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BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems

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Programme Description

The Business Information Systems (BIS) is a four-year degree programme that specialises in key business and technology skills, providing students with an excellent springboard for a successful career within IS or business related sectors.

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 programme 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.

Unique Aspects of the Programme

BIS has a dedicated internal placement team to help you undertake a six-month 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 for students
  • visa and immigration documentation support

Placement and 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.

BIS Year 3 - March through August (24 weeks)

The placement is the ideal launching pad for your future career. To date, the majority of BIS students choose to spend their work experience in the US. 

Before embarking on your business placement you will have completed three years of the BIS degree programme. Skills you will have acquired through the first three years are: 

  • Technology including Internet Development (ASP)
  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Software Development (Visual Basic.Net, C# & JAVA)
  • Database Development
  • Network Management (Windows & UNIX)
  • Managerial & Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business & Manufacturing Strategy

Professional body Exemption

Student's Perspective

 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective business communication skills;
  • Apply advanced problem solving and analytical capabilities;
  • Employ critical thinking capabilities;
  • Confidently lead and work effectively as part of a team;
  • Use a breadth of information technologies (IT) to leverage business knowledge;
  • Understand, collate and interpret end user requirements;
  • Design and develop innovative Information Systems (IS) to solve business problems;
  • Use a variety of programming languages to build leading edge technical solutions driven by business requirements;
  • Realise innovative business ideas from inception through to delivery in business.
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Practicalities & Assessment

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.

Assessment

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.

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Modules

Year 1

  • Principles of Accounting

    Year 1

    Principles of Accounting (AC1113)

    This module provides students an introduction to the objectives and scope of accounting. Module includes basics of Accounting concepts, preparation of financial statements, control accounts, working capital management, accounting for limited companies, basics of cash-flow statements, financial analysis, basics of auditing and fraud recognition and prevention.

  • Introduction to Management Accounting

    Year 1

    Introduction to Management Accounting (AC1114)

    This module provides students an introduction to the theory and practice of management accounting for organisational decision-making, basic principles of budgeting and cost analysis.

  • Information Systems in Organisations

    Year 1

    Information Systems in Organisations (IS1114 )

    To introduce students to the domain and roles of information systems in organisations to further understand the ethical, social and political challenges raised by IS/IT in business, especially digital business

  • Economics of Business 1

    Year 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.

  • Introduction to Information Systems in Business

    Year 1

    Introduction to Information Systems in Business (IS1108)

    This module provide an introduction to Information Systems and their development process.This module comprises two related sections: (i) the introduction to information systems introduces the student to central concepts within the field and (ii) the traditional systems development process is explained.

  • Business Systems Analysis and Visualisation

    Year 1

    Business Systems Analysis and Visualisation (IS1109)

    This module explore new trends in Information Systems and practical systems development tools, techniques and methods.This module comprises two related sections: (i) discussion of new trends and key issues in information systems and (ii) introduction to practical techniques for systems analysis and design.

  • Introduction to Principles of Programming

    Year 1

    Introduction to Principles of Programming (IS1110)

    This module provide students an introduction to programming methods and its application through a modern programming language. Topics covered include: Fundamentals of Programming in Visual Basic; Variables; Arithmetic/Logical Expressions; structured programming conventions in VB; subroutines and functions; array handling

  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

    Year 1

    Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (IS1111)

    This module provide students an understanding of object-oriented programming methods and its application through a modern programming language. Topics covered include: Object-oriented programming, Sequential Files; Data Access; Querying datasets using LINQ;Using the Data Control; Manipulating Database records through Visual Basic.

  • Introduction to Technology and the Internet

    Year 1

    Introduction to Technology and the Internet (IS1112)

    This module give an appreciation of technology and its uses in Information Systems. Topics coverd include: Communication and Networks; Systems Software; Internet Technologies; Operations Systems and Information Management. Overview of Computing Concepts; Computer Software applications; The main components of a computer; Secondary storage; Security, Ethics and Privacy.

  • Introduction to Internet Development

    Year 1

    Introduction to Internet Development (IS1113)

    This module provide students a practical understanding of web development. Topics covered include: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other advanced Internet technologies.

  • Introduction to Marketing

    Year 1

    Introduction to Marketing (MG1003)

    This module introduce students to the principles of marketing. Topics covered include: Introduction to the marketing concept; the history of marketing; the role of the marketing manager; the marketing mix.

  • Introduction to Management and Organisation

    Year 1

    Introduction to Management and Organisation (MG1004)

    This module introduce students to the issues and processes of the challenges facing organisations and their leaders in today"s competitive business environment. To develop the student"s research, learning, communication and technology skills.

