Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Information Systems

Bachelor of Business (Honours)Business Information Systems

Full Time
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is Business Information Systems?

Digital transformation is occurring throughout business and industries, nationally and internationally. Digital transformation is a journey that an organisation embarks upon to change its client engagement, creating new business models or enabling its employees to work in a different manner using technology. Digital transformation connects a range of existing and new technologies to create value including the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Data Visualization, Cloud Computing, Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) and Blockchain, Mobile Web, etc. As the ICT and business linkage is so strong in digital transformation, the hybrid mix of graduate skills most sought after by organisations all across the world is the combination of ICT skills, business acumen, communication skills, and soft skills, such as teamwork and problem-solving capabilities. Thus, the Business Information Systems (BIS) graduate is the perfect fit to drive digital transformation across all industries both nationally and internationally.

Course Aims

Strong growth markets for emerging technologies are driving fundamental change to businesses globally. The availability of hybrid skills for developing, implementing and using ICT for digital transformation is an important condition for the competitiveness and the innovation capabilities of the European, national and international economies. The Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Information Systems (BIS) addresses this skills and knowledge gap by developing graduates with the required high-level ICT skills, business knowledge, communication skills and experience as BIS Professionals to drive digital transformation across all industries, nationally and internationally. 

Special Features

Semester 6 will consist of a Flexible Semester. This semester facilitates the further development of skills in the areas of communication, customer service awareness, decision making, problem solving, teamwork, collaboration, commercial awareness, cognitive flexibility, creativity, confidence, emotional intelligence and reflection. In order to encapsulate these important skills in a manner that is most flexible for students, in Semester 6 students will provided an opportunity to participate in one of the following:

  • Work Placement: Students can opt to spend the semester in an appropriate work placement environment, representative of the wide range of business sectors and industries available to a student of the BIS academic discipline.

  • Start-Up Lab: The Start-Up Lab enables students to establish and manage a commercial, social or not-for-profit enterprise for the duration of the flexible semester. 

  • International Placement: The International Placement enables students to spend the semester abroad studying in one of our partner colleges in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico, South America, Turkey and the USA.

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to Financial Accounting 1Business and Financial Maths
Introduction to ManagementEnterprise
Introduction to StatisticsIntroduction to Financial Accounting 2
Programming for BIS Professionals 1Programming for BIS Professionals 2
Business Information SystemsIntroduction to Web Design
Business Research and Communication SkillsBusiness Systems Analysis
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Introduction to MarketingCareer Development Skills
Introduction to Business LawProbability and Operations Management
Macroeconomics 1Data Analytics
Data ModellingSecurity, Privacy, and Ethics
Business Information Systems and Business Processes Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies 1
Web Design for eCommerceChoose one of the following electives:
*Macroeconomics 2
*Contemporary Issues in Management
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Applied Quantitative AnalysisChoose one of the following:
Big Data Analytics 1Start-Up Lab
Computer Network FundamentalsInternational Placement
Managing Information Systems ProjectsWork Placement 1
Choose two of the following electives:
*Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies 2
*ERP System Skills
*New Business Creation
*Organisational Psychology
*Practical Public Relations
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Business StrategyInternational Corporate Strategy
Information Security Management SystemBIS Practitioner Forum
Big Data Analytics 2Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation
The Internet of ThingsSocial Intelligence Analytics
Choose two of the following electives:Choose one of the following electives:
*Lean Practice*Sustainable Development
*Managing Teams and Diversity*Small Business Management
*Social Psychology of Organisation*Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning
*Sponsorship and Event Marketing
*Supply Chain Management

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for the Business Information Systems degree

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7


Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the Business Information Systems degree


Career Opportunities

Graduate career paths applicable across all industries include the following areas: Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Programmer, Project Manager, Big Data Analytics, Financial Analytics, Web Development, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, IT Support and Administration, Disruptive Business Modelling, and Business IT/Management Consultant.

However, graduates may wish to pursue careers in other business-related areas such as Accounting, Finance, Economics, Logistics and Transport, Operations Management, Business Development Management, Sales, Teaching, and Public Service.

From a long-term graduate career development perspective, digital transformation sets new demands on the leadership of organisations. There has been a wave of new senior positions with titles such as Chief Digital Officer, Digital Evangelist, Innovation Officer and Chief Digital Innovation Officer. These experienced roles demand real hybrid skills in science, technology and business capabilities and this trend is likely to continue as technology is increasingly embedded in business functions and processes across companies and sectors. Graduates with an entrepreneurial desire are also empowered to pursue their ambitions to start up their own company.

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