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Undergraduate Business Information Systems

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Photo of Yvette BlountLearn about the Bachelor of Commerce - Business Information Systems major from Dr Yvette Blount, a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance.

Macquarie University's new Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Business Information Systems will provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of IT-Centric Business Functions, such as mobile commerce, wireless networks, social media, managing customer and supplier relationships and using business intelligence and cloud computing.

About Business Information Systems

In today's connected world it is imperative that information technology works effectively and efficiently for organisations to achieve their business objectives. Organisations use IT and web technology to engage customers more effectively, boost employee productivity and improve operating efficiency. Having an understanding of information and communication technology (ICT) is important across all industry sectors from health, security, mining, retail, education, government, to finance, hospitality, business and management. Business Information Systems professionals or Business Analysts coordinate the design of new information systems to improve business efficiency, effectiveness and in turn an organisation's competitive advantage.

Business analysts are involved in many areas including:

  • work directly with customers to understand their business
  • evaluate business needs, and contribute to the design and development of a business solution-this could involve mobile and wireless technologies, social media, cloud computing and business intelligence solutions.
  • working closely with developers and end users to ensure technical compatibility and user satisfaction to the successful completion of projects
  • ensuring timelines and budgets are met, and overseeing the implementation of a new system
  • business process modelling and/or data modelling
  • key skill is to able to work collaboratively, often in a globally distributed environment, with designer, project managers, developers and users to create innovative design solutions.

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Our degree

The Business Information Systems (BIS) major is jointly offered by the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance and the Department of Computing. It is one of twelve majors belonging to Macquarie's Bachelor of Commerce. Students may choose to study the BCom with a single major in Business Information Systems or do a double major. Both options amount to the same workload and take over 3 years full time to complete. By combining the BIS major with other disciplines, graduates will further increase their career choices.

Business Information Systems Skills

Studying business information systems will provide you with skills that will be valuable in any industry. These skills include:

  • An understanding of information systems and business alignment and requirements
  • An understanding of information systems related risks and controls in business environments
  • Analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Time management and personal organisation
  • An understanding of user needs and a business outcome approach
  • A logical approach to problem solving and an investigative and inquisitive mind
  • An ability to work well with both internal and external clients

What you study

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  • Business information systems
  • Design and data management
  • Information systems for management
  • Information systems audit and assurance
  • Information systems project

Where can you go?

BIS graduates are in high demand and can find diverse roles within all industries. Roles on offer can include:

  • Business analyst
  • Information systems auditors
  • Information systems coordinator
  • Management information systems analyst
  • Project officer

Business Analysts can progress to senior consulting roles and/or project management, liaising with top-level management. They can take indirect moves within an organisation, such as, developing specific technical expertise in a systems architect role, or move to project management or account management positions. Others can take a more strategic business direction, either within their organisation or with a management consultancy firm.

How much can you earn?

According to salary data (9 July 2012), Business Analyst salaries in Australia range from $60,000 to $197,600 with an average salary of $104,327.