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NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. According to QS World University Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, and we are recognised as being one of the best universities for our international outlook.
Information systems lectures were introduced by the department in 1979. Management Information Systems options were offered in the Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate degree in 1982. Since then, the department has grown to meet the demands of students and the marketplace and now offers a specialised four-year undergraduate programme in Business Information Systems (BIS), leading to a BSc in Business Information Systems. Our lecturers also continue to lecture on the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) undergraduate degree programmes, where students can take Business Information Systems courses.
In September 2000, the 2-year full-time MBS in Electronic Commerce was introduced and the Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis was revised to reflect the need for Web development skills, and is now offered in both full-time and part-time modes. In 2009, the Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis was replaced by a new programme, the MSc in Information Systems Management. Also, a new programme, M.Sc. in Finance and Information Systems, in conjunction with the Kemmy Business School UL, was designed to develop, build and enhance students finance and ICT capabilities. In addition to these taught programmes, the department also offers a MSc in Business Information Systems by research only and suitable candidates can also undertake a Ph.D.
To support these changes, there has been significant investment in hardware and software and associated facilities. There are three computer suites equipped with the latest state-of-the-art multimedia computers, with extensive multimedia software. Students also have access to the general computing suites throughout the campus. A new €16 million building was completed in 2005, which now houses the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics. This building provides teaching, computing/technology and other support facilities appropriate for the teaching of Business Information Systems in the 21st century.
The department now has 12 full-time members of staff dedicated to Business Information Systems (BIS) research and the teaching of BIS courses. Staff members are active contributors to the Research Publications of the Department of Accountancy & Finance.