Degree structure

Degree details

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.

Higher Education

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.

Work and Life

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 Proficiency Requirements

For International students only:

IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5; or Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 70% and all skills 65% or above; or TOEFL iBT: minimum score 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20); or equivalent measures available athttp://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/international/apply/entry-requirements/

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

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.

Recommended Study Pattern

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

Students should complete:

  • 7 Core subjects
  • 1 Elective subject

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

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne subjects 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

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems students must complete 8 subjects of study (100 credit points) as follows:

  • 7 core Business Information Systems subjects (87.5 credit points)
  • 1 elective subject (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 subjects that you have already passed.

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