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Business Information Systems (BSc (Hons))

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Programme Description

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.

Why Choose This Course

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

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

Study Abroad

BIS students undertake placement with major multinationals and innovative start-ups in New York, Boston, London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Dublin, Cork, and elsewhere, in the financial services, technology, business consulting, medical, and other industry sectors.

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Learning Outcomes

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

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

  • Management Accounting: Planning and Control

    Year 4

    Management Accounting: Planning and Control (AC4100)

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

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  • Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making

    Year 4

    Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making (AC4101)

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

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  • Placement Report

    Year 4

    Placement Report (IS4400)

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

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  • Research Project in Information Systems

    Year 4

    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.

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  • Information Systems Strategy

    Year 4

    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.

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  • Information Systems Management

    Year 4

    Information Systems Management (IS4414)

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

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  • Advanced Topics in Information Systems

    Year 4

    Advanced Topics in Information Systems (IS4416)

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

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  • Management Accounting: Planning and Control

    Year 4

    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

    Year 4

    Management Accounting: Performance and Decision Making (AC4101)

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

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  • 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

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  • 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 theo

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  • 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, wit

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Global Markets

    Year 4

    Global Markets (IS4438)

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Leadership and Organisational Dynamics

    Year 4

    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 en

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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

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:

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 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 .

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Application Process

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 also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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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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.

New Leaving Cert Scale

Revised Common Points Scale for Entry into Higher Education

The revised scale, which has been developed collaboratively by the universities and institutes of technology, builds on the package of reforms announced by the Minister in April, and will apply to students who sit the Leaving Certificate from 2017.

The main features of the new scale are that:

  • it maintains the current alignment between the points awarded for achievement at Higher Level and the points awarded for achievement at Ordinary Level;
  • the difference in the points awarded for each grade varies, reducing the probability that students will achieve the same overall points score. This will help to minimise the allocation of places in higher education by random selection;
  • it will encourage the take-up of Higher Level subjects through the introduction of points for the new H7 grade.
  • it continues to award Bonus Points for Higher Level Maths

Source: www.transition.ie

For more information on the new grading scale for leaving certificate students at UCC

PLEASE VISIT THE UCC ADMISSIONS OFFICE

FAQS on NEW GRADING SCHEME

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 
  • Systems Analysis & Design 
  • Software Development 
  • Database Development 
  • Network Management 
  • 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

BIS Host Organisations

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

 
  • For US Companies - If you are interested in offering placement to BIS students check out relevant information:

About CIEE (CIEE is designated as a program sponsor by the U.S. Department of State).  www.ciee.org/hire/intern

 

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 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.