Information systems is a relatively new field born out of the need to bridge business and computer science. According to Job Outlook (from the Australian Government), the field entails identifying, investigating and analysing business processes, procedures and work practices, identifying and evaluating deficiencies in these systems and recommending changes to optimise system functionality and behaviour, project management, creating and implementing plans to optimise business practices, training, and developing specs for system software developers.
Job Outlook also says that it is one of the fastest growing careers in Australia, especially among professional, scientific and technical services, financial and insurance services, public administration, and safety services.
There are specialisations that lean more towards the business-side of things, and specialisations that lean more towards the computer-side of things. Either way, professionals need sound knowledge of business processes and IT, and that means they need quality qualifications.
Let’s look at some of the industry-approved and nationally accredited information systems courses available in Australia.
Certificate IV in Systems Analysis and Design
This is a great course to get you started in the information systems field. It qualifies you for a range of entry level jobs, including IT support analyst, IT designer, systems support analyst, operational support analyst, and technical support analyst. It’s designed to improve your skills in a variety of core competencies, including communication, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning, and technology. Some of the study units include the application of software development methodologies, technical design, the identification of physical database requirements, building a database, choosing and using software and hardware testing tools, coordinating and maintaining IT work teams, locating, diagnosing and fixing faults, using structured query language, and the identification, evaluation and application of industry-specific technologies.
Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration
If you want to administer networked computer systems then this is a good qualification to get you started. It qualifies you for a number of in systems admin, including assistant systems manager, internet/intranet administrator, and assistant IT manager. You’ll learn how to contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy within the IT environment, system security management, how to review and update disaster recovery and contingency plans, and how to produce technical solutions from business specs, match IT needs with strategic direction, design and implement an integrated server solution, configure virtual computing environments, and how to design web environments.
Bachelor of Business (Information Systems)
According to the University of Newcastle Australia, this degree qualifies you for a vast range of jobs, including business analyst/consultant, business development manager, business intelligence developer, project manager, business process analyst/operations research analyst, knowledge manager, ecommerce consultant, change management consultant, clinical research coordinator, computer programmer, policy officer/analyst.
During the course you’ll get to grips with the principles underlying marketing, economics, accounting, management, digital communication, systems and software development, database management, and information systems.
Bachelor of Information Systems
Deakin University offers a highly recommended Bachelor of Information Systems degree that can be completed part-time or full-time, on-campus and off-campus. Some of the subjects available include business information systems, business analytics, managing data and information, IS services, infrastructure and the cloud, business intelligence, enterprise systems, project management, and design thinking.
Graduate Certificate of Information Systems
Some institutions, like Griffith University, offer this course part-time or full-time. It qualifies you for a range of positions, including systems analyst/developer, ecommerce developer, database designer and administrator, and information resource manager. The precise modules may vary according to the education provider, but in general you can expect to cover business project management, database systems design, information security management, information systems implementation, programming, systems analysis, enterprise systems, enterprise architecture, strategy and governance, information systems in SMEs, information and knowledge management, and systems acquisition and implementation management.