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Master of Information Systems Management

Get the core skills to succeed as an information, communications and technology leader, and delve deeper into information systems and the impact of technology decisions.

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Why choose this master’s degree?

  • Gain advanced level knowledge and competencies in information systems with this innovative and comprehensive program
  • Acquire the core skills needed to succeed as an industry leader in information, communications and technology
  • Obtain strong analytical and technical skills to assess, design, implement, and manage business information systems in a fast-changing business environment, across multiple organisations
  • Develop strategic thinking and project management skills, and a deep understanding of the implications of technology decisions and change within your organisation
  • Professional recognition: Accredited by Australian Computer Society (ACS) at the Professional Level, preparing you for professional practice in information and communications technology (ICT)
  • If you complete INFS5700, INFS5710, INFS5720, INFS5730 you will be eligible for a SAS Certificate in Business Analytics (awarded jointly by UNSW and SAS). SAS Certification credentials are globally recognised as the premier means to validate SAS knowledge. With a SAS Certification credential, you will set yourself apart from others and prove that you have the SAS knowledge to make a difference within an organisation.
  • Recognition of prior learning: Up to 4 courses may be awarded based on previous studies and professional work experience

Who is this degree for?

  • You’re a professional seeking to develop information systems (IS) core competencies required for contemporary mid-level to ‘C’ level IT Management roles
  • You would like to increase your IS knowledge to advance into management and leadership roles in the ICT industry

Job and career prospects

  • Business IS solutions manager
  • Chief information officer
  • Database manager
  • e-Business manager
  • Executive IS/IT designer or architect
  • IS/IT business solutions manager
  • IS/IT change manager
  • IS/IT manager
  • IS/IT systems planner
  • Software development manager
  • Technology project manager

The Master of Information Systems Management has two entry pathways:

  • 1 year full-time (or 2 years part-time) program consisting of 7 courses (48 UOC): 4 Core 2 courses and 2 elective courses, plus 1 capstone course
  • 1.5 years full-time (or 3 years part time) program consisting of 11 courses: 4 Core 1 courses, 4 Core 2 courses, 2 elective courses, plus 1 capstone course

Core 1 courses

INFS5621 Enterprise Systems

The aim of this course is to introduce you to enterprise systems, to show how organisations use enterprise systems to run their operations more efficiently and effectively, to learn about the critical success factors and implementation strategies that lead to enterprise system success, and to consider the informational, knowledge, and decision-making opportunities afforded by enterprise systems.

 

The course will examine typical ES modules: manufacturing, supply chain management (SCM), financials, projects, human resource management, and customer relationship management (CRM). Enterprise systems (ES) use a single database to integrate business transactions along and between processes, leading to benefits such as efficient and error-free workflows plus accounting, management reporting and improved decision-making. The course will incorporate a laboratory component using the SAP software.

Course outline
INFS5870 Operations Management

Operations management is one core area underlies every enterprise, which is concerned with the processes of producing and delivering goods and services. The focus is to ensure the business operations are efficient in terms of the use of resources and effective in terms of meeting customer needs. This course covers a set of well-established topics such as process analysis, quality management, waiting line analysis, demand forecasting, and project management. This course also covers topics of lean operations, inventory management, and supply chain management.

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INFS5885 e-Business

This course aims to develop students' abilities to use, analyse, and evaluate electronic business technologies and to propose a business model and develop business strategies employing these technologies. The course covers intra‐ and inter‐ organisational systems, payment systems, mobile systems, cloud computing, social technologies, smart systems, and other Internet‐based information systems relevant for electronic business. Core elements of the course are the analysis and discussion of current electronic business case studies as well as the entrepreneurial development of actual electronic business models.

Course outline
INFS5929 Managing IS / IT Risk

Information systems and information technology (IS/IT) underpin the operation of most facets of most organisations. IS/IT provide means by which organisations process their transactions, the mechanisms by which business stakeholders communicate, the information required to manage the performance of the business, and the capability for the business to pursue its strategic plans. The reliance on IS/IT by organisations does, however, involve a broad range of risks to both the IS/IT itself and to the organisation, and these risks need to identified and managed.

