Bachelor of Business Information Systems - 2018

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Course summary - 2018

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Students enrolled into the Bachelor of Business Information Systems can expect to gain technical and analytical skills as well as the ability to assess, evaluate, and communicate the key aspects of IS/IT as an enabler of modern organisations. The growing demand for IS professionals who can provide IS/IT expertise while showing an aptitude towards the organisational environment and the ability to communicate with the business users, means that graduates of this degree can enjoy career opportunities in the professional fields of business analysis, project management, or other fields where IS/IT-requisite skills and knowledge are highly valued. The course also provides individuals with the requisite academic knowledge and skills to undertake further learning at higher levels such as Honours, Graduate Certificate, or Masters (by coursework) within the field of IS/IT and/or an area closely related to IS/IT.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define and integrate theoretical principles applicable to information systems/information technology and apply those principles in a range of practices
  2. Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources in order to make informed judgements on options for innovatively solving a range of problems that arise in information systems/information technology contexts
  3. Apply critical thinking, reflection and judgment in the selection and application of the appropriate IS/IT related concepts, frameworks and/or methods as part of the process to identify and propose solutions to organisational problems
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the professional and ethical issues, dilemmas, and cultural sensitivities pertaining to an information systems/information technology professional in a range of environments
  5. Communicate and articulate clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and innovative ideas appropriate for the problem context, the stakeholders, and the organisational environment
  6. Build on and continuously develop the intellectual independence to be critical and reflective learners, cognisant of new technologies and their implications to business and social environments
  7. Work in a self-reliant, independent and responsible manner, show leadership and take initiative where appropriate, particularly in a collaborative and diverse team environment.

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 view full Admission Criteria for the Bachelor of Business Information Systems, please click here.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; 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

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

You must also meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of 2 units from the Business Pathway; OR
  • Successful completion of 2 units from the Bachelor of Business Information Systems Core or Majors; OR
  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification. VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL); Expected 2018 ATAR: 60; OR
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including a Certificate IV, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions, in respect of courses, to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Please note: If you are not eligible for CSP you can still enrol and study through OUA as a full fee paying student via FEE-HELP or upfront payments. Please refer to the Swinburne University of Technology website for more information.

English language requirements: (International students only)

IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.0 with no individual band below 6.0; or Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 65% and all skills 65% or above; or TOEFL iBT: minimum score 75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20) or equivalent measures available at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/international/apply/entry-requirements/

Follow the study pattern below, taking into account study period availabilities and unit pre-requisites:

  • Complete the 8 core units
  • Choose and complete 8 units in a major
  • 8 units of other studies (co-major, minors or electives)

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.

Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/current/AWOL-and-LOA.html

To qualify for the Bachelor of Business Information Systems students must complete 24 units (300 credit points) comprising of:

  • Eight (8) core Business Information Systems units of study (100 credit points)
  • Eight (8) units of study from an Information Systems discipline major (100 credit points)
  • PLUS Other studies (100 credit points) comprising:
    • a second major from the business discipline (8 units); OR
    • One co-major from another discipline (8 units); OR
    • 1 to 2 minor/s, and/or single unit electives.

Regardless of any credit awarded within this degree, students must complete a minimum of 8 units of study with Swinburne University as part of this degree.

Majors

Majors

Business Analysis
Business today is faced with a number of economic, social and environmental changes and challenges. This major offers approaches to analysing and developing creative solutions to these changes and challenges. You'll develop the skills needed to analyse the requirements of users and learn how to find ways to transform business through technology. 

Data Analytics
Data drives business. In this major, you'll learn how business intelligence and business analytics are used to solve 'wicked problems' and provide business insight. These systems add strategic value to a business- they add insight into the behaviour of consumers, create organisational benchmarking, improved efficiency, and form strategic scenarios to inform decision-making activities. Discover how business agility can be improved through an understanding of big data.

Electives

Students can complete up to 8 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 MTH10002 Dealing with Numbers as an elective before enrolling in STA10003 Foundations of Statistics.
 

