Master of Information Systems

Course 864AS (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Dr Wally Smith


Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne

Tel: + 61 3 8344 6404
Fax: +61 3 8344 5803

Course Overview: The Master of Information Systems (MIS) 100 point program is a professional degree for those seeking an advanced career in IT management and digital business. The MIS is taught in the Department of Information Systems.

The key objective of the MIS is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to manage and change business processes through information and communications technology (ICT) and information systems. The MIS is also designed to connect students with the real world of IT Management through the industry links of staff teaching in the program.

The degree covers recent developments in IT infrastructure, applications, and emerging technologies. It also covers IT strategy, IT governance, IT project and change management, achieving compliance, protecting against threats, and IT service provision. The program contains a wide range of elective subjects, allowing the student to organise their study towards particular careers in IT Management and digital business.

In addition to these essential areas of knowledge, students should also gain a broad business and real world perspective together with experience in applying business communication, interpersonal, and team skills to real situations. Critical thinking and analytical skills are honed through a mixture of advanced teaching models including case-based, experiential, and team-based approaches

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Students normally complete the following four core subjects:

IS skills

  • 615-671 Business Applications and Architectures
  • 615-652 Emerging Technologies and Issues
IS Management
  • 615-660 Information Systems Strategy and Governance.
  • 615-683 Impact of Digitisation

plus four elective subjects as approved by the Department of Information Systems.

100 point MIS students will meet with the MIS Coordinator to customize the course where prior experience or study covers knowledge in the core subjects and to select electives.

The following information systems elective subjects are available in 2010:

  • 615-644 Data Warehousing
  • 615-655 Business to Business Electronic Commerce
  • 615-656 Knowledge Management Systems
  • 615-657 Enterprise Systems
  • 615-659 Advanced IS Project Management
  • 615-661 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in IT
  • 615-662 Advanced IS Change Management
  • 615-670 Internet Software Development Principles
  • 615-672 Pervasive Computing
  • 615-684 Models of IS Project Management
  • 615-685 Managing In-house IT Service Provision
  • 615-687 ICT Contract Law Basics
  • 615-688 ICT Outsourcing Contract Management
  • 615-692 Organisational Behaviour for IS Managers
  • 615-610 Research Methods in Information Systems
  • 615-690 Minor Research Project in IS (25 points)
Subject Options:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1
Not offered in 2010
Not offered in 2010
Not offered in 2010
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have:

  • a four-year Honours degree in Information Systems with at least H3 (65%) average in the final year of study or equivalent; or
  • an undergraduate degree in Information Systems with at least H3 (65%) average in the final year of study or equivalent and two years documented relevant work experience; or
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline, one year documented relevant work experience and the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems with at least H3 (65%) average or equivalent; or
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline and the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems with at least H3 (65%) average or equivalent.
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.

Further Study:

An entry pathway to PhD is possible if students complete the following elective subjects:

  • 615-610 Research Methods in Information Systems; and
  • 615-690 Minor Research Project in IS (25 points).
Graduate Attributes:

Graduates will have the ability to demonstrate advanced independent critical inquiry, analysis and reflection. The degree has significant engagement and involvement from local and international practicing information systems professionals.

Graduating students qualify for membership of the appropriate professional body, the Australian Computer Society, and are informed by the most up-to-date evidence based research in information systems throughout the degree.

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