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Monash University Handbook 2011 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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Contact information is available at

Course coordinator

Dr Steve Wright, Caulfield; Dr Iqbal Gondal, Gippsland


  • Not all specialisations are available for study at Gippsland.


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


This course 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.


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

(i) six units (36 points) must be selected from the Master of Business Information Systems (MBIS) foundation units listed below or from MBIS specialisation units listed under "Areas of Study".

(ii) 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 before proceeding to other graduate units. The foundation units have been designed for students with little prior study in 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 specialisations

Students can choose units from any of the listed MBIS specialisations.

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

MBIS elective units

Students can take electives from the following:

  • FIT5098 Industry based project (12 points)*
  • FIT9058 Chinese language information technology
  • units from other MBIS specialisations
  • level four and five units from 3309 Master of Applied Information Technology and 2402 Master of Information Technology
  • units from other faculties of the University, subject to the approval of the course coordinator.

*This unit involves partnership with industry. Entry is competitive and requires a distinction average in 48 points of MBIS study. Final selection is by interview.

Areas of Study

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 this course 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