Business Information Systems (BSc (Hons))Back
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 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, 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 Introduction to Information Systems in Business (5 credits);
- IS1109 Business Systems Analysis (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);
- IS1115 Personal Development 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.
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; Introduction to Java Programming; Object-Oriented Application Design and Development; Design Thinking and Visual Prototyping; Personal Development for IS Professionals 2
Investment Appraisal; Introduction to Food Supply Chain Management; People and Organisation; Enterprise Planning and Processes; Management and Marketing; 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 & Cloud Computing; Web Application Development; Software Development and Operations; Organisational Information Systems Infrastructure; Personal Development for IS Professionals 3; Advanced Database Management Systems; Economics of Information
Year 4 Modules:
Personal Development for IS Professionals 4; Research Project in Information Systems; Information Systems Strategy; Information Systems Management; Advanced Topics in Information Systems
Management Accounting: Planning and Control; Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making; Innovation and Technology; Economics of Strategy; Information Systems Security; Information Systems Controls and Security Policy; Enterprise Systems; Enterprise Data Management; Global Payment Systems; Global Markets; Web Application Development; Value Analysis of 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.
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 provide 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
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
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.
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
- Communicate and work effectively to a professional standard;
- Demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
- Engage in the application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
- Demonstrate a wide range of information technology competencies;
- Solve business problems through design and development of innovative information systems.
Practicalities & Assessment
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.
Full module information is detailed in the section below.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, individual and group projects, multiple-choice-question exams, and in-class exams.
Principles of Accounting
Principles of Accounting (AC1113)
To introduce participants to the fundamental principles of Accounting.More Information
Introduction to Management Accounting
Introduction to Management Accounting (AC1114)
Introduction to Management Accounting.More Information
Personal Development for IS Professionals 1
Personal Development for IS Professionals 1 (IS1115)
To provide students with the skills and tools needed to effectively engage in a university environment. The module explores and develops the student's intra-personal skills, inter-personal skills, communication skills and ethical awareness.More Information
Economics of Business 1
Economics of Business 1 (EC1212)
To develop the learners understanding of economic theory and methodology corporate business, and to facilitate the application of economic reasoning in analysing contemporary business issues.More Information
Introduction to Information Systems in Business
Introduction to Information Systems in Business (IS1108)
To provide an introduction to Information Systems and their development process.More Information
Business Systems Analysis and Visualisation
Business Systems Analysis and Visualisation (IS1109)
To explore new trends in Information Systems and practical systems development tools, techniques and methods.More Information
Introduction to Principles of Programming
Introduction to Principles of Programming (IS1110)
To give students an introduction to programming methods and its application through a modern programming language.More Information
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (IS1111)
To give students an understanding of object-oriented programming methods and its application through a modern programming language.More Information
Introduction to Technology and the Internet
Introduction to Technology and the Internet (IS1112)
To give an appreciation of technology and its uses in Information Systems.More Information
Introduction to Internet Development
Introduction to Internet Development (IS1113)
To give students a practical understanding of web developmentMore Information
- Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to Management and Organisation
Introduction to Management and Organisation (MG1004)
To introduce students to the history and development of management thought and to explore the challenges of managing individuals and groups within organisationsMore Information
- Introduction to Business Statistics
Intermediate Management Accounting 1
Intermediate Management Accounting 1 (AC2202)
To develop student knowledge of Intermediate Management Accounting.More Information
Personal Development for IS Professionals 2
Personal Development for IS Professionals 2 (IS2217)
To provide students with the skills and tools needed to engage effectively in a professional environment. The module explores and develops the student's intra-personal skills, inter-personal skills, communications skills and ethical awareness.More Information
- Business Microeconomics 1
Object Oriented Business Modelling, Systems Analysis and Design
Object Oriented Business Modelling, Systems Analysis and Design (IS2204)
This module reviews comprehensive concepts and ideas in the area of business systems analysis and design; it considers the Object Oriented approach to systems development.More Information
Principles and Practice of Systems Development
Principles and Practice of Systems Development (IS2205)
This module reviews key methods and techniques that form the foundation for developing and delivering business information systems efficiently and effectively using an object oriented approach.More Information
Introduction to Database Theory
Introduction to Database Theory (IS2206)
To introduce students to the concept of databases, methods used in data representation and data modelling.More Information
Databases in Organisations
Databases in Organisations (IS2207)
