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|Year and Campus:||2009|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Science Student Centre
Old Geology building
University of Melbourne
Telephone +61 3 8344 6404
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There is no further new student intake into this course after 2007.
The combined Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Information Systems course provides a course of study for students who want to combine their training in a scientific discipline with the ability to imagine, design, build, and use information systems applications. As a knowledge-intensive discipline, science increasingly relies on these abilities as well as on specific content knowledge. The graduates of this course readily find employment across a spectrum of scientific careers, particularly those that involve the collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of data, and the technical and organisational skills to convert that data into useful information.
Upon completion of the course, students should:
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Students must complete a minimum (and maximum) of 500 points. Within the 500 points students must ensure that they satisfy the requirements of both the science component and the information systems component as specified below.
The final first year intake into the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Information Systems course was at the start of 2007. In addition to the information below, current BIS students should refer to other resources regarding course requirements and appropriate subject selection:
The description of the BSc/BIS course has changed over recent years. Students may complete this course as defined by the current structure or a structure detailed in a previous year's handbook, applicable to any year the student was enrolled in the course.
Science majors available in this course
All students in the Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Science are required to complete a science major.
A science major is defined as 50 points at third year level in an approved science discipline.
The descriptions of science majors may vary from year to year. Students may complete a major as defined by the current structure or structure detailed in a previous year's handbook applicable to any year the student was enrolled in the course.
The following science majors are available to BIS/BSc students:
A minimum of 237.5 science points is required, which must include at least 237.5 science points, comprising:
Information systems component
Students must complete a minimum of 212.5 points of information systems studies, comprising:
First year level Core information systems subjects and approved alternatives offered in 2009
615-110 Foundations of Information Systems (enrolment by invitation of Head of Department)
615-150 Organisational Processes (enrolment by invitation of Head of Department)
600-151 Informatics 1: Practical Computing (replaces 615-145)
600-152 Informatics 2: People, Data and the Web (replaces 615-240)
Students must include either 615-160 Tools of Analysis (prior to 2008) or any first year level mathematics and statistics subject as part of the total 500 course points in the BSc/BIS.
Second year level Core information systems subjects and approved alternatives offered in 2009
600-206 Informatics 3: Content Management (replaces 615-230)
615-240 Concepts in Software Development II (enrolment by invitation of Head of Department)
Please note: the core subject 615-252 Electronic Commerce will not be offered in 2009. It will be replaced by a new third year level subject ICT Based Inter-organisational Processes to be offered for the first time in 2010 (subject to approval).
Third year level Core information systems subjects offered in 2009
Second year level Elective information systems subjects offered in 2009
Third year level Elective information systems subjects offered in 2009
Business-oriented subjects offered in 2009
Select one business-oriented subject from this list.
Balance of points towards the 500 points of the BSc/BISStudents must select Faculty of Science subjects to complete the remaining 50 points and must include either 615-160 Tools of Analysis (prior to 2008) or any first year level mathematics and statistics subject as part of the total 500 course points in the BSc/BIS.
There is no new student intake into this course after 2007.
For enquiries about admission requirements for later year entry into this program, please contact the Science Student Centre.
|Core Participation Requirements:||It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.|
Honours and Masters level studies are available as indicated at
In science/information systems at the University of Melbourne, we expect to educate our students in the fundamental skills of transforming information into knowledge and using technology to manage knowledge in organisations. These outcomes are fully consistent with the University's general ambition for our graduates, and emphasise the transferability of the skills practised in science and in information systems.
The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Information Systems degrees aim to educate and train students in both science and information technology areas of study. Through their scientific training, these graduates have a broad knowledge of science across a range of disciplines, with a higher level of understanding in one or more of these disciplines. They also have an appreciation of the historical background and evolution of scientific concepts. They have the knowledge, skills and attitude to enable them to adapt to scientific, technological and social change and have a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning.
Through their training in information systems, these graduates also understand the issues involved in the design, specification, and creation of information systems, and the human and organisational arrangements needed to use information systems to achieve organisational goals.
Science/information systems graduates are particularly strong in their cognitive skills. They are able to:
These and other analytical skills are essential for understanding, and effectively communicating with others on issues relating to complex organisational situations and the potential and performance of information systems. As information systems graduates they will have the skills necessary to:
Graduates are familiar and comfortable working with computer hardware and software, telecommunications, databases and data structures, information technology architectures, and information technology infrastructures. They have practical experience in these areas enabling them to assess the current and future capability of information technology. They therefore know the potential of information technology to add value in an organisation, knowledge that is vital to the successful implementation and use of information systems.
Graduates in science/information systems are able to be creative in their approach to scientific or technology-related issues. They are used to formulating hypotheses which can be tested for validity. They can extrapolate from the known to the unknown and are comfortable working with analogues rather than needing to deal with literal situations.
The science and technology disciplines value clear reporting. Consequently, the science/information systems graduate has developed skills of efficient and effective communication of ideas and results, whether in the accepted modes of scientific and business report writing or through more informal oral presentations. Graduates recognise the need to present information and ideas in an effective written form that is appropriate to the purpose and the reader.
These graduates are adept at activity planning as well as the application of theory to practice. Some students will have found collaborative learning an efficient tool, while others will find their practical work enhanced by effective teamwork.
Through the need to manage the multiplicity of tasks (lectures, laboratory and assignment work) and the professional skills program these graduates have developed professional skills within their program of study. They:
|Generic Skills:||A detailed description of the generic skils expected of a graduate of the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Information Systems is included under 'Graduate Attributes'.|
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