Master of Business Information Systems (C6003)

Congratulations on your offer and welcome to Monash IT!

This page is designed to help you choose what you are going to study in your Master of Business Information Systems. It will help you make a decision about what units you will enrol in, because enrolling in units is how you formally accept your offer.

Quick facts

Course title Master of Business Information Systems
Short title MBIS
Course code C6003
Entry levels Entry level 1 (no previous qualification in business information systems)
Entry level 2 (previous qualification in business information systems)
Credit points Entry level 1 = 96 credit points
Entry level 2 = 72 credit points
Course duration Entry level 1 = 2 years full time
Entry level 2 = 1.5 years full time
Time limit Entry level 1 = 6 years
Entry level 2 = 5 years

Units and year level requirements

Units (also known as subjects or courses at other institutions) are the basic component in which you will enrol to undertake study in your degree. Typically, each 6-points requires an average total study workload (including classes, assigned work and private study) of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks, or 156 hours in total.

Units have a code and a title:

e.g. FIT9132 Introduction to databases

Foundation units are denoted by a ‘9’ as the first digit and core, elective and capstone units are denoted by a ‘5’ as the first digit.

Over your whole degree, you are required to complete:

Entry level 1 - 24 points of level-9 units and 72 points level-5 units.

Entry level 2 - 72 points level-5 units.

Credit points - All units are worth 6 credit points except for FIT5120 Industry experience studio project which is worth 12 credit points.

Master of Business Information Systems - 16 units x 6 credit points = Total of 96 credit points OR 14 units x 6 credit points + 1 unit x 12 credit points = Total of 96 credit points.

Unit requisites - Previous study or other criteria required to gain admission into a particular unit is known as a pre-requisite. Co-requisites units must either be completed previously or may be taken concurrently in the same semester. All pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements must be undertaken in order to be able to enrol into a specific unit. You can check this information in the handbook.

Understand your course requirements

Each course has specific requirements that you must satisfy in order to graduate. Your course map clearly outlines the requirements of your degree and the order in which you should complete these requirements.

The Master of Business Information Systems course structure is:

Entry level 1

  • Foundation units (24 credit points):
    • FIT9123 Introduction to business information systems
    • FIT9130 Systems analysis and design
    • FIT9131 Programming foundations in Java
    • FIT9132 Introduction to databases

Entry level 2

  • Core (compulsory) unit (6 credit points):
  • Specialisation and elective units (42 credit points): Here is where you select your specialisation and elective units. You can complete one of the following options.
    • Business Information systems: You select five units (30 credit points) from the specialisation list and a further two units (12 credit points) from either the specialisation list, any FIT-coded level-5 units or level 5 units offered by any other faculty of the University with course director approval.
    • Archives and Recordkeeping: You complete the six units (36 credit point) specified in the specialisation and one further unit (6 credit points) from either the Business Information Systems specialisation list, any FIT-coded level-5 units or level 5 units offered by any other faculty of the University with course director approval. If you intend to seek professional accreditation with the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) or the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia) you must complete FIT5104 Information and knowledge management professional practice.
    • Library and Information Science: You complete the six units (36 credit point) specified in the specialisation and one further unit (6 credit points) from either the Business Information Systems specialisation list, any FIT-coded level-5 units or level 5 units offered by any other faculty of the University with course director approval. If you intend to seek professional accreditation with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) you must complete FIT5104 Information and knowledge management professional practice.
    • Archives and recordkeeping/Library and information science: You complete the seven units (42 credit point) specified in the double specialisation. If you intend to seek professional accreditation with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) or the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia) you must also complete FIT5104 Information and knowledge management professional practice and FIT5106 Information organisation.
  • Capstone project units (24 credit points): You can choose to complete either the Minor Thesis Research option or the Industry Experience Studio Project option.

Choose what you want to study

Before enrolling, we recommend that you spend some time reading about the unit content, unit prerequisites and plan your semesters of offering. This will allow you to plan your course progression and ensure that you are able to enrol in the units that best suit your requirements.

Units we recommend you enrol in first

Your degree consists of four foundation units and two core (compulsory) units covering a range of Business Information Systems areas including project management, information systems development, business intelligence, data warehousing and enterprise systems.

We recommend that you complete your foundation and core units early in your degree. This will assist with your course progression as many further units require the foundation units are completed first.

