Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems) - 2016

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

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 12 units to complete
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The Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems) is designed to develop versatile IS professionals with competencies and expertise in the major domains of IS (information, technology, process, relationship/alliance building) who can appreciate and exploit the transformational impacts of IS/IT, who understand the complexity associated with managing the IS/IT resource, and who can contribute effectively to delivering value in IS/IT investments in organisations. The course facilitates the development of technical, practical, research, critical analysis and/or creative skills necessary to further support and enhance a successful career in the field of Information Systems and/or in the pursuit of independent life-long learning.

This course provides students with the opportunity to achieve the following objectives:

  1. apply knowledge of the key issues, tasks and roles in an Information Technology environment to business outcomes
  2. demonstrate an understanding of team dynamics and other factors responsible for building social capital and apply this learning to achieve specific outcomes
  3. participate effectively in leading teams and managing stakeholders in the context of complex environments
  4. design and execute projects
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the role of electronic media and communication in organisations and apply this learning in context
  6. identify business objectives and develop procedures and workflows in collaboration with key stakeholders
  7. apply Information Technology strategies to business functions (eg. Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems) students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate a range of theories, models, frameworks, and practices pertaining to Information Systems and apply them in a range of Information Systems, business and organisational contexts
  2. Design and/or source alternative innovative solutions based on soundly articulated business requirements
  3. Draw on an interdisciplinary knowledge base to approach and analyse problems from multiple points of view, make high-level independent judgments to illustrate how IT technology could be used to support an organisational strategic plan
  4. Evaluate, justify and articulate an appropriate response to ethical organisational and IS/IT management issues and dilemmas to a range of different stakeholders with conflicting interests
  5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of IS/IT to improve technological advance and promote innovation as appropriate in various business and organisational environments
  6. Work in a self-reliant, independent manner, show leadership and take initiative where appropriate as well as in a diverse team environment
  7. Articulate and communicate a coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas appropriate for the problem context, the stakeholders, and the business environment.

Masters of Technology (Business Systems)
For admission to a Masters of Technology (Business Systems), applicants require: the successful completion of an undergraduate degree in any discipline equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree.

Pathways entry:
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems) or the Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems) may progress to the Master of Technology (Business Systems).

Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems)
For admission to a Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), applicants require: the successful completion of an undergraduate degree in any discipline equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree.

Pathways entry:
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems) may progress to the Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems).

Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems)
For admission to a Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems), applicants require: the successful completion of an undergraduate degree in any discipline equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree.

Non Graduate Special Entry:
Five (5) years significant relevant work experience 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 Technology (Business Systems) (subject to completing the required pre-requisite units).

Academic Credit
Students with an undergraduate degree may be eligible for an exemption for some or all of the Introductory units.

International Applicants - English Language Requirements
International applicants are also required to demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following:

  • Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%
  • IELTS scores obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18.

Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems) students should enrol in their core units before selecting their electives.

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

To qualify for a Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), a student must complete twelve (12) units of study (150 credit points) as follows:

  • Four (4) Introductory Information Systems core units
  • Six (6) Technology core units
  • Two (2) Information Systems electives from the approved list of electives (without duplicating the elective unit completed as part of the Graduate Certificate and also taking into account the need to first complete any applicable prerequisite units)

Students with a previous tertiary degree in IS or IT from a recognised institution and/or relevant work experience may be eligible for exemptions.

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

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Business Information Systems
INF60007 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Database Analysis and Design
INF60009 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Leading
ORG60001 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Professional Issues in IT
ICT80008 Swinburne - - - SP4

Students with an undergraduate degree may be eligible for an exemption for some or all of these units

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Information, Organisations and Society
INF600051 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Systems Development
INF60003 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Data Management and Business Intelligence
INF60002 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Designing for Human Interaction
INF60004 Swinburne - - - SP4
Managing Projects and Stakeholders
INF70002 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Networked Systems and Communities
INF70003 Swinburne - SP2 - -

1 It is recommended that students complete this unit as early as possible in the program

Complete 2 units from the following 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Adaptive Strategy and Business Sustainability
BUS70002 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Organisational Design: Agility and Sustainability
MGT70005 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Enterprise Systems
INF60012 Swinburne - - - SP4
Corporate Social Responsibility: the Quest for Business Sustainability
ORG70003 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Information Systems for SMEs
INF80036 Swinburne Coming in 2017
Systems Acquisition & Implementation Management
INF80030 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Systems Project Management
INF70005 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Global ICT Practice
INF80039 Swinburne - - SP3 -
Contemporary Issues in Business Analysis
INF80014 Swinburne - - - SP4
Business Process Modelling
INF80028 Swinburne SP1 - - -
Research Project
INF80012 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Business Research Methods
INF80011 Swinburne SP1 - - -

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry to the course with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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

Please note: This course has undergone a change due to changes in the Australian Qualification Framework. Students who started their degree prior to 2015 can continue with the pre2015 course. All students beginning their studies from 2015 will need to study the new course structure.

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