Available to:
International students only.
  • North Sydney

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

This course is available only to international students.

International students


The Diploma in Business Information Systems provides a broad understanding of key commercial and business concepts. It allows international, fee-paying students to study units (subjects) in the Bachelor of Information Technology course and acts as an alternative pathway into the Bachelor of Information Technology degree. In other words, if you complete this diploma successfully you can then enter the Bachelor degree and be given credit for the units (subjects) you’ve already done.

The Diploma in Business Information Systems offers you:

  • English language classes
  • close monitoring of your individual progress
  • relevant units in Australian Society, and English Language Communication Skills.

You will also learn about:

  • how information systems (IS) drive competitive strategies and organisational change
  • the significance of both technological and organisational issues in the analysis, design, development and deployment of IS solutions.

Course duration

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

North Sydney
  • 20-Jul-2020 , 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022

Not offered in Brisbane or Melbourne in 2020.

Deferment, credit points & course units


No deferment available.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Exit Point

Certificate in Business Information Systems
(Exit qualification only)
40 cp
Minimum Duration: 6 months full-time.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ACOM105
English Language Communication Skills
Working with technology
Information Technology Infrastructure
Managing people and organisations
Year 1 - Semester 2 BUSN104
Money matters
Managing markets
Fundamentals of business information systems
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society or PHIL102 Theories of Human Nature or PHIL104 Introduction to Ethics

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2370.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $18960.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $18960.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band) or equivalent or ACU English Test

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band) or equivalent or ACU English Test

Pathways to further study

Students who complete the Diploma in Business Information Systems may apply for entry with credit into the Bachelor of Information Technology, or with credit towards the Informatics major in the Bachelor of Commerce.

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