CC53 - Master of Information Systems

Overview

Course Overview

The Master of Information Systems will extend your information technology knowledge and skills especially in professional level business analysis. This course will prepare you to contribute to future growth and change by enhancing your individual advancement opportunities. You will focus on particular aspects of technologies, management and organisations. As part of this course you will have the option of undertaking a minor to enhance your technological skills.

All units have been aligned to the Australian Computer Society (ACS) core body of knowledge.

Career Information

Career opportunities are endless for Information Systems graduates. Employment can be found as ICT Support Technician, ICT Customer Support Officer, Database Administrator, ICT Support Engineer, Web Developer, ICT Architect, ICT Consultant, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, or ICT Project Manager.

The course will boost your career advancement prospects and provide a competitive advantage.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MIS
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 083580K
  • SYD - 083580K
  • MEL - 083580K
  • BNE - 083580K
  • CNS - 083580K
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 2 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2016

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2016

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2016

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2015

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2015

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2015

Brisbane
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Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Term 2 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2017

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2016

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2016

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2016

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 3 - 2015

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Term 2 - 2015

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2015

Brisbane
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Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

To gain entry to this course students must have:

A bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college;

or a CQUniversity Graduate Certificate in Information Systems, or equivalent.

Candidates who have completed the CQUniversity CC47 Graduate Diploma of Information Systems, will be granted advanced standing of 6 core units, 1 elective and the first discipline unit.

Please see the CC47 Graduate Diploma of Information Systems handbook entry for more information.

International students should refer to international student page for further information including English Language requirements.

Advanced Entry

Advanced entry is available directly into term 2 for students who can demonstrate they have attained the required knowledge. These students will undertake 12 units to complete the course. To be granted advanced entry a student must:

1. have a bachelor degree; and

2. be able to demonstrate they have the required knowledge (based on the content of COIT20245, COIT20248, COIT20249 and PPMP20007; and

3. either:

  • have two years' relevant work experience; or
  • have one year other postgraduate education; or
  • have attained a final year GPA of 4.7 in their undergraduate degree at an Australian institution, or equivalent.

Students may also be granted advanced standing for one or two units if they meet the requirements of (1) and (3) above but cannot sufficiently demonstrate they have the required knowledge (based on the content in all four units COIT20245, COIT20248, COIT20249 and PPMP20007) to receive full advanced standing.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

N/A

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CC29 - Graduate Certificate in Information Systems CC47 - Graduate Diploma of Information Systems CC33 - Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Exit Awards CC29 - Graduate Certificate in Information Systems CC47 - Graduate Diploma of Information Systems
Professional Accreditation

Australian Computer Society (ACS) - Professional level.

Please note: the ACS accredits each campus individually, therefore students should check the current status of accreditation for newly established locations.

For enquiries concerning eligibility or membership, please refer to the ACS official website: www.acs.org.au.

Learned Society Accreditiation

N/A

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

COIT20254 - Students are able to undertake discipline capstone units while working with industry partners.
COIT20276 - Students have the option of undertaking an internship instead of the capstone unit COIT20254.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 421
2017 380
2016 322
2015 145
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Articulate the latest developments and likely future developments in the information systems industry
  • 2. Distinguish between the roles of people and technology in managing knowledge and information in business
  • 3. Analyse and model organisational goals and requirements, including the legal, ethical, social and cultural issues that affect the use, design, and implementation of information systems
  • 4. Propose information systems solutions that enhance organisational performance
  • 5. Critically evaluate the impact of corporate information technology strategies on enterprise outcomes, outputs and processes
  • 6. Apply advanced knowledge and research skills in a professional environment
  • 7. Work independently, as a leader, or a member of a team employing appropriate interpersonal, professional and technical communication skills
  • 8. Manage and evaluate own performance and professional development.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
Mobile Application Development Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Networks and Information Security Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Software Design and Development Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 11 Total credit points: 72

Students are required to complete one of the following two streams: Internship or Capstone.

Some units are offered in Term 3 to help students complete the course earlier, particularly for those students intending to take the internship stream. Students are strongly advised to consult course advisers at the beginning of each term regarding the units they intend to take to ensure they can complete the course within the shortest possible time.

Students should note that they may be required to enrol in some units by Distance.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COIT20249 Professional Skills in Information Communication Technology
COIT20248 Information Systems Analysis and Design
PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts
COIT20245 Introduction to Programming
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COIT20246 ICT Services Management
COIT20247 Database Design and Development
COIT20250 E-Business Systems
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COIT20251 Knowledge Audits for Business Analysis
COIT20252 Business Process Management
COIT20253 Business Intelligence using Big Data
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
COIT20276 Postgraduate ICT Internship
COIT20254 Information Systems Project

Internship stream students must complete the following compulsory unit:

COIT20276 Postgraduate ICT Internship

To be eligible for this unit, you must pass all of your units at the first attempt, apply for the internship, and undergo a series of interviews with prospective host organisations. Generally, internship students will spend 32 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks with the internship host organisation applying the knowledge you have gained over the course of your study before returning to campus for the presentation of your learning journey. Assessment will need to be completed throughout the term.

The internship is taken in the last term of study, and to assist internship students complete all units before the last study term, some units are offered in all three teaching terms. You are strongly advised to consult course advisers at the beginning of each term regarding the units you intend to take to ensure you can complete the course within the shortest possible time.

If you choose this option, you will be enrolled in the unit COIT20276 Postgraduate ICT Internship once you have secured a host organisation.

Capstone stream students must complete the following compulsory unit:

COIT20254 Information Systems Project

If you choose this option, you will apply your knowledge gained over your course of study in a simulated environment.

