Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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

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Course coordinator

Dr Steven Wright (Caulfield); Dr Gour Karmakar (Gippsland)


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • 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 is 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 and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM).

Note that professional accreditation is dependent on unit choice. For further information about units required for accreditation by each professional body see


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) at least six units (36 points) must be selected from the foundation units listed below or from the specialisation units listed under 'Areas of Study'.

(ii) a maximum of two units (12 points) may be elective units as listed below.

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

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*

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

Elective units

Students can take electives from the following:

  • FIT9058 Chinese language information technology
  • units from other 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 director.

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