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BA Management Science and Information Systems Studies (MSISS)Senior Sophister

The following is a brief overview of the modules taken in Senior Sophister year. Prospective students should read the brief descriptions of the courses below the table which follows.

Current students should refer to my.tcd.ie for full details, including assessment criteria and learning outcomes.

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MANDATORY MODULES
STU44091 Final Year Project
STU44003 Data Analytics
STU45006 Strategic Information Systems
ELECTIVE OPTIONS
BUU44530 Financial Reporting & Analysis
BUU44640 International Finance
BUU44650 Derivatives
BUU44660 Company & Business Law
BUU44670 Audit & Assurance
BUU44680 Global Supply Chain Management
ECU33011 Economic Analysis A
ECU33012 Economic Analysis B
ECU33051 Investment Analysis A
ECU33052 Investment Analysis B
STU34051 Applied Linear Statistical Methods I
STU34052 Applied Linear Statistical Methods II
STU34507 Statistical Inference I
STU34508 Statistical Inference II
MEU44B06 Manufacturing Systems and Project Management
CSU44051 Human Factors
CSU44081 Technology Entrepreneurship

MANDATORY MODULES

STU44091 Final Year Project

20 ECTS credits

The aims of the project are to integrate the theoretical and practical knowledge of the student across all of the years of their study and provide a practical demonstration of their capability in executing a challenging and large-scale project for a real world client.

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STU44003 Data Analytics

10 ECTS credits

The aim of the module is to introduce the students to a set of techniques including classification trees, neural networks and ensemble methods. Some techniques will be discussed in detail whilst a brief overview will be given for others.   Methods to evaluate models will also be discussed.

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STU45006 Strategic Information Systems

10 ECTS credits

The objective of this module is to present students with a broad overview of the business and social impacts of contemporary developments in information systems and technology and to enable students to think critically about business and societal impacts and implications of ICT today and going forward.  Specific topics addressed in this module will be drawn from a range of topics including, but not limited to: Enterprise resource planning systems; Customer relationship management systems; Knowledge management; IS management and governance; Outsourcing; IS evaluation; Strategic IS planning; IS project management; e-Government; e-Democracy; The information society; e-Business infrastructures; Mobile business and location awareness; Privacy and trust; Enterprise architectures; Service oriented architectures; Open systems; Emerging technologies; and Technology forecasting.

Note: ST4502 has to be taken by students who are taking a 15 ECTS elective such as BU4530 Financial Reporting and Analysis (18/19 only, no longer available from 19/20 onwards)

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ELECTIVE OPTIONS

BUU44530 Financial Reporting & Analysis

10 ECTS credits, Semester 1 & 2

This module seeks to build on previous exposure to financial accounting concepts and techniques by providing a more rigorous and expanded framework for the preparation and analysis of financial statements. It emphasizes the major elements of measurement, recognition and disclosure in contemporary financial reporting. Financial statements, including cash flow and consolidated accounts, will be considered across a variety of business scenarios.

The module highlights the emergence of a global dimension to financial reporting through the adoption of international accounting standards. It also deals with selected complex standards, in particular those dealing with financial instruments, revenue recognition and other financial reporting issues.

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BUU44640 International Finance

5 ECTS credits, Semester 1

The course examines the global financial environment. As the international company becomes the norm rather than the exception, the need to internationalise the tools of financial analysis is critical. The objective of this section is to provide a conceptual framework within which the key financial decisions of the multinational firm can be analysed. We now live in a highly integrated world economy, and it is crucial that businesses understand both the risks and opportunities that globalisation brings.

This section of the course exchange rate systems and international financial markets, and details the theory and evidence on exchange rate determination.  It also focuses on foreign exchange risk management, corporate governance practises across the globe, foreign investments and investment analysis in particular portfolio investment and cross-border acquisitions.

