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President's Address

Introduction to BISA

Introducing our 2019 Executives




2018 Events Recap

Overview of BIS Major

INFS Unit Reviews




The Growth of BIS Careers

BIS Career Paths

Humans of BISA

40 Getting that Internship!



2018 could best be described as a year of unprecedented growth for BISA. This year we reached over 1000 likes on Facebook, saw a record number of attendees at our events, and launched the new Educations Portfolio which saw the development of our inaugural Industry Insights Workshop Series and BISA Magazine!


Reflecting back on the year, all our late nights and long discussions have all been worthwhile in forming deeper connections and trust within the team


Despite years of rapid growth, we have always remained true to our roots-being a tight family hoping to bridge the gap between bright minded students at the University of Sydney and our Industry Partners.

As a team, we have bonded and created strong ties with one another and I am proud to call you all my second family. Our unwavering passion for BISA has produced results that none of us could have expected during the start of 2018 and for that, I would like to personally thank all my fellow executives as well as the subcommittee team for helping to shape BISA into what it is today. I would also like to give a big thank you to our 2018 Corporate Partners: PwC, Accenture, EY, CBA, Deloitte, Microsoft, and AT Kearney. Lastly, thank you to the Business Information Systems Faculty and the University of Sydney Business School in supporting our endeavours.

Since the start of 2018, BISA has run 15 initiatives, double the amount run in 2017. This was driven by the growth in our Events and Educations portfolios, and the development of engaging and unique event ideas such as our BISA x Accenture Case Crack and BISA x CBA Python for Data Science. I applaud the dedication and commitment both portfolios have devoted to help grow BISA.

Looking to continue the success BISA has had in 2018, I am excited to lead BISA to greater heights with the 2019 team. Our vision is to remain committed to providing opportunities, innovation, and inspiration to our members.

Also integral to our success were our Marketing and Sponsorships portfolios, who played a pivotal role behind the scenes in creating engaging marketing campaigns on Facebook as well as liaising with our sponsors to execute our initiatives respectively. Without their support, BISA would not have achieved the results we did in 2018.

Keep an eye out for BISA’s events on Facebook as we have an exciting year in store for 2019! Dennis Deng 2018 Educations Director and 2019 BISA President


INTRODUCTIOn Business Information Systems is an exciting and dynamic field of study, playing an increasingly important role in enabling organisations to meet their strategic goals. The increasingly interrelated fields of business and information technology present a compelling opportunity to pursue an education and career in innovative positions. BISA is a student society that acts as the bridge for students to learn more about the intersection between business and technology. We are a family of forwarding-thinking students who study or have a passion for BIS, STEM and everything in between. To do so,


BISA partners up with our corporate sponsors as well as the BIS faculty to hold events that develop valuable skills and provide unique career opportunities. This publication will aid us and, more importantly you, by highlighting BISA’s role in facilitating professional growth in students, providing insights into the BIS major as well as the potential career opportunities. Without further ado, we hope you enjoy BISA’s first ever BISA Magazine!



Dennis Deng President

Jeffrey Lo Vice President

Suling Neav Creative Director

Anjan Bhattacharjee Treasurer

Amy Lam Secretary

Lee-Ann Chen Marketing Director


Dearne Lee Sponsorships Director

Andy Lee Events Director

Alex Makarytchev Educations Director

Abhay Mahajan Educations Director

Richard Lee Events Director


2018 events recap Social EVENTS

For Semester 1, our free BBQ event saw the sizzling creation of new friendships between the BISA team, the BIS discipline staff and students. This great afternoon not only satisfied some savoury cravings but also helped developed students’ insight into the career potential of a BIS major. For Semester 2, our free Krispy Kreme Donut Welcome Event enabled new and current members to bond over a sweet afternoon tea. Both events were a great success with a high turnout!

BISA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE BISA’s Leadership Conference was definitely a key highlight and a MASSIVE sell-out for BISA. With over 45 attendees, the camp was well-received, as students learned about Robotic Process Automation with our sponsor, EY, as well as participating in many fun activities including kayaking, professional development workshops, trivia, and hiking! Many great memories and friendships were made and we hope to see you all there in 2019! 8

BISA x EY THERAPY DOGS BISA’s first ever RUOK?Day therapy dog event on campus saw a wave of enthusiastic dog-lovers bonding with the most affectionate therapy dogs provided from Delta Society. Aimed at improving the mental wellbeing of students, we had a massive turnout of over a 100 students, who bonded with the adorable puppies and representatives from EY.

Inter-uni Cocktail Night Like previous years, BISA’s Inter-Uni Cocktail Night was a huge success. This professional yet casual night was filled with laughter, free food and beverages, and many opportunities for both structured and unstructured networking. Alongside an open Q&A panel, this created the perfect opportunity for students and industry representatives alike to share invaluable insights. BISA would like to thank all the sponsors who partook in this night as well as BITSA and TechSoc for co-hosting.


BISA Industry Mentoring Program BISA’s oldest and consistently booming event allowed 50 students to gain the rare opportunity of being paired with an individual mentor from one of our many corporate sponsors. Our enthusiastic mentees successfully built strong relationships with their mentors, gained invaluable advice and insights into the corporate world and even shadowed their mentor in the workplace. However, without the sacrifices that our mentors made to inspire the next generation of leaders, this program would not have been possible and for that we would like to give you all a big thank you!

