School of Information Management

Information Systems

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is is taught by the School of Information Management.

Overview

Using Information Technology (IT) to create innovative business opportunities is a contemporary business strategy. Information Systems is the use and application of computer technology to business and society, not just the computers themselves.

You don't need prior mathematics or programming skills to study Information Systems at Victoria University. Instead you will get a practical introduction to the different types of IT available now, and how and why they are used in business. You will learn how to develop simple database and Internet applications, and then move into more detail, including systems analysis, design, and implementation.

The solid understanding provided by a major in Information Systems is ideally suited to the modern employment market.

You can take Information Systems as:

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Undergraduate information

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) requires:

  • A total of 360 points to complete the degree (3 years full-time).
  • The completion of seven compulsory core 100-level courses.
  • The completion of at least one major. 

Information Systems major

  1. The BCom core must be included (ACCY 111 or ACCY 130, ECON 130*, FCOM 111**, INFO 101, MARK 101, MGMT 101 and QUAN 102)
  2. INFO 102, 201, 241, 232
  3. INFO 395; two courses from INFO 301-391
*The ECON 130 requirement will be waived for a student who has passed ECON 140 **FCOM 111 can be replaced by COML 203 and PUBL 113/201/202.

Note: students doing the INFO/ELCM double major can take INFO 395 or ELCM 395 -- not both -- and can substitute one INFO or ELCM 300-level course for whichever 395-coded course they did not take.

Information Systems major attributes

These are the attributes that we expect our INFO majors to have by the time they graduate. They will be able to:

  1. Understand and manage the interplay between people, technologies and organisations that underlies information systems
  2. Demonstrate a sound understanding of IT and related organisational processes
  3. Analyse, design, develop, implement and maintain information systems
  4. Exploit opportunities created by technology innovations
  5. Communicate the technical and managerial aspects of information systems
  6. Understand, manage and control IT risks and security
  7. Explain the impact of IT on social, economic, legal and ethical issues in organisations and society

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Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in Information Systems

How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment and Course Advice Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Faculty of Commerce Student Services Office (Victoria Business School) for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Contact the School of Information Management

Dr David Mason
Undergraduate Programme Director
Phone: 0-4-463 7435
Email: david.mason@vuw.ac.nz

SIM Administration
Level 5, Rutherford House
Phone: 04-463 5103
Email: sim@vuw.ac.nz

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Course information

Course learning objectives

Each course has specific learning objectives that we expect students to have attained by the time that they have successfully completed the course.

Download the course learning objectives below.

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List of courses

Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Information Systems courses.


100 Level Courses

INFO 101 – Foundations of Information Systems

INFO 102 – Business Application Programming


200 Level Courses

BBIS 221 – Special Topic

INFO 201 – Introduction to Information Systems Management

INFO 232 – Business Systems Analysis

INFO 241 – Introduction to Database Management and Programming


300 Level Courses

BBIS 302 – Ethical and Legal Issues

BBIS 321 – Special Topic

INFO 301 – Strategic Information Systems Management

INFO 320 – Project in Information Systems

INFO 321 – Principles of Project Management

INFO 322 – Information Systems Implementation

INFO 325 – Telecommunications in Business

INFO 332 – Advanced Systems Analysis

INFO 341 – Advanced Database Programming

INFO 381 – Special Topic: Internet and Social Media

INFO 391 – Research Paper in Information Systems

INFO 395 – Case Studies in Information Systems


400 Level Courses

BBIS 401 – Case Studies in Information Technology

BBIS 415 – Advanced Business Analysis

BBIS 416 – IT Business Development

BBIS 417 – Enterprise Systems

BBIS 422 – Advanced Project Management

BBIS 489 – Individual IT Project

INFO 401 – Foundations of Information Systems Research

INFO 402 – Current issues in Information Systems Research

INFO 403 – Research Methods in Information Systems

INFO 404 – Current Issues in e-Commerce

INFO 405 – IT and the New Organisation

INFO 406 – Information and Systems

INFO 407 – Virtual Workplace: Issues and Strategies

INFO 409 – IT, Innovation, Value & Productivity

INFO 410 – Research Paper in Information Systems

INFO 430 – Research Project in Information Systems


500 Level Courses

INFO 510 – Research Project

INFO 511 – Research Paper

INFO 591 – Information Systems Thesis


600 Level Courses

INFO 690 – Information Systems