Bachelor of Business - Business Information Systems major

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Business information systems professionals are key to improving business processes and helping an organisation stay competitive. They play an essential role in the new world of business, which is characterised by global outsourcing, strategic alliances and global business partnerships. To succeed in this global business world, graduates need to understand a company’s business systems, processes and information needs, and how technologies can improve processes to compete locally and globally.

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The Business Information Systems major explores how organisations can take advantage of computer-based information systems and related emerging technologies. You find out how business information systems can improve business efficiency, and help an organisation share information, make effective decisions and compete locally and globally.

The outcomes for graduates for this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

Structure and content

Part One

Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:

  • Business in Context (30 points)
  • Management and Organisation (15 points)
  • Accounting for Decision Making (15 points)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points)
  • Economic Principles I (15 points)

In addition to the 5 core papers, in order to major in business information systems you must complete the elective paper Business Information Systems (15 points) and you choose 1 elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:

  • Economic Principles 2 (15 points)
  • Introduction to Finance (15 points)
  • Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales: Positioning in an Omni Environment (15 points)
  • Design for Business (15 points)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points)

Part Two

Over the next two years, you learn how to analyse and model business processes, design and implement databases and manage projects. You also explore how to plan, evaluate and use enterprise-wide information systems, align information systems with business objectives, and manage information systems resources.

Part Three

Workplace experience (Co-operative Education) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice in New Zealand or overseas. You apply what you’ve learnt in a real-world business, not-for-profit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or through an applied project, which is a supervised research project.

Recent placements included:

  • Bridgestone NZ
  • LG Electrics NZ
  • Open Systems Specialists
  • Optimation New Zealand
  • Quantium Solutions NZ Ltd
  • Sovereign
  • Vodafone NZ
  • Westpac

Further information about Co-operative Education


Level Five:

BSYS501 Business Information Systems

Level Six:

BSYS601 Business Process Management

BSYS602 Business Data Management
BSYS603 Project Management
Level Seven:

BSYS701 Enterprise Information Systems
BSYS702 Information Systems Strategy & Governance

Select One:

ACCT701 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
BSYS703 eBusiness Management
COMP718 Information Security Management
FINA702 Financial Risk Management


Related programmes

Please visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.

Career opportunities

  • Business analyst / process analyst
  • Business database administrator
  • Consultant
  • eBusiness manager
  • Information systems manager
  • Project manager

Graduates and students of business

AUT's Business Information Systems department is one of the country's leading research departments. Find out more about our academics and research projects.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.47pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.