BISA x ACCENTURE CASE CRACK BISA x Accenture Case Crack saw some of USyd’s brightest minds come together to solve real world cases in under one hour! The Accenture staff were extremely impressed by the unique ideas and the excellent team work displayed by the contestants. The students not only received feedback on their solutions, but also explored and practised the key skills that Accenture looks for in its employees. The night had a turnout of over 50 students, and was concluded with a relaxed award ceremony and lots of LinkedIn connections.


BIS MAJOR INSIGHTS As a new initiative in 2018, BISA’s BIS Major Insights Night successfully deepened students’ understanding of how to best tailor the changing BIS major to their career path. Our great BIS faculty members also ran an insightful presentation informing students on how to structure their degree and major to align with their career aspirations before opening the floor to Q&A and free food and beverages. Overall, it was truly amazing to see so many eager students who were passionate about their BIS major.

INFS1000 WORKSHOP Another new initiative in 2018, BISA’s INFS1000 workshop ran by our very own Educations Subcommittee, Andy Lee, Anjan Bhattacharjee and Alex Makarytchev was aimed to help provide insights into how to perform well in the group assignment. With our presenters tailoring the workshop on common mistakes, misconceptions and areas of improvement, attendees were able to learn how to avoid these and score higher on the hardest assessment in the unit. Finally, thanks to our presenters, worksheets were also created covering ERDs and BPMNs to help students practice for both their assignment and finals. 11

industry insights workshop series BISA x Celonis In an exciting partnership with Celonis, students gained insight into the world of process mining - leveraging valuable data in information systems for business process improvement. After gaining insights into how process mining can provide a competitive edge, students were lucky enough to gain access to Celonis’ own commercial platform as Celonis’ representative, Janina Nakladal, effectively demonstrated how to remove inefficiencies within business processes. BISA x CBA In our second workshop, BISA collaborated with CBA to hold an introduction on Python for Data Science. With the help of our very own Jeffrey Lo and Abhay Mahajan and of CBA representatives , we presented a workshop with over FIFTY attendees! It was great to see so many students taking interest in data science as reflected in the Q&A session and high level of engagement by students during the practical sessions. BISA x PwC Our final workshop was in collaboration with PwC on the importance of UI/UX design. With the help of our very own Suling Neav and PwC representatives, students were introduced to the importance of design thinking and taught how to visually communicate complicated messages to different audiences. After learning and storyboarding visual designs, students were taught how to use Adobe XD to create their storyboarded designs! This rewarding event was capped off with some great networking. 12



BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS MAJOR Business Information Systems (BIS) is one of the fastest growing areas of study in business as technology is dominating our global economy. BIS employers are seeking passionate, problemsolving individuals who can balance and understand the needs of business and technology. The BIS Major will give you...

INSIGHT OF HOW INFORMATION CAN BE USED You’ll learn about the capabilities and versatility that information systems have in the business world from the areas of artificial intelligence to digital workplaces. As you progress through your major you will learn that Business Information Systems underpin the actions of a business and how it has transformed workplaces overtime.

INDEPTH APPRECIATION OF THE POWER OF DATA AND INFORMATION You’ll learn about the capabilities and versatility that information systems have in the business world from the areas of artificial intelligence to digital workplaces. As you progress through your major you will learn that businesses rely on data to make vital transformative change. The BIS major is not about computers or programming, so there’s no need for prior technical skills. The major is perfect for anyone who is passionate about strategically applying technology in a business context and for those who are keen to embrace change as it happens. If you have the drive to learn something new, then you’ll definitely have fun studying Business Information Systems.



BIS COURSE PLANNER This is a guide only, check online for the latest information.




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DIGITAL BUSINESS INNOVATIOn Unit Coordinator: Barney Tan Prohibitions: ISYS1003 or INFO1000

DeSCRIPTION A core unit which sets the foundation for a major in BIS, INFS1000 provides insight into how information systems support business operations and management through the integration of people, business processes and systems. Students will learn how to draw Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD’s) and learn to map out business processes using Business Process and Model Notation (BPMN). Heavy emphasis will be placed on these two topics throughout the unit, with it likely to appear in the mid-semester exam, assignment, and finals. Students should also pay attention and understand MS Access demonstrations to perform well.

TEXTBOOK Digital Business Innovation (ISBN: 978-1-4886-1678-5). OR Kroenke, D.M.; Bunker, D.; Wilson, D. (2014) “Experiencing MIS”, 3rd Edition Pearson Australian Edition. Please note the American edition is not suitable for this unit. The lecture slides, in-class activities, and tutorial work is sufficient for performing well in this unit. The textbook can be purchased to supplement understanding of content, but is not needed.


10% Group Tutorial Work due weekly

25% Group Project

The weekly group tutorial work is relatively simple and students should be able to obtain full marks for this.

The group project is marked harshly and requires students to think critically and understand the concepts taught fully to apply them appropriately.


