Postgraduate coursework

Master of Information Systems

Deakin’s Master of Information Systems will teach you how to be more reactive to our emerging information-focused economy. Apply now.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1.5 to 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (Please refer to course pathways information below)

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

The Master of Information Systems has been developed in response to the rapid growth in the use of information systems and eBusiness applications by businesses and governments internationally.

The mass adoption of social media, the advances of new technologies, and the accumulation of large amounts of data has made information central to many aspects of work and life.

Digital information has revolutionised the way we do business. Its capture, strategic use and associated technology in the business environment, is the discipline of information systems.

The course provides specialist skills in business-oriented principles and practices of information systems and eBusiness. It focuses on the strategic use of information in a business and policy context, supported by a sound technical understanding and capability in specific areas of information systems, particularly information security, supply chain management, and project management.

The course will give you an understanding of the principles and practices of stakeholder analysis, identification of business needs, problems and opportunities, analysis, negotiation and specification of requirements for any solution that may involve technology-inspired change.

You’ll learn quantitative reasoning skills so that you can review business performance to find problems, areas of opportunities, and trends in data using business analytics. You’ll learn data-driven, evidence-based approaches to business decision making and business performance analysis, and you’ll get an understanding of business metrics.

Your project management skills will be developed to ensure that you are able to implement best practice relationship building, communication and resourcing to support your project aims.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Information Systems, students must attain a total of 16 credit points, consisting of 11 credit points of core units, 5 credit points of elective units and one zero point credit unit.
Electives may be selected to complete any 4 credit point postgraduate specialisation offered by the University, subject to eligibility.

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete a capstone unit that requires requiring them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce an applied piece of research with reference to prevailing literature.

 

11

Core units

5

Elective units

16

Total units

Core units

  • Academic Induction for Postgraduate Information Systems MIS070 (0 cp)
  • Business Requirements Analysis MIS701
  • eBusiness Strategies MIS712
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics MIS713
  • Analysing the Impact of Digital Business MIS741
  • Enterprise Information Management MIS761
  • MIS770/MIS770AFoundation Skills in Data Analysis ^
  • Business Intelligence MIS781
  • Value of Information MIS782
  • Project Management MIS798
  • Information Systems in Practice MIS799
  • MPM701/MPM701ABusiness Process Management ^
  • ^MIS770A and MPM701A are a Start Anytime units.

    From Trimester 2 2018

  • Academic Induction for Postgraduate Information Systems MIS070 (0 cp)
  • Business Requirements Analysis MIS701
  • eBusiness Strategies MIS712
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics MIS713
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance MIS732
  • Analysing the Impact of Digital Business MIS741
  • Enterprise Information Management MIS761
  • MIS770/MIS770AFoundation Skills in Data Analysis ^
  • Business Intelligence MIS781
  • Value of Information MIS782
  • Project Management MIS798
  • Information Systems in Practice MIS799
  • ^MIS770A and MPM701A are a Start Anytime units.

    Elective units

    Plus 5 credit points of postgraduate elective units offered by the University (subject to eligibility) which may include the elective units listed below.

    Electives may be used to complete any 4 credit point specialisation offered by the University, subject to meeting eligibility requirements.

  • Business Practicum MWL702 *
  • Team Internship MWL703 *
  • * Special enrolment processes apply to these units.  Please see the handbook entry for MWL702 and MWL703 for more information.

    Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Information Systems
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    M722
    CRICOS code
    052316E
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Bachelor Degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or MQP Extended) OR
    • Other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent 

     

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    This course teaches students the skills required to manage the impact of technologies in organisations, understand the role of technology in managing knowledge and information, and recognise the role of modern information systems in society and business.

    Graduates can move into careers as data analysts, business analysts, systems analysts, e-Business specialists, security analysts, and information systems project leaders.

    Professional recognition

    The Master of Information Systems is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate specialised knowledge and research skills needed to lead and manage the resources and processes associated with information systems within an organisation or social setting.
    Communication Effectively transmit models, frameworks and management theory with consideration to impacts and outcomes to both specialists and non-specialists.
    Digital literacy Expertly apply specialised information application skills relative to information systems settings.
    Critical thinking Apply critical thinking, analytical research skills relative to complex information systems settings.
    Problem solving Formulate and recommend expert solutions based on organisational needs and a critical evaluation of alternatives.
    Self-management Demonstrate autonomy, adaptability and responsibility, self- reflect and critique own performance and identify and plan future development as a professional.
    Teamwork Work collaboratively in teams to produce and share specialised and integrated solutions to complex information systems problems.
    Global citizenship Demonstrate a high standard of ethical, legal, and responsible behaviour in the development and deployment of information systems to meet organisational needs.
       

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor degree in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Bachelor degree in any discipline AND 3 years of relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A ‘same discipline’ award for this course is a Bachelor of Information Systems or in a related ICT discipline or a Bachelor degree in any discipline with an Information Systems Major/Minor or with a specialisation in Information Systems/Information Technology. Relevant work experience is professional work experience in Information Systems or in a position with responsibilities in an Information Systems related field.

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    * A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A "same discipline" award from this course is a Bachelor of Information Systems or in a related ICT discipline with an Information Systems Major/Minor or with a specialisation in Information Systems/Information Technology.
    ^ Relevant work experience is professional work experience either in Information Systems or in a position with responsibilities in an Information Systems related field.

    Alternative exits

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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