Bachelor of Business - Business Information Systems major

Business Information Systems is about the development, management and use of information and communication technologies. It focuses on managing the integration of people and information for business operations, efficiencies and maximising competitive advantage. With this major you will gain a strong understanding and the practical skills to make a valuable contribution to an organisation's information systems management.

More information about the Bachelor of Business


The Business Information Systems major will provide you with an understanding of how organisations can take advantage of computer-based information systems and related emerging technologies to share information, improve business efficiency, develop effective decision making, and maintain competitiveness in their industries.

You will learn how to:

  • analyse and model business processes
  • design and implement business databases
  • manage projects
  • plan, evaluate and use enterprise-wide information systems

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)
  • Fundamentals of Marketing, Advertising, Retailing and Sales (MARS) (15 points)
  • Design Thinking (15 points)
  • Introduction to Tourism (15 points)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points)
  • Law in Our Contemporary World (15 points)

Part Two

Over the next 2 years, you will learn how to analyse, model and design core business processes. You will also learn how to implement and use enterprise-wide information systems, align information systems with business objectives and plan and manage information systems resources.

Part Three

Co-operative Education is the final part of the BBus and takes a full semester of study. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s) in an organisation of your choice. You have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in your major(s) to the real world in a business, not-forprofit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or an applied project. Placements can be done either in New Zealand or overseas.

Recent placements included:

  • Westpac
  • Quantium Solutions NZ Ltd
  • Open Systems Specialists
  • Optimation New Zealand

Further information about Co-operative Education


Level Five:

425000 Business Information Systems

Level Six:

426102 Business Process Management
426103 Business Data Management
466650 Project Management
Level Seven:

427103 Enterprise Information Systems
427104 Information Systems Strategy & Governance

Select One:

217002 Tourism in the Information Age
367909 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
397003 Financial Risk Management
407708 Information Security Management
467950 eBusiness Management
467954 Issues in Project Management


Related programmes

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

Career opportunities

  • Business 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: 04-Mar-2015 3.09pm

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