25% Mid-Semseter Exam

40% Final Exam

The mid-semester exam will consist of multiple choice and short answers. Generally, will consist of at least one ERD question.

The final exam will see a case-study provided to students prior to the final exam. To best prepare for the case study, students should practice modelling all the business process identified in the case study.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENROLLING INTO THE UNIT The unit uses team-based learning i.e. lectures will have hands-on activities where students are expected to work with their groups. Therefore, students should be wary of who they have in their groups. This unit is a double pass i.e. students must score at least 50% in the final. Failure to score at least 50% will result in a fail mark regardless of pre-final marks. Whilst tutorials are not compulsory to attend, students are encouraged to attend all tutorials as this is where tutors will go through topics like ERDs, BPMN, ethics, and MS Access in a lot more detail.

DIFFICULTY Content: Relatively easy to grasp. Lecture content is quite heavy, however, concepts are easy to undestand. Recommendation 1: A strong grasp on ERD’s and BPMN is required. Recommendation 2: Do not underestimate this subject. There is a large emphasis on the application of the concepts. This is most evident in the group assignments. Recommendation 3: Active participantion in tutorials and in-class activities will assist in performing well in this unit.

* Please note that this is based on previous years and are subject to change



DIGITAL work environments Unit Coordinator: Daniel Schlagwein Assumed Knowledge: INFS1000 or INFO1000 or INFO1003 or INFO1903

DeSCRIPTION INFS1020 is a core unit which introduces you to how digital technology is implemented in the workplace and how it changes the work environment. Students will learn about the common misconceptions about the future of work and also how to use digital online technology to present themselves professionally. The unit is broken down into five main areas - Working with Digital Information, Digital Skills, Digital Presence, Working in the Digital Workplace and the Future of Work. The unit also features a variety of guest lecturers on a variety of topics such as Big Data and Machine Learning to Co-working Spaces, the aim of these guest lecturers is to help provide students deeper insights into how these trends are shaping the future of work.

TEXTBOOK There is no assigned textbook for this unit. The lecture slides, tutorial activities and tutorial work will create a strong foundation that is adequate enough to perform well in assessments. There will also be assigned readings in some weeks, these should not be ignored as they are examined in the finals.


15% Individual Assignment

20% Midsemester Exam

The individual assignment requires students to create a 3 minute video which answers a series of questions outlined on the assignment brief. Students should not just focus on content, as a proportion of marks will be allocated to the individuals camera and audio quality. This assignment, despite being worth 15% will require substantial effort to perform well.

The mid-semester exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions. The mid-semester exam is a relatively fair assessment and adequate study will reward students well.


25% Group Assignment

40% Final Exam

The group project can be considered a mock case competition, where students are given a scenario and are expected to research more into and provide a solution to help alleviate the client’s issue. The assessment is broken down into a 10-12 minute in-class presentation and a 10 minute screen recording of your presentation with voice-over.

The final exam consists of four short answer questions each weighed the same. The final exam is of sound difficulty and will reward students who prepare adequately.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENROLLING INTO THE UNIT The unit consists of a large amount of hands-on activities and team-based learning during tutorials. Students should ensure that they have chosen a group that actively participates during these activities. The group chosen will also play a large part in your group assignment which contributes a significant part to your final mark (25%). Students are also expected to attend all tutorials with a leeway of 2 missed tutorials. Students will also be required to complete peer-reviews for both the individual and group assignments. These peer-reviews make up a proportion of your assignments marks.

DIFFICULTY Content: Relatively easy to grasp. Lecture content is not too dense and concepts are easy to undestand. Recommendation 1: Do not underestimate this subject. There is a large emphasis on the application of the concepts. This is most evident in the group assignments. Recommendation 2: Students require a strong mastery over all four topic areas for both the mid-semester and final exam. Recommendation 3: Students must havea strong sense of critical thinking and creativity. Recommendation 4: Students should have a strong grasp of videography and video editing.

* Please note that this is based on previous years and are subject to change



PEOPLe, information and knowledge Unit Coordinator: Steve Elliot

Prohibitions: INFS3015

Assumed Knowledge: INFS1000 or INFO1000 or INFO1003 or INFO1903

DeSCRIPTION INFS2010 is a second-year unit that introduces students to the fundamentals of how knowledge is acquired, stored, managed and distributed in an organisation. Students will learn about the theoretical aspects of knowledge, information and human resources, with a particular emphasis on how relevant and actionable knowledge can be leveraged in a business context. The group assignment requires students to select their own business case and assess how knowledge management technologies can assist that business in becoming a market leader. Tutorials attempt to provide students with an understanding of practical tools such as communication plans, MS Project and data analytics programs such as Knime

TEXTBOOK As with INFS1020, there is no assigned textbook for INFS2010. However, students are advised to read through all assigned readings as they are invaluable in consolidating the relatively brief lecture slide content.


25% Group Project


The Group Project is arguably the hardest part of this unit and students should begin research as soon as the assessment is distributed. A large emphasis is placed on the presentation of the report and the logical conciseness of the knowledge management solution(s) presented.

This is the mark allocated to the presentation of the Group Project

Group Presentations


20% Mid-Semester Exam

50% Final Exam

The Mid-Term exam consists of 10 multiple choice questions worth 10 marks and 5 short answer questions worth 2 marks each. Students need to be familiar with the case studies presented in all assigned readings up to this point as the highest marks will be awarded to students who demonstrate the ability to apply conceptual frameworks to real-life scenarios. The Final Exam is weighted considerably heavily and consists almost exclusively of long-response questions worth anywhere between 4-10 marks each. The 2018 Semester 2 exam almost exclusively focused on content taught after the mid-semester exam, although this may be subject to change in the future

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENROLLING INTO THE UNIT Students cannot purely rely on the lecture slides for their notes and it is highly advisable to attend as many lectures as possible as lecture slides are often written in shorthand and Steve will explain them much more clearly in person. The group assignment needs to be started as soon as possible. It is almost impossible to complete one week out from the due date. Both the mid-semester exam and final exam in 2018 consisted of questions that asked students to provide examples to explain certain concepts. It is highly advisable to prepare real-world examples when writing up your notes. These examples can often be found in the required readings. Tutorial attendance is not compulsory and tutorial content is non-assessable, but it is a good chance to ask for clarification (e.g. on the group assignment).

DIFFICULTY Content: Relatively easy to grasp. Lecture content is not too dense and concepts are easy to undestand. Recommendation 1: Do not underestimate this subject. There is a large emphasis on the application of the concepts. This is most evident in the group assignments. Recommendation 2: Extensive research into your chosen case is highly advised, as well as a thorough understanding of that business’ issues before formulating a knowledge management solution. * Please note that this is based on previous years and are subject to change



BUSINESS PROCESS MODELLING AND IMPROVEMENT Unit Coordinator: Corina Raduescu Prohibitions: INFS2005 Assumed Knowledge: INFS1000 or INFO1000 or INFO1003 or INFO1903

DeSCRIPTION Formerly a core unit in the pre-2018 BIS curriculum, INFS2020 is the continuation of the business process modelling component introduced in INFS1000. It provides insights into the entire BPM lifecycle, from process identification and analysis to process redesign and monitoring. Students will learn how to identify processes that need improvement, such as bottlenecks and inefficiencies, through a process simulation tool called Signavio. Heavy emphasis will be placed on applications throughout the unit, especially in the case study assignment and the final exam. Students should also pay attention in considering the BPM lifecycle as a whole and the practical implications in a case study scenario.

TEXTBOOK Fundamentals of Business Process Management (Authors: Dumas, M., La Rosa, M., Mendling, J., Reijers, H.) The lecture slides and tutorial activities contain an adequate amount of information needed to perform well in INFS2020, whilst the textbook can provide supplementary examples, further explanations and practice questions.


25% Individual Assignment

25% Group Assignment

Individual assignment is made up of two parts, assessing the process identification and analysis phases of the BPM cycle.

The group project examines all elements of the BPM cycle. There is also a small presentation component, worth less than 5%. 22

50% Final Exam

Final exam has a heavy applied focus on the content, which is all examinable. Concise answers that are directly applicable the questions asked are critical here.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENROLLING INTO THE UNIT The unit depends a lot on hands-on activities and team-based learning in class. Students need to ensure they’ve chosen the groups they want. The group assignment contributes to a significant part of your final mark (25%), students will need to form groups early in the semester and meet the necessary deadlines. Moving forward in 2019, INFS2020 has been revamped and will be running in Semester 2 only.

DIFFICULTY Content: Relatively easy to grasp. Lecture content is not too dense and concepts are easy to undestand. Recommendation 1: Students should attend all lectures and understand the elements of the BPM lifecycle Recommendation 2: Content delivered in the lectures should not merely be memorised, as they are assessed practically through the group assignment and the final exam. Recommendation 3: Students should learn to use the Signavio software, and the benefits and limitations of using this software.

* Please note that this is based on previous years and are subject to change



Digital Business Management Unit Coordinator: David Goad

Prohibitions: ACCT3006 or INFS3020

Assumed Knowledge: INFS1000 or INFO1000 or INFO1003 or INFO1903

DeSCRIPTION INFS2030 is an elective students can undertake as part of their INFS major. The unit focuses on creating digital mobile applications with weekly lecture content teaching students different aspects for mobile business startup development. The lectures will also feature guest speakers ranging from entrepreneurs to venture capitalists to provide their experiences in the start-up world and insights into how to successfully create a digital business. Students should note down the advice of guest speakers, as the major assignment revolves around the development of a digital business as well as pitching these start-ups to guest lecturers.

TEXTBOOK There is no prescribed textbook for this unit. However, there will be weekly readings outlined. Students should read these to help supplement their understanding.


20% Mid-Semester Exam

25% Group Assignment


This exam consists of 10 multiple choice questions. It is relatively easy. Sound knowledge of content will ensure a good performance.

The group assignment is marked harshly, students should read the brief carefully, and justify all decisions they make

There is a 5% pitch to the class of which 2% determined by peers and 3% by investors.

