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.
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What will you study?
In first year, the Foundations of Information Technology unit (INFO1003) will benefit all students, whether or not you study is further. This unit teaches you how to use it to process and transform information and introduces 'systems thinking', which is a fundamental approach for is.
In second year, you can study four units which cover such topics as the role and functions of information systems within the organisational context, database design and application development using SQL, methods for the analysis of existing systems, including fact-finding, problem diagnosis and solution recommendation and it security.
To major in information systems, you must complete four third year units, including IT Project Management and a substantial group project for an industry client. Other units can be chosen from a range of topics.
What else will you study?
This will be your choice. Information systems is an important skill to add to any major career interest and will significantly increase your employability in any profession. One natural route is to combine information systems with a major in computer science. Another is to study IS with a major appropriate to your interests, such as psychology, biology, physics or geography. This will provide a basis for a career in guiding the use of information technology in that profession. Information systems can also be combined with arts or economics majors.
If you are a high performing student you will find honours extremely rewarding. In the honours program, students are able to study an area of specialisation of their own choosing. They are supported by staff to carry out a substantial project that enhances their confidence and ability to cope with significant difficulties in their professional careers. Postgraduate degrees consist of programs of research under the direct supervision of a staff member working on important industrial research.
What do Information Systems professionals do?
Many IS 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 IS professional has two principal roles within an organisation: managing the change processes that are initiated by introducing new technology and managing the operation of activities based on computing and communications technology.