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What is Computer Science and Business?

Computer Science is the professional discipline concerned with the study of everything to do with computers and our relationship with them. Computer scientists are critical to the efficient running of modern societies, dealing with health, security, banking and finance, transportation, and now increasingly our interaction through social networks. The computer science subjects will build upon your problem solving, logical and mathematical skills and challenge you to develop a deep understanding of the science of computers.

The business subjects will build on your knowledge of businesses and your understanding of the role of business in society. Computer Science and the networked environment are core issues at the forefront of development in many fields of business, and the combination of computer science and business management is designed to produce graduates who not only understand the latest computer science applications but also have general business management skills, including marketing, organisational behaviour, human resources and finance. Government and industry have identified a need for more graduates with Computer Science and Business skills, and this joint honours course helps to meet this demand.

Is this the right course for you?

This joint degree programme aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and expertise needed to work in the technical field of Computer Science along with the business management skills required to understand the fundamentals of markets, organisations and business management. The course prepares students for challenging careers in Computer Science and/or Business, as well as positioning them for postgraduate study and research in either of these fields.

Why study Computer Science and Business at Trinity?

Trinity is the top ranked Irish university for Computer Science and Information Systems, and ranks in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).

The Trinity Business School is ranked 1st in Ireland (Eduniversal Rankings, 2014) and 16th in Europe (Eduniversal Rankings, 2014).

What will you study?

FIRST (JUNIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR

In first year, students take a number of mandatory subjects in Business and Computer Science areas. Students take three mandatory business subjects: Introduction to Organisations and Management; Introduction to Economic Policy; and Statistical Analysis I.

Students take five mandatory Computer Science subjects: Mathematics; Introduction to Programming (e.g. development of Java applications); Programming Project; Introduction to Computing; and Business Computing Systems.

SECOND (SENIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR

In second year, students take a number of mandatory subjects, but are offered some choice of subjects in Computer Science. Students take six mandatory business subjects (half year courses): Organisational Behaviour; Introduction to Marketing Principles; Introduction to Accounting; Introduction to Finance; Introduction to Operations Management; Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Action.

Students take the following Computer Science subjects: Algorithms and Data Structures, Software Engineering Programming Project, Information Management, Systems Programming (e.g. development of C/C++ applications) and Systems Analysis and Design.

THIRD (JUNIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

In third year, students take a combination of subjects, of which one third must be from Business, one third from Computer Science and one third from either. The subject choices are drawn from a list of optional modules as follows:

Business modules

Human Resource Management; Marketing Management; Financial Accounting; Management Accounting for Business Decisions; Human Resource Management; Business in Society; Innovation, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development; Introduction to Fixed Income Securities and Alternative Investments; Surveying Finance; Services Management; Digital Technology in Operations; Organisation Theory and Organisational Analysis; Advanced Topics in Organisation Theory and Analysis.

Computer Science modules

Applied Probability; Symbolic Programming; Software Engineering; Information Management; Software Engineering Group Project; Artificial Intelligence; Telecommunications; Compiler Design; e-Business; Functional Programming; Concurrent Systems; Computational Mathematics.

FOURTH (SENIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

In the Senior Sophister year, students take a combination of subjects, of which a quarter must be from Business, a quarter from Computer Science, the Computer Science final-year project, and the remaining subjects drawn from a list of optional modules as follows:

Business modules

International Business and the Global Economy; Exploring Organisational Experience; Financial Reporting and Analysis; Financial Markets and the Corporate Sector; Advances in Marketing Theory and Practice; Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation; Organisation and Management; Managing New Product Development; Economic Policy and Business History.

Computer Science modules

Advanced Telecommunications; Fuzzy Logic; Distributed Systems; Human Factors; Computer Graphics; Computer Vision; Advanced Compiler Design; Artificial Intelligence; Strategic Information Systems.

Please note that not all modules are run each year and that the selection of modules is subject to change.

Assessment

Courses are examined by a combination of continuous assessment and formal examination.

Careers

This joint degree programme aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and expertise needed to work in the technical field of Computer Science, along with the business management skills required to understand the fundamentals of markets, organisations and business management. The course prepares students for challenging careers in Computer Science and/or Business, as well as positioning them for postgraduate study and research in either of these fields.

To date, graduates have secured employment in a variety of roles and areas which include: financial engineers, software developers, account managers, information technology risk assessment, analytics, technology consulting, marketing research, entrepreneurs. Organisations where graduates are employed include: First Derivatives, Ernst and Young, Accenture, LinkedIn, MRBI, PwC, and Google. Some students have also pursued Master’s studies in both business and computer science disciplines.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Course website: www.scss.tcd.ie/undergraduate/computer-science-business

School websites: www.tcd.ie/business or www.scss.tcd.ie

E-mail: computerscience-business@scss.tcd.ie

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3/OA2 Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C Mathematics OR
GCSEGrade A Mathematics
Other EU examination systemsSee www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/

Aisling Cowzer

The four years I spent studying Computer Science and Business provided me with a fantastic opportunity to gain those skills employers require in today’s market.

The array of skills I have learned, has always impressed employers as they reflect the needs of modern businesses across multiple sectors and markets. My classmates are employed and self-employed across various markets and continents. I now work as a Technology Consultant, helping businesses incorporate digital technology into their organisations to improve processes and customer delivery – keeping my grasp across both computer science and business.

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