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Degree structure

Degree details

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

  1. Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the inter-disciplinary nature of information systems in organisations
  2. Critically evaluate 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. Critically 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, as a member or leader of a team. 

The Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems leads to work at a junior level as business analysts, IT Administrator, change managers project managers, information assurance managers and information managers.

Professional recognition

The GC-BIS is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society

Higher education

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree.

Students with a recognised bachelor degree in Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT) may be eligible for up to 4 exemptions (out of 8 subjects). 

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 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 70% & ll skills 65% or above
  • TOEFL iBT: 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
  • PTE Academic: 58 (no communicative skill less than 50)

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 bachelor 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. 

Recommended Study Pattern

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. 

Taking time off from study (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: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/current-students/manage-course/enrolment-timetable/time-off/

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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