About This Course
Business Information Systems
Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.
2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Maths, other language. See Requirements for full details.
The BSc in Business Information Systems (BIS) specialises in the key skills that are essential to the success of professionals in modern information technology and information systems. The goals of this four-year degree course are to:
- educate: provide a worthwhile and memorable student experience;
- collaborate: join with businesses to ensure BIS students gain cutting-edge skills in business and IT, while also linking with businesses to provide innovative IS-related expertise;
- innovate: cultivate and apply expertise in teaching, research and development.
Our BIS Advisory Board, comprising a number of the most senior Irish business executives, is there to advise and ensure UCC BIS courses are world-class, relevant, and attractive to businesses nationally and internationally.
Year 1 Modules
Starting with introductory business and IT modules, the first half of Year 1 is designed to ensure all students are equally skilled to successfully complete the course.
- IS1108 Information Systems in Global Organisations (5 credits)
- IS1109 Business Systems Analysis and Design (5 credits)
- AC1113 Principles of Accounting (5 credits)
- EC1212 Economics of Business 1 (5 credits)
- IS1110 Foundations of Programming for Information Systems 1 (5 credits)
- IS1111 Foundations of Programming for Information Systems 2 (5 credits)
- ST1023 Introduction to Business Statistics (5 credits)
- IS1112 Principles of Information Technology (5 credits)
- IS1113 Web Development (5 credits)
- IS1115 Personal Development and Ethics for IS Professionals 1 (5 credits)
- AC1114 Introduction to Management Accounting (5 credits)
- MG1004 Introduction to Management and Organisation (5 credits)
- MG1003 Introduction to Marketing (5 credits)
Year 2 Modules
Modules follow on from Year 1 (with choices available) but are taught at an advanced level, with the purpose of preparing you for work experience in Year 3.
Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 1, Intermediate Management Accounting 1, Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 2, Database Design and Development 1, Business Microeconomics 1, Database Design and Development 2, Intermediate Programming for Information Systems 1, Design Thinking and Visual Prototyping, Intermediate Programming for Information Systems 2, Personal Development and Ethics for IS Professionals 2
Investment Appraisal; Introduction to Food Supply Chain Management; People and Organisation; Enterprise Planning and Processes; Market Research; Consumer Behaviour and Sustainable Consumption; Business Ethics and Governance
Year 3 Modules
This is the shortest in academic terms. Examinations take place in February, after which you will spend six months on a paid business internship.
Networking and Cloud Computing for Global Organisations; Advanced Programming for Information Systems; DevOps Processes and Tools; Organisational Data Analysis and Visualisation; Personal Development and Ethics for IS Professionals 3; Database Management and Applications; Economics of Information
Year 4 Modules
Personal Development and Ethics for IS Professionals 4; Research Project in Information Systems; Information Systems Strategy for Global Organisations; Information Systems Management; Innovation and Information Technology Industry Trends
Management Accounting: Planning and Control; Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making; Innovation and Technology; Economics of Strategic Behaviour; Information Systems Security Management; Information Systems Controls and Security Policy; Data and Digital Strategy 1; Global Payment Systems; Global Markets; Advanced Web Application Development; Data and Digital Strategy 2; Information Systems Project Management; Information Systems Process Improvement; User Experience Design 1; User Experience Design 2; Mobile Application Development; IT Solution Selling and Digital Business; Enterprise Sales Solutions for Global Business; The Management of Organisational Change; Leadership and Organisational Dynamics
Academic Programme Catalogue
See the Academic Programme Catalogue for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year-to-year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.
Expected lecture hours: You will typically attend about 12-14 hours of lectures per week. Tutorials are assigned to business modules.
Expected lab/practical hours: Once you join BIS you will be assigned to practical/laboratory hours, where you spend time in the BIS labs working with hardware and software.
Why Choose This Course
BIS Placement Programme
BIS has a dedicated internal placement team to help you undertake a six-month paid business internship as part of the placement programme. The placement team provides you with excellent tailored support throughout the entire placement process including:
- long-term links with business and industry
- CV preparation
- identifying your core placement goals
- working on your decision-making skills
- creating your elevator pitch
- developing your interview technique and securing your placement
- visa and emigration documentation support for international placements
Placement or Study Abroad Information
BIS students undertake paid placement with major multinationals and innovative start-ups in New York, Boston, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, and elsewhere, in the financial services, technology, business consulting, medical, and other industry sectors.
Skills and Careers Information
The BIS curriculum provides you with a diverse and practical set of collaboration, communication, problem-solving, system development and management skills, and a broad understanding of business problem domains and emerging technologies which prepares you well for the working world in a broad range of industries.
The types of jobs our graduates get include:
- Business/Systems Analyst
- Software Developer
- Trainee Accountant
- User Experience (UX) Analyst
- Project Manager
- Web Developer
- Security Consultant
- Business Entrepreneur
- Business/IT/Management Consultant.
The types of companies our students work for include:
- Financial services
- Medical Devices
Leaving Certificate entry requirements
At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for an interview. Leaving Certificate in Mathematics is required. Approximately six places are available on this course for mature applicants.
EU/EFTA/UK students presenting an alternative school-leaving qualification (e.g. A-levels or International Baccalaureate) or QQI/FE course should visit our EU/EFTA/UK Applicants pages for further information.
Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such applicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
Fees and Costs
- Whether you are an EU or Non-EU student will affect the course fees applicable to you. See more information on EU Fees, Non-EU Fees, or Free Fees Status.
- The State will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student contribution and capitation fees are payable by the student.
- See the Fee Schedule to find out the course fee.
- Check out scholarships that may be available to you.
- Explore our Nurturing Bright Futures free online course (Module 5) to learn about managing your money as a student and budgeting for university life.
How Do I Apply
Irish and European (EU/EFTA/UK) Applicants
Apply via the CAO by 1 February. To apply for a place as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry.