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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 titleGradDipBIS
CRICOS code062928E
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 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)


  • Not all professional tracks are available for study at Gippsland.


The Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems (GradDipBIS) prepares students who have a first qualification in another discipline area, for professional careers in business systems, information systems and information management.


The Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems provides students with understanding of foundation information technology concepts and fundamental business systems, information systems and information management principles, and develops further knowledge and understanding of one or more specialist areas within these fields, including the major theoretical and professional debates in each area. It aims to develop students' understanding of a significant area of business information systems to a level of depth and sophistication consistent with senior professional practice.

Professional recognition

This course has been accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard for associate-level membership. Students who successfully complete the GradDipBIS 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 eight approved masters level units.

Areas of Study


Students complete 48 points of graduate-level units, subject to the following rules:

(i) at least six units (36 points) must be selected from the Master of Business Information Systems (MBIS) (FIT5xxx level) professional track units listed below.

(ii) up to two units (12 points) may be MBIS elective units as listed below.

Students without appropriate background knowledge will be required to satisfactorily complete a selection of the MBIS foundation units (FIT9xxx level) before proceeding to other graduate units (FIT5xxx level). The foundation units have been designed for students with little prior study in information technology.

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)

Students can choose units from all professional tracks listed below to meet the course requirement.

Business application development

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

Business intelligence

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

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

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

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 Master of Applied Information Technology and Master of Information Technology
  • FIT9058 Chinese language information technology
  • FIT5098 Industry based project unit (12 points). This unit involves partnership with industry. Entry to FIT5098 is competitive and requires 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

Successful completion of this course provides an entry point for students wishing to progress to Master of Business Information Systems and Master of Business Information Systems Professional study.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems early may apply to graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Business Information Systems after successful completion of 24 points of study.


Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems