Information Systems & Technology

The BBS (Hons) – Information Systems Management is a four-year, part-time programme that provides a comprehensive examination and analysis of the subjects critical to contemporary business life, focusing on how information systems are managed. It includes two interim awards – at Certificate and Diploma level. 

Bachelor of Business Studies (HONS) – Information Systems Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

  • Evening lectures at the IPA.
  • A blend of distance education and weekend seminars at the IPA. 

All delivery methods involve attendance at some weekend seminars at the IPA.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language. Students applying for the BBS (Hons) must have passed the Mathematics paper.


Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 


Four years of part-time study

Interim Awards

  • Year One: Certificate in Business Studies.
  • Year Two: Diploma in Business Studies.



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September 2018

Application Deadline

September 2018


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


Students can progress to graduate studies with the IPA.

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The Programme

The BBS (Hons) – Information Systems Management is a four-year, part-time programme that provides a comprehensive examination and analysis of the subjects critical to contemporary business life, focusing on how information systems are managed. It includes two interim awards – at Certificate and Diploma level. 

Is This Programme for you?

The syllabus for this degree will appeal to those interested in the design, development and organisation of information systems and the human factors relevant to them. It also includes subjects that are at the heart of all business studies qualifications, including accounting and business policy. 


Year One: Certificate in Business Studies 

The first year is both a stand-alone qualification – Certificate in Business Studies – and part of the four-year degree programme.

Financial Accounting

This course explains the key principles and techniques of financial accounting. Students will learn about different accounting systems, the purpose of accounting records, the preparation and analysis of profit and loss accounts, balance sheets and income and expenditure accounts.

Quantitative Methods

All organisations, whether operating commercially or otherwise, must undertake research and analyse relevant data. This course explains the principles of business research and the mathematical techniques used when examining the results of that research. Among the specific topics addressed are the preparation of surveys, population samples and linear regression and correlation.

Managing IT/Managing Human Resources

This course explores the proper management of two of the most crucial components in an organisation. The first part of the course considers such topics as the role of IT in the workplace and the appraisal of investment in new IT systems. The second part turns to human resources, examining the responsibilities of the HR manager in today’s workplace.

Business Administration and Marketing

This course describes and assesses the proper organisation and control of a business unit and examines one especially vital business function: marketing. It covers, among other things, financial and administrative controls, best-practice in day-to-day operations and marketing strategies.

Year Two: Diploma in Business Studies

The second year is both a stand-alone qualification – Diploma in Business Studies – and part of the four-year degree programme.

Information Systems Design and Development

This course explores the concepts and techniques of systems analysis and design, systems life cycle, data-flow diagrams, data modelling and rapid applications development.

Business and Company Law

All transactions in the State, whether public or private, are governed by commercial law. In this course, students will examine the laws that pertain to the creation, performance and dissolution of contracts, the formation of companies, the acquisition of shares and the liquidation of businesses.

Cost Accounting

Cost accounting helps managers see the cost of business operations and thus make informed decisions. This course explores the main principles and processes of cost accounting, including budgeting, absorption and marginal costing and basic standard costing.


This introductory-level course explains the main theories and principles of economics. It covers both micro and macroeconomics and addresses such topics as the laws of supply and demand, how market prices are reached, monopolies and competition and monetary policy.

Year Three

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. 

Management Accounting

Management accounting provides vital information to managers within an organisation. This course explores its key components: budgeting, advanced variance analysis, activitybased costing, pricing and divisional performance appraisal.

Financial Management

This course analyses the crucial elements in financial decision-making, including financial mathematics, the sources of organisational finance, financial risk, investment decisions, the proper management of working capital and mergers and acquisitions.

Year Four

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.

Organisation and Design of Information Systems

This course considers the implications for organisation and business process design of information systems, including the customer and business environment, business process re-engineering and organisation structure.

Business Policy

The primary aim of this course is to explain the pivotal importance of strategic thinking and policy development to modern management. It considers, among other things, the factors that shape an organisation’s strategy, the business environment, the causes of corporate decline and how to choose between strategy alternatives


Students will submit assignments through the academic year and will sit final examinations. 


Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

Full details of IPA undergraduate programmes are also available in our prospectus, which can be viewed or downloaded here.

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