Business Information Systems


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.

Major outline

For a major in Business Information Systems (BIS) you must complete:

(1) one junior prerequisite unit of study (6 credit points):

(2) two compulsory senior units of study (12 credit points):

  • INFS2001 IS for Performance Improvement
  • INFS2020 Business Process Modelling and Improvement

(3) a minimum of four BIS senior elective units of study (24 credit points) from the available elective options listed in the University of Sydney Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook, including:

  • INFS2010 People, Information and Knowledge
  • INFS2030 Digital Business Management
  • INFS2040 Project Management Foundations (new unit for 2015)
  • INFS3030 Information Protection and Assurance
  • INFS3040 Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business
  • INFS3050 Business Intelligence for Managers
  • INFS3070 Business Analysis in Practice

Graduate opportunities

Study in the field of Business Information Systems (BIS) allows students to develop skills in critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, BIS-related leadership, group work and giving presentations. Employers are looking for employees who understand both business and technology issues and who have the skills to apply that knowledge in an organisational setting. BIS graduates can expect career opportunities such as: business analyst, BIS manager, BIS security specialist, knowledge and information manager, business systems analyst, BIS project management, business process manager, BIS manager consultant.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies); or apply for admission to postgraduate study in the faculty. We offer a wide range of specialist master's degrees for graduates who want to gain specialised knowledge and skills, as well as the opportunity to tailor an entire program to meet individual professional interests through the Master of Commerce.

Our degrees have been developed in close consultation with industry to provide you with highly relevant and professional programs of study. The Business School's active involvement in quality-assurance and accreditation activities has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools worldwide and has enabled us to forge strategic alliances on a global scale. By choosing to study one of our accredited degree programs, you can be certain that the education you receive will be of the highest academic quality and will be recognised by the business community in Australia and around the world. Whatever your aspirations, our cutting-edge programs will help you to take your career in any direction you choose.

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