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Business Information Systems
INF10003 SWI SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Database Analysis and Design (Previously INF20004 Database Concepts and Modelling)
INF10002 SWI SP1 - - -
Programming Concepts (Previously COS10012)
ICT10013 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Requirements Analysis and Modelling (Previously INF10006 Information Systems Fundamentals)
INF20003 SWI SP1 - - -
Information Technology Project Management
INF30029 SWI - - SP3 SP4
Financial Information for Decision Making
ACC10007 SWI SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Problem Solving with ICT
ICT10001 SWI - - SP3 -
Introduction to Management
MGT100011 SWI SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 Do NOT complete this unit if IBA111 offered by Griffith University has already been completed as they are equivalent.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Enterprise Systems
INF20012 SWI SP1 - - -
Business Information Systems Analysis (Previously INF20002 Business Analysis and Modelling)
INF30003 SWI - - SP3 -
Business Process Management
INF30005 SWI SP1 - - SP4
Professional Issues in Information Technology
ICT30005 SWI - SP2 - -
Information Systems Management (Previously INF20006 Management Support Systems)
INF30018 SWI SP1 - - -
Information Systems Risk & Security
INF30020 SWI - - SP3 -
Business Information Systems Industry Project
INF30027 SWI SP1 - - -
Business Analytics
INF30030 SWI - - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation (Previously 'Business Intelligence')
INF30004 SWI - - SP3 -
Professional Issues in Information Technology
ICT30005 SWI - SP2 - -
Information Systems Management (Previously INF20006 Management Support Systems)
INF30018 SWI SP1 - - -
Information Systems Risk & Security
INF30020 SWI - - SP3 -
Business Information Systems Industry Project
INF30027 SWI SP1 - - -
Big Data Management
INF20016 SWI SP1 - - -
Knowledge Management and Analytics
INF30015 SWI - SP2 - -
Business Analytics
INF30030 SWI - - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Financial Statistics
FIN10002 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Macroeconomic Policy
ECO20004 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Managerial Economics and Strategy
ECO20003 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Economic Policy in Society
ECO30002 SWI - - SP3 -
Data Analysis and Econometrics
ECO30003 SWI - - - SP4
International Trade and Finance
FIN30013 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Economic Development
ECO30001 SWI - SP2 - -
Environmental Economics
ECO20001 SWI SP1 - - -
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Fundamentals of Marketing
MKT10007 SWI SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Marketing Research
MKT20019 SWI SP1 - - -
Integrated Marketing Communication
MKT20021 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Consumer Behaviour
MKT20025 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Marketing and Communication Information and Decision Making
MKT30015 SWI - - SP3 -
Marketing Strategy and Planning
MKT30016 SWI SP1 - - -
Branding, Innovation and Design
MKT30017 SWI - SP2 - -
Marketing Channel Design and Integration
MKT20023 SWI - - SP3 -
Product and Service Innovation Management
MKT20024 SWI SP1 - - -
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Macroeconomic Policy
ECO20004 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Managerial Economics and Strategy
ECO20003 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Environmental Economics
ECO20001 SWI SP1 - - -
FIN20012
Banking Operations and Governance (Previously Banking and Financial Institutions Management)
FIN20013 SWI - SP2 - -
International Trade and Finance
FIN30013 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Economic Development
ECO30001 SWI - SP2 - -
Economic Policy in Society
ECO30002 SWI - - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internet Design Introduction
DIG22 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Programming for Digital Design
DIG24 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Web Authoring Design
DIG31 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Internet Project Development
DIG33 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Fundamentals of Marketing
MKT10007 SWI SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Consumer Behaviour
MKT20025 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Marketing Communication
MKT20021 SWI - SP2 - SP4
Marketing Strategy and Planning
MKT30016 SWI SP1 - - -
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Business Communication
COM12 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM127 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Media Relations
CMM220 GRF SP1 - SP3 -
Media Law
CMM26 GRF SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Management Communication
COM21 GRF - SP2 - SP4

Students working towards the Public Relations minor need only complete two of the following units: COM21, COM26, COM220.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Programming
CPT120 RMI SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Programming 1
CPT121 RMI SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Programming in C
CPT220 RMI - SP2 - SP4
Scripting Language Programming
CPT223 RMI SP1 - - -
Web Programming
CPT270 RMI - SP2 - SP4
Object-Oriented Programming in C++
CPT323 RMI SP1 - - -

Students interested in developing their programming skills may wish to study units from the list of recommended IT electives.

Advanced Standing

Students who are considering enrolling into a Swinburne undergraduate degree may apply for academic credit of up to sixteen [16] units based on prior credentialed or non-credentialed learning. Students wishing to apply for credit (referred to as ‘exemptions’) can do so on the basis of:

  • Credentialed Learning - previous formal post-secondary studies taken at another educational institution or in another sector or in another course or
  • Non-credentialed Learning - Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience and/or formal training or a combination of both.

Broad Conditions

  • Study older than 10 years may need to be approved by an Academic Assessor.
  • Students must complete at least eight [8] Swinburne undergraduate units to be eligible to graduate with a Swinburne undergraduate award.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/advanced-standing-rpl.html

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

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  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

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If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
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Australia

Withdrawal of Tourism Management Major, Co-Major and Minor from 2018.

Students undertaking the Tourism Management stream should have completed the major, co-major or minor by the end of 2017. If not, the units completed towards the major, co-major or minor may be used as electives depending on the number of units completed.

Bachelor of Business Information Systems Course Transfers.

For students who are transitioning to the new course, Bachelor of Business Information Systems, please refer to the OUA Course Transition pagefor more information.

Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) 2014-2017 Transition Arrangements

The Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) changed to the Bachelor of Business Information Systems from Study Period 1, 2017.  Please refer to the Teach out and Transition information below to see how you are affected by these changes.

If you are continuing in the Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) it is imperative that you take in to consideration the last offerings of any units that are in teach out.

BTech Teach Out & Transition Information 2015-2018

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