BSc (Honours) in Business Information Systems

Bachelor of Science Business Information Systems

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

​Can you name a business or organisation that does not use computer technology or information systems? This course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs in any organisation that relies on information systems, whether these are small personal computers in an office, or large systems with thousands of users implemented by multinational companies.

What is an information system?

An information system is a combination of computers, information technologies, people and business processes that work together to help an organisation to achieve its goals.

Graduates of this course will be able to work with programmers and salespeople, technicians and CEOs to understand and speak with authority on the information needs of an organisation, no matter how big or small. The course is an excellent blend of Business practice and information systems, that will produce graduates able to bridge the gap between the IT Department and the functional departments such as Finance, HR, Operations and Manufacturing.

What will I experience?

In this course, not only will you experience enthusiastic and experienced lecturing staff from a range of backgrounds, you will also get exposure to:

  • Cloud Computing Infrastructure
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Project management
  • Law and Professional Ethics
  • Application Software
  • Enterprise class software
  • Digital Marketing
  • Data Analytics
  • Web Technologies
  • Web Analytics
  • Work Placement in Year 3
  • Double-qualified computing - option to take industry certificates from companies such as Google, Microsoft, Hubspot and Oracle

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates of this programme will be equipped with a wide range of Business and Information Systems skills that will enable them to work in well-paid and in-demand roles in any industry that uses information systems. Typical jobs include:

  • IT Project Manager
  • Web Developer & Analyst
  • Data Analytics Consultant
  • ERP Consultant
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Software support analyst
  • Software sales

And many more.

Additional Information

Double-qualified computing: get more than just an honours degree!

A unique feature of the Business Information Systems programme at Athlone IT is the embedding of industry certification within the programme. Students have the option of taking extra certificates in subjects such as Excel, Word, Databases, Microsoft Project, Google Analytics, Hubspot and many more. These extra certifications will give graduates that extra edge when applying for jobs.

Don’t want to do the extra certification? No problem! They are entirely optional.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Year
Course Commencement Date:

This course will be offered for the first time in September 2020.

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Cut Off CAO Points:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Accounting & Business Computing
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 at higher level in 2 subjects and Grade 06/H7 in four other subjects, including a language (English or Irish). Maths requirement is O6/H7.

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Course Structure

Year 1

Semester 1:

  • Learning and Development for Higher Education
  • Computer Systems & Software
  • Mathematics for Business Computing
  • Introduction to Data Manipulation
  • Intro to Web & User Interface Design

Semester 2:

  • Introduction to Databases
  • Cloud Computing
  • Financial Accounting 1A
  • Computer Applications
  • Responsive Web Development

Year 2

Semester 1:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Probability and Statistics

Semester 2:

  • Database Systems
  • SEO and Web Usability
  • Applied Data Manipulation
  • Marketing Management in a Digital Age

Year 3

Semester 1:

  • Law and Professional Ethics in a Digital Age
  • Advanced Databases
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Enterprise Applications

Semester 2:

  • Work placement (6-9 months)

Year 4

​Semester 1:

  • Information Systems and Project Management
  • Data Analytics and Visualisation
  • Advanced Web Analytics

Semester 2:

  • Business Information Systems Capstone Project
  • Emerging Database Technologies
  • Business Enterprise and Design Thinking

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

According to the Central Statistics Office, in 2018 the highest average weekly earnings were in the Information and Communication sector, exactly where graduates of this programme will be working.

The job prospects for graduates with multi-disciplinary skills are particularly healthy and not just reliant on IT Multinationals in the East of the country. Graduates of this programme can expect to employed in a wide variety of industries in the Midlands and further afield.

Work Placement

The work placement occurs in January of Year 3. Because of the broad scope of the BIS programme, and because of the fact that Information Systems are used in so many different types of organisations, the placement can be in any organisation locally, nationally, or even internationally.

It doesn’t matter what industry the placement occurs in, it matters what information systems the student gets exposed to. So there is maximum flexibility to ensure that the student gains a valuable experience during this time. The college will assist students getting the placement, however the responsibility ultimately rests with the student to secure one. Payment is at the discretion of the employer, however, students will be eligible to continue receiving grants if they are entitled to one.

The placement is usually 6 months, however the student is free to negotiate with the employer to extend the time spent in the company.

Further Study

There are many options available to graduates of this programme, including progression on to the MSc in Data Analytics here at AIT. For full details, click on the link below.

Master of Science in Data Analytics (full time)

Masters of Science

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