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|Full-time duration||Part-time duration||Selective subjects||Capstone subjects*||Next term starts||Total course fee|
|1 year||2 years||6||1||10 July 2017||A$38,976|
* Please note, the capstone subject is compulsory. Capstone subjects vary, and may involve work placements, project-based learning, a research project, or a coursework subject outlining business best practice. Students can choose to study the capstone over one term or two, depending on their individual needs.
The Master of Information Systems (Executive) is a unique online course covering critical areas in information systems management and digital business. As a student of this course you will develop advanced capability in supporting, managing and changing business processes through information and communication technology (ICT). The online course structure allows you to plan your study around your career aspirations and you can choose from a range of subject areas available, including IT strategy, emerging technologies, information assurance, and outsourcing and contracting. You will also have the opportunity to network with high-achieving peers and world experts.
We’ve designed this course to produce strategic leaders in the field of information systems and digital business, especially at the executive level. Students of this course will gain strategic expertise to influence decision-making at the most senior level and will learn advanced collaborative skills to manage complex teams. The course incorporates emerging trends and the latest industry requirements to ensure your learning is relevant and practical.
Who the course is for
This course is for ambitious senior information technology managers currently in an executive role and those who aspire to be C-level executives, including either a Chief Technology Officer or Chief Information Officer or similar; looking to enhance their skills and experience and take their leadership to the next level.
You will likely hold a role as:
- Head of Information Technology
- Head of Information Systems
- Executive Manager Information Systems/Services
- Director of Information Technology/Systems
- Business Integration Manager
- General Manager Information Systems/Technology
- Systems and Architecture Manager
- Strategy Director – IT.
The current generation of IT Professionals are increasingly acquiring both technology and business based competencies, however there is a need for higher level strategic thinking, backed by best practice and research. The Master of Information Systems (Executive) seeks to provide advanced level formal development and qualification that equips its graduates with critical strategic thinking skills for the future ICT industry.
What you will learn
- Extensive knowledge of management practice in the area of Information Systems
Extensive knowledge of management practice in the area of Information Systems
You will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the management practice of information systems in organisations, gain the skills in critical thinking and systems analysis, understand the research principles and methods in information systems, and demonstrate an understanding of professional codes of conduct and ethical standards as they apply to business practice.
- Business and IT alignment thought leadership to help you convey the value of the latest technologies for business
Business and IT alignment thought leadership to help you convey
the value of the latest technologies for business
You will develop strategic expertise to help you influence decision making at the most senior level.
- Identify, understand, evaluate and communicate operational issues
Identify, understand, evaluate and communicate operational issues
You will have gained experience in identifying, understanding, evaluating and communicating strategic and operational issues in the real-world practice of information systems.
Who you will learn from
The course is taught by academics and industry leaders with regular industry input and guest speakers including current, experienced CIO’s. Your online learning experience in enriched by interaction with lecturers, tutors and your fellow classmates as a community of advanced learners. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students. There will also be occasional non-compulsory face to face networking conferences in Melbourne which students can choose to attend. Selected seminars at the conferences will also be recorded.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Dr Sara Cullen, Fellow, University of Melbourne
Subject Coordinator, Outsourcing and Contracting and Managing IT Professionals
Managing Director, The Cullen Group
- Dr Rod Dilnutt, Industry Fellow School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne
Director, William Bethwey & Associates
Subject Coordinator, Advanced Change Management
- Dr Atif Ahmad, Course Coordinator, Master of Information Systems (Executive)
Subject Coordinator, Information Assurance
Contact student support
Talk with a dedicated online Student Support Consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page, via phone or by filling out the enquiry form to understand more about this program, including:
- Entry requirements
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To gain the Master of Information Systems (Executive) you must complete 100 points comprising of:
- Six selective subjects, and
- One compulsory capstone subject.
Please note, you must complete four selective subjects totaling 50 points before enrolling in the capstone subject Managing Information Systems.
|Managing Information Systems||25|
Managing Information Systems
Students undertake an original investigation of a topic relevant to Information Systems in an organisation. Specific projects will depend on the availability of appropriate expertise, but may address a range of issues within Information Systems practice. Under the supervision and guidance of an academic researcher, students are required to design and conduct a practice-oriented investigation. This would typically involve a literature review, data collection, data analysis and critical reflection of industry practice. The results will be reported as a thesis and in a public presentation. In some instances, it is expected that the results will also be submitted for publication in a conference or journal.
