1. About the Diploma of Business Information Systems

The Diploma of Business Information Systems (DIPBIS) is a program, developed to provide an entry point for individuals aiming to enter, and work in, several roles within the ICT industry. It has been developed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to administer and manage information systems in a range of businesses using management skills and broad IS processes. Graduates can expect to work in support based roles in information system management and business, using skills developed in networking, IT support, database development, programming and web development.

Graduates will begin to develop skills to make effective ICT business decisions. Increased breadth will be developed through project management and how the changing technological landscape impacts on contemporary businesses.

The course will be facilitated on-campus in small classes, via intensive teaching sessions and some online subjects developed to suit the complex life circumstances of the student over the duration of the course.

The Diploma of Business Information System course and subject design and development are the result of a collaborative curriculum design process culminating in the production of an on-campus and interactive online experience designed to meet the needs of students and their future careers.

The course objective is to develop graduates with technical competence and ability to interpret information to participate in generating solutions to common workplace problems.

Graduate employment opportunities

Graduates may find a range of career pathways and employment opportunities including:

  • Support personnel for Business process and requirements analysis
  • Database administrator assistant
  • E-marketing and communications assistant
  • Information centre operator
  • Information systems/operations administration assistant
  • Online content specialist
  • ICT Project administrator

Course Overview

Course Title Diploma of Business Information System (DIPBIS)
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time – on campus

Part-time – on campus

Study Options – International students International students on a student visa must not enrol into any more than a third or 33% of online subjects over their course and must study at least one subject that is face to face in each trimester.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time, i.e. the student must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year.

Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website.

Course Length Full Time: 1 year

Accelerated: 0.5 year

Part-time: Options available

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study. Assessment  Group discussions, individual analytical assignments and group assignments, participation and invigilated exams.
Locations Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course Code 0100552
Provider obligations Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia Limited ABN 99 154 937 005,
CRICOS Provider Code: 03389E.
RTO No. 41343
Course Fees For details, refer to the website. Any other fees For details, refer to the website.
  1. Essential requirements for admission

The general admission criteria that apply to Torrens University Australia courses can be located by visiting the Torrens University Australia website – /general-admission-information-for-torrens-university-australia-ltd.

  1. Student Profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant background Trimester one / Full year intake [2020]
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0%
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:    

·         Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

0 0%
·         Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 0%
·         Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
0 0%
International students <5 N/P
All students 2 100%

Notes:          “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

  1. Admission Criteria
Title of course of study Diploma of Business Information System (DIPBIS)
Applicants with higher education study A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

OR

Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)

OR

Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·         broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·         formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·         written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with skills band no less than 5.5
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent*

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

Year 12 (or equivalent)
*ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in T1 2020:

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds)

ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer 0
Median rank to receive an offer 0
Lowest rank to receive an offer 0

Notes:  * “<5” – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made

  1. How to apply

Through a TAC

Via direct application to the institution

  1. Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy – (/policies-and-forms).

  • Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
  • Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
  • Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.

  1. Where to get further information
  1. Additional Information

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Business and Information course structure is comprised of 8 subjects (80 credit points). The course of study is made up of 6 core and 2 elective subjects at 10 credit points each.

Course Rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Business Information System, students must complete satisfactorily a course of study consisting 6 core subjects and 2 elective subjects (80 credit points).

Subjects

SUBJECT DETAILS
SUBJECT TITLE, DESCRIPTOR
BIZ101 Business Communications

This subject introduces students to the concepts of business communications and transferable academic skills. This subject presents an analysis of the types of communication processes which occur in the internal and external business environment, including an examination of the theoretical underpinning of communication in businesses. Emphasis is placed on writing skills, reports, and presentations, and using technology to communicate. The course will provide students with research skills (information literacy), critical analysis, writing and language techniques. Transferable skills including time management and teamwork are incorporated in the course. The aim of this subject is to provide knowledge and skills needed for Higher Education, to help students to manage their own success and to assist students in reaching their academic potential.

BIZ102 Understanding People and Organisations             

This subject introduces students to the concept of an organisation, and their role within the organisational context. The student will explore the impact of their relationships and emotional intelligence within a business context, as well as developing the skills to foster effective workplace relationships and to learn how to continue to develop and refine these skills in the workplace. Students will gain an understanding of the idea of cultures within organisations, and how their actions interact within these relationships.

MIS100 Foundations of Information Systems

This subject is designed to prepare students for a career in a business information systems field as a Business Analyst (BA). They will gain insight into organisation and functions of a modern computer and communication and software components that support it. Through awareness of potential and limitations of systems and technologies students will work with testing and verifying data, develop confidence and competence in ability to understand, analyse, and apply information technology. The principles and importance of the agile methodology will be applied to the BA space.

PRO100 Information Systems Project Management Planning

Students will be introduced to knowledge, tools, and techniques to manage projects successfully through a project life cycle, and to the language used by practitioners in conjunction with the terminology recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Explore PM knowledge areas and process groups of PMBOK guide. Examine how the dimensions of project management interact in initiating (scoping), planning, executing (launching), monitoring and controlling, and closing a project.

MIS101 Information Systems for Business          

This subject provides a context for information systems by exploring computer architecture – specifically hardware, software and peripherals.  You will be introduced to logic, mathematics for computing, business process architecture and Information Communication Technology (ICT) for business organisations. Topics covered will include emerging technologies and ethical and legal implications for business in information systems (IS).

MIS102 Data and Networking

The management of data underpins most aspects of information system at both theoretical and practical levels. Data is often stored in a distributed environment and management requires students to build an understanding of data networking, data communication, MS windows and network administration. This subject sets the foundations for many subsequent subjects in this course.

Students are required to choose an additional 8 subjects from the Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Business Information System courses.

*Note that some of the above subjects have pre-requisite requirements.

Locations

The Bachelor of Business Information System can be studied fully online or at the below Torrens University Campuses:

  • Queensland (Brisbane)
  • New South Wales (Sydney)
  • Victoria (Melbourne)
  • South Australia (Adelaide)

Campus Facilities and Services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

A positive student experience

Torrens University Australia values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be accessed from the website (/policies-and-forms).

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

  • Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each semester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or direct transfer.

  • FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($45, 881 in 2019-20). Just like with any other debt,
a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.