Bachelor of Business Information Systems (BBIS)

Award Bachelor of Business Information Systems (BBIS)
AQF Level AQF 7
Typical Duration 3 years
CRICOS Code 085159G
Units of Study 24


The Bachelor of Business Information Systems was developed after an extensive research and consultation period to better understand the needs of business and industry and ensure that graduates will be well equipped to meet those needs. As part of the process, the College held a dialogue with a wide variety of individuals and business leaders, leading academics and professional bodies. The aim was to understand what skills, knowledge, and capabilities are needed in the current business context and those which will be essential in the emerging global economy in an era of transnational mobility.

As a graduate of this program you will gain:

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Specific knowledge and expertise in business information systems
  • Expertise in business, and project management
  • Skills to participate in the planning, creation, and delivery of business endeavours and initiatives
  • Enhanced leadership, communication, and presentation skills
  • A sound understanding of dynamics of the industry, government, and global business

Career Outcomes

Globally today, there is an acute shortage of qualified business information systems professionals. As more and more software production is outsourced to countries with lower labor costs, the employment prospects are for those who can define, design, acquire and implement information systems at enterprise and global levels, utilising solutions that span both business and information technologies. Successful graduates must possess broad skill sets and have a strategic view of information systems as a key enabler of business efficiency and success.


All formal award courses offered by APIC, including the Bachelor of Business Information Systems, are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and included in the National Register of Higher Education Institutions and Courses.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Bachelor of Business Information Systems will have:
• Broad and coherent knowledge of the role of information requirements and technology innovation in today's business and government.
• Applied knowledge and understanding of how to design, create and deliver information systems as an enabler of business innovation and competitiveness.
• Knowledge and awareness of the information environment in enterprise architecture, and how it relates to individual business functions and processes.
Graduates of Bachelor of Business Information Systems will have:
• Cognitive skills to undertake basic research and to analyse and evaluate new concepts and evidence from a range of business, industry and academic sources.
• Cognitive and technical skills to facilitate the design and management of enterprise architecture systems, data security systems and infrastructure, and management and control of IT risks.
• Cognitive and creative skills in identifying and exploiting opportunities facilitated by technological innovation.
• Communication skills to work effectively with people and teams and to present clear and coherent information in business, professional and academic formats.
Application of Knowledge and Skills
Graduates of Bachelor of Business Information Systems will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
• Through initiative and judgment in identifying and developing innovative technical solutions to problems in information system design and enterprise information architecture.
• With responsibility and accountability for their own learning, professional practice and ethical standards, and in collaboration with others within a business or industry environment.


The course comprises 144 credit points, 16 core units, and 8 elective units, a total of 24 units of six credit points each.
Students must choose eight (8) electives.

The structure in table below is applicable to students commencing in Trimester 3 2020 onwards.

Compulsory Units Credit Points Prerequisites
BIS1001 Foundations of Information Systems 6 -
BIS1002 Data and Information Management 6 -
BIS1003 Introduction to Programming 6 -
Elective 6 -
BIS2001 IT Infrastructure and Networking 6 BIS1001 Foundations of Information Systems
BIS2002 Systems Analysis and Design 6 BIS1001 Foundations of Information Systems
BUS2003 Sustainability and Ethics 6 Completion of 24 Credit Points
Elective 6 -
BIS2003 IS Project Management 6 BIS1001 Foundations of Information Systems
BIS2004 Object Oriented Programming 6 BIS1003 Introduction to Programming
Elective 6 -
Elective 6 -
BIS2005 Enterprise Architecture 6 BIS1001 Foundations of Information Systems
BIS2006 Management Information Systems 6 BIS1001 Foundations of Information Systems
Elective 6 -
Elective 6 -
BIS3001 Data Analytics for Business 6 BIS1002 Data and Information Management
BIS3002 E-Commerce and E-Business Applications 6 BIS2006 Management Information Systems
BIS3003 IS Capstone Industry Project A 6 BIS2003 IS Project Management and
BUS2003 Sustainability and Ethics
Elective 6 -
BIS3004 IS Security and Risk Management 6 BIS2001 IT Infrastructure and Networking
BIS3005 Cloud Computing 6 BIS2005 Enterprise Architecture
BIS3006 IS Capstone Industry Project B 6 BIS3003 IS Capstone Industry Project A
Elective 6 -

The recommended sequence for electives is as per the below, students should try and follow this order where possible:

Electives Credit Points Prerequisites
BUS1001 Professional Development and Business Communication 6 -
BUS1002 Fundamentals of Management 6 -
BUS1004 Foundations of Accounting 6 -
BUS1003 Mathematics and Statistics 6 -
BUS1006 Introduction to Business Law 6 -
BUS1007 Finance 6 -
BUS2004 Human Resource Management 6 BUS1002 Fundamentals of Management
BUS2006 Marketing and Sales Management 6 BUS1002 Fundamentals of Management
BUS2007 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6 BUS1002 Fundamentals of Management
BUS2008 Strategic Planning 6 BUS1002 Fundamentals of Management
BUS3006 Leadership and Governance 6 BUS2004 Human Resource Management
BUS3007 Organisational Development 6 BUS2004 Human Resource Management

Possible Exit Point: Diploma of Business Information Systems

Please note: Not all units are offered in every trimester.

To access structure for students commencing in or before Trimester 2 2020 please click here

Duration of Study

  • Full-time study is normally 3 years duration. The number of units undertaken in each trimester can be varied to suit individual requirements and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrolment
  • Domestic students may complete their study on a part time (P/T) basis over the equivalent study period.
  • Please note that part time study is not available to holders of a student visa, who are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who are not an Australian permanent resident, or who are a temporary resident of Australia

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. Students should expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week over 12 weeks (total of 120 hours) on learning activities for each unit. All tutorials and workshops are conducted under close academic supervision. Assessment tasks replicate real-world challenges and focus on students applying knowledge and skills to cases, scenarios, and problems faced by professionals in the field.

Students have access to course information, library, and academic skills resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty with considerable industry experience. The OLS provides 24-hour access to class materials, learning resources, and assessment and course information.

Other learning resources include:

  • lecture notes and suggested readings,
  • sample assignments and case studies,
  • e-Library and course reserve, and
  • academic skills resources.

APIC Library provides access to a comprehensive range of online information resources including e-books, journals, newspapers, and videos. APIC has established physical libraries in both Sydney and Melbourne campuses with a wide range of print books. Each campus library also offers a comfortable and welcoming place to study with areas for individual or group work, desktop computers with internet access, and photocopiers for printing and copying.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Admission Requirements

English language entry requirements

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any AQF Level 7 qualification at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 6.0 or higher with no band below 5.5 in writing and speaking; OR
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): Overall score of 65 with a writing section minimum of 21 and speaking 18; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):Total score of 169 or over and with no band below 162 in writing and speaking;OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Total score of 169 or over and with no band below 162 in writing and speaking ; OR
PTE Academic Module with a minimum score of 50 with a writing and speaking minimum score of 42.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.