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Business Information Systems (BSc)

  • B1317; B1317ABACHELOR OF SCIENCE

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Title Business Information Systems (BSc)
Course Code B1317; B1317A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Alex Wang | Email: A.Wang@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2793

Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Information Systems
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Kaplan Higher Education Institute and Kaplan Higher Education Academy (Singapore) ['KAPLAN-SGP'] (internal) (language of instruction: English)
Murdoch University Dubai (UAE) ['DUBAI-ISC'] (internal) (language of instruction: English)
Description Information Systems is the study of information generation, communication, storage, and application in the context of organised human activity. The increasing penetration of information technology into everyday organisational activity means that professionals in many areas, from management to engineering, increasingly need an understanding of information systems. The contribution of information systems to the functioning of organisations, the design and management of such systems and the development of systems to assist in other professional roles is emphasised in the Business Information Systems degree.
Murdoch's Bachelor of Science is a flexible degree which gives you the opportunity to build deep understanding and practical experience as well as to supplement your studies by engaging with industry and the community on relevant problems. You can even undertake studies through another discipline to broaden your understanding of the way in which science operates in relation to social, business, health and policy environments.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode. Individual units may require access to specific nominated software.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
MLO 1 - Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of Information Technology in society.
MLO 2 - Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and core concepts of Information Technology including:
a) Abstraction
b) Systems thinking
MLO 3 - Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles underlying organisational processes

SKILLS
MLO 4 - Identify, Interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the information system, including:
a) Recognition of social, cultural, legislative, environmental and business constraints.
b) Recognition of the ethical implications of professional practice.
MLO 5 - Analyse organisational processes and information requirements using appropriate tools and methods,
MLO 6 - Identify opportunities for Information Technology-enabled organisational improvement

APPLICATION
MLO 7 - Apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems, relevant infrastructure and processes to meet specified requirements, including:
a) Innovative approaches to the synthesis of alternative solutions, concepts and procedures.
b) Demonstrated information skills and the application of research methods.
c) Selection of appropriate tools and development environments.
d) Modelling.
e) Demonstrated rigorous approach to testing of solutions.
f) Demonstrated rigorous approach to documentation at all project stages.
MLO 8 - Demonstrated capacity to function effectively both as an individual and as a member in diverse teams, using the tools and practices of formal project management.
MLO 9 - Demonstrated written, oral and interpersonal communication skills that support the efficient and effective communication of developed systems through documentation, technical reports and presentations to clients and the broader community.
MLO 10 - Demonstrated capacity to design, implement and compare candidate solutions for organisational process development and improvement
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1 - Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of science in society
CLO 2 - Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and core concepts of at least one scientific discipline, including:
a) An understanding of the scientific method and how it is applied
b) A systematic approach to problem solving using appropriate analytical and technical methods

SKILLS
CLO 3 - Collect, record, analyse and interpret information using the conventions of scientific argument, judgment, deduction and communication, including:
a) Creativity in defining and resolving scientific problems
b) Rigor in designing and planning an investigation
c) Rigorous collection, recording and treatment of data
d) Demonstration of skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis
e) Demonstrated capacity for self-management and organisation
f) Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills demonstrating the capacity for efficient and effective communication of scientific data, information and arguments to scientific peer groups and the broader community

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Provide evidence of ethical behaviour including:
a) A demonstrated understanding of the ethics of science (including where applicable in clinical and professional settings)
b) Demonstrated academic and scholarly integrity
CLO 5 - Capacity to apply knowledge and skills in a global and regional context
CLO 6 - Provide evidence of interdisciplinary thinking through:
a) Demonstrated appreciation of different intellectual outputs and how they are used/understood by different disciplines
b) Demonstrated capacity to work across disciplinary boundaries
CLO 7 - Demonstrate accountability for your own learning by:
a) Demonstrating a capacity to work under supervision and autonomously
b) Working effectively in team environments, including teams with intercultural and interdisciplinary diversity
c) Demonstrated capacity for critical reflection, including the capacity for lifelong learning
Employment Prospects Graduates typically find employment as business analysts. Graduates combining Business Information Systems with another major will experience enhanced employment prospects in that area.
Professional Recognition This course is accredited at the Professional level with the Australian Computer Society.
Recommended Double Majors Computer Science; Cyber Security and Forensics; Internetworking and Network Security
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external


OR (for Kaplan and Dubai students only)
BBS100 Academic Skills for Business - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

BSC150 What is Science? - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal

Core Units - 15 credit points

ICT158 Introduction to Information Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

MAS162 Foundations of Discrete Mathematics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

ICT159 Foundations of Programming - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal

ICT169 Foundations of Data Communications - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

ICT170 Foundations of Computer Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

General Electives - 3 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Unit - 3 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BSC203 Introduction to ICT Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

Core Units - 9 credit points

ICT284 Systems Analysis and Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

ICT285 Databases - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

ICT292 Information Systems Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BSC301 Applied Research Skills in ICT - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

Core Units - 12 credit points

ICT393 Advanced Business Analysis and Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

ICT301 Enterprise Architectures - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

ICT394 Business Intelligence Application Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

ICT302 IT Professional Practice Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

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