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Master of Information Systems (MISP) - MIS

CRICOS code (International applicants): 082461C

 On-campusOnline
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:2 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time 

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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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Professional accreditation

The Master of Information Systems program is accredited at professional level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and, through the Seoul Accord is recognised in other countries. The Seoul Accord is a multi-lateral agreement that allows ACS accreditation to be recognised globally. This means that graduates from this program will have their degree recognised by other countries who are members of the Accord.

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Program aims

The Master of Information Systems is a professionally-oriented program that provides university graduates with the opportunity to acquire an information systems qualification. The program comprises 16 courses.

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Program objectives

The Master of Information Systems aims to produce graduates who are able to:

  1. Identify and analyse legal, security and privacy issues typically encountered in working as an IT professional.

  2. Apply sound judgment in responding to important ethical, legal , security and privacy issues that would encountered in working as an IT professional.

  3. Plan and evaluate strategies to enhance the chances of leading successful entrepreneurial endeavours and organisational innovation using independent and well-developed judgement.

  4. Critically analyse then synthesise complex scenarios to solve real-world problems related to the use and application of information technology.

  5. Evaluate appropriate research methodologies to help identify, collect, analyse and manage a range of information technology issues.

  6. Communicate professionally and effectively in written and verbal communication to relevant stakeholders.

  7. Critically analyse ethical issues in a range of situations that confront IT professionals when called to make ethically appropriate decisions.

  8. Interact and collaborate effectively with others in teamwork tasks in a range of settings.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree, or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.


Candidates without an acceptable Bachelor degree or equivalent and who have completed a minimum of five years' professional work experience may be eligible for entry into a Graduate Certificate of Business , and upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, may apply for entry into the Master of Information Systems.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

Course  Semester of Offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Compulsory Foundation Courses  
CIS5100 Professional Skills for Information Systems  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
CIS5101 Digital Enterprise  2, 3 
CIS5209 Systems Analysis for IT Professionals  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
CIS5205 Management of Information Security 
CIS5206 Data Mining for Business Analytics and Cyber Security  1, 2  1, 2   
CIS5308 Management of Information Technology Services  
CIS5309 Management of Business Networks and the Cloud 
CIS5310 ICT Project Management  1, 2, 3 
Compulsory Advanced Courses (Complete five (5) of the following six (6) courses, Students may select either CIS8501 or PWE8000 but are not permitted to complete both within this program)  
CIS8001 Technology Entrepreneurship  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
CIS8008 Business Intelligence  1, 2 
CIS8018 Cyber Security  2, 3 
CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals  1, 2 
CIS8501 Applied Information Systems Research Project  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
PWE8000 Advanced Professional Work Experience  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
Elective Advanced Course (Complete three (3)) of the following six (6) courses)  
CIS8011 Digital Innovation  2, 3 
CIS8025 Big Data Analytics  1, 2  1, 2   
CIS8504 Blockchain Fundamentals  1, 3   
CIS8710 Human Factors in Cyber Security  2, 3   
CIS8708 Digital Forensics   
CIS8506 Internet of Things*       

Footnotes
*This Course will be available from 2022 onwards.

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Program completion requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain good standing in this program will be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification as set out below, provided that they have met the requirements of that program.

  • A student who successfully completes 4 courses that satisfy the requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Business may, upon application, exit with that qualification.

  • A student who successfully completes 8 courses that satisfy the requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Business may, upon application, exit with that qualification.


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Credit

As the Master of Information Systems is a graduate conversion program, credits approved in the program do not automatically apply to other postgraduate programs offered by USQ.

Up to a total of 8 credits may be granted for the 16-course Master of Information Systems. Four units of credit may be granted for an undergraduate degree in an Information Systems or Information Technology related discipline area from a recognised university.

Credits may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised university.

Recommended enrolment patterns

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Recommended enrolment pattern - semester 1 intake

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
CIS5100 Professional Skills for Information Systems1111
CIS5209 Systems Analysis for IT Professionals1111Enrolment is not permitted in CIS5209 if CIS5200 or CIS5302 has been previously completed.
CIS5310 ICT Project Management1111Enrolment is not permitted in CIS5310 if CIS8010 has been previously completed.
CIS5308 Management of Information Technology Services1111Co-requisite: CIS5100
CIS5101 Digital Enterprise1212Co-requisite: CIS5100 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCBU or GDBZ or MBAD or IMBA or MPPM. Enrolment is not permitted in CIS5101 if CIS8100 has been previously completed.
CIS5205 Management of Information Security1212Co-requisite: CIS5100
CIS8001 Technology Entrepreneurship1212Enrolment is not permitted in CIS8001 if CIS8000 has been previously completed.
CIS5206 Data Mining for Business Analytics and Cyber Security1212
Elective Advanced Course 1 2121
CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals#2121Pre-requisite: CIS8000 or CIS8001
CIS5309 Management of Business Networks and the Cloud2121Enrolment is not permitted in CIS5309 if CIS8009 has been previously completed.
CIS8008 Business Intelligence^2121
Elective Advanced Course 22222
Elective Advanced Course 32222
CIS8018 Cyber Security2222

Complete Either CIS8501 or PWE8000

CIS8501 Applied Information Systems Research Project2222Pre-requisite: CIS8500 Co-requisite: CIS8010 or CIS5310
PWE8000 Advanced Professional Work Experience2222

Footnotes
#CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals is not available at Toowoomba campus in Semester 1.
^CIS8008 Business Intelligence is not offered on-campus in Semester 2. Students should enrol in online mode.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - semester 2 intake

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
CIS5100 Professional Skills for Information Systems1212
CIS5101 Digital Enterprise1212Co-requisite: CIS5100 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCBU or GDBZ or MBAD or IMBA or MPPM. Enrolment is not permitted in CIS5101 if CIS8100 has been previously completed.
CIS5205 Management of Information Security1212Co-requisite: CIS5100
CIS5206 Data Mining for Business Analytics and Cyber Security1212
CIS5209 Systems Analysis for IT Professionals1111Enrolment is not permitted in CIS5209 if CIS5200 or CIS5302 has been previously completed.
CIS5310 ICT Project Management1111Enrolment is not permitted in CIS5310 if CIS8010 has been previously completed.
CIS5308 Management of Information Technology Services1111Co-requisite: CIS5100
CIS8001 Technology Entrepreneurship11112Enrolment is not permitted in CIS8001 if CIS8000 has been previously completed.
CIS8008 Business Intelligence^2222
Elective Advanced Course 12222
CIS8018 Cyber Security2222
CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals2222Pre-requisite: CIS8000 or CIS8001
Elective Advanced 22121
CIS5309 Management of Business Networks and the Cloud2121Enrolment is not permitted in CIS5309 if CIS8009 has been previously completed.
Elective Advanced 32121

Complete Either CIS8501 or PWE8000

CIS8501 Applied Information Systems Research Project2121Pre-requisite: CIS8500 Co-requisite: CIS8010 or CIS5310
PWE8000 Advanced Professional Work Experience2121

Footnotes
^CIS8008 Business Intelligence is not offered on-campus in Semester 2. Students should enrol in online mode.