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Information Systems

Study in the discipline of Information Systems is offered by the School of Information Technologies in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Program structure and content

The requirements for a major in Information Systems are defined in Table 1. Information Systems is the study of people and organisations in order to determine and deliver solutions that meet their technological needs. Hence Information Systems deals with the following type of issues: strategic planning, system development, system implementation, operational management, end-user needs and education. Information Systems study is related to Computer Science but the crucial distinction is that Information Systems is about making computer systems work to optimise the productivity and efficiency of organisations, whereas much of Computer Science is about developing software technologies to solve problems, which can improve quality of life and enhance delivery of service. The school's research in Information Systems encompasses natural language processing, IT economics, social networking analysis, ontology design, data mining and analysis, and knowledge management and open source software.

First year planning Information Systems major

Essential: 12 credit points of INFO1103 and INFO1105, 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics (including MATH1015/1005/1905), and 24 credit points of electives.

Requirements for a major

For a major in Information Systems, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points chosen from the senior units of study listed for this subject area.

Students enrolled in non-IT degrees or majors are eligible (upon application) for a Minor in Information Technology if they complete at least 18 credit points of intermediate or above units of study offered by the School of Information Technologies, within a completed degree.


Students who want to enrol in Honours should apply to the Faculty of Engineering and IT (for BCST/BIT) or the Faculty of Science (for BSc) at pre-enrolment time. Selection will be finalised in January, once end-of-year results are known. Mid-year entry is also possible.

You need to have completed your pass degree before starting Honours. (That is, you can't do Honours concurrently while filling in some missing units from your first three years of study.)

Any student who is considering Honours should begin to identify an appropriate research topic and supervisor as early as possible. The Honours year starts in February, two weeks before lectures begin.

Honours contact

Dr Josiah Poon

T +61 2 9351 7185

Contact and further information


T +61 2 9351 3423
School of Information Technologies J12
University of Sydney
NSW 2006