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Information Systems

The School of Computer Science aims to teach fundamental principles and practical skills in information technology, and to establish the foundations for an entire career. Units of study in Information Systems major are available at standard level.

About the major

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, information technology economics, social networking analysis, ontology design, data mining and analysis, and knowledge management and open source software.

Requirements for completion

The Information Systems major and minor requirements are listed in the Information Systems unit of study table.

Contact and further information


T +61 2 9351 3423

School of Computer Science J12
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Dr Caren Han
T +61 2 9036 9759

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Information Systems will be able to:

  1. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the challenges in implementing an information system and be able to describe these challenges to others.
  2. Apply research skills, including acquiring and making valid inferences from relevant data, to undertake a wide range of investigations of information systems issues.
  3. Apply a range of system development methods.
  4. Plan and assist in managing information systems projects and assess potential risks and challenges in facing such projects.
  5. Design and implement information systems, utilising a range of system development methods.
  6. Work with diverse stakeholders, to elicit detailed requirements for an information system.
  7. Address authentic problems in information systems, working professionally and responsibly within diverse, collaborative and interdisciplinary teams.
  8. Recognise, and explain to others, the broader socio-technical systems in which computer and communications systems are embedded.