge and perspective required to implement Artificial Intelligence and build competitive advantage. Discover how to evaluate organisational capability in areas such as technical skills, technology know-how, integration with cloud projects, employee/vendor decisions, and PM responsibilities.

  • AI Maturity
  • Creating an AI journey
  • Building competitive advantage
  • Joining the dots

9. The People-Process-Technology Balance

Learn about the importance of the People-Process-Technology balance in implementing Artificial Intelligence.

  • The People-Process-Technology Framework
  • Strategic Implications for Artificial Intelligence Implementation

10. Societal and Legal Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Understand the societal and legal implications of Artificial Intelligence.

  • Society and AI
  • Legal Aspects
  • Data protection implications - particularly GDPR
  • Regulatory Frameworks both at an Irish State and EU level

11. Ethical Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence

Examine the ethical dimensions of Artificial Intelligence.

  • Bias and AI
  • Morality and Responsibility in the AI era
  • The importance of building strong governance capabilities

12. The Workforce Of the Future

Discover how Artificial Intelligence will influence the development of human capital in the workforce of the future. Examine your own organisational challenges and opportunities.

  • Human capital value in the age of AI
  • Characteristics of the future workforce
  • Implications for white-collar work
  • Workforce empowerment
  • Scaling employees and preventing job destruction
  • Challenges and opportunities in your own professional context

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Students taking part in this course will now have access to the EBSCO Online Library, free of charge, for the full duration of the course. Here you can browse thousands of relevant journals, articles and other reliable academic and commercial texts like the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes Magazine, to supplement your learning and assignments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

You do not need any specific qualifications to take this course, but a general understanding of how organisations operate would be useful. The course is taught with no assumption of prior knowledge and does not teach technical skills like coding. 

You should be curious about AI and the opportunities and challenges it presents. The course is suitable for professionals working at all levels of an organisation, across all industries including financial services, healthcare and retail. It is highly interactive, with case studies, videos, debates, and idea-sharing.

How will this course help with my career?

This course is ideal for any professional who wants to be able to make informed and effective decisions about the opportunities and challenges presented by Artificial Intelligence. You’ll become a business use case expert in the field of implementation of Artificial Intelligence. For those who wish to take on a leadership role in driving implementation in their workplace, or even just to understand how AI will transform the nature of their work, this course will guide you in understanding both the theory and the real practical capabilities and implications of Artificial Intelligence.

What is the learning experience like?

Many of our courses are now available in a variety of formats. All formats cover the same course content. You now have more choice in how you learn with us:

Live Online

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

On Campus

UCD Professional Academy is delighted to welcome learners back on the UCD Belfield Campus. On Campus courses are delivered in-person with our industry experts in the O'Brien Science building.

On Demand

On Demand courses enable you to complete your course on your own schedule. Course modules are delivered in the form of one “lesson”. The lesson is broken up into short videos followed by activities designed to put the new information and concepts into practice through exercises, quizzes, forum participation and other activities.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

This course is assessed through a case study (40%) and a final report (60%).

The case study, submitted at week 8 of the course, will explore how AI is transforming an industry to achieve high performance. The report will explore and appraise the opportunities, challenges, and implications of potentially introducing or expanding the use of AI in your organisation or an organisation of your choice. It should be around 3,000 words (that’s about 5 pages of a standard Word document).

What are the benefits of a Professional Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy diplomas and awards are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

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How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this qualification to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our programmes can be secured with a 10% deposit.

For full-time (boot camp) programmes, the balance must be paid in full before course commencement.

For part-time programmes students will be required to pay 40% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here:

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