Information Systems

Study in the discipline of Information Systems is offered by the School of Information Technologies in the Faculty of Engineering and IT. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Program structure and content

The requirements for a major in Information Systems are defined in Table 1. Information Systems is the study of people and organisations in order to determine, and deliver solutions to meet, their technological needs. Hence Information Systems deals with the following type of issues: strategic planning, system development, system implementation, operational management, end-user needs and education. Information Systems study is related to Computer Science but the crucial distinction is that the Information Systems is about the architecture of computer systems and making them work for people, whereas much of Computer Science is about developing and improving the performance of computers. The School's research in Information Systems encompasses natural language processing, IT economics, social networking analysis, ontologies design, data mining and knowledge management and open source software.

  • strategic planning
  • system development
  • system implementation
  • operational management
  • end-user needs and education.

Information Systems study is related to Computer Science but the crucial distinction is that the Information Systems is about the architecture of computer systems and making them work for people, whereas much of Computer Science is about developing and improving the performance of computers.

The school's research in Information Systems encompasses:

  • natural language processing
  • IT economics
  • social networking analysis
  • ontologies design
  • data mining and knowledge management, and
  • open source software.

First year planning Information Systems major

Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Information Systems units.
Recommended: INFO1003 and INFO1103 and 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics (including MATH1015/1005/1905), 24 credit points of electives (including PHIL1012 and INFO1105/1905) and a language unit (ENGL1005 or LNGS1001/1002/1005).

Requirements for a major

For a major in Information Systems, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points chosen from the senior units of study listed for this subject area.

Students enrolled in non-IT degrees or majors are eligible (upon application) for a Minor in Information Technology if they complete at least 18 credit points of intermediate or above units of study offered by the School of IT, within a completed degree.

Honours

Students who want to enrol in Honours should apply to the Faculty of Engineering and IT (for BCST/BIT) or the Faculty of Science (for BSc) at pre-enrolment time. Selection will be finalised in January, once end-of-year results are known.

You must have completed your pass degree before starting Honours. (That is, you can't do Honours concurrently while filling in some missing units from your first three years of study!)

Any student who is considering Honours should begin to identify an appropriate research topic and supervisor as early as possible. The Honours year starts in February, two weeks before lectures begin.

Honours contact

Dr Josiah Poon
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T +61 2 9351 7185

Contact and further information

Website: sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/
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T +61 2 9351 3423
Address:
School of Information Technologies J12
University of Sydney
NSW 2006