Information Systems

UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR

Information systems (IS) involves creating computer systems that satisfy individual and organisational needs. IS encompasses issues such as strategic planning, system development, system implementation, network design and management, operational management, end-user needs and education. Rather than being about developing and enhancing the performance of computers, information systems is about making computer systems work for people and organisations.

For more information on the program structure and content, view the Science Undergraduate Handbook.

Major outline

FIRST YEAR
It is recommended that you take 12 credit points of junior information systems units, 12 credit points of junior mathematics, and you may also benefit from electives that include philosophy and language units. It is a good idea to plan ahead and have an idea of which senior units you need to complete, so that you can plan your junior and intermediate prerequisite units accordingly.

SECOND YEAR
In second year you will take 12 credit point of intermediate information systems units which are prerequisites for your third year units.

THIRD YEAR
To successfully complete your major in information systems you must take 24 credit points of senior information systems units, which include IT Project Management and a substantial group project for an industry client. Other units can be chosen from a range of topics.

EXAMPLE UNITS
Human-Computer Interaction
Database Systems
Analytical Methods and Information Systems
Introduction to IT Security
Systems Analysis and Modelling
Management of IT Projects and Systems
E-Business Analysis and Design

Graduate opportunities

Information systems is an important skill to add to any major career interest and will significantly increase your employability in any profession. Many information systems graduates begin work as systems analysts. A systems analyst works with people to introduce or expand appropriate technology within their business or organisation according to their needs. The emphasis is on understanding the human need and ensuring that the final solution satisfies that need.

The information systems professional has two principal roles within an organisation. They have to be able to manage the change processes that are inevitably initiated by the introduction of new technology into their workplace, and they have to manage the operational aspects of business and organisational activities founded on computing and communications technology, including the development of new computer based activities. Hence, an information systems professional is a leading figure in both organisational change and organisational performance.

Further study for major

If you are a high performing student you will find further study through an honours program extremely rewarding. In the honours program, eligible students are able to study an area of specialisation of their own choosing. You will be supported by staff to carry out a substantial project that enhances your confidence and ability to cope with challenges in your professional career.

Postgraduate degrees consist of programs of research under the direct supervision of a staff member working on important industrial research.

Related subject areas

Computer Science
Software Engineering

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