Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems (Cyber Security)

Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems (Cyber Security)

Course Overview

The Australian Institute of Higher Education (AIH) Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems (Cyber Security) is embedded in the Master of Business Information Systems (Cyber Security) and has been designed as an exit qualification and an alternative pathway to further study in the Master level qualification.

It equips students with the skills needed for paraprofessional of executive and management roles in ICT sector with proficient cyber security knowledge and skills and further study at the postgraduate level.

The course is underpinned by business information systems core units and further enhanced by the specialised cyber security units such as information systems security, cyber security risk assessment and strategies.

Within the Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems (Cyber Security) is a nested exit qualification Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems.

Nested Qualification and Exit Awards

Key information

CRICOS Code: 111499M


1 year full time

AQF level:



– Sydney
– Melbourne (commencing 2024)

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 1 year


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 12 hours of classes each week (for 4 units), on-campus. In addition, you will need to set aside approximately 7-9 hours per week for each unit in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects, workshop preparation and to prepare for tests and exams.


Your studies at AIH will encompass practical, professionally focused, and project-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Individual and team-based projects
  • Case studies and presentations
  • Essays, assignments and reports
  • Exams
  • Practical assessments
  • Discussion forums
  • Participation in class including formative assessment activities

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of cyber security theory and practice within the business information systems field.
  2. Analyse cyber security issues within business scenarios, and design solutions to demonstrate awareness of professional practice.
  3. Recommend solutions to cyber security problems using analytical and technical capabilities of information systems.
  4. Appraise and apply cyber security and business information systems expertise and explain findings to multiple stakeholders.
  5. Apply leadership, management and interpersonal skills required to effectively work in a diverse team on business information systems and cyber security projects.
  6. Identify current ethical dilemmas and professional issues in business information systems with a focus on cyber security.


Graduates at this level will have advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.


Graduates at this level will have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in a body of knowledge or practice to independently:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  • research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences


Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.

Units you will study


To complete the diploma, you will need to pass 8 Units. This consists of 6 core units and 2 specialisation 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 topics.

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.

Exit Point: Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems

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-centered design approach. At the end of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of the techniques required to model an information system.

MBIS4006 Information Systems Security-

Unit Description

MBIS4006 Information Systems Security provides a comprehensive study in the field of information systems security and an overview of professional, legal, and ethical issues faced by information system professionals in modern society. Students will demonstrate their ability to identify security threats to the infrastructure and information kept by commercial and government organisations which have economic value and are critical to public safety. Students will gauge the subsequent risks of various threats and develop risk management plans.

On successful completion of this unit, students will have acquired knowledge and skills necessary and sufficient to mitigate various security threats and attacks on contemporary information systems.

MBIS4008 Business Process Modelling-

Unit Description

MBIS4008 Business Process Modelling facilitates students in examining and improving business operations. Informed by conceptual frameworks, students will use business process modelling software tools to make informed recommendations aimed at solving complex business problems as well as attendant improvements to organisational effectiveness and efficiency. This unit provides an opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills necessary and sufficient to analyse and design business processes in a variety of business contexts.

Pre-requisite: MBIS4004 (Co-requisite)

MBIS4009 Professional Practice in Information Systems-

Unit Description

MBIS4009 Professional Practice in Informatiom Syatems educates students about the ethical, legal and social issues that they are likely to meet as future inforamtion syatem (IS) professionals. Viewed
through the lenses of current IS practice and professional codes of ethics, these issues include data and privacy, confidentaiality, cybercrime and internet fraud. On successful completion of this unit, students will have become aware of the ethical and legal obligations within IS and will have develpoes their negotitation and conflict resolution decisions in preparation for their future role as IS professionals.

MBIS4017 Cybersecurity Risk Assessment and Strategies-

Unit Description

MBIS4017 Cybersecurity Risk Assessment and Strategies introduces students to the background of cyber security and cyber risk management. It covers a range of risk management techniques for cybersecurity based on established international standards (including ISO 31000) and industry best practices. Topics include information security, cyber security, cyber-risk management, cyber risk assessment (risk identification, analysis, evaluation and treatment) and how to address risk measurement, risk scales, uncertainty and high-consequence risk with low likelihood ­ in practice, as well as business continuity management.

Exit Point: Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems (Cyber Security)

What you will achieve

  • Create effective organisational strategies to lay the foundation for achieving success.
  • Examine both local and global business trends to consistently maintain a competitive edge.
  • Acquire essential skills in critical thinking and strategic planning within a corporate environment.
  • Recognise intelligent business prospects and comprehend how to capitalize on them.

Career Opportunities

Potential career paths

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Security System Developer

Entry Requirements

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How to Apply

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Further Study

Completion of this qualification provides direct entry and advanced standing into:

Related Courses

Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems (Data Analytics)

CRICOS Code: 111496C