To provide students with a critical understanding of the key trends and developments in data storage for organisations.More Information
Introduction to Java Programming
Introduction to Java Programming (IS2208)
To provide an introduction to the object-oriented philosophy (classes, objects, messages, data abstraction, inheritance, encapsulation) as well as fundamentals of Java.More Information
Object Oriented Application Design and Development
Object Oriented Application Design and Development (IS2209)
To provide an introduction to the object-oriented Graphical User Interface Design and Input/Output.More Information
Design Thinking and Visual Programming
Design Thinking and Visual Programming (IS2215)
To give students an understanding of visual programming and user interface design.More Information
- People and Organisation
Consumer Behaviour and Sustainable Consumption
Consumer Behaviour and Sustainable Consumption (MG2003)
To cover the principles of consumer behaviour.More Information
Enterprise Planning and Processes
Enterprise Planning and Processes (MG2007)
To provide students with insights into the processes by which enterprises operate, deliver products and services to the market and adapt to external forces in order to remain sustainable and grow.More Information
Business Ethics and Governance
Business Ethics and Governance (MG2008)
To introduce students to ethics and governance issues in contemporary business; how to approach ethical issues from a theoretical perspective, consider the practical implications of business on society, and to give students a hands-on experience of ethical dilemmas through case studies and discussion. This module will provide students with the ability to anticipate, analyse, and respond to the challenges that emerge from the impact of business on society.More Information
Investment Appraisal (AC2206)
To introduce students to some of the fundamental concepts and techniques of Corporate Finance as they pertain to investment appraisal.More Information
Market Research (MG3021)
To understand the main concepts, tools and contemporary techniques used in market research and to be able to critique how these might be effectively applied in practice.More Information
Introduction to Food Supply Chain Management
Introduction to Food Supply Chain Management (FE2200)
To develop appropriate methods and constructs to enable students examine forces operating within food supply chains.More Information
Economics of Information
Economics of Information (EC3205)
To examine the role of economic information in business decision-making systems.More Information
Networking and Cloud Computing
Networking and Cloud Computing (IS3311)
To introduce students to the concepts and practical issues involved in the management of local and wide area networks.More Information
Web Application Development
Web Application Development (IS3312)
To give students the ability to apply a wide range of Internet Technologies in an organisational situation.More Information
Software Development and Operations
Software Development and Operations (IS3313)
To illustrate theoretical concepts in operating systems through their practical application in actual operating systems such as Windows, UNIX and LINUXMore Information
Organisational Information Systems Infrastructure
Organisational Information Systems Infrastructure (IS3314)
This module gives students an understanding of the role of computer-based systems used in the operation and administration of an organisation.More Information
Personal Development for IS Professionals 3
Personal Development for IS Professionals 3 (IS3316)
This module is intended to give students training in resume preparation, interview techniques and in achieving placement and developmental objectives.More Information
Advanced Database Management Systems
Advanced Database Management Systems (IS3319)
To teach students the skills needed to effectively exploit database management system (DBMS) technology in an enterprise context.More Information
Management Accounting: Planning and Control
Management Accounting: Planning and Control (AC4100)
To discuss issues in the design of accounting systems for advanced manufacturing and service settings.More Information
Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making
Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making (AC4101)
To discuss issues in the design of accounting systems for advanced manufacturing and service settings.More Information
Personal Development for IS Professionals 4
Personal Development for IS Professionals 4 (IS4400)
To demonstrate the relevant technical, professional and personal skills that students have achieved in their placement/project.More Information
Research Project in Information Systems
Research Project in Information Systems (IS4401)
To give students the opportunity to undertake a research or development project on a topic in information systems or to get involved in a substantial development project in a commercial environment.More Information
Information Systems Strategy
Information Systems Strategy (IS4408)
To provide students with a thorough understanding of the concept of strategy and basic elements of Business strategy. Students will then be brought through the development of IS strategies and key aspects of their implementation.More Information
Information Systems Management
Information Systems Management (IS4414)
To provide students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental issues in managing the Information Systems function of an organisation.More Information
Advanced Topics in Information Systems
Advanced Topics in Information Systems (IS4416)
To provide students with a critical understanding of the key trends and developments in contemporary Information Systems.More Information
Innovation and Technology
Innovation and Technology (EC4224)
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of innovation and technology from the perspective of the economist. Students will gain a deeper appreciation of the role of complexity in modern economies and recognise the importanceMore Information
Economics of Strategy
Economics of Strategy (EC4225)
Students are given an introduction to game theory, the only mathematical tool explicitly designed for the social sciences, and emphasis is placed on the growing importance of evolutionary game theory. Candidates will be introduced to the uses of game theoMore Information
Information Protection and Information Systems Security
Information Protection and Information Systems Security (IS4419)
