Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems

Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems is embedded in AIH’s 3 x Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems and 3 x Master of Business Information Systems courses and has been designed as both an exit qualification and a pathway into postgraduate study.

The overall aim of the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems is to provide a flexible, student-centred and academically rigorous course of study, which seeks to develop students’ intellectual skills and competencies and give them a sound foundation for further postgraduate level study in their chosen discipline.

This course seeks to provide students with a postgraduate level of knowledge, competencies and values necessary for a fulfilling career in various areas of business information systems within the ICT industry. For this reason, students are required to undertake four core business information systems units: information systems applications in business; software development; systems analysis design and database management system.

Key information

CRICOS Code: 105294H


6 months full time

AQF level:



Sydney and Melbourne

Course Intakes:

February, May, August, October


Domestic and International

Credit points per unit:


Total Credit Points
required for award:


2023 Fees

Course tuition Fee
Over 6 months


Fee per unit:



All fees and charges listed are in Australian dollars. Fees are subject to change without notice. Course fees are to be paid in full before enrolment/selection of subjects in any given semester. AIH ensures that the conditions and processes for international and domestic students to apply for a refund of tuition fees are equitable and comply with government regulations. Refer to Refund Policy for International and Domestic Students.

What you will learn

Study Hours

As a student, you will need to allocate time to attend classes. Generally, if you are studying full-time, you will have between 8 hours of classes each week, on- campus. In addition, you will need to set aside a minimum of 10-12 hours each week in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects and prepare for quizzes and presentations.


Your studies at AIH will encompass practical, professionally focused, and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • Reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations.
  • Essays and assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Practicals and team-based projects
  • Q&A

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a specialist comprehension of business information systems theory and practice.
  • Investigate and design specialist IS solutions for complex business problems.
  • Discuss the effectiveness of business information systems within specific contexts.
  • Provide business information systems suggestions to relevant stakeholders.
  • Exhibit interpersonal skills required by diverse teams working on business information system projects.
  • Discuss and explain current ethical dilemmas and professional issues in business information systems.


Graduates at this level will have technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area or a broad field of work and learning


Graduates at this level will have broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • Analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities.
  • Transmit information and skills to others.


Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in:

  • Known or changing contexts.
  • Within broad but established parameters.

Units you will study


To complete this course, you will need to pass 4 Units. This consists of 4 core units.

Level 4000 (AQF 8)+

MBIS4001 Information Systems Applications in Business-

Unit Description

MBIS4001 Information Systems Applications in Business provides an introduction to the subject of information systems (IS) by presenting the most relevant concepts used to manage the integration of IS into business and society. The purpose of the unit is to facilitate proficient ways to simplify the use of technology in complex IS business environments and, by using case studies together with examples from industry, students will develop both a theoretical and a practical understanding of business information systems in order to achieve this.

More, this unit aims to build students’ awareness of the relationship between the functionality of IS and the requirements of business processes. In this way, students will learn how business organisations use IS to process data into information which can then be used for critical decision- making in the quest for competitive advantage.

MBIS4002 Database Management System-

Unit Description

Database management systems are ubiquitous. Almost all organisations adopt them to organise, analyse, extract, transform and load data in order to make effective decisions. This positions MBIS4003 Database Management System as an essential unit as it introduces students to the fundamentals of relational databases. Unit learning outcomes are attained through authentic assessment; that is, the application of relevant concepts, techniques and methodologies related to database management along with practical exercises.

This unit also covers data modelling associated with using entity relationship diagrams and other advanced concepts such as structured query language (SQL) and procedural language (PL). These will be completed in the weekly workshops.

Additionally, data analysis, sharing options and database systems security concepts are covered. Distributed database management systems and data mining are also included in the unit’s topic

MBIS4003 Software Development-

Unit Description

In this unit, MBIS 4003 Software Development, students will learn the fundamentals of software development. Students will investigate a client’s application software problems, evaluate approaches, and then design a solution using a programming language such as Python. The unit takes students through the lifecycle of a software development project including writing specifications, testing and design. Students will gather and analyse customer software needs and requirements, learn core principles of programming, develop software specifications and use appropriate reference tools. Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have the ability to assess, understand and design code.

MBIS4004 Systems Analysis Design-

Unit Description

MBIS4004 Systems Analysis Design covers the principles of analysis and design for information systems. Students will learn techniques in data requirements gathering and analysis along with methods to model data needs. Modelling of data will occur at the conceptual, logical, and physical levels along with an ability to compare and contrast different approaches.

Additionally, students will understand the importance and constraints imposed by the domain of the information system, along with business rules that guide the design of business information systems. This unit also addresses the role of functional dependencies and domain normalisation as part of requirements analysis and design using a user-centred design approach. At the end of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of the techniques required to model an information system.

Exit Point: Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems

What you will achieve

  • Gain advanced expertise in project management principles.
  • Experience flexible, student-centred learning.
  • Attain postgraduate-level knowledge.
  • Develop competencies for diverse business administration roles.
  • Foster ethical values and adhere to professional standards.

Career Opportunities

Potential career paths

  • Business Analyst
  • Systems Architect
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Developer

Entry Requirements

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How to Apply

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