Master of Information Management and Systems Professional
Course code: 3324 ~ Course abbreviation: MIMSPro ~ Total credit points required: 96 ~ 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology
Study mode and course location
* Some units will be offered in off-campus mode
The MIMS Professional 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 two specialist areas within the IS and IM fields, including the major theoretical and professional debates in each area. High performing students have the option of undertaking a research path, which includes research methods training and a minor thesis.
The objectives of the Master of Information Management and Systems Professional 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; 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; and enable high performing students to undergo research training through a minor thesis program.
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.
To qualify for the award of Master of Information Management and Systems Professional, students must complete 96 points of study as outlined below.
This course is available in two forms: coursework only and coursework plus a minor thesis.
Students must complete:
Coursework and minor thesis version
Students must complete:
The foundation units and professional tracks are listed below.
Free-choice electives can be taken from any graduate program in the faculty, or, with the approval of the course director, a maximum of 12 points of these free-choice electives may be taken from other faculties of the University. Completing a third professional track is dependent on timetabling and may take longer than four semesters to complete. The professional tracks completed will be acknowledged on the student's official academic transcript.
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 tracks they have 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.
Students who wish to pursue a research pathway may take a 24-point minor thesis in the final stage of their MIMS Professional degree. However, this option is only open to students with at least a distinction average on their coursework, and who have their course director's approval. Students undertaking a minor thesis will need to have first completed FIT4005 (IT research methods) prior to undertaking the thesis.
To graduate from the MIMS Professional, students must complete the course outlined above, totalling 96 points of graduate level study. A minimum of 72 points must be completed from approved MIMS graduate level units. Up to 24 points can be taken from outside the MIMS units.
Note: It is highly recommended that students undertake postgraduate orientation activities and workshops coordinated by the Faculty of Information Technology.
Foundation units (24 points)
Professional tracks (48 points)
Coursework students must complete two of the following professional tracks (48 points). Coursework and minor thesis students must complete one professional track (24 points), FIT4005 and the minor thesis (24 points).
Each professional track comprises four level-5 units (24 points), as outlined below.
Business application development professional track
Business intelligence professional track
Business systems professional track
Corporate information and knowledge management professional track
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. Up to four electives may be taken in the coursework version, and up to three electives in the coursework and minor thesis version. 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.
Students in the coursework and minor thesis version take a 24-point minor thesis that comprises one or more of the following units:
** When the thesis is taken over more than one semester.
Students wishing to exit the Master of Information Management and Systems early may apply to graduate with the:
provided they have satisfied the requirements for these awards.
This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for professional-level membership. Students who successfully complete MIMS Professional may, depending on their unit choices, be eligible for professional accreditation/recognition by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), and the Records Management Association of Australia (RMAA).
Dr Kerry Tanner