To provide students with a practical knowledge of the implementation and management of security in organisations. A focus on protection and response can be limiting, as organisations and governments need to be proactive to enable the use of resources, witMore Information
Information Systems Controls and Security Policy
Information Systems Controls and Security Policy (IS4420)
To provide students with a practical knowledge of the implementation and management of security and payment applications in business.More Information
Enterprise Systems (IS4429)
To understand the overall 'business integration agenda' of an organisation, the underlying principles of enterprise systems, and enterprise system project implementations.More Information
Enterprise Data Management
Enterprise Data Management (IS4434)
To enable students to understand the importance of data modelling, management and governance practices in organisations.More Information
Global Payment Systems
Global Payment Systems (IS4437)
To provide students with an understanding of the design, functionality and role of electronic payment systemsMore Information
Global Markets (IS4438)
To provide students with an understanding of the design, functionality and role of electronic market systemsMore Information
Web Application Development
Web Application Development (IS4439)
To provide students with an understanding of how to build and use web applications to implement new forms of electronic business.More Information
Value Analysis of New Business Forms
Value Analysis of New Business Forms (IS4440)
To provide students with the ability to complete a business value analysis of IS projects and new business forms.More Information
Advanced Tools and Methods for IS Development
Advanced Tools and Methods for IS Development (IS4441)
To provide students with the knowledge and skills to specify, develop, manage and support large scale business applications.More Information
Software Quality and Standards
Software Quality and Standards (IS4442)
To provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools to engage in software process improvement programmes.More Information
Principles of Interaction Design
Principles of Interaction Design (IS4445)
To provide students with an introductory understanding of interaction and interface design principles and development methods for desktop, web and mobile software.More Information
Principles of Mobile Systems Development
Principles of Mobile Systems Development (IS4447)
To provide students with a practical understanding of design principles, methods and technologies for mobile application software.More Information
Advanced Mobile Systems Design and Development
Advanced Mobile Systems Design and Development (IS4448)
To provide students with a practical understanding of design principles, methods and technologies for client - server mobile applications, utilising third party APIsMore Information
IT Solution Selling and Digital Business
IT Solution Selling and Digital Business (IS4449)
To introduce students to the role of the IT / IS sales in business.More Information
Technology and Solutions for the Sales Process and the Management of Global Business
Technology and Solutions for the Sales Process and the Management of Global Business (IS4450)
To provide students with a practical understanding of the sales process, execution and management in global business and the role of IT in this area.More Information
The Management of Organisational Change
The Management of Organisational Change (MG4401)
This module aims to provide a broad theoretical and practical understanding of the key concepts and issues associated with managing organisational changes.More Information
Leadership and Organisational Dynamics
Leadership and Organisational Dynamics (MG4402)
The module will examine the personal, group and organizational dynamics that influences leadership and followership behaviour. It will do so against a background of different types of organisations and the different contexts they face. It will aim to enMore Information
Advanced Interaction Design
Advanced Interaction Design (IS4446)
To provide students with an advanced understanding of interaction and interface design principles and development methods for desktop, web and mobile software.More Information
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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 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.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. 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 requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .
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.
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. Fin dout about the mature entry requirements here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. 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.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
- BIS UCC is the largest business/computing programme of its type in Ireland with an annual intake of 150 students.
- The BSc BIS is a four year undergraduate programme with a paid business placement at the end of the 3rd year.
- The degree programme includes a range of technical subject matter and a variety of business subjects hence providing a broad curriculum for students.
- BIS UCC puts an emphasis on the development of excellent interpersonal skills for each student with personal and professional development modules in each year of the degree programme.
- BIS in UCC are committed to the philosophy of placement as an integral part of the undergraduate degree.
- Review a detailed listing of
BIS subjectscovered during the four year undergraduate degree programme
- Download the brochure to find out more about
After a challenging and enjoyable four years studying in BIS, what type of career can you look forward to? The range of careers, companies, and locations open to BIS graduates is immense. BIS graduates work in many types of careers, in many types of business, in many areas of the world.
- You could be a manager of an IS project in a pharmaceutical company in Cork.
- You could be a trainee accountant in a major bank in London.
- You could be a business analyst for a consultancy company in Philadelphia.
- You could be a software engineer for a technology company in Belgium.
These examples are a small selection of the options available to you when you graduate from BIS. The list of potential options is huge, but these options are open to you because of the skills and abilities you will have on completion of your time in BIS.
