UCC Undergraduate courses

Business Information Systems

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Business Information Systems

  • Code

    CK203

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU Fees: €3000 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Maths, other language, See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2018: 432.

Course Outline

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 a four-year degree course are to:

  • educate: provide a worthwhile and memorable student experience
  • collaborate: join with business 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, incorporating 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.

Core

  • IS1108 Introduction to Information Systems in Business (5 credits);
  • IS1109 Business Systems Analysis and Visualisation (5 credits);
  • AC1113 Principles of Accounting (5 credits);
  • EC1212 Economics of Business (5 credits);
  • IS1110 Introduction to Principles of Programming (5 credits);
  • IS1111 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (5 credits);
  • ST1023 Introduction to Business Statistics (5 credits);
  • IS1112 Introduction to Technology and the Internet (5 credits);
  • IS1113 Introduction to Internet Development (5 credits);
  • IS1114 Information Systems in Organisations (5 credits);
  • AC1114 Introduction to Management Accounting (5 credits);

Electives

  • 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.

Core

Object Oriented Business Modelling; Systems Analysis and Design; Principles and Practice of Systems Development; Business Microeconomics; Introduction to Database Theory; Databases in Organisations; Intermediate Management Accounting 1 & II; Introduction to Java Programming; Object Oriented Application Design and Development; Visual Programming

Electives

Investment Appraisal; Fundamentals of Asset Pricing; People and Organisation; Enterprise Planning and Processes; Market Research; Consumer Behaviour

Year 3 Modules

This is the shortest in academic terms. Examinations take place in February, after which you will spend six months on a business internship.

Networking & Cloud Computing; Object Oriented Development and Internet Technologies (JAVA); Operating Systems Software; Organisational Information Systems Infrastructure; Placement Plan; Advanced Database Management Systems; Economics of Information

Year 4 Modules:

Core

Placement Report; Final Year Project; Information Systems Strategy; Information Systems Management; Advanced Topics in Information Systems

Electives

Management Accounting: Planning and Control; Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making; Innovation and Technology; Economics of Strategy; Information Protection and Information Systems Security; Information Systems Controls and Security Policy; Enterprise Systems; Enterprise Data Management; Global Payment Systems; Global Markets; Web Application Development; New Business Forms; Advanced Tools and Methods for IS Development; Software Quality and Standards; Principles of Interaction Design; Advanced Interaction Design; Principles of Mobile Systems Development; Advanced Mobile Systems Design and Development; IT Solution Selling and Digital Business; Technology and Solutions for the Sales Process and the Management of Global Business; The Management of Organisational Change; Leadership and Organisational Dynamics

See here for a more detailed description of subjects.


See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Course Practicalities

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 also have practical/laboratory hours assigned where you spend time in the BIS labs working with hardware and software.

Why Choose This Course

...we have fantastic opportunities in the States, Canada, Ireland,...the UK and Europe...

Fiachra Hurley

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The most valuable aspect of my degree was completing the 6-month work placement.

Meadhbh O'Sullivan

Graduate

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If you haven't done business subjects in school that's not an issue as they're all taught from the ground up.

Johnny Lingwood

Graduate, BSc Business Information Systems

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 provide you with excellent tailored support throughout the entire placement process including:

  • long-term links with businesses
  • CV and interview preparation 
  • visa and emigration documentation support

Placement or Study Abroad Information

With the support of our BIS placement team, many of our students have taken advantage of our US industry links and have chosen to undertake their work experience in the US.

Skills and Careers Information

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:

  • Consultancy
  • Financial services
  • Technology
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Devices
  • Manufacturing

Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

English

Irish

Maths

Other Language

O6/H7

O6/H7

O6/H7

O6/H7

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Leaving Certificate Mathematics is required. Approximately six places are available on this course for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for full-time EU students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. 

 

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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