To complete this stream you can enrol yourself into your discipline capstone unit - COIT20254 Information Systems Project. This unit is taken in the last term of study and you can also complete two elective units in this same term.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives

Mobile Application Development Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24


Students must complete the two units COIT20268 and COIT20269 then choose two units from the Optional Units listing. Students must begin the minor with the unit COIT20268 which is the prerequisite to units COIT20269, COIT20270 and COIT20271.

If opting to take this minor you should take COIT20268 in your second term of study, COIT20269 in your third term of study and the final two units from the option listing in the fourth term of study. Note there may be some flexibility in the order the last three units are taken, if you choose to study in Term 3.

If you are planning to apply for an internship, you will need to also study in Term 3 and should refer to the Moodle site 'School of Engineering and Technology' (SET Internships) and follow the study schedule posted there.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COIT20268 Responsive Web Design
COIT20269 Mobile Web Apps
Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
COIT20270 App Development for Mobile Platforms
COIT20271 Mobile Game Development
COIT20260 Cloud Computing for Smart Applications
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives

Networks and Information Security Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24


You must complete the two units COIT20261 and COIT20262 then choose two units from the Optional Units listing. Students must begin the minor with the unit COIT20261 which is the prerequisite to units COIT20262, COIT20263 and COIT20264.

If opting to take this minor you should take COIT20261 in your second term of study, COIT20262 in your third term of study and the final two units from the option listing in the fourth term of study. Note that there may be some flexibility in the order the last three units are taken, if you choose to study in Term 3.

If you are planning to apply for an internship, you will need to also study in Term 3 and should refer to the Moodle site 'School of Engineering and Technology' (SET Internships) and follow the study schedule posted there.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COIT20261 Network Routing and Switching
COIT20262 Advanced Network Security
Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
COIT20263 Information Security Management
COIT20264 Network Design
COIT20267 Computer Forensics
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives

Software Design and Development Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24


You must complete the two units COIT20256 and COIT20257 then choose two units from the Optional Units listing below. Students must begin the minor with the unit COIT20256 which is the prerequisite to units COIT20257, COIT20258 and COIT20259.

If opting to undertake this minor you should take COIT20256 in your second term of study, COIT20257 in your third term of study and the final two units in the fourth term of study. Note that there may be some flexibility in the order the last three units are taken, if you choose to study in Term 3.

If you are planning to apply for an internship, you will need to also study in Term 3 and should refer to the Moodle site 'School of Engineering and Technology' (SET Internships) and follow the study schedule posted there.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COIT20256 Data Structures and Algorithms
COIT20257 Distributed Systems: Principles and Development
Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
COIT20258 Software Engineering
COIT20259 Enterprise Computing Architecture
COIT20277 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Students should note you may be required to enrol in some units by Distance.

Internship Opportunity

Students in the Master of Information Systems are able to apply for an internship. Please refer to the Moodle site 'SET Internships' for more information. You will undertake the internship in place of doing your discipline capstone unit.

Elective Opportunities

There is an opportunity for students to undertake a minor from disciplines in the Master of Information Technology (MIT). Please refer to the handbook for information. Otherwise select your four electives from the Electives Listing. In addition to the minors in the MIT or selecting four general electives from the Electives Listing, you can complete the following three units from the Graduate Certificate in Project Management, plus one general elective.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management units are:

PPMP20008 Initiating and Planning Projects

PPMP20009 Executing and closing Projects

PPMP20010 Project Management Methodologies

  1. You should note that you may be required to enrol in some units by Distance.
  2. You may choose four units from the elective listing below and should note that in some instances some units have prerequisites that must be satisfied before proceeding to the more advanced units. You are also able to choose elective units from any areas of study within the University, provided that any prerequisite units are met.
  3. You have the opportunity to include a minor in a related discipline by choosing four units from the Master of Information Technology. Please refer to the Handbook for information if you wish to follow a particular area of study. If you opt for a minor you will not need to also complete elective units.

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
COIT20256 Data Structures and Algorithms
PPMP20008 Initiating and Planning Projects
COIT20261 Network Routing and Switching
MRKT20052 Marketing Management and Digital Communications
MGMT20129 Managing People, Organisations and Context
HRMT20024 Managing Human Resources
FINC20018 Managerial Finance
COIT20268 Responsive Web Design
COIT20259 Enterprise Computing Architecture
COIT20258 Software Engineering
COIT20257 Distributed Systems: Principles and Development
COIT20264 Network Design
COIT20270 App Development for Mobile Platforms
COIT20271 Mobile Game Development
PPMP20010 Executing and Closing Projects
COIT20262 Advanced Network Security
COIT20263 Information Security Management
COIT20269 Mobile Web Apps
COIT20275 Systems Science and Engineering
STAT20029 Statistics for Managerial Decisions
COIT20255 ERP Systems Management
PPMP20009 Leading Lean Projects
COIT20260 Cloud Computing for Smart Applications
COIT20267 Computer Forensics
COIT20277 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
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Interim Awards

Students may be eligible to graduate with an interim award of a Graduate Certificate as part of this course. Students should be aware that they are only eligible to graduate with either the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems or the Graduate Certificate in Project Management, not both. Upon successful completion of additional units, students may then be eligible to graduate with an interim award of the Graduate Diploma of Information Systems.

Part-Time Course of Study

In formulating their course of study, candidates who are studying part-time by distance education should give consideration to their work and other commitments and the prerequisites for advanced units, and if necessary seek advice from the Student Advisor (Courses and Careers) at spc@cqu.edu.au.

For Course Planners please refer to the following website

http://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/planners-and-profilesrofiles