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50% Final Exam

The final exam is fairly difficult. Students should have a strong understanding of all concepts and know how to apply it. Students who simply memorise will be punished in the final exam.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENROLLING INTO THE UNIT As there is a major emphasis on the group assignment (30%), students should try to form a group that is highly motivated and organised. INFS1000 is a prerequisite and having a strong grasp of INFS1000 content can be advantageous for this unit due to content reappearing. This unit only runs in Semester 1 every year. Students looking to undertake this unit should plan out their INFS major appropriately.

DIFFICULTY Content: The content delivered in the lectures is relatively easy to grasp and understand. There are weekly quizzes during lecture time to help better understand the information. Recommendation 1: To succeed in this unit, students should attend all lectures and use the allocated time in tutorials wisely as assignments are often discussed during this period. Recommendation 2: Do not underestimate this subject. There is a large emphasis on the application of the concepts. Do not simply memorise content. This is most evident in the group assignments.

* Please note that this is based on previous years and are subject to change



Project management foundations Unit Coordinator: Mike Seymour

Prohibitions: INFO3402 or ENGG1850

Assumed Knowledge: INFS1000 or INFO1000 or INFO1003 or INFO1903

DeSCRIPTION Projects are a common way for businesses to develop new products and implement change within their processes. INFS2040 allows students to gain a deeper understanding of how projects are managed, its challenges and techniques used to ensure successful completion of the project. The unit places a large emphasis on the Project Management Body of Knowledge and the 10 Knowledge Areas. This provides students with a holistic understanding of how a project goes from conception to completion.

TEXTBOOK PMBOK 5th Edition. Whilst PMBOK is the textbook for the unit, students do not need to purchase the textbook as the lecture content and slides covers each of the knowledge areas in high detail.


20% Mid-Semester Exam

30% Group Assignment

The mid-semester exam is a multiple choice exam with a mixture of easy and difficult questions. Adequate revision and familiarity with the material will suffice to perform well. The group assignment is broken down into a report regarding a specific trend outlined by the brief and an in-class presentation. The assignment is not difficult but will require an early start as it will take time, especially designing the poster required for the presentation.


50% Final Exam

The final exam will consist of an unseen case study and a set of short-answer questions in which students are able to select which ones they would like to answer. The exam is not difficult by any means if sufficient time has been dedicated to study.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENROLLING INTO THE UNIT This unit is very content heavy and as such if students are not comfortable with being familiar with a wide range of content, students may want to reconsider taking this unit. Like all other INFS units, this unit will consist of group work and as such students should try to form groups that are highly motivated and organised to perform well for the group assignment.

DIFFICULTY Content: While concepts are easy to grasp, it is incredibly dense. Recommendation 1: Students should be constantly reviewing content and try to not fall behind. Reviewing content a few days before the mid-semester or final exam is not advised. If adequate time has been allocated for study, students should be able to perform well in this unit.

* Please note that this is based on previous years and are subject to change



Business Intelligence for Managers Unit Coordinator: Petri Hallikainen Assumed Knowledge: INFS1000 or INFO1000 or INFO1003 or INFO1903

DeSCRIPTION INFS3050 is a third-year INFS unit students can undertake as part of their INFS major. The unit initially provides students insights for the foundations required to understand and utilise BI before discussing the evolution of BI’s capabilities to gain a competitive advantage. By providing a foundation to understand BI, INFS3050 then allows students to act on their newfound knowledge through the use of Tableau - a commercial BI platform. This allows students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the versatility that BI has in a business context and ultimately improves their analytical skills.

TEXTBOOK Sharda, R., Delen, D. and Turban, D. (2014), Business Intelligence – A Managerial Perspective on Analytics, 3rd (Global) Edition, Pearson International Edition. Whilst there is a textbook for this unit, students do not need it to perform well in the unit. Rather, students should focus on the weekly assigned readings which are examined and used for in-class activities.


10% In-Class Assignments

30% Mid-Semester Exam

The in-class assignments are relatively simple and consists of two Tableau exercises plus a one-page reflection.

The mid-semester exam consists of a series of shortanswer questions. Students who complete assigned readings and revise content should perform well.


30% Group Assignment

30% Final Exam

The group assignment focuses on the capabilities of Tableau and will require students to work in a group to solve the client’s issue by analysing their dataset on Tableau.

The final exam will feature a case study and a series of short-answer questions. Students are provided the case study a few days before the exam.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ENROLLING INTO THE UNIT The unit is highly practical with a large focus on Tableau after the mid-semester exam. Like other INFS units, this unit has group work and a group of motivated and highly organised students will help for the in-class and group assignments. Students do not need a technical background to undertake this unit.

DIFFICULTY Content: Relatively easy to grasp. Lecture content is not too dense and concepts are easy to undestand. Of the 13 weeks, there is only about 7-8 weeks of content. Recommendation 1: Read and understand the weekly required readings. Failure to complete will lead to students facing difficulty in understanding content taught each week.

* Please note that this is based on previous years and are subject to change



THE GROWTH OF BIS CAREERS In an era where information is so readily available and information management systems are a must-have for any large or small enterprise, employment for BIS graduates has never been higher.

