Victoria Business School

Information Systems

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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


Using Information Technology (IT) to create innovative business opportunities is a vital business strategy. Information Systems is the use and application of IT 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 can choose to specialise in IS Business Analysis or IT Solutions.  A major in Information Systems will give you the necessary skills for the job market of tomorrow.

At undergraduate level you can take Information Systems as a major for a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or study the subject as a complement to your Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA).

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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 (without a specialisation)

  1. BCom students must include (ACCY 111 or ACCY 130, ECON 130*, FCOM 111**, INFO 101, MARK 101, MGMT 101 and QUAN 102);
  2. INFO 141, 151;
  3. Any three courses from INFO 200-299;
  4. INFO 395 or INFO 320; plus two courses from INFO 301-391.

Information Systems major with IT Solutions specialisation

  1. BCom students must include (ACCY 111 or ACCY 130, ECON 130*, FCOM 111**, INFO 101, MARK 101, MGMT 101 and QUAN 102);
  2. INFO 141, 151, 226, 231, 246, 320;
  3. Any two of INFO 354, 376, 386.

Information Systems major with IS Business Analysis specialisation

  1. BCom students must include (ACCY 111 or ACCY 130, ECON 130*, FCOM 111**, INFO 101, MARK 101, MGMT 101 and QUAN 102);
  2. INFO 141, 151, 231, 234, 264, 395
  3. Any two of INFO 334, 354, 376

*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

Information Systems minor

Students from other majors can take courses to make up a minor in Information Systems.  A minor requires at least 60 points at 200-level or above, including at least 15 points at 300-level.  300-level courses cannot be used for two minors or towards the major/specialisation and a minor.

Possible course combinations for an Information Systems minor:

Internet development INFO 151, 226, 231, 234, 334
Systems analysis INFO 141, 231, 234, 246, 334
Databases INFO 151, 226, 264, 376, 386
IS integration INFO 333, 354, 388, 377 or 386

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. Demonstrate a sound understanding of IT in organisations
  2. Analyse, design, develop, implement and maintain information systems
  3. Exploit opportunities created by technology innovations
  4. Communicate the technical and managerial aspects of information systems
  5. Understand, manage and control IT risks and security
  6. 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

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

Contact the School of Information Management for more information:

Dr Janet Toland
Undergraduate Programme Director
Phone: 0-4-463 6861

SIM Administration
Level 5, Rutherford House
Phone: 04-463 5103

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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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Information Systems—course learning objectives116 KBPDF

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