Introduction to Information systems
Use technology to create everlasting change in the world we live in. Understand the ways in which we collect, process and store information.
By choosing this field, you can combine your personal interests with technology. You may choose a path in geographical information systems, business information systems, accounting information systems or something else entirely.
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Operate and manage information systems for businesses
Get to know the IT systems that businesses use to make sense of data. You’ll develop the core skills needed by information systems professionals–including business analysts. Gain access to a wide-reaching business network. Future-proof your career.
1 year full time or part time equivalent
Bridge the gap between IT and business
Find and implement IT solutions for business problems. You’ll study digital enterprise, cyber security, and systems analysis. Build your professional skills including communication and investigation. Electives include big data and blockchain, and more.
2 years full time or part time equivalent
A double degree in IT and business
Combine tech and business skills to unlock careers from software development to international business. You’ll learn how technology is crucial for business success. Focus your double degree with majors including cybersecurity, UX, and marketing.
Online & on-campus
4 years full time or part time equivalent
Keep pace with advanced database developments
Explore today’s tech that enables transparent information sharing. After covering the basics of blockchain you’ll delve into real-world applications like FinTech and NFTs. Think about distributed ledger technology and its risks and opportunities.
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Information systems study FAQs
There’s never been a better time to study information systems. Every industry we interact with on a day-to-day basis—be that retail, health, community, or sales—depends on information systems to ensure that its technology does what it's supposed to do.
By studying information systems, you’ll graduate with a broad range of opportunities at your fingertips. You may end up working in information technology—putting the technical side of your studies to use by designing technological solutions. Or you could end up following a more business-minded path, by becoming a business analyst who helps organisations reach their goals with the aid of technology.
With a degree in information systems, you may end up working with geographical information systems, business information systems or accounting information systems. Here’s the difference:
Geographical information systems (GIS)
A GIS, as it’s known in the industry, is a computer system used for storing, checking and relaying data in relation to its position on the Earth’s surface. This might include streets, buildings, vegetation and more.
Business information systems:
These systems allow organisations to manage their work effectively. This is usually via computer systems and technology including hardware, software and data storage.
Accounting information systems:
This type of information system collects and stores financial data, keeping it ready for financial decision-makers. The people who use accounting information systems include accountants, auditors and chief financial officers.
The difficulty of your studies depends on a range of factors. But here at Open Universities Australia, we are firm believers that with time, effort and motivation, you can achieve anything you set out to.
Typically, information systems degrees may come more naturally to those who are technically-minded—that is, those with a strong ability to understand how computers work and who aren’t scared of giving new tech a go.
The benefits of studying online are undeniable, no matter what you study. However, information systems is particularly suited.
Your online classrooms will emulate the kinds of working environments you may end up employed in, teaching you how to build relationships online, a skill you’ll use down the track in information systems career paths.
Unlike fields such as medicine or teaching, there are a range of ways to get into information systems as a career. No single course is the correct pathway.
If you’re new to university study, you may want to begin with a short course or bachelor degree in a related field within information technology. If you’re coming to study with some years of experience in the field, you may be able to use your experience to enter a masters degree.
Once you have a related degree under your belt, you can apply for jobs with confidence.
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What do you learn in an information systems course?
Information systems courses empower you to understand how software across industries is stored and used in society. You’ll build skills to design technology that meets the needs of customers, healthcare patients, community members and more.
Depending on the course you choose, you can expect to cover:
- How to solve business problems through technology
- How to use Java programming and database technology
- Cross-functional skills such as business analysis, cloud computing, cyber security, big data and more
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