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Master of Information Management and Systems

Course code: 2401 ~ Course abbreviation: MIMS ~ 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 (Caulfield)

    * Some units will be offered in off-campus mode

Course description

The MIMS course prepares students who have a first qualification in another discipline area, for professional careers in information systems (IS) and information management (IM). The course initially provides students with understanding of foundation information technology concepts and fundamental IS and IM principles, and then develops in-depth knowledge and understanding of at least one specialist area within the IS and IM fields, including the major theoretical and professional debates in each area.

Course objectives

The objectives of the Master of Information Management and Systems are to: provide students with knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles in the disciplinary areas that underpin the information technology field; provide students with knowledge, understanding, and experiences that transcend technologies and are robust over time so that students are well placed to deal with ongoing, rapid changes in the information technology field; develop students' understanding of one or more significant areas of information management and systems to a level of depth and sophistication consistent with senior professional practice; and enable students to complement their detailed studies of a significant area of information management and systems with elective study from a wide range of disciplines.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have completed a graduate qualification with a recognised professional track in information systems or information management may be granted credit. The granting of more than 24 points of credit is rare. Students who have been granted credit must still meet the professional track and foundation unit requirements in order to complete this course.

Course structure

Course requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS), students must complete 72 points of graduate units - a minimum of 60 points from MIMS 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.

The MIMS units are shown in the list 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; corporate information and knowledge management; enterprise systems; library, archival and recordkeeping 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. Once students have designed their basic course of study, namely the foundation units and the requirements of one professional track, they must then select other graduate units to make up the remainder of the 72 points. This elective study can involve a second professional track, a selection of units from other professional tracks or MIMS additional research and professional development units or other approved graduate units. Some IMS electives are classed as `special entry', and admission requires the formal approval of the course director. The professional tracks completed will be acknowledged on the student's official academic transcript.

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

Foundation units (24 points)

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

Professional tracks(s) and/or Electives (48 points)

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

Note: The additional 24 points required can comprise an additional professional track or graduate elective units.

Business application development professional track
  • FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications
  • FIT5077 e-Business application development
  • FIT5151 Object oriented business application development
  • FIT5152 User interface design and development
Business intelligence professional track
  • FIT5093 Business intelligence applications
  • FIT5094 IT for management decision making
  • FIT5095 Data warehousing
  • FIT5097 Business intelligence modelling
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
Corporate information and knowledge management professional track
  • FIT5086 Information and knowledge management principles*
  • FIT5088 Information and knowledge management systems*
  • FIT5102 IT strategy and governance*
  • FIT5150 Project management*
Enterprise systems professional track
Library, archival and recordkeeping systems professional track

Plus two units from:

MIMS additional elective units

Elective units need to be approved by the course director. They may comprise units taken from other professional tracks, other units listed below, from other graduate units within the faculty, or from other faculties.

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

Exit awards

Students wishing to exit the Master of Information Management and Systems early may apply to graduate with the:

  • Graduate Certificate in Information Management and Systems after successful completion of 24 points of study from MIMS graduate units, or
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Management and Systems or Graduate Diploma of Information and Knowledge Management after successful completion of 48 points of study, of which 36 points are from graduate units within MIMS

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 for professional-level membership. Students who successfully complete the MIMS may, depending on their unit choice, be eligible for professional accreditation/recognition by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), or the Records Management Association of Australia (RMAA).

Contact details

Course coordinator

Dr Kerry Tanner