BUT isn’t the i.t. industry in decline? Well, you’re not alone in thinking this. In fact, it’s an extremely common misconception. However, at its core, BIS is all about improving and enhancing the exchange of information with the end goal of making things work in a more efficient way. In a rapidly evolving business environment defined and dominated by tech-reliant powerhouses such as Uber and Netflix, you can see how managing information is becoming more and more important. The truth is, the future is seeing an increasing level of integration between the IT and business industries, with more and more businesses requiring information systems to store, manage and analyse trends from data.




of Australian jobs are likely to be replaced by computers in 10-15 years (CEDA, 2015).

New IT related jobs are predicted to be created by 2020. (Dept. of Employment, Australian Jobs 2016)



Employment growth is expected to be experienced by Software and Applications Programmers. (Dept. of Employment, Industry Projections five years to November 2020)

Employment growth is expected to be experienced by ICT Support and Test Engineers. (Dept. of Employment, Industry Projections five years to November 2020)



UNDERGRADUATE PATHS Will you be replaced by technology, or control new technology? With a major in Information Systems, you’ll be paving the way to several lucrative and highly sought-after specialist careers. BIS graduates are found in major consulting companies, major technologies companies and all large organisations that rely on technology. BISA has provided an overview of some of these career opportunities below and the units offered by the University of Sydney that best support them. Top rated career paths:

Application Analyst

Data Analyst

Cybersecurity Analyst

IT/Technology Consultant

Systems Developer



APPLICATION ANALYST JOB OVERVIEW: As an application analyst, you’ll not only be creating and maintaining IT services but also working face-to-face with users who need your technical knowledge and support. Corporations in the modern business world are becoming increasingly reliant on the administration, monitoring and maintenance of software infrastructure and application. That’s where application analysts come in. AA’s are responsible for ensuring the integrity, safety and availability of all business data and collaborating with application developers and software engineers. Other responsibilities may include: + Identifying the need for new applications to enhance the efficiency of business operations. + The training and support of staff in using applications. + Design and development of new applications. + Improvement of existing applications. + Road testing and implementation of new application.

INFS DEGREE PROGRESSION As an Application Analyst, you’ll be working to improve the efficiency of a business’ operations through software applications. The elective units you may want to consider picking up include: Second Year Electives + INFS2020: Business Process Modelling and Improvement + INFS2040: Project Management Foundations Third Year Electives + INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business + INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers



DATA ANALYST JOB OVERVIEW: “Data analysts are in high demand across all sectors, such as finance, consulting, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, government and education.” B. Welch, AGCAS & Graduate Prospects With more and more pressure being placed on large businesses to organise and interpret copious amounts of data to remain competitive, the demand for data analysts is surging. In this highly paid profession, you’ll be expected to not only understand the data provided to you but be able to provide insight and analysis through clear written, visual and verbal communication. Your roles and responsibilities may include: + Researching and installing new systems. + Monitoring and auditing data quality. + Liaising with internal and external clients to fully understand data content. + Preparing reports for internal and external audiences using reporting tool.

INFS DEGREE PROGRESSION As a Data Analyst, you’ll primarily be dealing with the collection, processing and analysis of data to generate strategic competitive insights for your client. The elective units you may want to pick up include: Second Year Electives + INFS2010: People, Information and Knowledge + INFS2040: Project Management Foundations + INFS2050: Data Governance and Technology Assurance Third Year Electives + INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers



IT/Technology CONSULTANT JOB OVERVIEW: As an IT/Technology consultant, you’ll be able to work in partnerships with clients, advising them on how to use information systems and technology to meet their business objectives or overcome problems. In this high-demand and highly rewarding career, you’ll be spending a lot of time travelling to client sites and gaining a first-hand insight into their existing business processes. From there, IT/Technology consultants will provide strategic guidance to clients concerning their technology and IT infrastructures and provide assessments on how processes should be improved. Your roles and responsibilities may include: + Meeting with clients to determine IS requirements. + Understanding the work practices of a client and the nature of their business. + Defining software, hardware and network requirements for clients. + Presenting solutions in written or oral reports. + Designing, testing, installing and monitoring new systems.

INFS DEGREE PROGRESSION The field of IT consultancy is highly diverse. As an IT consultant, you’ll find yourself dealing with a wide range of businesses seeking guidance on how to remedy the inefficiencies in their IT infrastructure. As such, the elective units you may want to pick up include: Second Year Electives + INFS2020: Business Process Modelling and Improvement + INFS2030: Digital Business Management + INFS2040: Project Management Foundations + INFS2050: Data Governance and Technology Assurance Third Year Electives + INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business + INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers



Cybersecurity ANALYST JOB OVERVIEW: “Experts in cybersecurity are among the most sought-after professionals in the tech sector, with demand for workers outpacing other IT jobs by a wide margin.” K. Corbin, CIO Knowledge is power. Nowhere is this truer than in business. In the information age, it is becoming increasingly important for large businesses to control and restrict access to valuable data. Cybersecurity analysts help to protect an organisation by implementing a range of technologies and processes to prevent, detect and neutralise cyberthreats. Your roles and responsibilities may include: + Keeping up to date with the latest security and technology developments. + Monitoring for attacks or unauthorised activity. + Identifying potential weaknesses and implementing measures such as firewalls and encryption. + Liaising with stakeholders in relation to cybersecurity issues.