NOTE: You must to enrol in units for both semester 1 and 2.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS: As a full-time domestic student, you will choose eight units per year- four in each semester. (If you plan to take longer than three years to complete your course, you can enrol in fewer units.)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (on a student visa): You must enrol in four units per semester.

Refer to the course map and handbook entry for more detail about course structure.

Course Map

Course maps outline the recommended progression for each semester. Each map is a framework that shows foundation units, core units, elective units and capstone units. Make sure that you check the course map relevant to the year that you start your degree.

Business Information Systems – Entry level 1: foundation units course map

First SemesterFIT9123
Introduction to business information systems
FIT9130
System analysis and design
FIT9131
Programming foundations in Java
FIT9132
Introduction to databases
Second SemesterFIT5057
Project management
Specialisation unit or ElectiveSpecialisation unit or ElectiveSpecialisation unit or Elective

Business Information Systems – Entry level 2: core units course map

First SemesterFIT5057
Project management
Specialisation unit or Elective Specialisation unit or ElectiveSpecialisation unit or Elective
Second SemesterSpecialisation unit or ElectiveSpecialisation unit or ElectiveSpecialisation unit or ElectiveSpecialisation unit or Elective

Credit for prior learning

Credit versus Exemptions

If you have completed academic study at a university level which you believe is equivalent to any units in your degree, you can apply for either credit or exemptions. If you receive credit, you will be awarded credit points and you will not be required to complete these units. If instead, you are granted exemptions, you will not receive credit points and you will be required to replace these units with alternative units. Some students prefer the option of credit as this can allow for a shorter course duration. Other students prefer to have their previous knowledge recognised by receiving exemptions and completing other units in their place. For either option, you are required to complete a credit application.

Already applied?

If you applied for credit as part of the course application your credit has already been processed. The units you need to enrol in are listed on your course map. Refer to your course map and mark the units you have been granted credit for. Using your course map as a guide you should then enrol in four units (24 credit points) for Semester 1 and four units (24 credit points) for Semester 2. Remember to pay attention to the pre-requisite and co-requisite units listed on your course map.

What if I haven’t applied for credit and I want to?

Don’t worry, you can still apply for credit, for completed university level units, if you haven’t already done so. You can also search online for previous credit decisions to give you an idea of what you may be granted. You don’t need to provide your results or syllabi for any Monash units you have already completed (we have these already!). And, if you have already provided your academic transcripts online as part of the application process you do not need to provide these again (we have them too!). We recommend that you submit your credit applications as quickly as possible. This will allow you plenty of time to change your enrolment prior to the start of semester.

Foundation credit

If you are seeking credit for level-9 foundation units and have already provided your academic transcripts online as part of the application process you do not need to provide these again. All you need to do is complete a credit application form indicating which units you are seeking credit for. Once you have completed the form you can email it to fit-credittransfer@monash.edu for approval and processing. You will be notified once your credit has been approved. Until then you should enrol into the foundation units for Semester 1. This will ensure that you secure your place in your course. Your enrolment can then be changed when your credit application has been processed.

Level-5 credit

If you are seeking credit for level-5 units you will need to complete a credit application form and provide syllabi for each unit you list on your application email it to fit-credittransfer@monash.edu for approval and processing. Again, there is no need to provide the academic transcripts you have already provided to us through the course application process or for any Monash units you have already completed. Once your credit has been processed you will be notified. Until then you should enrol into a standard enrolment ie. assuming no credit. This will ensure that you secure your place in your course. Your enrolment can then be changed when your credit application has been processed.

If we do need any further information from you to assist with processing your credit, we will contact you.

You can find more information regarding the credit process on the IT credit webpage.

Industry Experience Studio Project or Minor Thesis study?

The final component of your degree is a ‘capstone’ project. Capstone projects are designed to allow you to demonstrate the skills you have learnt throughout your degree. The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development.

You have two options:

  • a research pathway including a thesis. If you wish to use this master's course as a pathway to a higher degree by research you should take this first option.
  • a program of coursework involving advanced study and an industry experience studio project with an industry professional.

Undertaking either of the capstone options requires completion of specific pre-requisite and/or co-requisite units, and, with respect to the minor thesis research option, you must achieve at least a 75% average across four level-5 FIT units to be eligible to enrol in this option.

What next?

Now that you understand your course structure and how credit works it’s time to enrol on WES.

If you have any questions about your enrolment we can help you on Academic Engagement Day.

Date: Monday 12 February 2018
Time: 10:00am
Venue: Building H, Level 1, Room 1.16, Caulfield campus