Entry Points (2017)
430

Course Overview

Business Information Systems (BIS) is an EPAS accredited innovative 4-year undergraduate degree that explores the use of technology in the modern business environment. Incorporating skills development in technology, business and technology management through individual, team and virtual team project work combined with our global learning and industry engagement initiatives. It mixes business subjects such as Accounting, Economics and Marketing with technology-focused subjects such as Databases, Systems Analysis, Cybersecurity and Networks.The B.Sc. in BIS degree provides you with the ideal platform for a successful career in business.
 

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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 


Additional Requirements

Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

ABC & a(AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake

35

Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY206

PAC code

Course Outline

 

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

Graduates can go on to study in many postgraduate programmes like a Masters degree in Business Information Systems or Electronic Commerce. Past graduates are currently employed in companies such as Google, Accenture, Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP and Storm.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are employed by Accenture, Avaya, CISCO, Google, KPMG, Deloitte, Intel, Lawler Developments, Lionbridge, Pramerica and IBM to name just a few.

98% of BIS graduates are now in degree-related employment. The mix of business acumen, technical skills and management knowledge combined with communication and team skills makes Business Information Systems graduates valuable assets to any organisation. Our graduates pursue careers across a wide spectrum of job titles. Many choose to focus on their business skills and pursue careers as diverse as entrepreneurship, sales, management, or non-business careers such as teaching or law enforcement.

Other graduates focus more on their technology skills and pursue more specialist careers such as:

  • Business analyst - defining the optimal technology to drive business.
  • Software tester/ developer - application development and testing.
  • eCommerce consultant - leveraging internet related technologies for business.
  • e-Business specialist - managing supply chains or customer relationship management systems.
  • IS manager - managing the range of hardware, software and networking equipment in any organisation.
  • Specialist IS consultant - working with enterprise systems such as SAP or Oracle. BIS gives you the flexibility to define your career.
Work Placement

The BIS Industry Engagement Initiative includes a paid work placement, site visits to leading multinational companies and our membership of the SAP and Microsoft University Alliance provides our students with access to the latest industry software while our Industry Advisory Board ensures that the skills, methodologies and theories that you learn are consistent with industry needs.

Study Abroad

BIS students have the option to study abroad in our partner universities in year 2. Some of our partners include Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kogod School of Business (Washington DC, USA), Montana State University (USA), Lehigh University (NY, USA), and ESC Rennes (France). This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis.

The BIS Global Learning Initiative

Delivered in partnership with prestigious foreign universities, is designed to incorporate an international learning experience into the programme and includes an opportunity to study abroad, foreign work placement, participation in international virtual teams and learns from guest international speakers.

 

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Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

The JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics
T 353 (0)91 492 612
F 353 (0)91 494 546
E business@nuigalway.ie

www.nuigalway.ie/commerce


What Our Students Say

Brian

Brian Barrins |   Technology Analyst, Accenture

The BIS undergraduate degree is the perfect blend of business and computers. Having the opportunity to learn about programming languages, databases & new and emerging technologies helps to make you really well informed student. This, coupled with an understanding of management principles, accounting and economics let’s you mix and bring together all your other learnings in each module. The course and classes themselves are very personable. The small class sizes really helped with my learning, and by having small numbers ensures you don’t get left behind, and can have a personal relationship with each lecturer. Through the study abroad option in second year of the course, I got to study in Villanova University with the help of a scholarship programme in place. While there, I got to study new modules, increase my knowledge in areas I liked, and even made long lasting connections and friends which I still use today. My current role is with Accenture where I am working in the Cyber Security field helping clients devise state of the art strategies to protect and secure payments.
Paul

Paul O'Flynn |   BSc (Business Information Systems)

I have a keen interest in IT and I also wanted to do a course that incorporated business studies in some way; the obvious answer was Business Information Systems. One of the best things that a BIS student is equipped with when they graduate is the employability factor. You learn about business, economics, and marketing all side by side with IT such as programming, information systems, and so much more. Along with this, a student is put on an eight-month internship. Most graduates are snatched up by multinational companies.
Kathleen

Kathleen Garrity |   AdWords Community & Social Manager, Google

Kathleen graduated with a BSc in Business Information Systems (2011) from NUI Galway. "I choose to study Business Information Systems at NUI Galway because of the wide range of topics and career options that it offered. I was exposed to a wide variety of subjects which allowed me to find my strengths and areas of interest. This suited me because I didn’t know what kind of job or career I wanted to pursue. The industry experience was an invaluable feature of this degree."