INFS DEGREE PROGRESSION As a cybersecurity analyst, you will be heavily involved in securing the information and knowledge stored within your client’s data repositories. The elective units you may want to pick up include: Second Year Electives + INFS2010: People, Information and Knowledge + INFS2040: Project Management Foundations + INFS2050: Data Governance and Technology Assurance Third Year Electives + INFS3040: Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business + INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers



Systems Developer JOB OVERVIEW: The business environment is constantly evolving due to rapid technological advances and shifts in the strategic direction of an organisation. Software engineers are responsible for the creation, maintenance, auditing and improvement of information systems to meet the strategic needs of a business. The role also covers designing and writing code for the operating systems that support the business’ operations. Your roles and responsibilities may include: + Analysing and satisfying the software requirements of the business. + Writing, testing and refining code. + Evaluating the efficiency of existing software and systems. + Consulting internal stakeholders concerning the maintenance and performance of existing software systems.

INFS DEGREE PROGRESSION As a Systems Developer, you will be heavily involved in reshaping your client’s IT systems through various projects. The elective units you may want to pick up include: Second Year Electives + INFS2020: Business Process Modelling and Improvement + INFS2030: Digital Business Management + INFS2040: Project Management Foundations Third Year Electives + INFS3050: Business Intelligence for Managers


HUMANS of BISA MIKE SEYMOUR: ASSOCIATE lecturer I was a horrible student, I had a lot of fun, but there is no way looking at my undergraduate records you could have predicted where I find myself today. I will say, I am a Sydney Uni guy. I love this University, I got all of my degrees from Sydney and I would be happy to be buried here. I love both the intellectual nature of our University and how it embraces difference. Even before I left school, I was making films and getting Film Commission grants. I love movies but I always sort out the technical side of filmmaking. It is the creative problem solving that drives me. I specialised in visual effects, which at its core is project managing complex creative computer problems. After years working in Hollywood, London and Sydney, I wanted to return to do two things: teach and research digital humans. I wanted to see if we could take technology from the film industry and use it for social good. And I wanted to teach. I love undergraduate teaching. Undergrads are great, and they present brilliant challenges in staying relevant, innovative and smart. Education is the silver bullet to so many problems but only if we can make our courses engaging, challenging and relevant. I love the themes of innovation in BIS at Sydney and the brilliant team I get to work with daily. You have to enjoy your work. Life is not a dress rehearsal, you get one take, that’s it. Enjoy it. 38

RIDWAN ANSARY: FINAL year bis major What about BISA will you remember the most once you leave Uni? What will I remember about BISA once I leave? Probably the friendships and memories I’ve created during my time at BISA. BISA has introduced me to so many people who I wouldn’t have met otherwise, each unique in their own way and who I now consider great friends.

TEGAN IKIN: 2nd year bis major What do you emjoy most about studying BIS? One of the things I enjoy the most about Business Information Systems is the transferability of knowledge across industries. I think we can all agree that BIS play an important role in all businesses, and studying BIS allows me to learn about using such systems to boost business productivity and competitiveness. I really enjoy this element of BIS because the knowledge is relevant to many fields of work and provides a good foundation for any career path I choose.

LEE-ANN CHEN: 2019 MARKETING DIRECTOR Have your expectations towards Uni changed since studying information systems? Well for starters, it has made me realise that perhaps a system audit or process improvement consultants should be brought in to try and salvage student admin. Jokes aside, I’ve come to expect Uni to be a place for more than just learning and getting a degree. It’s become a place where I can expect to be challenged, enlightened about new developments in the tech world, and a place where I can grow my potential.

FIONA LAM: 2017 BISA PRESIDENT You’ve had an interesting Uni career as a tutor, President and PASS facilitator. Do you have any words of advice for the students who are just picking up the BIS major? I’ve been fortunate to be involved in different aspects and stages of the BIS major through my roles as President of BISA, computer lab assistant for two senior INFS units, and PASS facilitator for INFS1000, one of the core introductory units. My advice for students… Attend events that interest you. Ask questions. Keep learning. The information available online is a good start. But you’ll learn a lot more talking to students further into their BIS major and industry professionals who can give more detailed insights into different career paths; paths that you may not have heard of or considered before.


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the recruitment process and interview tips must choose the correct option to complete Psychometric Testing the logical sequence. Psychometric tests comprise of aptitude and personality tests, which are often used by hiring organisations to assess candidates and the extent to which their personality and cognitive ability suit the position on offer. Employers use the information collected to identify information that might be difficult to extract from a face to face interview. These tests subsequently narrow down the number of applicants available for an interview

Numerical reasoning Numerical reasoning tests assess an applicant’s ability to interpret, analyse and draw logical conclusions based on numerical data presented in graphs, tables and charts. They are designed to measure the applicant’s ability to use numerical data to make reasoned decisions and solve problems. These tests frequently use work-related numerical data to determine the candidate’s capacity to make effective decisions.

