Information Systems & Technology

This programme allows graduates of the Whitaker School’s Diploma in Computer Studies or equivalent qualification to obtain an honours degree in IT management in two years. Students combine the study of economics and strategic and financial management with subjects specific to IT management. 

Bachelor of Arts (HONS) – Information Technology Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

Distance education supported by weekend seminars.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed the Diploma in Computer Studies or equivalent qualification at level 6 (Major) on the NFQ.

Duration

Two academic years

Accreditation

UCD

Place on NFQ

Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree) what is this?

Commences

September 2017

Application Deadline

September 2017

Fees

The cost of the programme is €2,980 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. Students studying at an Institute of Technology pay their first instalment to the Institute of Technology. 

Progression

Students can progress to graduate studies with the IPA.

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The Programme

This programme allows graduates of the Whitaker School’s Diploma in Computer Studies or equivalent qualification to obtain an honours degree in IT management in two years. Students combine the study of economics and strategic and financial management with subjects specific to IT management. 

Is This Programme for you?

If you have completed the Diploma in Computer Studies or equivalent qualification, this programme presents an ideal opportunity to obtain an honours degree in just two years and to acquire some expertise in other subjects central to public management.

Subjects

Year One

Economics

This year’s course focuses on public sector economics, a field that is plainly critical to public servants at various grades. The topics addressed include economic growth, forecasting and planning, the finances of central and local government, the principles of taxation, the preparation of budgets, borrowing and the national debt and income redistribution.

Managing the Software/Data Infrastructure

This is a technical management course that includes the study of database design and management, the integration of data types, security, human factors in software design, and industry trends.

Managing the Hardware Infrastructure

The aim of this course is to provide a sound understanding of hardware infrastructure management. It examines such topics as network planning, hardware configurations, protocols, design options, security and contingency measures and industry trends.

Financial Management

This course aims to provide students with a clear understanding of standard accounting techniques and the proper management of an organisation’s finances. Designed for those who do not possess a background in accounting, it addresses, among other things, double-entry book-keeping, how profits are measured and the regulations governing financial statements and disclosure.

Year Two

Information Systems (IS) Planning

This course examines the planning of IS, the inclusion of IS in broader business strategies, the economics of IS development and the role of IS in project management.

Human Factors in Information Systems

The human factors that affect the planning, introduction and management of IS systems are discussed in this course. Among the topics addressed are cognitive and behaviourist approaches to human interventions in IS, how change is managed and legal issues. 

Economics

The study of economics in this year turns to economic policy and policy analysis. The course explores such topics as industrial and regional economic policy, economic integration, the theory and practice of cost-benefit analysis and issues around financing and control.

Strategic Management

Strategic management is the study of how organisations meet their objectives and effectively respond to change. This course focuses on strategic management in the Irish public sector, but it covers concepts common to both public and private sector organisations. 

Assessment

The programme is assessed through assignments and final examinations.

Prospectus

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Undergraduate Prospectus 2017 / 2018

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