In today's world, information has pervaded every aspect of business organisations. As such, the study of Information Systems and the supporting technology is vital for any student entering the business world. The emphasis is on the effective use of information and information technology within an organisation and the development of systems for solving business problems.
The Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) aims to create information systems (IS) professionals who add value to the organisation by having both a strong technical background and the ability to liaise with team members and other stakeholders including clients.
The degree incorporates a breadth of knowledge around the technology fundamentals including programming, databases, networking and web design. An appreciation of the overall architecture of information systems and design issues around human-computer interaction are an integral part of the degree course.
The course curriculum provides students with skills in communication, requirements analysis, information systems lifecycles and development, Information Systems strategy, research and project management.
This degree prepares students for careers as Information Systems professionals. Depending on electives chosen, direct career outcomes include entry-level roles as business analysts/programmers, systems consultants and junior project managers. With additional work experience, and professional development, subsequent careers may include roles such as Database Administrator (DBA), Chief Information Officer (CIO) and other senior management positions.
To receive the award of Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems), students must successfully complete 24 units, and meet the following requirements:
- At least eight units must be Swinburne University of Technology units
- Complete the Information Systems Major consisting of 12 core units AND
- Complete 12 electives OR
- Complete 1 Co-major sequence of 8 units plus 4 electives OR
- Complete 2 minor sequences of 4 units (8 in total), plus 4 electives OR
- Complete 1 minor sequence of 4 units plus 8 electives
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Students may be eligible for credit for previous studies up to a maximum of 16 units. If applying for credit, complete documentation, including original transcripts of academic records or certified copies, unit outlines and an explanation of the grading system, must be sent to the Open Universities Australia Coordinator at Swinburne. Please note that credit cannot be gained for subjects completed more than 10 years ago.
Registering in this Course
Students should register with Swinburne University of Technology for the degree by completing a Degree Registration form and paying the required fee, in order to receive advice on credit, unit selection and degree information. The non-refundable $200 fee is payable when the form is submitted.
The Degree Registration form can be downloaded from Swinburne's Open Universities Australia site.
Recommended Study Pattern
To get the most out of this course, students are recommended to follow these steps:
- CIS11 Information Methods
- Follow the order of the Information Systems Major
- Complete the required number of elective units
Course Admission Eligibility Criteria
(Commonwealth supported place)
In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, students must meet the following requirements:
- 3 OUA Undergraduate units or equivalent at pass level
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places.
How to Apply
The Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) is open to all students and does not require an Application process. Simply add units from the Course units tab to your Study Cart to begin your enrolment.
Commonwealth Supported Places
The Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) is also eligible for Commonwealth supported places. To enrol in this course as a Commonwealth supported student, you can submit your application by clicking on the Apply online button below. Please ensure you check the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth supported place in this course in the Requirements Tab.
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places or call 1300 322 870.
If you require an application form in an alternative format please phone a CSP Student Advisor on 1800 870 322.
About Commonwealth supported places
A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government provides funding to the university towards the cost of your education. Commonwealth supported places are only available for students who wish to enrol in a full course of study and are required to contribute to the cost of their higher education through a student contribution. Eligible students in Commonwealth supported places can also receive assistance with their student contribution in the form of HECS-HELP.
To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:
- An Australian citizen OR;
- A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR;
- The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
For more information and to download an information booklet on the eligibility requirements and the payment options available including the process for applying for HECS-HELP assistance, please visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/
Alternatively if you do not wish to apply as a Commonwealth supported place student or are not eligible, you can still apply to study this course or units within this course. Click on the Course units tab above to find out more.
Please note that depending on the course eligibility requirements, you may be required to provide scanned and certified copies of the following supporting documents:
- Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.(Please ensure you attach all pages of your academic transcript including both the front and back pages)
A “certified copy” is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person. These include a justice of the peace, lawyer, medical practitioner, pharmacist, accountant, school principal or minister of religion.
- English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
- IMPORTANT: Please do not send original documents as they will not be returned.
Pricing and Payment Options
The total cost of completing a degree will vary depending on the course you have chosen to study.
Fees can also vary according to the type of unit you enrol in and the applicable fee band. Below is a guide to help you find the fees applicable for your own study path.
Please also note that the fees listed here are only indicative costs for new students in 2012. These fees may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks.
Students must complete all twelve units in the Information Systems major.
Students completing the course can complete up to 12 elective units. Electives can be any undergraduate unit offered by Open Universities Australia.
Students can select their minor sequences from those listed below. Students can complete a co-major in Economics, Marketing or Tourism Management as listed below.
Students without previous mathematics are advised to study SSK17 Dealing with Numbers as an elective before enrolling in STA102 Foundations of Statistics.
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