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2016 BIS top students

Undergraduate students

Semester 1

Jennifer Debenham

Jennifer DebenhamFirst Place in INFS3070 Business Analysis in Practice, S1 2016

I wanted to learn a skill at university, something practical I could take to the workforce, so taking BIS has taught me how to use SAP, how to model processes and in doing so I realised I would like to be a business analyst and work into consulting. Hopefully I can use the skills from BIS to identify issues, model processes, design solutions and implement programs for businesses.

Data and systems are the future and getting insight into how this data is collected, stored and used is relevant to every living person now. The courses teach you how to cut through overwhelming volumes of information and scaled enterprises through simple modelling techniques and processes to follow. I learnt more in BIS than other classes because of the real case studies than give you decent analytical practice.

Vincey Wing Sz Au

Vincey Wing Sz AuFirst Place in INFS3050 Business Intelligence for Managers, S1 2016

I would definitely recommend any student to take BIS units, even as an elective, because every BIS subject I have taken has been so engaging and relevant to my career. BIS compliments virtually any major, so really, you lose absolutely nothing.

I initially intended to major in Accounting, so I took BIS for the CPA accreditation, but I ended up enjoying the subjects so much that I switched majors. I’ve continued to stay in this major because every subject I’ve taken in this discipline has been so fun and engaging.

The highlight of my BIS studies was probably being able to join BISA! It’s been a really great place to make friends who are as interested in business technology as much as you are!

Fiona Lam

Fiona LamFirst Place in INFS2030 Digital Business Management, S1 2016

I was motivated to study BIS because I really appreciated how it encouraged forward thinking and focused on developing the ability to solve complex business problems within an increasingly technology-driven business world.

The highlight of my BIS studies has been the practical application of theory in individual and group projects. It is truly rewarding to be able to recognise how the key concepts and methodologies can be applied to real-world business scenarios.

I would definitely recommend students to undertake BIS subjects as the ability to bridge the gap between people, business and technology is incredibly relevant as technology trends, more than ever, continue to change and shape the business landscape. Your ability to understand and adapt to these trends will be highly regarded.

Semester 2

Margaret Austen

Margaret AustenFirst Place in INFS3030 Information, Protection and Assurance, S2 2016

As a combined engineering and commerce student, I’ve always had an interest in technology and its uses to improve society, including its use in business. BIS is used in such a fashion to provide business support, enable growth and challenge the status quo.

The highlight of my BIS studies was the focus on practical applications and experience through connecting with industry through guest lectures or assessment tasks. In particular, several subjects provided opportunities to consult for both small and large business to provide recommendations and observations regarding information systems such as process improvement initiatives and knowledge management strategies. In return I received valuable feedback and information regarding industry perspectives on information systems and their practical use in the business environment.

I would recommend BIS courses to other students of all majors as they give a valuable understanding of technology and its many applications within the business environment, whilst creating a mindset of constantly seeking out opportunities by which business processes can be improved to work more efficiently and effectively.

Gayoon Kim

Gayoon KimFirst Place in INFS1000 Digital Business Innovation, S2 2016

I was motivated to study BIS as many senior students and graduates introduced BIS course as interesting subjects to study. Also, during an information session held by the student society, several professionals working as business analysts in the fields, emphasised how BIS leads to prospective job opportunities that are very unlikely to be replaced by computer technology.

Studying a BIS course helped me develop communication skills, learning how to work with others. The course provided various experiences that involved discussion and interaction. It will be a valuable foundation for future career as for having positive relationships with co-workers, and effectively expressing my opinion.

I would recommend BIS subjects, as the course is highly substantial and demonstrates knowledge with an illuminating exposition. The course requires not only the understanding of theoretical concepts, but also the acquisition of practical skills.

Linda Taing

Linda TaingFirst Place in INFS2001 IS for Performance Improvement, S2 2016

I initially enrolled into INFS1000 to achieve a professional accounting accreditation. However, I enjoyed the unit more than I anticipated and subsequently changed my major to BIS. Each BIS unit has challenged and developed my problem solving skills and analytical thinking and explores current practices and trends in this digital/data age. The highlight of my BIS studies is the Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions unique to BIS which integrates practical learning experiences in applying theory to real and hypothetical business cases.

All BIS subjects will prepare students with the right skills to execute business problems in the professional working environment. The skills you acquire from BIS are highly sought-after.

If you’re ensure about whether to pursue BIS as a major or require assistance in your BIS unit, the BIS staff are extremely helpful and approachable.

Zura Sikharulidze

Zura SikharulidzeFirst Place in INFS2040 Project Management Foundations, S2 2016

I have always been passionate about the application of technology through a business lens and have learnt how – if implemented appropriately – it has the power to provide unprecedented improvements to a business, its employees and the greater society.

It was remarkable to discover how applicable the BIS units are to the business world. The content you learn and the way of thinking that you attain from the BIS major is genuinely relevant in industry.

The BIS major has provided me with critical knowledge and a unique way of thinking that will undoubtedly aid me in my future career.

If you are passionate about technology and viewing business through a big picture, process-centric lens, then BIS is for you.

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.