UCD Professional Academy Diploma in Artificial Intelligence for Business


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  • Beginning Thursday 26th September, 2024
  • One 3 hour live online evening class per week; 6:30pm to 9:30pm for 12 weeks

About the Course

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.

This dynamic and practical course will introduce you to the world of Artificial Intelligence, focussing on the challenges and opportunities it poses to organisations and society. As AI becomes integrated into everyday services, an understanding of how it can be used to increase the efficiency and efficacy of business processes and outputs is valuable to professionals at any stage in their career.

Highly interactive, this course uses lots of real-world examples to break down concepts (such as digital transformation and robotic process automation) and technologies (such as machine learning and natural language processing). There are lots of opportunities to take part in break-out discussions and debates, and you will be encouraged to apply ideas to your own context and share your unique perspective. At the end of this course, 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. 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 journal articles and other reliable academic and commercial texts like the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes Magazine, to supplement your learning and assignments.


You will complete a case study (worth 40% of your assessment) during the course, plus submit a report-style final assignment (60%) looking at the opportunities, challenges, and implications of potentially introducing or expanding the use of AI in your organisation or an organisation of your choice.

Your 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’ll also be able to add the qualification to your LinkedIn profile to demonstrate your achievement to your network as well as recruiters and potential employers searching for individuals with your skills and experience.

This programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications.

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • The Digital Transformation
  • Process Automation Technology
  • Cognitive Insight Technology
  • Cognitive Engagement Technology
  • Industry Developments
  • Business Capability
  • Strategy & Implementation
  • The People-Process Technology Balance
  • Societal and Legal Implications of Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethical Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence
  • The Workforce of the Future


With lots of discussions and real-world case studies, this course will prepare you to take on a leadership role in driving implementation in your workplace, or even just to understand how Artificial Intelligence will transform the nature of your work. You will be able to communicate fluently about the opportunities and challenges presented by this technology with individuals at every level of your organisation – including societal, ethical, legal, and governance implications.


This course is suitable for professionals at any level, in any function, in any industry. You do not need specific qualifications to apply, and you will not be learning technical skills such as programming. This course focuses on the knowledge and vocabulary of AI, taking a broad view of its use across industries, geographies, and functions. Learners should have a general understanding of business operations and be interested in the subject matter.

UCD Professional Academy and CPD Hours

Drawing on UCD’s educational pedigree and addressing a specific demand in the workplace we have created the UCD Professional Academy to focus on shorter, practical, skills-based courses with more specific business objectives. We add value to employee training, driving high rates of staff engagement, with more versatile practical learning outcomes. We deliver practical training solutions, specifically designed to meet today’s business needs and our professional courses are not on the NFQ.

Please allow me share the current stance on CPD allocation as agreed with the Academic Director here at UCD PA and perhaps this may help explain how are courses provide benefits:

Upon successful completion, participants are awarded a certificate which details the commitment involved, which in the case of most courses is 36 hours. This allows HR departments to make a determination as to the allocation of CPD points for successful completion of our courses, according to their own internal CPD systems.

Courses are also assessed in line with the Professional Academy’s quality standards, and grades are confirmed on the certificate itself.
The Professional Academy Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit bearing course. This is standard practice for professional courses of this nature where the need is for fresh and actionable skills (in a shorter form course) that are demonstrated immediately in the workplace.

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