Information about study options and career opportunities
Explore the range of study options offered by the School of Information Management, and the career paths they lead into.
School of Information Management
School office location
Room: Rutherford House (RH) 431
Tel: 0-4-463 5103
Why you should study at the School of Information Management
Whether you are looking to take the first step into tertiary education, or are already in the workforce and looking to expand your horizons with postgraduate qualifications, the School of Information Management (SIM) at Victoria University is where you need to be.
You will be taught by leading international experts who:
- regularly feature in leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Sloan Management Review, Library and Information Research and Journal of Documentation
- have won prizes for top conference papers on the international circuit and awards for teaching excellence
- encourage you to publish the results of projects whenever possible
- actively mentor you to achieve your utmost potential.
Flexible, practical courses that get results
From the moment you enrol in one of our courses, you become part of the SIM family. Help and guidance will always be available to you, including assistance with course selection, study methods, career path choice, and any other query or issue that you want to discuss.
Our philosophy is to provide students with knowledge and skills in the effective and efficient design, delivery and use of information systems, together with an awareness of the continuing developments in the field of information technology and electronic commerce, and their impact on organisations and society.
Your learning experience will include lectures, workshops, tutorials, and online resources. There is help from our tutors, who will work with you in smaller and more informal groups, giving you the best possible support to achieve your academic goals. The key to your success is in the mix of theory, research and practical experience in our programmes.
As a student at SIM, you will enjoy invitations to industry technical talks and presentations, so that you are totally in touch with developments in the real world. On some courses you have the opportunity to actually work in industry.
Information Systems options
Students ready to take their undergraduate degree a step further can also consider the following programmes:
Taught Master's & postgraduate research programmes
The information environment is moving fast. Today's information professionals need more than mere technical knowledge to move with the changing workplace and the need to adapt and exploit new technologies.
Taught Master's programmes
Our taught Master's programmes will give you the research background to dig deeper, see further, anticipate developments, and set in place best practice frameworks.
The Information Studies Programmes offer broadly-based, technology focused qualifications for information professionals, with content and structure designed to equal the best in North America, the UK, and Australia. The boundaries between librarians, archivists, records managers, and knowledge managers are disappearing, so qualifications in the Information Studies Programmes will give you a core set of skills and knowledge needed across all these professions, while also allowing you to focus on specific professional competencies for your initial career path.
The Master of Information Management degree offers comprehensive learning in the management of information services, information systems, and electronic business. The MIM Programme will suit general managers taking on senior responsibilities in information management, mid-career graduates wanting to make the move to information and knowledge management, or computer science and technology graduates who want to move into senior management.
The Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn) degree is designed for people in disciplines outside information technology who want to become business analysts, most likely in new roles in their original field. Graduates will be able to apply their understanding of their field of expertise to develop IT solutions for a workplace and be able to recommend appropriate solutions, based on sound, evidence-led decision-making skills grounded in fundamental principles of academic research and real-world exposure.
A Master's level research by thesis degree in Information Systems (INFO 591 Information Systems Thesis) is for graduates who want a fast track into leadership positions as information systems professionals -- as IS consultants, directors or managers, chief information officers, IS policy analysts, consultants in e-Commerce, project managers. It is also appropriate for those wishing to pursue further research in our PhD programme.
The School of Information Management offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Library and Information Studies (LIBR 591)
The School of Information Management offers PhD study in these disciplines:
Whilst there are areas of overlap between degrees and jobs, some positions are suited to particular academic specialisations. Students who have taken a degree in information systems may consider roles with a business and people focus such as:
- Software/Web Developer
- Project Manager
- Systems Integrator
- Management Consultant HR
- Sales Support
- Systems Analyst
- Software Trainer
- IT Consultant
- Support Technician
- IT Risk Analyst
- Test Analyst
- Management Consultant
- Business Analyst
- Database Administrator
If you are considering combining Information Systems with another degree, as many do, there are even more employment possibilities. A careers or course adviser can help you to explore your options.
Skills that employers look for
A degree in Information Systems gives graduates a foundation on which they can build and keep up with the play. Hardware and software may change but the underlying principles stay the same. Employers look to hire people who want to keep learning new skills and to apply those principles to evolving technology. Whilst good grades and technical skills are important, employers also look for:
- Learning agility - the ability to constantly and proactively update technical knowledge and skills and quickly apply that learning to new situations.
- Interpersonal skills - the ability to listen, influence and manage people in both team and leadership roles and build strong relationships.
- Communication skills - excellent grasp of technical information and industry jargon but also the ability to explain complex ideas in simple terms.
- Analysis - being a sharp thinker; drawing on technical skills, people knowledge and commercial awareness to grasp key issues, explore options and identify appropriate solutions.
- Problem solving - persistence and confidence in the face of what may seem insurmountable problems and impossible deadlines. Resourcefulness and good judgement in handling difficult situations.
- A ‘can do’ attitude - a reluctance to say "this is impossible" just because it’s never yet been done; a commitment to new learning.
- Initiative - the ability to challenge how things are done and think laterally, proposing new ideas.
- Commercial awareness - an understanding of how technology supports the objectives of individuals and organisations.
- Life experience - what candidates have done in their lives outside of education so far.
Check out the Career View for Information Systems, for career and employment information for prospective and current students, graduates and friends in the community.