Business Information Systems

A major in Business Information Systems (BIS) provides the essential knowledge necessary for organisations to meet their strategic goals, drive business innovation, and create effective business operations through the application of modern information and communication technologies (ICTs). Students majoring in BIS acquire sought-after business analysis and problem-solving skills to enable them to play an important role in helping organisations make the most of the potential of ICTs. Covered in detail are knowledge and skills in business analysis, business process improvement, project management, knowledge management, business intelligence, e-business, social media, information governance and enterprise systems. Graduates of the BIS major secure professional roles as consultants, business analysts, or project managers with major corporations, consulting practices and small businesses alike.

Options for studying Business Information Systems

Business Information Systems is available as Table A major and minor options in the Bachelor of Commerce, the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Commerce.

Please note. Students cannot complete both a major and a minor in Business Information Systems for their degree.

Pathways through the major and minor

The requirements for a major/minor in Business Information Systems are spread out over three years of the degree (four years if students are completing a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree).

(i) Business Information Systems major

To achieve a major in Business Information Systems, students must complete 48 credit points comprising:

  • 12 credit points of 1000-level core units of study;
  • 18 credit points of 2000-level selective units of study;
  • 6 credit points of 3000-level core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units of study.

A sample pathway for the Business Information Systems major (over three years of a degree) is listed below.

Year Session Units of study
First Semester 1 Core: INFS1000 Digital Business Innovation
Semester 2 Core: INFS1020 Digital Work Environments
Second Semester 1 Selective: 2000-level unit listed for major
Semester 2 Selective: 2000-level unit listed for major
Third Semester 1 Selective: 2000-level unit listed for major Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major
Semester 2 Core: INFS3600 Business Information Systems in Practice ** Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major

** Capstone unit for major – completed in final semester of study

Please Note. This sample progression is meant as an example only. Depending on unit prerequisites, students may be able to complete these units in a different sequence to that displayed in the table above.

For details of the core and selective units of study required for the major or minor please refer to the Business Information Systems section of the units of study table, Table A, in this handbook.

(ii) Business Information Systems minor

To achieve a minor in Business Information Systems, students must complete 36 credit points comprising:

  • 12 credit points of 1000-level core units of study;
  • 12 credit points of 2000-level selective units of study;
  • 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units of study.

A sample pathway for the Business Information Systems minor (over three years of a degree) is listed below.

Year Session Units of study
First Semester 1 Core: INFS1000 Digital Business Innovation
Semester 2 Core: INFS1020 Digital Work Environments
Second Semester 1 Selective: 2000-level unit listed for minor
Semester 2 Selective: 2000-level unit listed for minor
Third Semester 1 Selective: 3000-level unit listed for minor
Semester 2 Selective: 3000-level unit listed for minor

Please Note. This sample progression is meant as an example only. Depending on unit prerequisites, students may be able to complete these units in a different sequence to that displayed in the table above.

For details of the core and selective units of study required for the major or minor please refer to the Business Information Systems section of the units of study table, Table A, in this handbook.

Honours

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies who complete a major in Business Information Systems (within the first three years of their degree) may be eligible to complete honours in Business Information Systems as their fourth year of study in this program.

For details the requirements for admission to honours and the structure of the honours program, please refer to Business School Honours.

Further information

For further information regarding study in business information systems at the University of Sydney, please refer to the Discipline of Business Information Systems.