Course Structure

Course structure

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 totalling 50 points before enrolling in the capstone subject Managing Information Systems.

Capstone subject
Managing Information Systems25

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
Type Core
Selective subjects
Information Systems Strategy12.5

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
Type Selective
Outsourcing & Contracting12.5

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
Type Selective
Technopreneurship & Innovation12.5

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
Type Selective
Information Assurance12.5

Information Assurance

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
Type Selective
Emerging Technologies in Organisations12.5

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
Type Selective (not available in 2019)
Information Economy & Society12.5

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
Type Selective
Advanced Change Management12.5

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
Type Selective
Business Analytics & Decision-Making12.5

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
Type Selective
Enterprise Architecture Applications12.5

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
Type Selective
Managing IT Professionals12.5

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
Type Selective


The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, 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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