  • Introduction to Business Statistics

    Year 1

    Introduction to Business Statistics (ST1023)

    This module provide an understanding of the basic methods of business statistics. Topics covered include: Data collection and sampling methods, Organising and presenting data, Measures of location and spread, Introduction to probability, Discrete probability distributions, including Bernoulli, Binomial and Poisson, Continuous probability distributions, including Normal and Uniform, Sampling distributions, Statistical estimation in large samples, Statistical analysis and reporting using Microsoft Excel.

Year 2

  • Intermediate Management Accounting 1

    Year 2

    Intermediate Management Accounting 1 (AC2202)

    This module develops student knowledge of Intermediate Management Accounting. Topics covered include: a revision of key management accounting concepts, relevant costing for decision-making and an examination of a variety of organisational costing methodologies.

  • Intermediate Management Accounting 2

    Year 2

    Intermediate Management Accounting 2 (AC2203)

    This module further develops student knowledge of Intermediate Management Accounting. Topics covered include: risk and uncertainty, budgetary control, variance analysis and strategic management accounting.

  • Business Microeconomics 1

    Year 2

    Business Microeconomics 1 (EC2204)

    This module provide an understanding of how intermediate microeconomic theory can be used as a methodology for understanding economic behaviour in the modern business environment.

  • Object Oriented Business Modelling, Systems Analysis and Design

    Year 2

    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.

  • Principles and Practice of Systems Development

    Year 2

    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.

  • Introduction to Database Theory

    Year 2

    Introduction to Database Theory (IS2206)

    This module introduce students to the concept of databases, methods used in data representation and data modelling.

  • Databases in Organisations

    Year 2

    Databases in Organisations (IS2207)

    This module provide students with a critical understanding of the key trends and developments in data storage for organisations.

  • Introduction to Java Programming

    Year 2

    Introduction to Java Programming (IS2208)

    This module provide an introduction to the object-oriented philosophy (classes, objects, messages, data abstraction, inheritance, encapsulation) as well as fundamentals of Java.

  • Object Oriented Application Design and Development

    Year 2

    Object Oriented Application Design and Development (IS2209)

    This module provide an introduction to the object-oriented Graphical User Interface Design and Input/Output.

  • Visual Programming

    Year 2

    Visual Programming (IS2215)

    This moduleprovide students an understanding of visual programming and user interface design.

  • People and Organisation

    Year 2

    People and Organisation (MG2001)

    This module develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges facing individuals in their roles as members of organisations.

  • Consumer Behaviour

    Year 2

    Consumer Behaviour (MG2003)

    This module cover the principles of consumer behaviour. Topics covered include: Exploration of the factors that shape consumption choices, including personal factors, such as motivation, attitudes, and the individual"s sense of self, the culture in which we live and the social groups we belong to.

  • Enterprise Planning and Processes

    Year 2

    Enterprise Planning and Processes (MG2007)

    This module 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.

  • Market Research

    Year 2

    Market Research (MG2902)

    This module focus on the role of marketing research in management decision making, problem definition and creating a research design, data preparation, acquisition and analysis, marketing research in practice.

  • Investment Appraisal

    Year 2

    Investment Appraisal (AC2206)

    To introduce students to some of the fundamental concepts and techniques of Corporate Finance as they pertain to investment appraisal.

  • Fundamentals of Asset Pricing

    Year 2

    Fundamentals of Asset Pricing (AC2207)

    To introduce students to the foundations of Asset Pricing and Market Efficiency.The relation between expected return and risk; portfolio theory; the capital asset pricing model; market efficiency; derivatives.

Year 3

  • Economics of Information

    Year 3

    Economics of Information (EC3205)

    This module examine the role of economic information in business decision-making systems.

  • Networking and Cloud Computing

    Year 3

    Networking and Cloud Computing (IS3311)

    This module introduce students to the concepts and practical issues involved in the management of local and wide area networks.

  • Object Oriented Development and Internet Technologies (including JAVA)

    Year 3

    Object Oriented Development and Internet Technologies (including JAVA) (IS3312)

    This module will look at object oriented programming and development using the Java language. The module will also cover Internet and Intranet technologies: issues, areas of application, resource set-up, CGI programming and Internet related utilities. This module will also involve the undertaking of a large project. Students will work in supervised groups and participate in the planning and development of an application.

  • Operating Systems Software

    Year 3

    Operating Systems Software (IS3313)

    This module illustrate theoretical concepts in operating systems through their practical application in actual operating systems such as Windows, UNIX and LINUX

  • Organisational Information Systems Infrastructure

    Year 3

    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.

