Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Arts
Course summary for local students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Arts|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)|
|Length||4 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016||$7,431 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016||Not applicable|
Faculty of Arts and Education
Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 9246 8100 Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 03 5563 3314 Warrnambool
Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
|VTAC Codes||1400416441 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400516441 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400616441 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||D370|
Please note: Students enrolled in this combined course will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong).
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Key dates
The capture, strategic use and associated technology of digital information in the business environment is known as the discipline of Information Systems (IS). This flexible combined degree gives you focused technical skills in IS, along with broad and well-rounded general knowledge in subject areas such as media, politics, journalism or languages.
IS focuses on the business side of technology. It looks at the way that businesses structure their systems of information and the various ways that people and organisations make use of technology to improve their businesses and the way they work.
The role of an IS professional concentrates on applying technology and strategic decision-making to the job of managing vast quantities of a business’s information. This course gives you the skills to analyse existing information systems, develop new systems and find solutions to common IS management issues.
In the arts stream you’ll get to choose from complementary areas of study such as media and communication, international studies, politics and policy, visual communication, journalism, public relations, languages or sociology. An arts degree is designed to help you explore subject areas that awaken your interests and passions, while broadening your knowledge of the world around you.
Combining IS and arts means you can position yourself as an IS professional within a wide range of arts-based industries. You’ll be in the unique position of understanding the special language spoken in both worlds – an attribute that will not only enhance your business relationships but is also highly regarded by employers.
IS graduates are in high demand globally, with one of the highest starting graduate salaries in Australia. An IS degree combined with an arts degree tailored to your interests leads to a wide range of satisfying and rewarding career opportunities.
Professional accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) means your IS degree is recognised in industry, resulting in better job outcomes.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.
Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.
Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.
* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.
The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email firstname.lastname@example.org au for more information about 2016 fees.
Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.
A combined course such as the Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Arts offers you the chance to broaden your career opportunities after graduation. For further information on career outcomes for this combined course, see the entries for Bachelor of Information Systems and Bachelor of Arts.
To complete the Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Arts students must attain a total of 32 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law and 16 credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Education. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) and the Bachelor of Arts (A300) must be satisfied. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.
The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Information Systems include 16 credit points of core units (excluding MWL312) and 2 zero credit point academic induction units.
The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts include a minimum of 4 credits points at level 3 and a major and minor sequence or two majors as described in the Bachelor of Arts (A300).
To assist you in following the course rules:
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate 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. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Prerequisites are units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.