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Master of Business Systems

Course code: 2398 ~ Course abbreviation: MBusSys ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

The Master of Business Systems aims to provide education and training in methods used in the analysis, design, development and application of computer systems to the management of business operations. It is intended for those with a first qualification on any discipline area, to develop information technology knowledge.

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 be required to make substitutions. Credit will only be granted for postgraduate units that have not counted for the award of any other degree or diploma. Where credit is granted, the number of the non-business systems elective units that can be taken is reduced.

Applicants who hold an honours degree in Business Systems or Business Information Systems from Monash University or Graduate Diploma in Business Systems from Monash University will normally be granted credit equivalent to four units (24 points).

Course structure

Course requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Business Systems (MBusSys), students must complete 72 points of graduate units - a minimum of 60 points from MBysSys units and a maximum of 12 points of free choice electives which can be taken from any graduate program in the Faculty of Information Technology or, with the approval of the course director, from other faculties of the university.

To be awarded the MBusSys students must complete:

  • four MBusSys foundation units;
  • one MBusSys professional track comprising four, level-5 units;
  • four elective units approved by the course director, or another professional track.

The MBusSys units are listed below. Each student's course of study must include four foundation units and at least one professional track selected from: business application development; business intelligence; business systems; and enterprise systems.

Students need to complete at least one foundation unit, or have completed appropriate bachelor level study before commencing professional track units.

Students should take careful note of prerequisites for the units in the professional track(s) chosen and complete these units early in their course. Some units have foundation units as prerequisites. 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 Infromation Technology.

Foundation units (24 points)

  • FIT9003 Database systems design*
  • FIT9004 Computer programming for business*
  • FIT9005 Computer architecture and networks*
  • FIT9006 Information technology management*

Professional track(s) (48 points)

Students must complete at least one of the following professional tracks. Each professional track comprises four units (24 points), as outlined below.

Business application development professional track
  • FIT5151 Object oriented business application development
  • FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications
  • FIT5077 e-Business application development
  • FIT5152 User interface design and development
Business intelligence professional track
  • FIT5094 IT for management decision making
  • FIT5097 Business intelligence modelling
  • FIT5095 Data warehousing
  • FIT5093 Business intelligence applications
Business systems professional track
  • FIT5157 Services science
  • FIT5158 Customer relationship management and data mining
  • FIT5159 IT for financial decisions
  • FIT5160 Business process modelling, design and simulation
Enterprise systems professional track

MBusSys additional elective units

Students must complete four elective units at postgraduate level. Two of these must be chosen from the postgraduate electives offered by the Faculty of Information Technology (listed at The remaining two electives can be chosen from any faculty of the university. Any variations must be approved by the course director. Students may also choose to complete a second professional track.

The MBusSys has a 12-point industry-based project (FIT5161) which involves partnership with industry. Entry to the industry-based project is competitive and has the hurdle requirement of a distinction average in 48 points of MBusSys study. Final selection is made by interview.

Exit awards

Students wishing to exit the Master 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 units, or
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Systems, after successful completion of 48 points of study, of which at least 36 points are from graduate units within the MBusSys,

provided they have satisfied the requirements for these awards.

Professional recognition

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

Contact details

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Course coordinators

Associate Professor Chung-Hsing Yeh and Dr Lyfie Sugianto