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2016 BIS top students

Postgraduate Students

Semester 1

Jiang Zhu

Jiang ZhuFirst Place in INFS6018 Managing Business Intelligence, S1 2016

As a data analytics fan, I took INFS 6018 as Business Intelligence sounds quite interesting to me and it also has a deep connection with data analytics and visualisation.

In BIS studies, especially in INFS 6018, the lecturer takes an interactive teaching approach in delivering the lectures to turn students into critical thinkers and better communicators. Moreover, the lecturer provided many opportunities for us to attend various industry events and get connected. Additionally, the group project is very practical and updated.

Having a holistic view of BIS environment gives me more background information and could potentially help me communicate and understand better in the workplace, which gives an edge over purely data analytics majored graduates.

I-Wen Lai

I-Wen LaiFirst Place in INFS6012 Enterprise Systems Management, S1 2016

Studying Enterprise Systems Management not only provides me with a comprehensive view on business processes, but also an advantage in the job market as the accounting profession is currently evolving.

I will be able to make invaluable contributions by not only providing astute inputs for different functional departments but also giving strategic advice for organisations and, therefore, play a vital role in maximising the benefits of automation.

I would recommend students to study some BIS subjects to obtain a holistic view on the business processes of the entire organisation and to consider how technologies can be applied to help achieve competitive advantages.

James McManamey

James McManameyFirst Place in INFS5002 Digital Business Foundations, S1 2016

BIS is increasingly central to a business strategy, competitive advantage and daily operations. Understanding BIS is a great compliment to my focus on business innovation and strategy.

Learning about human and business strategy implications of BIS helps me assist clients in managing change and developing products. The ability to translate technical detail into business implications is an extremely valuable skill to grow. BIS isn’t critically important to the industry you want to work in you can bet it will be soon enough. Take the time to think about how BIS intersects with other disciplines. BIS is as much about the people involved as it is about the technology. It can be easy to get fixated on the technology and not think about the interrelationships between technology, individuals, companies and society.

Yihui Gu

Yihui GuFirst Place in INFS5000 Accounting Information Systems, S1 2016

BIS studies teach valuable knowledge on business process mapping, internal control and risk management; and develop invaluable skills in independent research, team collaboration and problem solving.

I would strongly recommend BIS studies, as information technology has become integral to organisations across private and public sectors. BIS studies teach crucial knowledge and develop useful skills to excel in professional settings. One of the highlights is the opportunity to interact and learn from industry professionals on real world applications of BIS.

Congxian Zhao

Congxian ZhaoFirst Place in INFS5000 Accounting Information Systems, S1 2016

Given that advanced technology improves the cooperation between finance and other functions, current accountants need to acquire critical skills to support this cross-functional transformation. As a student majoring in professional accounting, I wish to obtain techniques and knowledge in the analysis and management of information in a business environment.

I think studying BIS courses will help me develop business analysis skills to effectively analyse data and information. It also helps me think and consider from an overall organisation’s perspective and enables me to make suggestions on the organisational strategies.

Semester 2

Luke Kelly

Luke KellyFirst Place in INFS6022 Systemic Sustainable Development, S2 2016

BIS stood out as an interesting, pragmatic and practical area of study that offers a vast array of employment opportunities, in a constantly expanding market. It is also great in complementing my Sustainability major.

I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and hear from different guest lecturers who hailed from various industries, as they were always very insightful, motivating and fantastic for networking.

The importance of BIS to business operations is continually increasing, as their usefulness and availability increase, and their costs decrease. Having an understanding of the relationships and utility that BIS play in business environments can be invaluable, particularly in regards to devising business strategy, increasing business process efficiencies and ultimately leveraging competitive advantage.

Philip Keohane

Philip KeohaneFirst Place in INFS6030 Project Management in Practise, S2 2016

There were several reasons I wanted to study Project Management. Firstly I am majoring in accounting in my Master of Commerce and I was looking to broaden my skills beyond this subject area. Secondly I thought this subject would provide me skills that would help with my job.

As a part time student group work can be challenging but I really enjoyed working with my group. We did two group assignments together so we were able to develop how we worked together and at the same time get to know each other. I also felt having to do presentations for both these assignments was worthwhile and watching other group’s presentations was enlightening.

I’m sure the skills I have gained from this subject will help in my career. I work as a Finance Manager in the public sector and would like to get more involved in managing projects in future roles.

I would definitely recommend undertaking BIS subjects such as project management. The real life projects discussed during the course provide an insight into why projects succeed or fail and what role project management tools can have in achieving success. Project management skills are useful in whatever career you pursue.

Mohamed Noureldin

Mohamed NoureldinFirst Place in INFS5000 Accounting Information Systems, S2 2016

My main motivation is to learn more about data analytics and how it is connected to the fields of accounting and finance. Also how to understand how financial and non-financial information coming from different segments throughout the organisation are connected.

The future trends in doing business are related to big data, analytics and automation. Current business students should have a good understanding of IS and how it can facilitate their work. Students should equip themselves with skills that are key to their employability in the future.

I recommend students enrol in BIS subjects. The study of BIS subjects makes them understand better other business courses such as accounting/finance because it puts previous knowledge in a practical context. For example, learning SAP provides students with a hands-on experience and helps them visualize how processes in the real world looks like.

Learning BIS courses will reshape the way students think about how to do business in the 21st century.

Ruotian Luo

Ruotian LuoFirst Place in INFS5000 Accounting Information Systems, S2 2016

The increasing pace of technological advances and emergence of new analytical tools, such as big data and cloud computing, make it essential to understand how BIS changes the way businesses handle transactions and store data. It is vital to master necessary skills and utilise BIS in real practice.

I highly recommend BIS studies as in today’s complex and competitive business environment, it is important to master critical skills, develop competitive advantage and increase efficiency. BIS studies help students gain a holistic understanding of how different disciplines cooperate, and promote critical thinking about risk controls.

BIS not only improves information sharing and communications among different departments, but also enables people to make good decisions. It is important to understand and utilise BIS to maximise effectiveness and efficiency.

Ying Bao

Ying BaoFirst Place in INFS6002 Strategic Information Systems Sourcing, S2 2016

BIS is a bridge between technology and business, which integrates information technology into business processes and extracts value from ICT through the business innovations. BIS courses will equip me with skills for a wide range of sectors and roles, not only in IT related industries but also in all businesses which involve ICT as a part of their strategies.

BIS studies are quite exciting, challenging and informative. Most lecturers in BIS courses adopt interactive teaching strategies to better involve students in their learning processes. With regular lecturer-student interaction, we are encouraged to express our own opinions and be an active participant. In addition, some lecturers may invite guest speakers during the semester to give presentations and bring latest industrial information.

I highly recommend other students to undertake BIS courses.

BIS courses help students develop critical thinking skills and elaborate ICT core concepts and functions in the business context.

Xiaoxuan Ma

Xiaoxuan MaFirst Place in INFS6022 Systemic Sustainable Development, S2 2016

The highlight of my BIS studies was the teamwork opportunities. Although different ideas were argued between team members, continuous improvement is happening during the learning process, such as teamwork, communication, independent thinking, comprehensive analysis and professional report writing skills.

BIS makes me much more agile and active in the workplace. Based on my current job experience, I found the skill I gained like teamwork communication and problem-solving logic can make me work well with other colleagues and contribute better to the result.

I would definitely recommend other students to undertake BIS because in the digital era information systems is crucial to any business.