The project will require an explorative approach, where students will pursue outcomes associated with new knowledge or understanding, within the Information Systems disciplines, often as an adjunct to existing academic research initiatives. It is expected that the Capstone Project will incorporate findings associated with both well-defined professional practice and research principles.
Detailed Information ISYS90099
|Information Systems Strategy||12.5|
Information Systems Strategy
Strategic alignment of Information Systems (IS) and business is critical to the competitive positioning of organisations. IS governance deals with all aspects of the formulation and implementation of IS management plans, including IS strategic plans. This subject discusses approaches to the formulation and development of IS strategies. Topics covered include analysing an organisation’s operating model, IS governance arrangements and IS governance policy framework, and maturity in the adoption of enterprise architectures. Students are expected to become familiar with current IS governance frameworks and their implications for developing IS governance plans.
Detailed Information ISYS90098
|Outsourcing & Contracting||12.5|
Outsourcing & Contracting
Outsourcing has become a routine part of management, yet it remains far from easy. In general, the concept of using external organisations (whether domestic or offshore) is considered an efficient and logical way to get things done, and is indeed widely accepted in many sectors of the economy. However, the learning curve is significant, it involves considerable hard work by both parties on a daily basis, and the results are highly dependent on the capabilities of the organisations involved. This subject focuses on the crucial activities that make a difference between success and disappointment.
Detailed Information ISYS90092
|Technopreneurship & Innovation||12.5|
Technopreneurship & Innovation
This subject asks the question ‘what makes a successful entrepreneur?’ It’s a complex topic and the subject of heated debate in the business, education and the economics communities, and also in discussions of international development, sustainability and social philanthropy. The way we will approach this subject is by looking at the behaviours, attitudes, values and skills that entrepreneurs need to create the climate for successful innovation - whether they are entrepreneurs starting new ventures or ‘Entrepreneurs’ in large organisations. What you will discover in this subject is that innovation isn’t just about having great ideas, and that entrepreneurs aren’t who you think they are. The subject will do this by looking at topics such as how innovation works and how it can be managed, different modes of entrepreneurialism, how entrepreneurs think and how to create, build and sustain an entrepreneurial business.
Detailed Information ISYS90093
This subject introduces a range of information security management services implemented in industry. The subject will cover the fundamental principles and practice of security risk assessment, incident response and disaster recovery, knowledge leakage, systems and network security, and policy and culture. Students will develop an appreciation for the kinds of security practices that exist in industry in each of these areas.
This subject supports course-level objectives by allowing students to have in-depth knowledge of the specialist area of information security management. The subject’s assessment tasks include the writing of a comprehensive consulting proposal and research into critical security issues faced by organisations. These tasks will encourage students to work in a team to develop a high-level of achievement in writing, research activities, and presentation skills.
Detailed Information ISYS90090
|Emerging Technologies in Organisations||12.5|
Emerging Technologies in Organisations
As with many other forms of technology, information technologies have lifecycles ranging from initial conception, to possible adoption, and widespread use, to eventual obsolescence. This subject will examine emerging information technologies and the issues that relate to them, including: how they evolve and, enter usage, and their likely future effects on people and social structures.
Detailed Information ISYS90095
|Information Economy & Society||12.5|
Information Economy & Society
This subject will focus on the patterns of IT spending in organizations, particularly strategies to reduce IT costs, increase information productivity and enhance Knowledge Capital.
Detailed Information ISYS90097
|Advanced Change Management||12.5|
Advanced Change Management
This subject focuses on the development and implementation of information systems as both a catalyst for, and a response to, organisational change. In this subject, the interrelationship between information systems and organisational change is examined from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Several change management theories and models are investigated in depth with an analysis of their applicability, benefits, risks and impacts.
Detailed Information ISYS90089
|Business Analytics & Decision-Making||12.5|
Business Analytics & Decision-Making
Business analytics involves the use of data to support business decision-making. Topics covered include business decision-making, evidence-based management, data warehouse design and implementation, data sourcing and quality, on-line analytical processing (OLAP), dashboards and data mining, case studies of business analytics practice.
