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Bachelor of Information Systems

Course Code BIS17

  • Part Time
  • 6 years (local students only)
  • Full Time
  • 3 years
  • On Campus
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students


Holmesglen's Bachelor of Information Systems has a practical, hands-on approach to learning, focusing on building technical skills from the ground up.

Career Opportunities

  • Junior Business Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Junior Information Systems Project Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Database Developer

Pathway to further studies

  • Masters or other post-graduate qualification

Studying the Bachelor of Information Systems at Holmesglen

The Bachelor of Information Systems is professionally accredited with the <a href= " ">Australian Computer Society (ACS).</a><p><br>The course gives students broad capability across the areas of networking, programming, web design, database design, cyber security and business analytics. <p>Subjects feature learning in business analysis, cloud computing, virtualisation, cyber security, big data and business intelligence, business management, information security and network security.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 17 years of age.<p>Prior to enrolment or commencement of this higher education program, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment. This will assist with determining your suitability to the course, and identify any learning support needs.<p><strong>Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past two years)</strong><br>This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration. <p>An applicant may be admitted to the course after completing VCE with the following:<br> <br>• Units 3 and 4 English Language with a study score of at least 20, OR English as an Additional Language (EAL) with a study score of at least 25.<p><strong>For these three applicant types: <br>Applicants with Higher Education Study<br>Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study<br>Applicants with Work and Life experience</strong> <p><strong>The following entry requirements apply:</strong> <br>Your entire academic record will be considered<br>You will also be required to attend a 30-minute interview where your suitability for enrolment will be determined. <p>You should bring supporting documentation for review, which could include:<br>a personal CV outlining your relevant work and life experience<br>letters of reference from employers<br>documents relating to prior study, including course and subject transcripts, and course and subject outline documents. <br> <br>The Computing and IT Department will contact you to arrange an interview time, once you have applied.
All applicants are required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment as part of the interview process. This assessment is used to identify your suitability for the course, and identify any learning support needs. <p>Holmesglen requires learners to be able to:<br>switch on a computer<br>save and organise files<br>send and read emails<br>follow instructions to instal software/applications.
<strong>Pathways into the course</strong><br>Applicants who already hold a certificate, diploma or higher qualification in an IT field will be offered an admissions pathway into the Bachelor of Information Systems.<p>Advanced Standing will be considered for applicants who have:<br>been awarded an IT diploma or higher in the last 5 years<br>have more than 2 years’ experience working in the IT industry.<p>Applicants seeking advanced standing need to apply to enrol. The Computing and IT Department will contact you to arrange an interview to review your Advanced Standing application. During the 30-minute interview, you will be asked to submit evidence of qualifications and/or work experience in the IT field. <p>Suitable evidence can included: <br>qualification documents<br>qualification transcripts<br>original course and subject outlines<br>work position descriptions or a CV<br>proof of employment<br>a letter of reference from your employer

Advanced standing

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.

Course Structure


<strong>Mode of study</strong> Full-time, on-campus, face-to-face delivery <p>This course comprises 23 subjects: <br>18 core subjects <br>5 elective subjects<p><strong>Major studies</strong><br>Business Information Systems, Enterprise Systems, Database Systems, Business Decision Analysis, Networking and Virtualisation, Programming, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, System Modelling, Project Management.
Unit code Unit name Credit points
BIS201 Business requirements analysis 6
BIS104 Communications and teamwork 6
BIS102 Fundamentals of programming 6
BIS101 Information systems in organisations 6
BIS103 Network fundamentals 6
BIS202 Operating systems and virtualisation 6
Unit code Unit name Credit points
BIS301 Business decision analysis 6
BIS404 Cyber security 6
BIS302 Database design 6
BIS401 Enterprise systems 6
BIS403 Web design and programming 6
Unit code Unit name Credit points
BIS501 Big data and business intelligence 6
BIS402 Database systems 6
BIS502 Enterprise cloud computing 6
BIS603 Ethics and IT governance 6
BIS602 Information systems project 12
BIS601 Information systems support and testing 6
BIS503 Project management 6
Unit code Unit name Credit points
BAC101 Accounting Principles 6
BAC108 Business Economics 6
BAC208 Business Management 6
BEX102 Business Relationship Management 6
BAC210 Business Relationship Management 6
BISE05 Business transformation and innovation 6
BISE05 Business transformation and innovation 6
BISE04 Change management 6
BAC102 Computerised Accounting Applications 6
BAC102 Computerised Accounting Applications 6
BISE01 Human computer interaction 6
BISE03 Information Security Management 6
BAC205 Organisational Behaviour and Design 6
BISE02 Programming web services 6


A variety of assessment methods are used, including technical reports, laboratory reports, network design models, practical strategy assessments, written assignments, literature reviews, practical case studies, group projects, individual and group presentations, online quizzes, practical labs, exams, research reports, feasibility reports and classroom hurdle tasks. Final year there is a capstone project.

For details of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessments, pre-requisites and co-requisites, download the Bachelor of Information Systems summary (PDF-107kb).

For details on the profile of students undertaking this course, download the Bachelor of Information Systems student profile (PDF-134kb).

For details on ATAR-based offers, download the 2024 ATAR-based Offers for the Bachelor of Information Systems (PDF - 131kb).

For details of fees per unit, download the Bachelor of Information Systems - Full Fee 2024 (PDF- 116kb).

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

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Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the Bachelor of Information Systems.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $11,100 Per Year
Student Services and Amenities Fee $351 Per Year

All local higher education students are required to pay a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This fee contributes to the cost of providing student support services including counselling, welfare services, learning support and other activities provided by the student support and wellbeing teams. The SSAF is charged each semester and the amount you pay depends on whether you’re a full time or part time student. The annual maximum amount is set by the Government and will vary according to your study load. Students studying on campus and online will be charged the same SSAF based on their study load. All local higher education students are required to pay this fee at the time of enrolment. For more information, and to find out how much you will be required to pay, please visit the <a href="">SSAF webpage.</a>

Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) is available to eligible students to pay for tuition and student amenities fees for this course. <a href="" title="Loans for higher education">Read more about HELP</a>. <a href="" title="How to pay for your course">Find out more about paying for your course</a>. Mandatory materials and activities fees, and additional course costs are not covered by HELP Loans.


All fees are indicative only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and charges annually. You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.

Additional Course Cost

Approximate total fee for course: $1075 <br>This is a once off fee for the whole course for: <br>• 1 TB External SSD Hard Drive - approximately $75 (Recommended) <br>• Prescribed textbook - approximately $1000 across the 3 years of the course (Required) <br>Per annum fee: Not applicable.

Tuition Assurance Requirements

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled.

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