These risks relate to the correct operation of the systems themselves, the integrity and security of the data, information and intellectual property they manage, the development and implementation of new systems and the improvement of existing systems. Poor management of these IS/IT risks can create business risks that have implications for the business’s ability to continue its day to day operations, meet its obligations, it reputation and its strategic plans.

This course investigates these risks in a systematic manner and looks at the current theory, methods and best practice for their identification, assessment, analysis and mitigation.

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Core 2 courses

INFS5731 IS Strategy, Innovation and Agility

This course examines the strategic management of information systems and technology in an organisation. The course considers the role of IS/IT plays in the creation and realisation of the business strategy, the way in which IS/IT investments are justified, the management of IS/IT assets and the configuration of the IS/IT effort.

The course also addresses contemporary strategic issues such as the use of outsourcing and the business value of IT. Both theoretical and practical perspectives are considered and the course makes use of cases and examples to illustrate concepts and focus class discussions. The experiences of the course participants will also be an important component of the course. This course will be of benefit to all practitioners looking towards a career in the management of information system.

Course outline
INFS5831 Business Analysis and Consulting

Analysis and consulting has become one of the fastest growing career fields in IS and business in general. This course aims to familiarise you with the key concepts, practices and issues relevant to engaging and providing IS analysis and consulting services from both the client and consultant/ analyst perspectives. The course applies relevant theories of change management, behavioural science and social psychology to illustrate how IS consultants engage with organisations and help solve them business problems.

 

This course is suitable for IS students who are seeking to develop their skills in analysis and consulting areas and understand how organisations can engage with consultants. In addition this course will enhance your communication, presentation, problem solving and critical thinking skills through class work and assignments.

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INFS5848 Project, Portfolio and Program Management

This course aims to equip you with both theory and practical skills in the management of projects, project portfolios and large scale programmes. These skills are critically important to a range of careers in business, for students who intend to be project managers as well as those who will work as part of a project team.

 

The course will examine the key phases of the project management cycle and describe the various tools and methods used in each of those phases. The course will consider both theoretical and practical perspectives and equip you with the necessary skills to be able to better manage or participate in projects.

 

There will be a very strong emphasis on research-led teaching and critical analysis of the literature, textbook recommendations and their use in practice. Also as part of the course, students will research a set of key emerging, topical issues in project management. Through this, the course also aims to further develop your communication skills and group-work skills, improve your time management and enhance your research skills.

Course outline

Then choose one from the following:

INFS5604 Business Process Management

This course looks at ways in which business processes can be analysed, redesigned, and improved. A business process is a set of activities that jointly realise a business goal in an organisational and technical environment. These processes take place in a single organisation but may need to interact with processes in other organisations. Business process management (BPM) is concerned with the concepts, methods, and techniques that support the design, administration, configuration, enactment, and analysis of business processes. BPM is concerned with the explicit representation of processes – once they are defined, processes can be analysed, improved, and enacted. Software in the form of business process management systems can be used to coordinate business process activities.

By taking this course you will be able to understand business process from a general management perspective, and learn tools, analytical frameworks and general principles for managing business processes. The course will incorporate a laboratory component using BPM software.

Course outline
INFS5873 Business Analytics

Decision-making is a primary function and responsibility of management. This course introduces the scientific approach to informed decision making and managerial problem solving by using spreadsheets. The central modelling framework is constrained optimisation. This course emphasises model building and solution interpretation and exposes a wide variety of management problems to the language of mathematics.

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

Elective courses

Choose two from the following:

INFS5604 Business Process Management

This course looks at ways in which business processes can be analysed, redesigned, and improved. A business process is a set of activities that jointly realise a business goal in an organisational and technical environment. These processes take place in a single organisation but may need to interact with processes in other organisations. Business process management (BPM) is concerned with the concepts, methods, and techniques that support the design, administration, configuration, enactment, and analysis of business processes. BPM is concerned with the explicit representation of processes – once they are defined, processes can be analysed, improved, and enacted. Software in the form of business process management systems can be used to coordinate business process activities.

By taking this course you will be able to understand business process from a general management perspective, and learn tools, analytical frameworks and general principles for managing business processes. The course will incorporate a laboratory component using BPM software.

