Diploma of Business Information Systems

Award Diploma of Business Information Systems (DipBIS)
AQF Level AQF 5
Typical Duration 1 year
CRICOS Code 085158G
Units of Study 8


The Diploma of Business Information Systems has been designed as a foundation qualification which equips students with the fundamentals of information systems in business enterprises in a practical manner. It allows students the opportunity to progress to further study and gain up to 1-year credit to study the Bachelor of Business Information Systems at APIC, or a variety of other bachelor degree programs. Students who opt to pursue an employment opportunity and not continue their tertiary studies will be better prepared with excellent knowledge and perspectives on business and information systems to assist them to find gainful employment in a range of fields and commence a rewarding career.

The Course objectives are summarised below:

  • Learn the basics of business information systems to develop your career as an Information Systems Professional through further studies or relevant professional development programs.
  • Learn the basics of business and management in a coherent and meaningful manner.
  • Learn the basics of business law.
  • Enhance your academic and study skills.
  • Develop a good understanding of real life business and information management challenges.
  • Familiarise yourself with the extent of studies needed to develop your career in this field.

Career Outcomes

Students completing the Diploma of Business Information Systems can either gain entry-level employment with a multitude of employer organisations or obtain credit to complete the Bachelor of Business Information Systems and subsequently, the Master of Business and Project Management at APIC. Alternatively, graduates can seek entry with credit into a range of bachelor degree programs in a multitude of courses and programs in business information systems and allied disciplines. In short, completion of the Diploma of Business Information Systems can open up multiple opportunities to young graduates.


All formal award courses offered by APIC, including the Diploma 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 the Diploma of Business Information Systems will have:

  • Knowledge of the theories, concepts and principles of business, management, and project management, and of the design, creation and deployment of information systems;
  • Knowledge of the information requirements in today’s businesses and government; and
  • Knowledge and awareness of the information environment in enterprise architecture and how it relates to individual business functions and processes, managing risks and statutory requirements.


Graduates of the Diploma of Business Information Systems will have:

  • Cognitive skills to analyse and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of business, industry, and academic sources;
  • Cognitive and technical skills to present reasoned arguments and analyses of key business and technical data;
  • Cognitive and technical skills to analyse, plan, and design the management of enterprise architecture, security of data and infrastructure, and to manage and control IT risks;
  • Communication skills to present clear information in professional business and academic formats.

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Diploma of Business Information Systems will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • Through the practice of technical functions, effective planning, and decision making within a business environment
  • Through the identification and evaluation of innovative technical solutions;
  • Through the management and control of Information Systems and technology risks; and
  • With responsibility and accountability for their own professional practice, and in collaboration with others within a business environment.


Diploma of Business Information Systems Credit points
Semester 2 24
Total 48
Semester 1
SBM 3101 Professional Development and Business Communication 6
SBM 4101 Foundations of Information Systems 6
SBM 4102 Data and Information Management 6
SBM 4103 Introduction to Programming 6
Semester 1 24
Semester 2
SBM 4104 IT Infrastructure 6
SBM4201 Systems Analysis and Design 6
SBM4202 IS Strategy, Management and Acquisition 6
SBM3204 Sustainability and Ethics 6

To be eligible to graduate from the Diploma of Business Information Systems, students must successfully complete eight core units: SBM3101; SBM4101; SBM4102; SBM4103; SBM4104; SBM4201; SBM4202; SBM3204.

Exit Point: Diploma Business of Business Information Systems or Continue on to Bachelor of Business Information Systems

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


Domestic and Offshore International students
The course may be studied in full-time and/or part-time modes, allowing students complete flexibly. The normal full-time duration is 1 year (2 semesters).

The number of units undertaken in each semester can be varied to suit individuals, subject to the total duration of candidature not exceeding 3 years (6 semesters), and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrollment.

Onshore International students
The CRICOS-registered duration is 1 year of full-time study (2 semesters). Please note the part time mode 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. All tutorials are also conducted under close academic supervision. Students have uninterrupted access to course information, library and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable industry experience. The OLS manages the whole process; it has a formalised structure, framework and processes, and regulates the entire delivery process in each semester, providing 24-hour access to course information and learning resources.

Other learning resources include:

  • Lecture notes and suggested readings.
  • Sample assignments and case studies.
  • E-Library.
  • EBSCO Library.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases, and includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

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 5 qualification at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 5.5 or higher with no band below 5.0 in writing or 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 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.