Degree structure

Degree details

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Diploma 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
  6. Demonstrate creativity and flexibility in the application of knowledge and skills to new situations, to solve complex problems, to respond to ethical organisational and IS/IT issues and dilemmas, and to think rigorously and independently.

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 8 more units to qualify for the award.

Students with other tertiary degree (i.e., graduate certificate) in IS or IT may be eligible for exemptions on a case-by-case basis

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 Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems, and will be given full credit for the units completed towards the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems.

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 at http://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 Diploma of Business Information Systems has been designed to provide a substantial understanding of the use and management of information systems in organisations. Students gain an overview of the technologies and look at management areas such as IS risk management, enterprise architecture, IS strategy and governance. Students will undertake initial study of business analysis and IT project management in the Graduate Diploma and also select one of these topics, or Enterprise Information Management, as a specialisation. The Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems thus prepares students for more specialised work in a chosen area, or the opportunity to continue further studies at a Masters level. The availability of electives in the program offers students the option of broadening or deepening their study. 

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 Introductory core subjects
  • 2 Intermediate core subjects
  • 2 Electives
  • 1 Subject from a chosen Specialisation

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 Diploma of Business Information Systems students must complete 12 subjects of study (150 credit points) as follows:

  • Nine (9) core Business Information Systems subjects (112.5 credit points)
  • One (1) specialisation subject (12.5 credit points)
  • Two (2) electives (25 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.

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