Management science and information systems studies (MSISS)
- Course Type: Undergraduate
- Course Code: TR034
- No. of Places: 27
- Min Entry Points 2012: 455 points
- Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
- Award: B.A. (Moderatorship)
- Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
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- Management Science and Information Systems Studies, 4 Year(s) Full Time, Closing Date: 08/FEB/2013
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- Management Science and Information Systems Studies, Closing Date: 01/JUN/2013
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What is Management science and information systems studies (MSISS)?
MSISS is about using both information and communications technology together with quantitative tools such as management science, statistics, probability and mathematics to solve problems and in particular, problems in business and finance. The emphasis in MSISS is on building up analytical skills, flexibility and creative thinking. One of the remarkable features of MSISS is the range of careers that graduates take up.
MSISS is made up of four strands. The first is based around developing skills in quantitative techniques, such as mathematics, statistics, probability, data mining, forecasting and management science. The second strand focuses on information technology and systems and ranges from basic end user tools, like spreadsheets, through programming, system design and development and databases, up to state-of-the-art topics/techniques in areas such as strategic information systems. The third strand is business-based and covers important concepts in management, finance and operations management. The fourth strand seeks to develop a range of personal skills including teamwork, making presentations, interviewing, report writing and researching.
The four strands in MSISS are organised as three main subject areas supported by the interpersonal skills framework. The three subject areas are:
- Business and management
- Quantitative analysis
- Information systems
Interpersonal skills such as interviewing and making presentations are both taught explicitly and implicitly (i.e. built into the teaching of other subjects). The Sophister (third and fourth) years provide the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice.
Is this the right course for you?
This course is ideally suited to students who like solving complex problems and are interested in both technology and business.
The range of subjects studied is wide and will challenge your abilities on several fronts, leading to graduates who have the ability to think about issues in both technical and business terms. As a result, graduates are highly employable in a world where a combination of business, technology and numerical skills are in increasing demand.
The modules covered by main subject areas are as follows:
Business and management:
- Introduction to management and organisation
- Finance and accounting
- Operations management
- Management science (operations research)
- Data mining
- Market research
- Information systems and technology
- Programming (C, C++, Visual Basic and Oracle)
- Strategic information systems
- End user computing
- Making presentations
- Report writing
- Research methods
The Freshman years
During the Junior and Senior Freshman (first two) years, you will get a solid introduction to a number of fields. Subjects you will study include:
- Computer programming
- Management science
- End-user computing
- Organisation and management
- Finance and accounting
The Sophister years
The Junior and Senior Sophister (third and fourth) years allow you to focus on areas that are of particular interest to you.
In each year there are a number of core courses (five in third year and three in fourth year) and a range of optional subjects from which students select one in each of the final two years. An integral component of the final year is a project which takes the form of a consultancy project for a real world client.
The choice of optional subjects is exceptionally wide and spans business studies, economics, computer science, statistics, mathematics and engineering. The courses currently offered include financial and management accounting, economics, human resources management, mathematics, marketing management, investment analysis, corporate financial reporting, statistical modelling and production and operations management.
You will be assessed by a combination of assignments and end-of-year examination. A report on the final-year project is an important part of the assessment.
One feature of MSISS is that it provides a base for following a remarkably wide range of careers within management consultancy, the financial services and the actuarial and accounting professions. Many graduates also work in information technology management, quality control, marketing and the civil service, while others pursue postgraduate study at home and abroad.
Demand for MSISS graduates has always been steady as the wide ranging skill sets developed in the course of study together with the problem solving and team-working skills are highly sought after by employers. A high level of numeracy and fluency in the use of modern technology are a further attraction for employers.
Did you know?
- A key feature of the Senior Sophister (fourth) year is the project. You will tackle a real-life, practical problem in an external organisation. In recent years projects have been undertaken for Merrill Lynch, Procter and Gamble, the Department of Agriculture, Dublin Corporation Credit Union, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Royal Dublin Society to name but a few.
- MSISS is highly regarded by employers and has one of the best graduate employment records of any undergraduate course in Ireland.
Specific Entry Requirements
|Leaving Certificate||HC3 Mathematics|
|Advanced GCE (A-Level)||Grade C Mathematics|
|Other EU examination systems||See www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/|