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BUU44650 Derivatives

5 ECTS credits, Semester 2

Derivatives have become extremely popular investment tools over the past 30 years, as they allow investors to tailor the amount and type of risk they take, be it risk associated with changes in interest rates, exchange rates, stock prices, commodity prices, inflation and so on. They are used by institutions as well as investors, sometimes to hedge unwanted risks and sometimes to take on additional risk motivated by views regarding future market movements.

This section of the module examines the primary types of derivatives (forwards, futures, options and swaps), shows how they are used to achieve various hedging and speculating objectives, outlines a framework for pricing derivatives and studies several applications of derivative-pricing techniques outside derivative markets. The objective is to provide a good grounding in techniques and approaches for the measurement and management of financial risks.

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BUU44660 Company & Business Law

5 ECTS credits, Semester 2

This module aims to provide a basic understanding of core legal principles, progressing to an understanding of the common law and legislative framework governing Companies and Businesses. The module will enable students to understand the importance of law and compliance in the world of business and commercial enterprise. For the purpose of the ACCA and ACA exams, the aim is to provide an understanding of areas which will assist the student later as a practitioner in the field of accounting.

The module should enable students to understand how the law works in practice through analysis of relevant jurisprudence and academic commentary. The module is designed with an appreciation of the knowledge base of the students involved and with that in mind will begin with the basics of law to include the structure of court system and how to interpret cases and gradually build toward the more complex areas of law and statue that regulate business organisations in all their myriad forms. The classes will be taught by way of theory and practical problem questions, worked through in class

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BUU44670 Audit & Assurance

5 ECTS credits, Semester 1

The origins of auditing, its current and continuing development, its social dimension statutory audits, accountability, stewardship and agency theory. The regulatory environment and corporate governance Directors’ responsibilities and auditors’ responsibilities.

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BUU44680 Global Supply Chain Management

This module offers students a solid grounding in supply chain management as a foundation for understanding more advanced supply chain management (SCM) concepts throughout the duration of the programme. Global Supply Chain Management focuses on effective planning and management of integrated product, information and financial flows from the supplier's suppliers to the customer's customers. In today’s enterprise, the boundaries of function, organization, and geography are increasingly blurred.

The enterprise's procurement, manufacturing, distribution, and sales organizations must be aligned to efficiently and effectively serve the ultimate customer. Suppliers and vendors must become partners in the integrated supply chain organization. Today, these relationships and processes increasingly extend around the world, creating a globally-integrated supply chain. In this module, the focus is on the particular challenges posed by being positioned in an international supply chain, linking the module to other international management challenges.

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ECU33011 Economic Analysis A

5 ECTS credits, semester 1

This module builds on the foundations of EC2010 Intermediate Economics, developing some of the topics from that module, and introducing some new ones. Module 1 covers Microeconomics: topics include general equilibrium and welfare; consumer's surplus, and extensions; risk and insurance; the portfolio problem; intertemporal choice; business financial decisions; Modigliani and Miller theorems on capital structure. Module 2 covers Macroeconomics: intertemporal consumption and labour supply; investment theory; money demand; the analysis of business cycles; monetary policy; fiscal policy.

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ECU33012 Economic Analysis B

5 ECTS credits, semester 2

This module builds on the foundations of EC2110 & EC2111 Intermediate Economics, developing some of the topics from that module, and introducing some new ones. Behavioural and Experimental Economics: departures from standard economic models such as irrationality, prospect theory and hyperbolic discounting; choice architecture; experimental methods; and analysis techniques.y.

Having successfully completed this module, the student will be able to:

  • Be actively conversant with the terminology of behavioural and experimental economics;
  • Design an economics experiment and analyse the resulting data
  • Synthesize a broad range of topics in modern behavioural economics

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ECU33051 Investment Analysis A

5 ECTS credits, semester 1

This module analyses, at both a practical and theoretical level, the process of investment in financial markets.