As the graph shows, by graduation every September the majority of BIS students are in full time employment. In fact, many BIS students have job offers before starting the final year of the program. During the student's
BIS Graduate Roles include
- Business Analysts
- Business Consultants
- Business Entrepreneurs
- Software Developers
- Web Designers
- UX Designer
- Cyber Security Analyst
- IT/Management Consultants
- Management Accountants
- Project Manager
Starting salaries vary from Approximately €25,000 to €50,000.
For a challenging and rewarding career, BIS is the degree to give you these options.
Like to find out more?
The first 11 Reasons to consider BIS at UCC
- Broad-based degree combining Business and Information Technology
You will acquire an interesting mix of business and technology skills that will be invaluable when you apply for a job. In addition we place high importance on your ability to communicate, collaborate and cooperate with colleagues as evidenced by our series of personal and professional development modules.
- Excellent career opportunities in Ireland and abroad
Your expertise in business and IT will be relevant in both the Irish and global workforce. BIS is a passport for working anywhere in the world.
- International placement opportunities
You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills by working as a paid employee in Ireland, UK or the US for six months in the third year of your degree.
- No special entry requirements
You are eligible for the BIS degree with no prior computing, accounting, economics, business knowledge or Leaving Certificate honours mathematics.
- Student friendly atmosphere
You are assigned a year coordinator who will assist and support you in order to ensure that you enjoy your experience as a BIS student. In addition, BIS runs regular Student-Staff meetings to facilitate discussion and feedback.
- BIS Society
You are automatically a member of the BIS Society allowing you to take part in the many events scheduled during the year.
- State of the art computer facilities
You will have access to outstanding dedicated laboratory facilities.
- Quality of BIS staff
You will be actively supported by the expert team of academic, administrative and technical staff members. BIS is unique as it has its own in-house, dedicated team for industry placement. This means you will get a tailored experience throughout the process of preparing, completing and reflecting on your placement experience.
- BIS Alumni Association
You will enjoy continued support and contact with your classmates after you graduate.
- Strong links with Business
You will benefit by our ongoing partnership with both Irish and international organisations who keep us up-to- date with new and exciting opportunities in business. External presenters feature strongly in our timetable across all four years of the programme.
- Outstanding university experience
University College Cork is an exciting place to be. With over 120 degree programmes, there is certainly something for everyone. UCC is now ranked amongst the top 200 universities in the world.
BIS Placement Programme Overview
The objective of the BIS placement programme is
- To provide our students with an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and expertise to leading companies and organisations
- To afford you the company/organisation, the opportunity to assess the quality and relevance of our programme and the calibre of our students and to assess potential employees ie. in their own environment over a period of time.
Why chose a BIS student for placement?
Before embarking on their business placement, students will have completed three years of the BIS degree programme. Skills students will have acquired through the first three years are
- Technology including Internet Development
- Systems Analysis & Design
- Software Development
- Database Development
- Network Management
- Managerial & Financial Accounting
- Corporate Finance
- Business & Manufacturing Strategy
The mix of technical skills and practical business skills on the programme gives BIS students the flexibility to work in a variety of different business roles or in a number of technical areas in sectors as varied as financial services, software, manufacturing, insurance and pharmaceuticals. To date, students have worked in many diverse roles including:
Before embarking on their business placement, students will have completed three years of the BIS degree programme. Skills students will have acquired through the first three years are:
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Business Analyst
- Web Development
- Network/Systems Administration
- Customer Support
Meeting Business Needs
The BIS programme ensures that it is responsive to the needs of business and flexible to reflect today's market requirements by seeking confirmation of its goals through external independent consultants.
"BIS students have a wonderful combination of technical and interpersonal skills. They are mature and professional. They are dead-line driven and have shown tremendous initiative in resolving problems" Test Team Leader - Microsoft
Operates to advise on how the programme should progress. Its members include a broad range of elite business stakeholders who meet on a regular basis to consider the focus of BIS courses as well as research and development projects undertaken by BIS.
Evalaute your BIS student on placement
The six-month paid business experience at the end of the third year (March through August) is a defining feature of the BSc BIS, UCC.
Students are available for employment for a period of six months from March through August each year. The focus of their placement should preferably be related to the skills they have developed in the information systems field.
Download a brief overview of the
BIS Host Organisations
If you are interested in offering placement to BIS students, check out the relevant information:
BIS Placement Overview
- For US Companies - If you are interested in offering placement to BIS students check out relevant information:
BIS Placement Programme FAQs
- What is the feedback from previous employers?
