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Master of Business Systems Professional

Course code: 3327 ~ Course abbreviation: MBusSysPro ~ Total credit points required: 96 ~ 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course is an expanded version of the existing Master of Business Systems - coursework version. It consists of compulsory foundation information technology studies and provides scope for specialisation in both the management and technical aspects of business systems. It 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. High performing students have the option of undertaking a research path, which includes research methods training and a minor thesis.

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.

Course structure

To qualify with the award of Master of Business Systems Professional, students must complete 96 points of study as listed below.

Course requirements

This course is available in two forms: coursework only and coursework plus a minor thesis.

Coursework version

Students must complete:

  • four MBusSysPro foundation units (24 points);
  • one MBusSysPro professional track of four, level-5 units (24 points);
  • a second MBusSysPro professional track of four, level-5 units (24 points);
  • four elective units (24 points) approved by the course director; or a third MBusSysPro professional track.

Coursework and minor thesis version

Students must complete:

  • four MBusSysPro foundation units (24 points);
  • one MBusSysPro professional track of four, level-5 units (24 points);
  • FIT4005 IT Research methods (6 points);
  • a Minor thesis (24 points);
  • three elective units (18 points) approved by the course director.

Both versions

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.

Entry into the MBusSysPro minor thesis unit will require a distinction average or above in at least eight MBusSysPro units and approval of the course director. The course director will in turn need to have approval of the research project and supervision agreement from the relevant centre director or head of school. A MBusSysPro student cannot enrol in FIT4005 until they have been approved for minor thesis study.

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 (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
  • 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
Enterprise systems professional track
MBusSysPro 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 MBusSysPro 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 MBusSysPro study. Final selection is made by interview.

Exit awards

Students wishing to exit the Master of Business Systems Professional early may apply to graduate with the:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business Systems after successful completion of 24 points of study from 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 MBusSys graduate units, or
  • Master of Business Systems, after successful completion of 72 points of study, of which at least 60 points are from MBusSys graduate units,

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