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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business Information Systems

Course code: 3912 ~ Course abbreviation: BA/BBIS ~ Total credit points required: 192 ~ 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems degrees.

The Bachelor of Arts is a general, flexible degree which allows students to match academic interests with career aspirations to create a personalised course progression. Studying humanities will develop general knowledge and specific intellectual skills relating to human thought and relations, such as the way we communicate or how the past has affected the present. Social science analyses and explains societies and the relationships of individuals within those societies.

The Bachelor of Business Information Systems, a cooperative education program between the Faculty of Information Technology and industry, focuses on the applications of information technology in business and leads to a career in business information technology. The curriculum has been developed in consultation with the industry partners of the faculty and potential employers of graduates of the program. The program offers a broad-based degree, with core units spanning computer programming to business analysis. Two streams are offered - the coursework stream and the industry-based learning (IBL) stream.

Course objectives

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the applications of information technology in business, combined with the broad teaching and learning objectives of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Course structure

Areas of study

For information on majors and minors, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

Arts component

(a) an arts discipline major (48 points)

(b) an arts discipline minor (24 points)

(c) an additional arts discipline first-year sequence (12 points)

(d) a further 12 points of arts units (12 points).

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

Business information systems component

Students must complete 96 points, including the following:

(a) seven core IT units:

(b) the following nine core business information systems units:

  • FIT1006 Business information analysis
  • FIT2006 Business process modelling and workflow
  • FIT2011 Decision support systems fundamentals
  • FIT2013 e-Business technologies
  • FIT2017 Computer models for decision making
  • FIT3003 Business intelligence and data warehousing or FIT3022 Intelligent decision support systems
  • FIT3009 e-Business systems or FIT3012 Enterprise systems
  • two third-year level BBIS electives

Note that students who take an IBL placement will substitute FIT3045 Industry-based learning for two third-year BBIS electives and one of FIT3003, FIT3022, FIT3009 or FIT3012.

Students cannot graduate from either degree until they have satisfied the above requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points. Students undertaking the above double-degree program are permitted to count up to 48 points of the FIT component towards those 144 points for an arts degree or 36 points from the arts component towards 144 points for the BITS degree. Students must also complete at least 36 points at third-year level to meet Bachelor of Arts requirements.

Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.

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