Detailed Information ISYS90094
|Enterprise Architecture Applications||12.5|
Enterprise Architecture Applications
This subject introduces the concept of enterprise architecture (EA). The structure of an EA provides the framework by which an organisation can be understood. It introduces the fundamental relationships existing between various components of the EA namely: processes, information, organisational structure and enabling technologies. Consequently, many of the concept domains introduced in this subject are more fully explored in further core and elective subjects.
Detailed Information ISYS90096
|Managing IT Professionals||12.5|
Managing IT Professionals
In this subject students are introduced to the processes of information systems project management with a focus on people in the presence of organisational politics. The first half of the term discusses eight of the nine knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) - scope, cost, time, human resources, risk, quality, and communication and integration management. The second half of this subject focuses on developing skills necessary to manage projects within an organisational setting and discusses topics including project management processes; teamwork; stakeholder behaviour; conflict; change management; politics; and project success factors.
Detailed Information ISYS90091
The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week for full-time students, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
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In order to be considered for entry, you are required to have:
- An undergraduate degree in an IT-related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%) in the final year of study or equivalent. Applicants who have a non-IT undergraduate degree but have substantive IT/IS work experience should contact us to discuss eligibility; and
- At least 5 years (preferably 10 years) of documented work experience in information systems-related work demonstrating a strong record of professional achievement and clear leadership potential; and
- A personal statement relating your goals and how you see the program contributing to your ability to meet your goals; and
- Two professional and/or employer referee reports in the context of information systems-related work, which must be submitted prior to the application deadline.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Professional work experience, and
- Personal statement, and
- The referee reports;
- And short-listed applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
All applicants are required to provide a current curriculum vitae describing their work experience and tertiary and other qualifications, as a supplement to transcripts.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.
Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7.0 is required.
The interview for short-listed applicants is for obtaining information on the following matters:
- Standard of academic record;
- Nature and length of employment experience;
- Achievements subsequent to graduation;
- Reasons for seeking admission;
- Interpersonal and communication skills;
- Maturity and motivation.
International and interstate applicants may be interviewed by telephone, or electronically.
Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.
Discuss your eligibility
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Fees and scholarships
Master of Information Systems (Executive)
100 point program
Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Your course is equivalent in quality and accreditation to an on-campus qualification. Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.
The indicative course fee for the course is based on one year of full-time study. In cases of part-time study, the fee is based on the study load that the student is taking. Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term, and total course fees are not required to be paid up-front.
The fees listed are the indicative costs for 2017. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.
Learn more about tuition fees.
Financial assistance and scholarships
The fees you pay for graduate study will vary depending on the type of enrolment or place you are offered.
If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government.
There are many bursaries and scholarships awarded by the University and specific faculties, based on a variety of criteria. Online students are encouraged to apply.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.
- Domestic scholarships
The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.
Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.
- International scholarships
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.
Discuss your payment options
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View Key Dates for further important dates and deadlines.
|Term||Applications close||Teaching period|
|Term 3, 2017||28 May||10 Jul - 10 Sep|
|Term 4, 2017||20 Aug||2 Oct - 3 Dec|
|Term 1, 2018||20 Nov||8 Jan - 11 Mar|
It takes about 20 minutes to complete the form using the online application system.
You can save your work in progress and complete the application at a later date.
To complete your application you will require:
- Course code MC-ISEXEC
- Evidence of meeting the English Language Requirements as determined by the University
- A detailed CV, demonstrating at least 5 years (preferably 10 years) of documented work experience in information systems-related work, demonstrating a strong record of professional achievement and clear leadership potential; and
- A personal statement relating the applicant’s goals and how they see the program contributing to their ability to meet their goals; and
- Two professional and/or employer referee reports in the context of information systems-related work, which must be submitted prior to the application deadline
- Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system used. Students who have studied at the University of Melbourne do not need to provide this information
- Digital files of these documents. Limit of 6MB per document. Supported file types: TXT, DOC, DOCX, PDF, JPG, JPEG, XLS, XLSX, TIFF).
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