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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology

Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleMBIS
CRICOS code062924J
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Contact details

Contact information is available at:

Course coordinator

Dr Kerry Tanner (Caulfield); Dr Iqbal Gondal (Gippsland)


  • Students have a maximum of five years to complete the requirements of the course.
  • All professional tracks will be offered on-campus. Off-campus mode will be offered only for selected professional tracks.


The Master of Business Information Systems (MBIS) is part of a program which comprises three degrees: Master of Business Information Systems, Master of Business Information Systems Professional and Master of Business Information Systems (Honours).

This course prepares students with previous qualifications in any discipline, for careers in IT management, applications development, business information systems, information systems, information management, or knowledge management.

Six professional tracks (specialisations), are offered within the Master of Business Information Systems, although not all professional tracks may be offered in any one year, and off-campus mode will be offered only for the business application development, corporate information and knowledge management, and library, archival and recordkeeping systems professional tracks.


The objectives of the Master of Business Information 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 a significant area of business information 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 business information systems with elective study from a wide range of disciplines.

Professional recognition

This course has been accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard for professional-level membership. Students who successfully complete the MBIS 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 Australasia (RMAA).


The course consists of 12 approved masters level units.

Core studies

Core units comprise studies in database systems design, computer programming for business, computer architecture and networks, and information technology management.

Professional tracks

Professional tracks are recommended specialisations ('Areas of study'). Where all the units in a professional track are successfully completed by a student, the track will be identified on the student's academic transcript.

Areas of Study


Students complete:

(i) four MBIS foundation units (24 points) as listed below

(ii) four units (24 points) from the MBIS Professional tracks listed below:

(iii) four elective units (24 points). These may be selected from units within the professional tracks or from other postgraduate units within Monash with course director approval.

It is highly recommended that students enrolled in the MBIS specialise by completing all the units in at least one professional track.

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

MBIS foundation (core) units

  • FIT9003 Database systems design*
  • FIT9004 Computer programming for business or FIT9017 Foundations of programming*,**
  • FIT9005 Computer architecture and networks*
  • FIT9006 Information technology management*

MBIS professional tracks (specialisations)

Business application development

  • FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications*
  • FIT5077 e-Business application and development*
  • FIT5151 Object-oriented business application development*
  • FIT5152 User interface design and development*

Business intelligence

  • FIT5093 Business intelligence applications
  • FIT5094 IT for management decision making
  • FIT5095 Data warehousing
  • FIT5097 Business intelligence modelling

Business systems

  • 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

  • FIT5086 Information and knowledge management principles*
  • FIT5088 Information and knowledge management systems*
  • FIT5102 IT strategy and governance*
  • FIT5150 Project management as knowledge-based practice*

Enterprise systems

Library, archival and recordkeeping systems

and any two from the following:

All units are offered on-campus.

* Units offered by off-campus learning (OCL) mode.

** Special entry requirements apply; course coordinator approval is required.

MBIS elective units

Students can take electives from the following:

  • units from other MBIS professional tracks
  • level 4 and 5 units from the Master of Applied Information Technology and Master of Information Technology programs
  • FIT9058 Chinese language information technology
  • FIT5098 Industry based project unit (12 points). This unit involves partnership with industry. Entry to FIT5098 is competitive and will require a distinction average in 48 points of MBIS study. Final selection is by interview.
  • units from other faculties of the University, subject to the approval of the course coordinator.

Progression to further studies

Graduates of the MBIS will not automatically qualify for entry into a PhD program. High performing students may study a minor thesis by enrolling in course 3342 (MBIS Professional), and with appropriate grades they could progress to a research degree through the Monash Research Graduate School H1 equivalence process.

Alternative exit(s)

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

  • Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate in Business Information Systems after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems after successful completion of 48 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management after successful completion of 48 points of study,

provided they have satisfied the requirements for these awards.


Master of Business Information Systems