Business Information Systems
HONOURS SUBJECT AREA
A major in Business Information Systems offers the essential knowledge for relating the most up-to-date information technologies to business and organisational needs with a focus on the emerging strategic role of information systems. The course explores the role of information systems in capturing and distributing organisational knowledge and in enhancing management decision making. Covered in detail are the issues and knowledge relating to business information systems, management and decision support systems, integrated enterprise systems, electronic commerce, business process modelling, knowledge management, IT project management, IT assurance and control, and change agent consulting for the IT industry. Students achieve a high level of skills and critical analysis in project management and practice (MS Project software), ERP systems (SAP R/3), business process modelling skills (ARIS software), design of distributed object systems and computer security.
The honours year
Features of the Business Information Systems (BIS) honours program include: understanding the use of a variety of research methods; appreciating recent developments in the theory and practice of BIS; identifying a research topic in conjunction with a supervisor, research planning, implementation and evaluation; and research writing - culminating in the completion of a dissertation. These skills are highly valued by employers. Students will complete 4 units of study and produce a 20,000 word thesis.
Workload and assessment
The honours program in Business Information Systems comprises four 12 credit point units of study (INFS4101 Honours A - Research Methods, INFS4102 Honours B - Contemporary Issues in BIS, INFS4103 Honours C - Data Collection and Analysis Methods, INFS4104 Honours D - BIS Strategy and Management) and the production of a 20,000 word thesis on a selected topic (supervised).