Bachelor of Information Systems

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Information Systems
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeM340

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Information systems (IS) refers to the business side of technology. It looks at the way businesses structure their systems of information and the various ways that people and organisations make use of technology to improve their processes ad workflows. This course gives you the skills to analyse existing information systems, develop new systems and find solutions to common IS management issues.

Digital information has revolutionised the way the world does business. The discipline of information systems is about the capture, strategic use and associated technology of digital information in the business environment. The role of an information systems professional focuses on applying technology and strategic decision-making to the job of managing vast quantities of a business’s information.

In this course you’ll focus on developing and applying information technology solutions to real-life business problems. For example, you’ll learn how to perform basic SQL (Structured Query Language) queries and develop the ability to critically analyse an organisation’s information needs so that you can decide on the best information management approach.

To get a broad understanding of the context of IS in a modern business setting, you’ll cover areas such as data storage, professional ethics in the digital age, IS strategies relating to social media and mobile technology, infrastructure and the Cloud.

Work-integrated learning is a core component of this degree.  Our 'Industry Campus' program gives you the opportunity to work with real-life IS problems in real-life workplaces with real-life IS professionals.  This means you’ll broaden your professional networks, boost your employability and get a chance to explore the various career paths available to you.

IS graduates are in high demand globally, and with high graduate salaries on offer an IS degree can set you up for a satisfying and rewarding career. Diverse career opportunities include specialist information systems roles, such as project manager, business analyst, security analyst, database developer, web designer and information systems project leader.

Professional accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) means your degree is recognised in industry, resulting in better job outcomes.


Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Develop and apply broad and coherent knowledge of the foundation theories, concepts and practice of Information Systems within an organisation or social setting.
Communication Communicate ideas and concepts, with consideration to impacts and outcomes, to specialist and non-specialist audiences (using appropriate tools, technologies and techniques).
Digital literacy Use appropriate technologies to source, evaluate and analyse information relevant to a variety of issues and contexts in information systems.
Critical thinking Apply critical and creative thinking skills in a variety of information systems settings.
Problem solving Identify and model problems and articulate broad solutions related to authentic situations in the field of Information Systems.
Self-management Demonstrate intellectual independence and reflect on  self-performance to identify and plan future professional development.
Teamwork Work collaboratively in diverse teams to produce and share solutions to information systems or other business or social problems.
Global citizenship Demonstrate ethical, legal, and responsible behaviour in the development and deployment of information systems to meet stakeholder needs.

Approved by Faculty Board October 2014.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$9,065Not applicable$25,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Information Systems, students must attain a total of 24 credit points.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

To complete the course you must include:-

  • Up to 17 credit points of core units (including one Work Integrated Learning unit)
  • Up to 8 credit points of elective units (which may include a 6 or 8 credit point major sequence)
  • MCA010 Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)
  • MIS010 Academic Induction for the Bachelor of Information Systems (0 credit point unit)

Course structure

Core units

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies (0 cp)

MIS010Academic Induction for the Bachelor of Information Systems (0 cp)

MIS203Making Sense of Information #

MIS171Business Analytics

MIS201Business Requirements Analysis

MIS202Managing Data and Information

MIS211IS Services, Infrastructure and the Cloud

MIS231Professional Ethics in the Digital Age

MIS271Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

MIS276Design Thinking

MWL201Community Based Volunteering

MIS312Social Media and Mobile Strategies

MIS313Strategic Supply Chain Management

MIS352Business Process Management

MIS372Predictive Analytics

MIS398Project Management

MIS399Applied Business Project

plus one unit of Work Integrated Learning chosen from:

MWL202Team Projects

MWL203Work Based Learning

MWL301Team Internship

MWL303Business Internship

MWL311Industry Based Learning (3mth)

MWL312Industry Based Learning (6mth)

# This unit was previously coded MIS102

Elective units

Plus eight credit points of general elective units or if you have completed the 2 credit point unit, MWL312, 7 credit points of general elective units.