Course outline
INFS5700 Introduction to Business Analytics

Business Analytics can be defined as the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions (Davenport et al. 2010). Organizations recognize the need to learn more about business analytics as high quality information about their capabilities and those of their competition is essential for effective decision making to be competitive and generate value.

This course presents the fundamentals of implementing and managing business analytics in organizations including: decision making; business analytics concepts and frameworks; technologies and tools required for descriptive analytics, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics; frameworks for putting analytics to work; technologies and tools required for business analytics; the governance, oversight and business value gained from business analytics within organizations; ethical and social implications of business analytics; future directions for business analytics.

SAS software tools will be used for the skills components of the course: “Applied Analytics Using SAS Enterprise Miner”.

Course outline
INFS5710 IT Information Technology Infrastructure for Business Analytics

Performing business analytics functions on huge volumes of data generated from various day-to-day operations requires a solid understanding of how data captured at the operational level can be re-structured and used at the enterprise level to gain maximum effective results.

This course will provide students with data management knowledge in both operational and analytical database systems and infrastructure aspects, including theoretical foundations as well as meaningful hands-on experience. Examples include: standard relational database issues; analytical database topics; requirements imposed by the move to big data; business analytics infrastructure and tools used with big data.

SAS software tools will be used for the skills components of the course: “SAS SQL 1: Essentials” and “Introduction to SAS and Hadoop”

Course outline
INFS5720 Business Analytics Methods

Today’s organisations operate on a global scale and collect huge volumes of data from multiple sources. Management recognises the need to learn how to gather and manage strategic data, transform it into new insights, and translate those insights into effective front-line action in order to have a better understanding of business performance and gain competitive advantage.

This course will provide students with advanced business analytics methods including predictive analytics and Visual analytics. Both meaningful hands-on experience and case studies describing organisational experiences with business analytics are included. The course has a technical component in which students gain practical knowledge and skills in data mining and visual analytics.

SAS software tools will be used for the skills components of the course: “Customer Segmentation Using SAS Enterprise Miner” and “SAS Visual Analytics: Getting Started”

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

INFS5730 Social Media & Enterprise 2.0

Businesses are confronted with a world in which customers are increasingly using social media/technologies as central means of communication, collaboration, social exchange, and navigation of the Internet. This course develops the ability to use social technologies in business contexts. This course aims to enable students to analyse and develop strategies related to the use of social technologies within businesses and the use of social media as for external relations (especially with customers). Furthermore, the course introduces students to the underlying theoretical concepts of social media as well as hands-on experience with current social technologies relevant for business.

The teaching includes working on several real-life cases and employs a range of social technologies. On successful completion of the course, students are expected be able to demonstrate both a professional perspective as well as technological confidence regarding social media and their business use.

SAS software tools will be used for the skills components of the course: “Text Analytics Using SAS Text Miner”

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

INFS5831 Business Analysis and Consulting

Analysis and consulting has become one of the fastest growing career fields in IS and business in general. This course aims to familiarise you with the key concepts, practices and issues relevant to engaging and providing IS analysis and consulting services from both the client and consultant/ analyst perspectives. The course applies relevant theories of change management, behavioural science and social psychology to illustrate how IS consultants engage with organisations and help solve them business problems.

 

This course is suitable for IS students who are seeking to develop their skills in analysis and consulting areas and understand how organisations can engage with consultants. In addition this course will enhance your communication, presentation, problem solving and critical thinking skills through class work and assignments.

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

INFS5872 Service and Quality Management

This course introduces the key concepts in managing service organisations and their operations. The focus is on creating value and customer satisfaction. This course covers in-depth discussions of services, value creations, service strategy, and the issues related to the development of a service system. This course also addresses topics crucial to effectively and efficiently operating a service system, such as managing supply and demand, and service quality management.

Course outline
INFS5873 Business Analytics

Decision-making is a primary function and responsibility of management. This course introduces the scientific approach to informed decision making and managerial problem solving by using spreadsheets. The central modelling framework is constrained optimisation. This course emphasises model building and solution interpretation and exposes a wide variety of management problems to the language of mathematics.

