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Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code3333
Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleBBIS
CRICOS code079335B
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT

The maximum time for completion of the course is eight years, including any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)

This course has compulsory off-campus placement requirements for those students undertaking the Industry-based Learning (IBL) stream.

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This course focuses on the applications of IT to model and solve business problems and leads to a career in business information technology. The curriculum has been developed in consultation with industry partners of the faculty that regularly employ graduates of the program. It is a broad-based degree, with core units ranging from computer programming to business analysis. Students develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes in the broad areas of business programming, business information systems, e-business, business analysis and decision support.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

(1.) understand how information technology is used within organisations to support business processes and decision making

(2.) understand the fundamentals of business programming

(3.) understand the techniques used to develop business information systems

(4.) have knowledge of current business information systems

(5.) apply project management techniques

(6.) develop business applications

(7.) analyse and interpret business data and processes

(8.) solve quantitative business problems

(9.) rapidly learn and apply emerging technologies

(10.) analyse and interpret business data and processes

(11.) solve quantitative business problems

(12.) rapidly learn and apply emerging technologies

(13.) improve business productivity using information technology

(14.) communicate at a professional level with clients, system users and peers

(15.) work effectively in a team environment

Industry Based Learning Program

Applicants who qualify for the Industry Based Learning (IBL) programIndustry Based Learning (IBL) program ( can undertake up to two 22-week industry placements with participating companies as directed by the University and receive a scholarship of $17,000 per placement. The student's work during the placements will be structured and assessed as part of the degree.

IBL students are required to be available during the normal vacation period in summer and winter for special units and IBL placements.

There are two intakes into the IBL program each year. Students can be admitted prior to the commencement of first year or at the end of their first year of study. Students admitted prior to the commencement of first year will receive a scholarship of $5,000.

Selection is based on academic performance and an interview process conducted by industry partners of the program.

There are a limited number of places available in the program.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for professional-level membership.


This course consist of:

  • compulsory (core) units from the Faculty of Information Technology
  • elective units.

Students must complete the coursework stream or the Industry Based Learning (IBL) stream.

All units are 6 points unless otherwise specified.

Refer to course mapscourse maps ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study and approved elective information.


All students

Students must complete:

(a.) six information technology core units (36 points):

(b.) eight business information systems core units (48 points):

  • FIT1006 Business information analysis
  • FIT1013 IT for business
  • FIT1030 Introduction to business information systems
  • FIT2006 Business process modelling and workflow
  • FIT2017 Computer models for business decision making
  • FIT2081 Mobile applications development
  • FIT3003 Business intelligence and data warehousing or FIT3152 Data science
  • FIT3083 e-Business software technologies

Coursework stream

(c.) two industry experience project units (12 points):

  • FIT3047 Industry experience studio project 1
  • FIT3048 Industry experience studio project 2

(d.) one of the following options (48 points):

  • eight electives
  • four electives and a minor in financial information systems
  • a major of eight units in financial information systems

Industry Based Learning (IBL) stream

(c.) two industry based learning placement units (36 points):

  • FIT2032 Industry-based learning (18 points)
  • FIT3045 Industry-based learning (18 points)

(d.) one of the following options (24 points):

  • four electives
  • four electives and a minor in financial information systems

IBL students should complete FIT2002 (Project management) over summer semester of first year or will be required to overload in their final semester.


These may be chosen:

  • from any Faculty of Information Technology undergraduate course
  • from disciplines offered by another faculty
  • to form minors or a major*
  • from individual units.

Students must be able to meet any prerequisites for elective units.

* Only students in the coursework stream can complete a major.

Elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3.

Majors and minors can be identified from the areas of study indexesareas of study indexes ( in the Handbook.

Students may select free elective units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus and have timetabling implications. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode (Note: The number of off-campus units permitted for international students is limited).

Financial information systems minor or major

Students in both streams can complete a minor by completing the four compulsory units. Only students taking the coursework stream can qualify for the award of Bachelor of Business Information Systems with a major in financial information systems. These students must complete the eight units listed below whilst fulfilling the requirements of the coursework stream.

Compulsory units

  • ACC1000 Principles of accounting and finance
  • BFC2140 Corporate finance
  • FIT3136 IT governance and strategy for business
  • FIT3051 Decision support systems for finance

Elective units

Any four of:

General requirements

In addition to the above unit requirements, all students must meet the following general requirements in relation to the overall number of points at each year level:

  • a maximum of 60 points of first-year level study
  • a minimum of 36 points of second-year level study
  • a minimum of 36 points of third-year level study.

Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 144 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single unit basis (full-fee paying) with the approval of the faculty.

Areas of study

Progression to further studies

Depending on the results achieved, students who complete this course may be eligible to apply for entry into honours in:

  • 3335 Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours)


Bachelor of Business Information Systems