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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.

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:

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:

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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