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

INFS5905 Information Systems Auditing and Assurance

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of IS audit practices and methods. It examines the process of analysing and reviewing internal controls, IS audit techniques and methodologies, computer forensics, legal and professional requirements, and the role of an internal IS auditor.

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INFS5907 Security and Ethics in Cyberspace

This course introduces students to the awareness and knowledge of security related issues occurring in cyberspace. It makes a specific emphasis on the need for ethical viewpoints, approaches and practices from a management perspective, when addressing the multidimensional challenges and solutions posed by the IS/IT related security problems.

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INFS5930 Social Media and Networking

Businesses are confronted with a world in which customers are increasingly using social media/technologies as central means of communication, collaboration, social exchange, and navigation of the Internet. This course develops students' ability to use social technologies in business contexts.
 
This course aims to enable students to analyse and develop strategies related to (1) the use of social technologies within businesses and (2) the use of social media as for external relations (especially with customers). Furthermore, the course introduces students to (3) the underlying theoretical concepts of social media as well as (4) hands-on experience with current social technologies relevant for business. The teaching includes working on several real-life cases and employs a range of social technologies. On successful completion of the course, students are expected be able to demonstrate both a professional perspective as well as technological confidence regarding social media and their business use.

Find the course outline PDF for this course in the archives

INFS5991 Business Intelligence Methods

Business intelligence (BI) is a systematic approach for evidence-based management that uses sophisticated data analysis tools to assists decision makers solve a variety of business problems, such as improving business operations increasing profitability, gaining market share, improving customer service etc. This course provides an introduction to business intelligence techniques and software that can be used to analyse a range of qualitative and quantitative data in both structured and unstructured format (e.g. sales and market reports, operations reports, financial reports, social media contributions etc.).
 
The course includes the use of real-world business case studies and software tools for (i) aiding information and knowledge discovery, (ii) analysing data to improve decision making, and (iii) visualising complex data relationships. The course will thus give you the skills to help answer a broad range of questions relevant to business decision makers, including: What comments made by users on social media sites have the greatest impact on our reputation? Which customers are contributing to our profitability and which ones are not? What product portfolio will increase overall sales rather than cannibalisation? Which services are most profitable on the basis of costs of customer retention? Are fraudulent transactions being made using company credit cards? Which initiatives have the greatest impact on customer satisfaction?

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MGMT5904 Managing Organisational Change

This course examines the human implications of change and transformation in New Economy companies. Topics include:

 

  • Types of organisational change vs. velocity of change
  • Organisational change systems and methodologies
  • Individual and organisational renewal
  • Learning at the speed of E
  • The organisational psychology of the E culture

 

Emphasis will be placed on organisational behaviour processes, eg, learning, innovation, leading, communication, as well as on human resource programs and practices that will need to be transformed in order to more effectively support ongoing organisational processes.

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MGMT5940 Career Management and Skills

The aim of this course is to examine, from applied and theoretical perspectives, the issues and element critical to international human resource management. The particular focus is on the managing of human resources in the multinational firm, and the associated effects of national cultural and institutional environments on the processes and practices associated with managing human resources in the international firm.


The course provides the international dimension on a number of HRM functions, including staffing, training, performance management, remuneration and expatriation/repatriation. The course also gives attention to characteristics and models of human resource management in various countries/regions of the world, including the Anglo-Saxon, European, South-east Asian and Japanese models.

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MGMT5980 Managing the Human Side of Technological Innovation

This course examines the management of human resources within the process of technological change and innovation. The course draws from the behavioural science disciplines of psychology and social psychology, and focuses on the individual, the group, and the behavioural processes involved in organisation integration, change and development.


Topics covered include personality, attitudes and values, motivation and learning, interpersonal behaviour, group dynamics, leadership and teamwork, decision-making, power and control. Strategies for the successful management of people within new technology implementation are also highlighted.

