Higher Education

Bachelor of Information Systems (BIS)

Quick Facts

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Information Systems degree provides students with a solid foundation in essential Information Technology units across the core body of knowledge as specified by the Australian Computer Society. Additionally, the programme incorporates important core business units of study to provide the students with the skills they will need to operate as effective IT professionals in the business environment. The flexibility of the degree also allows students to choose from a variety of business or further IT related electives. The graduates of this programme will acquire skills and knowledge which are in high demand by organizations in the technology driven workplace.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Information Systems is a three-year course, delivered over six trimesters on a full-time basis. To meet the requirements for graduation, all students must successfully complete 24 units.


Bachelor of Information Systems (BIS)

Year 1

Year 2
Year 3

8 core units

HC1021 Interpersonal and Electronic Communication


HC1031 Managing People and Organisations


HC1041 Information Technology for Business


HC1052 Organisational Behaviour


HC1062 Decision Making and Problem Solving


HS1011 Data Communications and Networks


HS1021 Web Design


HS1031 Introduction to Programming

6 core units + 2 elective units

Core Units
HS2011 Systems Analysis and Design


HS2021 Database Design and Use


HS2031 Human Computer Interaction


HS2041 Enterprise Systems


HS2061 Information Systems Project Management


HS2121 Professional Issues in IS, Ethics and Practice


2 electives may be chosen from the listed units of Holmes’ bachelor courses provided any prerequisites are met.

5 core units + 3 elective units

Core Units

HS3011 Information Security


HS3021 Strategic Information Systems Management


HS3041 Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management


HS3052 Capstone Project A


HS3052 Capstone Project B


3 electives may be chosen from the listed units of Holmes’ bachelor courses provided any prerequisites are met.


*Please note: Elective/specialisation units are offered subject to demand and may not be offered in a given study period.


On successful completion of this course, students are awarded the Bachelor of Information Systems. The course meets the Australian Qualifications Framework specifications for a Level 7 bachelor degree.

Advanced Standing

Students may be able to shorten the length of this course by applying to transfer any recognised prior learning credits by applying for Advanced Standing (Refer to Advanced Standing Policy and Procedures – Higher Education).

Opportunities for Further Study

The Bachelors of Information Systems course is a TEQSA (AQF level 7) accredited course. Thus, on completion, of the BIS students will be eligible to seek further advanced studies in Graduate Diplomas (AQF level 8) or Masters level (AQF level 9) courses. A natural progression would be from a Bachelors in Information Systems to a Masters in Information Systems. However, students may seek to broaden their knowledge areas and study for a Masters degree in a different discipline area, and many of these are offered which do not require a Bachelors degree in the same discipline as a prerequisite)

Career Opportunities

There are many available career opportunities available upon completion of the Bachelors of Information Systems, and these include but are not limited to

IT Business Analyst, Application Analyst, Information System Manager, Database Administrator, IT Consultant, Cyber Security Analyst, Project Manager, Data Analyst, Technical support Officer, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, Software Tester, User Experience Designer.

Mode of Delivery

This course is delivered face-to-face on campus. Units are delivered in a lecture and tutorial format.


Various forms of assessment will be used throughout the Bachelors of Information Systems course and these include written assignments, laboratory work in relevant units of study, student group work and presentations as well individual reports. In many units of study weekly tutorial submissions are utilized to ensure continual activity throughout the semester. Most units of study have an exam component which may be implemented as a final assessment depending on conditions throughout the semester.

Course Learning Outcomes

The graduates of the Bachelor of Information Systems will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate with depth a mastery of knowledge in core information systems on one or more disciplines (systems analysis, database design, mobile and web applications development, business modelling, Intelligent systems, business simulations, decision support systems and strategic information systems management) underlying principles and concepts using a range of tools and techniques across business contexts to meet various stakeholders’ requirements.
  2. Apply the knowledge in the context of sound business ethics, to frame judgements and work practice within professional ethical framework.
  3. Enrich their knowledge base through life-long learning and effective project team membership.
  4. Exercise cognitive skills in order to Integrate the diverse theoretical and technical core knowledge disciplines to enable them to apply that knowledge across new and existing business processes, structures, applications, enterprise-wide systems and IT architecture.
  5. Critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise skills with depth in some areas (analysis, strategic management, business intelligent and knowledge management, sustainability and IT practice) and recognise the uncertainty of decision- making due to the dynamic, context in which business operates.
  6. Exercise judgement and critical thinking in identifying problems and opportunities to enable them to synthesise creative and effective solutions that add value to the business and its stakeholders, recognising their own skills and weaknesses.
  7. Communicate knowledge and ideas in a clear coherent manner to support changing needs of the business opportunities.
  8. Synthesise knowledge and skills in one or more IS disciplines (such as: systems analysis, database design, mobile and web applications development, business modelling, intelligent systems, business simulations, decision, support systems and strategic information systems management) with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and or scholarship.
  9. Initiate and foster a collaborative teamwork culture.
  10. Exercise judgement in identifying problems, selecting best alternative, planning and implementing action and evaluating outcomes.
  11. Take responsibility and accountability for their own professional development and actions.
  12. Integrate information systems knowledge and skills across the IS discipline subjects.