Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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 titleMIT Prof/MBIS Prof
CRICOS code079051C
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of six years to complete this course.


This course will prepare graduates for important careers in business-focused IT as business analysts, systems analysts, project leaders, or IT managers. The degree covers the IT spectrum from software development through to supporting business operations through to supporting managers' decision making.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehensive understanding of information technologies and the theories that underpin them
  • have knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical and professional issues in business information systems
  • be able to independently design and construct or extend innovative information technology solutions that are based on sound and considered theoretical foundations and assess their effectiveness
  • through either a significant research thesis component or research-grounded industrial project, review, synthesise, apply, extend and evaluate contemporary information technology theories
  • be able to report, with scientific rigour, on the application of information technology in solving complex problems
  • demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate to the wider community how and why information technology theories and applications address relevant issues in society and industry
  • understand and commit to the ethical use of information technology


The course comprises 96 points of approved master's-level units including 12 points of foundation units, 42 points of core units, 18 points of electives and 24 points of either research or industry units.


Students complete:

(a.) two core foundation units (12 points). These units are determined by the faculty and based on the students' undergraduate academic background.

Students with previous study in information systems will be directed to enrol in:

  • FIT5134 Computer architecture and operating systems and FIT5135 Data communications


Students with previous study in a technical information technology field will be directed to enrol in:

  • FIT5123 Introduction to business information systems and FIT5130 Systems analysis and design

(b.) four core units from the MBIS (24 points):

  • FIT5057 Project management
  • FIT5101 Enterprise systems
  • FIT5133 Enterprise architecture and management
  • FIT5195 Business intelligence and data warehousing

(c.) three of the following core units from the MIT (18 points):

(d.) three elective units (18 points), of which at least one unit must be chosen from an [ ([approved list] of level five postgraduate units.

Units chosen from outside the approved list must be approved by the Course Director and may require permission from the owning faculty.

(e.) 24 points of research* or industry units as follows:


  • FIT5199 IT minor research project
  • FIT5120 Industry experience project 1
  • FIT5121 Industry experience project 2
  • FIT5122 Professional practice

* To enrol in the research units, students must have successfully completed 24 points of level five non-foundation units and have achieved an overall average of at least 70% across all non-foundation units.

Progression to further studies

Graduates of this course who achieve an overall distinction average for all units and a distinction grade or higher for FIT5125 IT research methods and the research thesis are eligible to apply for entry into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.


Master of Business Information Systems (Professional)
Master of Information Technology (Professional)