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TABL5511 Legal Foundations of Business

Law is an increasingly significant factor in business. In any business decision fundamental legal questions may arise about the potential liabilities of the parties, the rights that the parties have and how the business or transaction should be organised. This subject introduces the Australian legal system; outlines alternative forms of business organisation; discusses the legal framework of business regulation; and examines areas of law particularly relevant to business including the law of contract and torts, the laws relating to specialised commercial transactions, the regulation of restrictive trade practices and sales promotion, and intellectual property.

Course outline
TABL5521 E-Business and the Law

Electronic commerce relies on the new wave of technologies associated with the internet. It raises significant legal and regulatory issues. This course reviews the existing legal and regulatory regimes applying to E-business and critically examines the need, and proposals, for reform. Topics covered will focus on three primary areas of legal regulation, transactional regulation including contract law and consumer protection; digital and internet related regulatory issues including privacy, internet content and intellectual property protection; and industry sector specific regulation such as banking, securities, gaming and software technology.

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Capstone course

Choose either INFS5936 or a combination of INFS5740 plus one INFS elective course chosen from the above list.

INFS5740 Business Systems Project

This is a capstone course offering each student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the theory and practice of information systems management by applying the knowledge and skills gained in the Masters’ program to a project of the student's choice. This is done by completing a project report reflecting the cumulative knowledge gained from these experiences. Ideally this course should be completed in the last session of the program. This course is focused on developing practical research skills for use in organisational settings.

Course outline

For the 1 year full-time (or 2 years part-time) program (with credits)

Category A

To be eligible for the program (with credits), you need to have:
  • A recognised Honours degree (with a research thesis) in information systems, information technology or computer science, with a Second Upper Class (2.1) (usually 75%) or better
OR

Category B

To be eligible for the program (with credits), you need to have:
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in information systems, information technology or computer science with a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator; and
  • At least 2 years full-time relevant work experience

For the 1.5 years full-time (or 3 years part-time) program (without credits)

Category C

To be eligible for the program (without credits), you need to have:

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

Note: No other requirement (such as GMAT, GRE, personal statement, academic referee) is considered unless otherwise specified.

Additional supporting documentation

Applicants need to provide a detailed resume (outlining relevant competencies and achievements) and evidence of other academic and professional qualifications.

Alternative program

If you did not meet the entry requirements but wish to study Information Systems, you might want to consider Master of Commerce (majoring in Enterprise Systems and Business Design) instead.

Students who are not graduates of Australian or NZ universities

For students who have studied at overseas universities, the normal minimum academic requirement is the equivalent of a credit average grade (65%) from an Australian university, as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator. Details on assessment will be determined by your grading system so it is important that this is attached with your transcript when you apply.

Note: For applicants from non-211 China universities for UNSW Business School Postgraduate Coursework programs, 88 cut off is equivalent to an 85% Australian scaled average using the calculator.

We will use the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR). They are the government body that provides official information on the comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications using the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as our benchmark.

In those countries where an equivalent grade has not been established, the following will be taken into consideration:

  • The standard and content of the undergraduate program completed, and
  • The standard of the institution from which the qualifications were obtained
  • Indian universities award different types of bachelor and master degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 3-year bachelor degree or professional bachelor degree and provide all individual marksheets.
  • Iranian universities award different types of bachelor degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 4-year bachelor degree.

Application checklist

Before you apply, ensure that you:

  1. Choose the right program that matches your interests and career aspirations
  2. Meet the entry requirements of the program
  3. Check if you are eligible to apply for credits or advanced standing based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this program
  4. Note: You can apply for credits during the online application process

  5. Have the various supporting documentation for your application. E.g.

   a. Official academic transcripts
   b. Proof of completion of qualification
   c. Proof of identity and citizenship
   d. Proof of relevant work experience (if required)

    You can upload the above documentation during the online application process

How to apply

You can apply for this program online:

There are two intakes per year:

  • Semester 1 (March) intake, apply by November 30
  • Semester 2 (July) intake, apply by May 30

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
8435
Award
Masters Degree (Coursework)
Assumed Knowledge
Information Systems, Technology or Computer Science
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Study Mode
Face to face
Duration
1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
Commencing semesters
Semester 1 - March
Semester 2 - July
Course fee*
$4,110
Program fee (total)*
$49,320
* Fees are indicative only

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