Aptitude Tests Aptitude tests assess an applicants workrelated cognitive ability. Popular aptitude tests include verbal, numerical and abstract aptitude tests. Aptitude tests are commonly comprised of a series of multiple choice questions that must be completed within a given time frame. The results allow employers to measure an applicant’s attributes such as critical reasoning, analytical skills, and then compare the results to other applicants to select the best candidate.

Tips: + Read the fine print from graphs. + Be careful of qualifiers used. + Be aware of limitations in the data.

Verbal Reasoning Verbal reasoning aptitude tests are usually comprised of short passages, which involve answers which reflect the candidate’s understanding of the concepts within. These tests are designed to assess the applicant’s verbal analytical skills. These skills include the ability to quickly identify critical issues from written material, and subsequently derive accurate conclusions from the written facts. Candidates that can discover the most important facts quickly have strong verbal reasoning skills.

Abstract Reasoning Employers view the results from abstract aptitude tests to determine the extent a candidate can strategically think about problems and their ability to quickly analyse and process new information. Test questions consist of a series of shapes with common logical rules, with one shape missing. Each shape is slightly different, and the applicant

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Tips: + Read the questions before you start reading the passage. + In passages which complex concepts are explored, expressing the concepts visually in a diagram is helpful. + Don’t use outside information or bias to make a foundation for the answer.

Personality tests Personality Tests assist employers in evaluating a candidate’s ability to handle work-related activities, such as how they would react in different situations. They focus on a variety of personality factors: how an individual manages their own and other’s emotions, temperament and personal values. It also measures the applicant’s behavioural style, opinions and motivators. Overall, the employer seeks to evaluate how the candidate’s personality would fit with the position on offer, and the company itself. The best approach to a personality questionnaire is to answer honestly. Trying to find the “correct” answer that the employer is difficult and may prove to be the wrong choice in the long term even if successful. It should be considered whether the position on offer would suit the candidate.


interview tips The purpose of an interview is to determine whether the candidate is a good fit for the position on offer, and the company/team both cognitively and culturally.

Research the company, manager, and the position on offer

Prepare and practice your interview questions

Before the interview visit the employer’s webiste. Research company reports and the expectations of your role.

Don’t memorise answers word for word, but prepare examples for common examples.

Arrive early to your interview

Prepare questions to ask the employer

Study the best route towards the interview. Be mindful of any trackwork and stay safe!

Remember, you want to find out more about the company and whether it’s a good fit for you

Make a good first impression

Clean up your social media accounts

Greet the receptionist. Make sure your attire is appropriate

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BEHAVIOURAL INTERVIEWS The best way for an employer to predict your future behaviours is to ask about your past, and previous situations where you’ve demonstrated that skill. Employers seek a specific set of skills and competencies that are required for the position on offer. They will ask an openended question, that requires the candidate to refer to a situation that relates to the quality the employer is seeking. STAR Statements are great for behavioural interviews. STAR stands for:

SITUATION TASKS ACTION RESULT The prepared examples shouldn’t sound too rehearsed or memorised. It’s better to sound natural in the interview. The prepared examples shouldn’t sound too rehearsed or memorised. It’s better to sound natural in the interview

PHONE INTERVIEWS The goal of a phone interview is for the recruiter to decide whether the applicant will get a face to face interview or will be cut from the hiring process. It’s used to allow the recruiter to get to know more about the candidate and their fit with the company. Tips:

Ensure you have privacy and a quiet background

Be prepared. Keep notes in front of you.

Speak clearly and concisely

Smile during the interview


VIDEO INTERVIEWS Video Interviews have most of the same benefits as a face to face interview, but don’t have the hassle of the interviewer and interviewee meeting each other. Some video interviews will have an interviewer on the other side, whereas others will be recorded video interviews. The questions are set for all applicants applying for the role, and the questions are given one by one. There is more time pressure as you’ll be given a set amount of time to both think of a response and then to provide the answer. Recruiters can review anything interesting from these video interviews and compare candidates as they narrow down the candidates before a face to face interview or assessment centre. Tips:

Body Language


Maintain a good posture. Maintain eye contact. Treat it like a real face-to-face interview.

Place a light behind your computer to ensure that your face is successfully illuminated.


Prepare the Surroundings

Make sure you understand how to use all technology. Ensure audio and video come through clearly.

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assessment centres Most graduate employers in Australia will have an assessment centre during their recruitment process. An assessment centre aims to replicate some of the key tasks and see how the candidates respond in the scenarios they’re placed in and are usually used after the initial stages of the selection process. The most common assessment centre structure include: a group activity, verbal presentations, case studies, a written activity, an interview or role plays. Group activities involve candidates working as a team to resolve a presented issue. The group must then choose the best strategy to meet the future prescribed target. Overall, this task not only assesses your problem-solving ability, but also your ability to work within a team. Teamwork is heavily stressed in assessments centres, due to the growing trend of working within groups in the workplace. Tips:

Be Calm and Assertive

Be Inclusive

Your best self shines through when you are calm and relaxed.

Acknowledge other people's contributions and opinions. Include everybody in team discussions.

Don't Be Afraid to be a Leader

Play to your Strengths

However, be careful to not overpower or overshadow your team members. This is also about teamwork.

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