Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics

With 23 staff members, Deakin's Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics is industry-renowned for strong partnerships and innovative research capabilities. 

Our researchers publish in leading journals and our students access excellent facilities through our laboratories – the IBM Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics and the SAS Visual Analytics Collaboratory.

Areas of specialisation

Our department specialises in research in visual analytics, supported by the SAS Visual Analytics Collaboratory based at the Burwood Campus.

Our broad expertise lies in:

  • competitive information
  • visual analytics.

Recent projects

Enhancing collaborative learning in information systems business analytics using data visualisation and manipulation techniques

This project aims to develop a visual business analytics collaboratory – a web-based facility open to community learners, where 3D visualisation and immersive interfaces would allow intuitive learning of analysing large sets of data to assist business decision-making.

The collaboratory will take advantage of students' general knowledge, their preference for experimentation and sharing of personal experiences with their peers.

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Regularly published

Our Department is comprised of 27 staff members including three professors. Our researchers have published in leading journals such as:

  • Information Systems Research
  • The Journal of the Association of Information Systems
  • The European Journal of Information Systems
  • The Journal of Information Technology
  • Information Systems Journal and Journal of Strategic Information Systems.

Grant success

The Department of Information Systems and Business is a proud member of the Federally-funded Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). 

We have a broad research program spanning the disciplines of Information Systems and Business Analytics. The key research areas within our department include information governance and security, social informatics, competitive information, visual analytics and cognitive analytics. 

It also hosts two sponsored laboratories: the IBM Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics, and the Visual Analytics Collaboratory.

Past research

Read all about the past research projects our researchers have focused on.

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The department's industry advisory board consists of representatives of major employers of our graduates, Victorian Government and professional bodies, and plays a key role in ensuring our academic programs remain relevant and current.

Formal partnerships of the department include:

  • The IBM Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics
  • Course partners of the Master of Business Analytics
  • Industry certification partnerships:
    • IBM (Analytics)
    • Microsoft (IT Academy)
  • Professional/industry groups:
    • Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA)
    • ICT Geelong

The department welcomes new industry collaborations in teaching and research. Please contact the Department Head to discuss partnership proposals.

Single-unit study

Do you want to develop skills and knowledge in Business Analytics but don't want to undertake a full master's degree at this moment in time?

Core units of the Master of Business Analytics degree are now available as single units for non-award study. If you decide to enrol in the full course at a later date, units completed will be credited to your degree.

Available Units

Unit Name
MIS761 Enterprise Information Management
MIS770/MIS770AFoundation Skills in Data Analysis
MIS771 Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation
MIS772 Predictive Analytics
MIS775 Decision Modelling for Business Analytics
MIS781 Business Intelligence
MIS782 Business Value of Information
MIS784Marketing Analytics

Learn more about how to apply for single-unit study

Our staff

Our staff are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research in information systems and business analytics.

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