Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Arts

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Arts
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length4 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 2016Not applicable
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education

 

Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
artsed@deakin.edu.au

 

Tel 03 9246 8100 Burwood (Melbourne)

artsed@deakin.edu.au

 

Tel 03 5563 3314 Warrnambool
artsed@deakin.edu.au 

 

 

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

VTAC Codes1400416441 - 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 sub-headings

Course overview

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

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 place
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 Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or the full fee paying annual indicative course fee shown in the table above 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 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.

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 fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study Load and unit fee

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. You can find the unit fee, credit point and EFTSL value for each unit by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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.

Course rules

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).

Course structure

Units

To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) and Bachelor of Arts (A300) to view the units to be completed.

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.