  • Placement Plan

    Year 3

    Placement Plan (IS3316)

    This module is intended to give students training in resume preparation, interview techniques and in achieving placement and developmental objectives.

  • Advanced Database Management Systems

    Year 3

    Advanced Database Management Systems (IS3319)

    This module teach students the skills needed to effectively exploit database management system (DBMS) technology in an enterprise context.

Year 4

  • Management Accounting: Planning and Control

    Year 4

    Management Accounting: Planning and Control (AC4100)

    This module discuss issues in the design of accounting systems for advanced manufacturing and service settings.

  • Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making

    Year 4

    Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making (AC4101)

    This module discuss issues in the design of accounting systems for advanced manufacturing and service settings.

  • Placement Report

    Year 4

    Placement Report (IS4400)

    This module demonstrate the relevant technical, professional and personal skills that students have achieved in their placement/project.

  • Research Project in Information Systems

    Year 4

    Research Project in Information Systems (IS4401)

    This module provides 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.

  • Information Systems Strategy

    Year 4

    Information Systems Strategy (IS4408)

    This module 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.

  • Information Systems Management

    Year 4

    Information Systems Management (IS4414)

    This module provide students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental issues in managing the Information Systems function of an organisation.

  • Advanced Topics in Information Systems

    Year 4

    Advanced Topics in Information Systems (IS4416)

    This module provide students with a critical understanding of the key trends and developments in contemporary Information Systems.

  • Management Accounting: Planning and Control

    Year 4

    Management Accounting: Planning and Control (AC4100)

    This module discuss issues in the design of accounting systems for advanced manufacturing and service settings.

  • Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making

    Year 4

    Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making (AC4101)

    This module discuss issues in the design of accounting systems for advanced manufacturing and service settings.

  • Innovation and Technology

    Year 4

    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 importance of innovation and technology in the process of wealth creation and economic growth. The module intends to equip students with knowledge of how innovation contributed to long run economic growth, providing students with an understanding of the theoretical frameworks that facilitate change.

  • Economics of Strategy

    Year 4

    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 theory and its applications to socio-economic events.

  • Information Protection and Information Systems Security

    Year 4

    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, with suitable technology, people and processes.

  • Information Systems Controls and Security Policy

    Year 4

    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.

  • Enterprise Systems

    Year 4

    Enterprise Systems (IS4429)

    To understand the overall 'business integration agenda' of an organisation, the underlying principles of enterprise systems, and enterprise system project implementations.

  • Enterprise Data Management

    Year 4

    Enterprise Data Management (IS4434)

    To enable students to understand the importance of data modelling, management and governance practices in organisations.

  • Global Payment Systems

    Year 4

    Global Payment Systems (IS4437)

    To provide students with an understanding of the design, functionality and role of electronic payment systems.

  • Global Markets

    Year 4

    Global Markets (IS4438 )

    To provide students with an understanding of the design, functionality and role of electronic market systems.

  • Web Application Development

    Year 4

    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.

  • New Business Forms

    Year 4

    New Business Forms (IS4440)

    To provide students with an understanding of how businesses are shaped by advances in web technology.

  • Advanced Tools and Methods for IS Development

    Year 4

    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.

  • Software Quality and Standards

    Year 4

    Software Quality and Standards (IS4442)

    To provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools to engage in software process improvement programmes.

  • Principles of Interaction Design

    Year 4

    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.

  • Advanced Interaction Design

    Year 4

    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.

  • Principles of Mobile Systems Development

    Year 4

    Principles of Mobile Systems Development (IS4447 )

    To provide students with a practical understanding of design principles, methods and technologies for mobile application software.

  • Advanced Mobile Systems Design and Development

    Year 4

    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 APIs.

  • IT Solution Selling and Digital Business

    Year 4

    IT Solution Selling and Digital Business (IS4449)

    To introduce students to the role of the IT / IS sales in business.

  • Technology and Solutions for the Sales Process and the Management of Global Business

    Year 4

    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.

  • The Management of Organisational Change

    Year 4

    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.

  • Leadership and Organisational Dynamics

    Year 4

    Leadership and Organisational Dynamics (MG4402)

    This module explores the experience of business leaders in Ireland and overseas against the received wisdoms from business theory and practice. It will assess the relationship between leadership skills and abilities, and the challenges organisations face as they deal with internal and external pressures for change.

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Entry Requirements

irish/EU Students

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

2016: HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

2017: H5 in two subjects, and 06/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO and may be called for interview. Leaving Certificate Mathematics is required. Six places are available on this course for mature applicants.

