Diploma of Business Information Systems (DipBIS)

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; and
  • 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 a diploma will have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning.

Graduates of the Diploma of Business Information Systems will have:

  • Cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources
  • Cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design, and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
  • Specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives
  • Communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate an understanding of knowledge.

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

  • With depth in some areas of specialisation, in known or changing contexts
  • To transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
  • With personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality
  • With initiative and judgment to organise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate, and evaluate the work of teams within a broad but generally well-defined parameter


Compulsory Units Prerequisites
BUS1001 Professional Development and Business Communication -
BUS1002 Fundamentals of Management -
BUS1003 Mathematics and Statistics -
BUS1004 Foundations of Accounting -
BIS1001 Foundations of Information Systems -
BIS1002 Data and Information Management -
BIS1003 Introduction to Programming -
BUS2003 Sustainability and Ethics Completion of 24 Credit Points

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.

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

Duration of Study

  • Full time study is normally 1 year’s 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 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 trimester, 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 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 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.