The experience of employers has been that the students from the BIS degree are among the very best students that have had as Co-ops/Interns in their organisations. They have been particularly impressed by their technical skills; their understanding of business environments and their ability to communicate well.
"Without exception, the students made such a favourable impression during their work placement that we would have recommended them all for a full-time job after graduation, if that were possible. We were greatly impressed by the breadth of their preparation, their knowledge of subject and their poise and self assurance". Director, Fidelity Investments, Boston.
- How will having a BIS student on placement affect your company?
We work in such a way that offering an internship position to a BIS student is a seamless process from the time you review the resumes until the successful candidate commences their six-month internship. All visa, health insurance, travel and accommodation requirements are organised by us.
- How should the students be evaluated by your organisation on completion of their six months placement?
This six month placement accounts for 10% of the students final graduation mark. We ask that you provide an assessment of the students performance at the end of their time with you.
- How will the students evaluate their business placement experience?
The students are required to provide you with a feedback report on their work experience.
- Are the students monitored during their time at our organisation?
We like to pay two on-site visits during the students placement. This co-operation results in the placement experience being very beneficial to all parties.
- Like to find out more about our International Placement Programme?
Contact the BIS Placement Co-Ordinator Stephanie Larkin at firstname.lastname@example.org -for further information.
Final Year Projects (FYP)
What is the FYP?
The BIS Final Year Project is a 6 month development project in which each student must manage all stages of the development lifecycle, from idea generation, analysis and design, through to prototype development, testing and implementation. Representing one sixth of their marks for 4th Year, in practice the project assumes far greater significance, as it is an expression of the students own understanding of the role of technology in organisations and society in general.
Where do FYP ideas come from?
Ideas for Final Year Projects come from a variety of sources, but there is an emphasis on addressing “real world” issues with the management of information. Many students gain inspiration for projects on placement, through discussions with their managers and colleagues. Others will have identified a novel use of technology in a domain they are passionate about. Whether projects come from a commercial, social or community context, the experience of driving a project from conception to implementation is, albeit challenging, hugely valuable to students.
Why project “sponsors” are vital to the success of a good Final Year Project
Final Year BIS students have the technical skills to deliver technology based solutions to problems, and their placement experience will have helped them to make the connection between those skills and the sorts of problems faced by today’s managers. However, on returning from placement, and faced with a deadline to come up with a proposal, they have no-one to help specify the requirement. This is where a sponsoring organisation can play a crucial role in nailing down an actual requirement, with a clear business benefit. We have found in the past that this communication process itself helps the students to focus on understanding the problem, and developing the solution.
Why engage with an FYP student?
Organisations interested in engaging with BIS through the Final Year Project will benefit in several ways. A student can address a real business requirement, which gives a level of freedom in exploring potential solutions to problems that are not necessarily immediately critical, but have high potential in delivering future benefit. Sponsoring organisations thus get an opportunity to prototype innovative solutions in a no risk environment, and students learn how their ideas and experience might be translated into an industrial context. Secondly, this work can be a stepping stone towards a more substantial research relationship with the university, where further resources may be brought to bear on the problem domain. Thirdly, working closely on a Final Year Project builds a relationship between BIS students and potential employers, one that is all the more valuable because it is practice based. BIS students have a well nurtured appetite for problem solving, and this relationship allows them to “cut their teeth” on the reality of using technology in organisations today.
Deliverables and timescale
- Preliminary Proposal (Mid-September)
- High Level Design (Beginning October)
- Fortnightly Development Iterations (October-March)
- Final System (Mid-March)
Do you have a requirement that could be tackled by a BIS student?
BIS are constantly seeking industry-based business requirements to inspire Final Year Project ideas. To specify your requirements please compile your idea into a short email under the following headings:
Objective : aim of the project. What is the problem to be solved or advantage to be gained?
Client : project client, name of company and contact details for project sponsor
Requirements : describe problem domain / business need
Benefits expected for users : speed, efficiency, control, quality, etc. ...
Data requirements : eg. Customers, products, orders, etc.
Interface requirements : for example, does system need to talk to other systems?
Technologies used : hardware, software, constraints or wishes etc.
Please scope out your idea to the best of your knowledge (a few lines per heading will suffice initially) and email to Dr. John McAvoy, Business Information Systems. If you would simply like to discuss a requirement initially please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: email@example.com or contact the BIS Department via firstname.lastname@example.org