The first half of the module explores how financial markets operate and how securities are bought and sold. The trade-off between higher average returns and more `risky' pay-offs is then discussed. The problem of determining an optimal investment strategy, given beliefs about the probability distribution of returns, is also addressed. Other issues considered include the informational efficiency of financial markets and systematic pricing failures, the role of behavioural biases, and the relative usefulness of fundamental analysis and technical analysis in predicting price movements.

Students are also required to complete projects involving the collection and analysis of financial data.

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ECU33052 Investment Analysis B

5 ECTS credits, semester 2

This module analyses, at both a practical and theoretical level, the process of investment in financial markets. Its aims are to introduce students to the various types of financial instruments in common use, to the economic theories that explain how they are priced, to the risks factors which affect their pricing and to the markets in which they are traded. The types of securities considered include interest-bearing securities and derivatives (options, futures, etc.). Students are also required to complete a project involving the collection and analysis of financial data.

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STU34051 Applied Linear Statistical Methods I

5 ECTS credits, semester 1

Working with linear and generalised linear models is an essential part of a data analyst’s work. This module presents the theory of the linear model and links this with the use of this theory in practice through examples in R. Diagnosing the fit (and hence appropriateness) of a model through residual analysis is discussed. The final part of the module looks at the more modern topic of regularisation. This is motivated first through looking at the Bayesian linear model, then model determination through the LASSO is discussed

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STU34052 Applied Linear Statistical Methods II

5 ECTS credits, semester 2

This is a rigorous development of probability theory from an axiomatic foundation, along with some more advanced topics. The topics covered are: • Recap of linear regression • The exponential family of distributions • The generalised linear model • Specific examples: binomial, Poisson, logistic • Deviance • Applications and examples • Past exam questions

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STU34507 Statistical Inference I

5 ECTS credits, semester 1

This module aims to provide a comprehensive description of the principles, methods and practical issues surrounding the principal methods of statistical inference.

Module contents include: Classical Inference, Hypothesis testing, Interval estimation, Likelihood, Quantifying Uncertainty, Some Laws of Probability, Probability Models and Prior Distributions, Statistical Inference, Simple Examples: Conjugate Priors, A More Complex Example, Point and Interval Estimates, Numerical Methods of Computing, Posterior Distributions, Basic Simulation Methods, Markov chain simulation, Prior Elicitation, Some Real Applications.

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STU34508 Statistical Inference II

5 ECTS credits, semester 2

This course is a formal introduction to likelihood and other classical inference methods. Theory is built up from the foundations laid in previous courses, and a rigorous treatment of estimation, hypothesis tests and confidence intervals is given. There will be many results already familiar to the student, however, this course gives the first principles derivation of these results. As such it can be thought of as an in-depth treatment of some familiar topics.

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MA3E1 Engineering Mathematics V

5 ECTS credits

Engineering Mathematics V is a one-semester module available to all JS Engineering streams and continues and extends the material from the previous mathematics modules in the first and second years - 1E1, 1E2, 2E1 and 2E2. The emphasis is primarily on the development of analytical techniques.  The module covers Fourier Methods, Partial Differential Equations and Optimisation.

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MEU44B06 Manufacturing Systems and Project Management

5 ECTS credits

This module provides a general introduction to operations management of manufacturing systems. It will explore strategies for operating and optimising the production of products in different varieties and volumes with limited resources and in competitive environments. The impacts of design decisions on manufacturing performance and the physical organisation of plants are explored through various DFM and plant layout strategies. Formal project management methods will be introduced reflecting the growing use of continuous improvement through project management.

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CSU44081 Technology Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)

5 ECTS credits

This module introduces the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship. It will cover the process technology entrepreneurs use to start companies. This involves taking a technology idea and finding a high-potential commercial opportunity, gathering resources such as talent and capital, figuring out how to sell and market the idea and managing rapid growth.

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CSU44051 Human Factors

5 ECTS credits, Semester 1

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the main issues underlying the usability of systems, and the main techniques and processes for interface design and evaluation. They will also gain a basic understanding of the theories which account for human performance.

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