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BSc/Diploma in Information SystemsCourse Structure

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With the growth in the use of information and communications technology (IT) in business, industry and the public service, the need for high-calibre professional personnel continues to grow.

Trinity College has played a pioneering role in initiating new programmes in the information systems (IS) area. This programme for evening students has evolved from the University's experience in presenting courses over the past thirty years in this field.

TCD is committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence in IS education, professional development and IS research. Today, the College has the largest computing department in Ireland and presents a wide variety of courses in the computing and IS domain.

The Information Systems Programme has already established a reputation as the leading programme of its kind in Ireland. It has received wide recognition and appreciation from employers in business and industry.

Besides facilitating those pursuing third-level study for the first time, this programme also provides an avenue for lifelong learning by offering graduates from other disciplines an opportunity to pursue further professional development.

In addition to gaining an honours degree, many IT professionals find that they can increase their employability through certification in one or more specialist areas. We have designed the Diploma/BSc (Hons) Information Systems course to include professionally-orientated material, which will give you a head start in certification exams. For example, students who intend to work as IT project managers should find that the material covered in the module CS2103 Project Management will help prepare them for a project management qualification such as PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

Aim of Programme

To educate future managers and professionals in the field of IS and IT.

Who is the Programme for?

This programme is designed for:

  • Those currently working with computers and wishing to enhance their understanding, knowledge and skills in the areas of systems development, software engineering, programming and the management of information systems and information technology.
  • Those wishing to embark on a career in computers and information systems.

Objectives of Programme

To provide each participant with:

  • An understanding of the role, application and potential of IT and associated systems within business, industry, the public service and society in general.
  • The capacity to create, develop and manage policies, strategies and operations in relation to IS and IT.
  • The ability to design, develop, engineer, program and implement appropriate IT-based solutions.
  • An understanding of the principles, concepts, techniques, methods, tools and architectures associated with IS and IT including hardware, software and telecommunications.
  • A knowledge of the important issues in IS and an opportunity to develop specific skills in this area by undertaking extensive project work.


Lectures and tutorials are normally held on up to three evenings per week over 22 weeks of the year. You should be aware that additional project work and study time will also be required.

Self-study and e-resources

You should be aware that project work and study time will be required in addition to the times mentioned above. Trinity College stresses the value of face-to-face contact between staff and students, for the educational and motivational value it brings. However, we recognise also that in today's busy world many students find it useful to take advantage of the convenience that online study can offer. Accordingly, we make a range of resources available to students for secure online access, which complements teaching delivered by traditional means.


This syllabus is designed for students joining the programme in the academic year 2017/18, but may change over the period of the programme. It is subject to frequent review in order to reflect the changing needs of the rapidly-evolving IT/IS field. Click on the headings below to view more information about the modules in each year of the course.



Year Three - B.Sc (Hons)

Students choose 6 modules from:
  • CS3101 e-Business
  • CS3102 IS Development II
  • CS3103 Business, Management & IT
  • CS3104 Information Systems Strategy
  • CS3105 Law and IT
  • CS3106 IS Practice II
  • CS3107 Social Computing

Year Four - B.Sc (Hons)

Students choose 5 modules from:
  • CS4101 Information Security
  • CS4102 Innovation
  • CS4103 IS Management
  • CS4104 Advanced IS
  • CS4105 Research Project (Group)
  • CS4106 IS Development III

BSc (Hons) IS - Module Flexibility

Choose the combination of modules which best suits your interests: technical, application-oriented or management. The course has streams in Information Systems and Computer Science, with recommended modules, but students have considerable freedom to choose the modules that meet their own needs and interests.