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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.

  • Psychological Aspects of Behaviour in Organisations

    Year 1

    Psychological Aspects of Behaviour in Organisations (AP2012)

    This module introduces students to the domain of organisational psychology as the application of insights from social psychology in work settings.

  • 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.

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.

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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

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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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 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

The mix of technical skills and practical business skills on the programme gives you the flexibility to work in a variety of different business roles or in a number of technical areas in - financial services, software, manufacturing, insurance and pharmaceuticals. "I found that the work experience showed me how relevant everything I had learnt over the previous two and a half years was. I found that I could easily apply what I had learnt while in college, both technical and the soft skills like group work and interpersonal communication". David Curran, BIS Graduate 

"We were greatly impressed by the breadth of their preparation, their knowledge of subject and their poise and self assurance".Director, Fidelity Investments, Boston

 

Some of our partner companies in Ireland and the US include:

For furthur Information
Ms Stephanie Larkin
BIS Placement Co-ordinator
Tel: +353 (0)21 490 3345
Email: s.larkin@ucc.ie 

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.