More Detail visit the Admission Office website. 

Full Listing of UCC CAO points 2016

International Students

Below is a checklist of documents that must be provided with your application - click on this to download a printer-friendly version

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS:  6.0 - with no individual section lower than 5.5 
  • TOEFL: 80 - with minimum scores as follows: Listening- 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 17

More Detail visit the International Education Office website. 

FETAC Requirements

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Application Process

irish/EU Students

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply ONLINE (CAO Code - CK203). 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. More Information 

More Detail visit the Admission Office website. 

International Students

An Application for up to 2 programmes should be made directly to the International Office using our online application system.

More Detail visit the International Education Office website. 

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BIS Careers

Career Guidance

  • BIS UCC is the largest business/computing programme of its type in Ireland with an annual intake of 130 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 in UCC are committed to the philosophy of placement as an integral part of the undergraduate degree programme. 
  • Review a more detailed definition of BIS subjects covered during the four year undergraduate degree programme
  • Download the brochure to find out more about BIS

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 computer 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 third year placement, the student is often offered a job by the company they worked with. Our students are valued by companies so highly that the companies will wait a year for them, just to ensure that they get the best. With significant Accounting Exemptions, BIS also gives students the opportunity to go down a more business orientated career path. For a challenging and rewarding career, BIS is the degree to give you these options.

BIS Graduate Roles include

  •  Business Analysts
  •  Business Consultants
  •  Business Entrepreneurs
  •  Software Developers
  •  Web Designers
  •  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?
 
Download the BIS Brochure
Email: BIS

The first 11 Reasons to consider BIS at UCC

  1. 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.
     
  2. Excellent career opportunities in Ireland and abroad
    Your expertise in business and IT will be relevant in both the Irish and global workforce.
     
  3. International placement 
    You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills by working as a paid employee in Ireland or the US for six months in the third year of your degree.
     
  4. No special entry requirements
    You are eligible for the BIS degree with no prior computing, accounting, economics, business knowledge or Leaving Certificate honours mathematics.
     
  5. Student friendly atmosphere 
    You are assigned a mentor who will assist and support you in order to ensure that you enjoy your experience as a BIS student.
     
  6. BIS Society 
    You are automatically a member of the BIS Society allowing you to take part in the many events scheduled during the year.
     
  7. State of the art computer facilities 
    You will have access to outstanding dedicated laboratory facilities.
     
  8. Quality of BIS staff
    You will be actively supported by the expert team of academic, administrative and technical staff members.
     
  9. BIS Alumni Association
    You will enjoy continued support and contact with your classmates after you graduate.
     
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

Leaving Certificate Entry Points (2011-2015)

Full Listing of UCC CAO points 2016

BIS Placement

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 (XHTML & JavaScript)
  • Systems Analysis & Design (Visio)
  • Software Development (Visual Basic.NET & JAVA)
  • Database Development (SQL Server and Oracle)
  • Network Management (Windows XP & UNIX OS)
  • Managerial & Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • 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
  • Programming
  • Testing
  • Business Analyst
  • Web Development
  • Network/Systems Administration
  • Customer Support
  • Documentation

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

Advisory Board
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
Submit
BIS Appraisal Form
 

BIS 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 BSc BIS

Download a brochure to find out more about the BIS Placement Programme

  • BIS Host Organisations

If you are interested in offering placement to BIS students, check out the relevant information: 

DS7002 Visa Form (to be completed by Host Company): Download DS7002 Visa Form

Guidelines for Completion of DS7002 Visa Form

About CIEE (CIEE is designated as a program sponsor by the U.S. Department of State)

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?

Download a brochure to find out more about the BIS Placement Programme
Contact the Programme Director Patricia Lynch -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 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. Attendees at the Innovative Systems Exhibition in March every year, which is the public showcase for their work, never fail to be impressed with the creativity and commitment on display. 

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 (Early October)
  • Project Plan (Mid October)
  • Paper prototype (Start November)
  • Working system prototype (End November)
  • Beta system demonstration (End January)
  • Final System (End February)
  • Systems Exhibition (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

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, ...

Technical specification:

Data requirements (eg. Customers, products, ...)

Interface requirements (does system need to talk to other systems)

Technologies used (hardware, software constraints or wishes)


Please scope out your idea to the best of your knowledge (a few lines per heading will suffice initially) and email to Dr. Fergal Carton, Business Information Systems. If you’d simply like to discuss a requirement initially please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email or directly on +353 21 490 3734.