Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 8 units to complete
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The Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems has been designed to provide a fundamental overview of the use and management of information systems in organisations together with a high level overview of the systems and some of the key knowledge and skills required to work as an analyst in this area. It provides an entry point for professionals with an undergraduate degree in IS/IT or reasonable practical experience, to commence with broad based study of IS management, business analysis, IT project management and enterprise information management. The Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems provides a foundation for the Graduate Diploma and Masters level in which students can pursue these specialisations as well as study of professional issues in the IT industry.

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems, graduates will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects and inter-disciplinary nature of information systems in organisations.
  2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the underpinnings of information systems, including business analysis, requirements analysis, database design and analysis, the management of information systems, IT project management and professional issues
  3. Critically evaluate a range of theories and practices pertaining to the use of information systems in organisations, and apply them in the context of business analysis, project management and information management.
  4. Draw on their interdisciplinary knowledge base to approach and analyse organisational problems from both a broader information systems perspective and the specific perspective of business analysis, project management or information management.
  5. Communicate effectively with key stakeholders, develop effective working relationships, and appreciate the social, political and cultural contexts in which these key stakeholders interact.

Graduates may find employment in roles such as ICT project manager, business analyst, business intelligence developer, applications manager, project resource officer, enterprise solutions architect, enterprise risk specialist, ICT risk manager or PMO manager.

Standard entry
Successful completion of an Undergraduate Degree in any discipline equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree.
 
Students with an undergraduate degree in IS or IT may be eligible for up to 4 exemptions and depending on the number of exemption(s) given, will need to complete at least 4 more units to qualify for the award.
 
Special entry
A special entry provision is available for applicants without an appropriate qualification but who have significant relevant work experience (usually at least five years) and evidence of academic capability (e.g. successful completion of a Certificate or Diploma course at a TAFE with high grades or attaining a GMAT of 550 or higher). Such applicants may be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems. 
 
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems, students may progress to the Master of Business Information Systems and will be given full credit for the units completed.
 
English Language Requirements (International students only)
Swinburne University English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18; OR, equivalent levels of English language proficiency using other English language tests or measures as approved by the Senior DVC & Provost.

Swinburne University will provide new students with advice about their unit enrolments at the start of their study program.

Students should complete:

  • 7 Core units; and
  • 1 Elective unit

Students should complete any prerequisites before enrolling in the advanced units.

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 award of Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems students must complete 8 units of study (100 credit points) as follows:
  • 7 core Business Information Systems units (87.5 credit points)
  • 1 elective unit (12.5 credit points)
Students with a previous tertiary degree in IS or IT from a recognised institution and/or relevant work experience may be eligible for exemptions. 

International student visa holders are required to study full-time.

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

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Business Information Systems
INF60007 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Database Analysis and Design
INF60009 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Requirements Analysis and Modelling
INF60010 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Professional Issues in IT
ICT80008 Swinburne - - - SP4
Technology Essentials for Managers
INF80042 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Strategic Project Management
INF70005 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Contemporary Issues in Business Analysis
INF80014 Swinburne - - - SP4
Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Global ICT Practice
INF80039 Swinburne - - SP3 -
ORG60001

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.

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

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • 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

Find out more about FEE-HELP

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:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

2014 - 2017 Transition Arrangements

The course suite has undergone some course structure changes over the past few years. For further information, please refer to the PDF files below:

 MITPM_OUA_Transition_Information_2014-2017.pdf

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