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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Information Technology
Offered byCaulfield School of Information Technology


Business intelligence (BI) professionals use information systems to improve the processes and outcomes of human decision-making. Areas covered include personal decision support systems, business intelligence systems, executive information systems, online analytical processing systems, group decision support systems, data warehousing, customer relationship management systems, financial modelling and computer modelling for business systems.

The goal of the business intelligence professional track is to prepare students for professional practice in supporting management decision-making using IT. Depending on their qualifications and experience prior to graduate study and the nature of their elective study, graduates could be employed in a variety of roles ranging from entry-level BI positions through to senior management consulting.

In addition to entry-level system analyst/programmer knowledge and skills, and the desirable generic graduate attributes identified by the University, graduates should be able to:

  • understand business operations and project management techniques and calculations including the financial aspects involved in quoting and operations management tasks
  • understand and provide advice on functional and process oriented structuring of business processes and systems
  • use new technology and techniques for understanding customers and customer needs, and be able to advise management on these issues
  • understand and use core technologies that support financial analysis and decision making and advise management on these issues
  • carry out business process modelling and analysis using new technology and tools to provide advice on business process design and re-engineering.

Graduates of this track will also have a strong theoretical knowledge of decision support so that they can adapt quickly to changes in technology and methodology.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.

Relevant Courses

  • 3345 Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems
  • 3344 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems
  • 3341 Master of Business Information Systems
  • 3342 Master of Business Information Systems Professional
  • 3343 Master of Business Information Systems (Honours)