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Graduate Diploma in Business Systems

Course code: 0103 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipBusSys ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

The GradDipBusSys course provides students who have a first qualification in another discipline area, with education and training in methods used in the analysis, design, development and application of computer systems to the management of business operations. This involves the study of business-related techniques, practices and procedures in areas such as management, commercial, financial, health and industrial systems, leading to an understanding of the application of computer systems and information technology for business purposes.

The GradDipBusSys is both an entry and exit award for the Master of Business Systems* and the Master of Business Systems Professional.

    * Students who exit the Master of Business Systems early and take out this graduate diploma, and then elect to return to the Master of Business Systems, will only receive 24 points of credit for the 48 points used to obtain the Graduate Diploma in Business Systems.

Course objectives

This course enables students to further develop analytical and problem solving skills gained during undergraduate studies and to prepare themselves for work as business and information technology professionals. Students will gain or improve understanding of the importance of information technology in a modern business environment from the lowest operational to the highest strategic level. They will understand the theoretical basis of modern information management and technology sufficient to facilitate future specialised education and training in the field and life long learning, and will develop advanced skills and knowledge in one or more specialised areas of business systems.

The course sets out to develop and enhance students' skills in a variety of areas including formulation and implementation of effective business solutions using various techniques, effective communication of business solutions to both business and technical professionals, identification and evaluation of business decision problems and information sources, and technical information technology skills such as system modelling, programming and database design.

Students will gain knowledge in areas such as the characteristics of various commercially relevant information technology techniques and products, various techniques for supporting business problem-solving and management, and current trends and possible or expected future developments in the business application of information technology.

Credit for prior studies

Generally, students who have completed similar units in previous studies will normally be required to make substitutions. Credit will only be granted for postgraduate units that have not counted for the award or any other degree or diploma. Where credit is granted, the number of non-MBusSys elective units that can be taken is reduced.

Course structure

Course requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Business Systems, students must complete eight units (48 points) of graduate-level units, of which 36 points must be selected from the MBusSys program units listed below. Students may take up to two units (12 points) offered by any school within the university (including the Faculty of Information Technology), subject to approval by the course director. Students without appropriate background knowledge will be required to satisfactorily complete a selection of the foundation units (9000 level) before proceeding to other graduate units (5000 level). The foundation units have been designed for students with little prior study in information technology.

Note: It is highly recommended that students undertake postgraduate orientation activities and workshops coordinated by the Faculty of Information Technology.

  • FIT9003 Database systems design*
  • FIT9004 Computer programming for business*
  • FIT9005 Computer architecture and networks*
  • FIT9006 Information technology management*
  • FIT4005 IT research methods #
  • FIT5077 e-Business application development
  • FIT9058 Chinese language information technology #
  • FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications
  • FIT5092 e-Business
  • FIT5093 Business intelligence applications
  • FIT5094 IT for management decision making
  • FIT5095 Data warehousing
  • FIT5097 Business intelligence modelling
  • FIT5101 Enterprise systems
  • FIT5108 Reading unit #
  • FIT5109 Research topic * #
  • FIT5150 Project management 
  • FIT5151 Object oriented business application development
  • FIT5152 User interface design and development
  • FIT5157 Services science
  • FIT5158 Customer relationship management and data mining
  • FIT5159 IT for financial decisions
  • FIT5160 Business process modelling, design and simulation
  • FIT5111 Information systems development practices

    * Units offered on-campus and by off-campus learning.
    # Special entry requirements apply; course director approval is required.

Exit award

Students wishing to exit the Graduate Diploma of Business Systems early may apply to graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Business Systems, after successful completion of 24 points of study from the MBusSys graduate stream, provided they have satisfied the requirements for this award.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard for associate-level membership.

Contact details

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Course coordinators

Associate Professor Chung-Hsing Yeh and Dr Lyfie Sugianto