Bachelor of Information Systems

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Information Systems
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$9,065 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555

VTAC Codes1400414211 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514211 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614211 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code M340

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Information Systems aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to build a career as an information systems professional and to recognise the value of the contribution they can make to society as a professional.

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 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.

Career opportunities

Work integrated learning is a core component of this degree.  An 'Industry Campus' program facilitates formal engagement between students and employers.  This program aims to ensure that every student has multiple touch points with employers of information systems graduates and information systems professionals during their degree to help students identify potential employers and understand the career outcomes available to them.

Course rules

The Bachelor of Information Systems is a 24 credit point course consisting of up to 17 credit points of core units from the Department of Information and Business Analytics and up to 8 credit points of general electives to enable students to include a 6 or 8 credit point major sequence.

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)

plus eight credit points of general elective units or if you have completed the 2 credit point unit, MIS396, 7 credit points of general elective units.

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.

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, including 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

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) study in Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.