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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 aims to provide an environment and educational opportunities, which will develop confident, reflective, graduates who possess the required high-level technology skills and business acumen as Business Information Systems (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.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to Financial Accounting 1 Business and Financial Maths
Introduction to Management Enterprise
Introduction to Statistics Introduction to Financial Accounting 2
Programming for BIS Professionals 1 Programming for BIS Professionals 2
Business Information Systems Introduction to Web Design
Business Research and Communication Skills Business Systems Analysis

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Introduction to Marketing Career Development Skills
Introduction to Business Law Probability and Operations Management
Macroeconomics 1 Database Management & Design
Data Modelling Security, Privacy, and Ethics
Business Information Systems and Business Processes Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies 1
Web Design for eCommerce Choose one of the following electives:
*Macroeconomics 2
*Contemporary Issues in Management

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Applied Quantitative Analysis Choose one of the following:
Big Data Analytics 1 Start-Up Lab
Computer Network Fundamentals International Placement
Managing Information Systems Projects Work 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 7 Semester 8
Business Strategy International Corporate Strategy
Information Security Management System BIS Practitioner Forum
Big Data Analytics 2 Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation
The Internet of Things Social 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

Follow On Study:

  • Master of Business
  • Master by Research

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.


Course Leader

Dr. Aidan Duane


Call: +35351306227

Email: [email protected]