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|Year and Campus:||2009|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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University of Melbourne
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There is no first year intake into this course after 2008.
The degree in information systems focuses on the design, specification, and creation of information systems, and on the human and organisational arrangements needed to use information systems to achieve organisational goals. To cover these increasingly interrelated topics, the course offers study in five key areas: information systems, information technology, organisations, analytical skills, and professional competencies.
|Objectives:||The objective of the Bachelor of Information Systems course is to prepare students to be part of teams that imagine, specify, design, justify, build, implement, manage and use information systems. To accomplish this objective, graduates must understand how to use information technology, including hardware, software, and telecommunications, as a conduit for the value-added information content of formal organisational systems. This understanding is based on a solid theoretical grounding in both technology and organisations, as well as on experience working both individually and in teams to apply the theory to practice.|
The final first year intake into the Bachelor of Information Systems course was at the start of 2008. 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 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.
Students must complete a minimum (and maximum) of 300 points of approved studies, comprising:
Students may not undertake more than 112.5 points at first year level towards this course.
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)
800-101 Critical Thinking With Data (replaces 615-160)
316-130 Quantitative Methods 1 (alternative replacement for 615-160)
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.
|Entry Requirements:||There is no first year intake into this course after 2008.|
|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
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Information Systems course, students should:
|Generic Skills:||Specific capabilities will be developed through work in the five key areas of the course. |
1. Information systems
This is the central theme of the course: information systems collect, process, store, and distribute information so that it can be used to make decisions, to keep track of resources, and to plan for the future. Particular focus is placed on imagining, specifying, designing, justifying, building, implementing, managing, and using information systems to add value in organisations.
2. Information technology
An understanding of the potential of information technology to add value is essential to the successful implementation and use of information systems. Students will become familiar with computer hardware and software, telecommunications, databases and data structures, information technology architectures, and information technology infrastructures. Practical experience in these areas will help students learn how to assess the current and future capability of information technology.
To implement information systems efficiently and effectively in organisations requires the ability to analyse and understand organisational functions, processes, environments, characteristics, and cultures. This organisational perspective on information systems, and its relationship to the technical perspective developed in the information technology theme, is a distinguishing characteristic of the Bachelor of Information Systems course.
4. Analytical skills
Effective design, development, and implementation of information systems in organisations requires a broad range of analytical skills, including data classification and modelling, information mapping and representation, systems analysis and design, and statistics. These and other analytical skills are essential for understanding, and communicating about, complex organisational situations and the potential and performance of information systems.
5. Professional competencies
Graduates will, in the course of their jobs, work with people across a broad spectrum of technical and business interests and skills. Success in these interactions will require a well-developed set of personal competencies, including listening, collecting and synthesising information, writing, presenting, and working in teams.
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