General Information

Overview

Develop technical skills in analysis, design, programming and implementation of IT systems in this course designed with industry. Learn leadership skills to drive business innovation. Plug into industry with a paid 12-month placement. 

Industry partners are Reece, KPMG, PwC, NAB, Unico, Deloitte, Compass, EY, Bakers Delight, Melbourne Water, Siemens, Viva Energy, DXC and more.

Study structure

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) requires students to complete units of study to the value of 400 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

  • Full-time study: 100 credit points/eight standard units of study per year 
  • Part-time study: 50 credit points/four standard units of study per year 
  • One credit point is equivalent to one hour of study per week per semester (including contact hours and private study) 
  • See the course planner for an example degree structure

Choose from a combination of the following course components to complete 100 credit points of other study. Students may also select elective units (12.5 credit points each).

A co-major is a major in a field of study outside this course. You can choose one in addition to a first major. Co-majors will not be named on your testamur certificate however will be shown on your transcript of results.

  • Computer Science
View co-major units

Advanced minors are a structured set of 4 units or 50 credit points in a field of study which builds upon your first major. Advanced minors can only be taken in conjunction with specific majors.

Advanced Finance

Minors are a structured set of 4 units or 50 credit points and may be chosen from any field of study.

  • Computer Science 
  • Web Development 
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You'll get paid to work in an area related to your field of study for either 6 or 12 months, where you'll combine hands-on learning with academic submissions, workplace reflection and feedback from your host organisation. Most students undertake their placements in the third year of their degree, so you’ll want to map out your electives as soon as you can and register for a placement at least 6 months before your preferred start date.

These recommended elective units can deepen your understanding of your chosen major or an area of interest. A full list of available elective units can be found upon enrolment.

  • ACC30009 Analysis for Competitive Advantage
  • ECO10005 Economics for Business Decision Making
  • ECO20003 Managerial Economics and Strategy
  • ECO20004 Macroeconomic Policy
  • ECO30003 Data Analysis and Econometrics
  • FIN20016 Ethics and International Finance
  • FIN30014 Financial Risk Management
  • HRM20016 Dynamics of Diversity in Organisations
  • HRM20017 Managing Workplace Relations
  • INB10002 International Business Operations
  • INF20029 Digital Business Analysis and Design
  • LAW20045 Finance Law
  • LAW20045 Finance Law
  • MGT10010 Ethics of Innovation
  • MGT30005 Strategic Planning
Find more detail about elective units

Learning outcomes

Students enrolled into the Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) can expect to gain technical and analytical skills as well as the ability to assess, evaluate, and communicate the key aspects of business information systems and technologies as an enabler of modern organisations. The growing demand for professionals who can provide business information systems and technologies expertise while showing an aptitude towards the organisational environment and the ability to communicate with the business users, means that graduates of this degree can enjoy career opportunities in the professional fields of business analysis, project management, business information systems and technologies consultancy, or other fields where business information systems and technologies -requisite skills and knowledge are highly valued.

 The compulsory Professional Placements in the course also provide invaluable experience within the commercial world, providing added exposure to the use of technology within industry. Through a mix of university and Work Integrated Learning environments, this innovative course is designed to provide the future leaders in Australia's Information Technology industry. Students gain 'state-of-the-art' skills in analysis, design, programming and implementation of systems, and the management skills necessary to apply information technology in the modern business environment. The course also provides individuals with the requisite academic knowledge and skills to undertake further learning at higher levels such as Honours, Graduate Certificate, or Masters (by coursework) within the field of IS/IT and/or an area closely related to IS/IT.

Upon successfully completing this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a substantial understanding of the underlying principles and concepts within the field of Business and Management of IS/IT such as technological infrastructure (i.e. Database, Network), Enterprise Systems, IS risk and security, analysis and modelling of requirements and processes, project management, and management of IS/IT-related activities and resources 
  • apply critical thinking, reflection and judgment in selecting and applying the appropriate IS/IT related concepts, frameworks and/or methods as part of the process to identify and propose solutions to organisational problems 
  • approach and analyse problems from multiple point of views, design and/or source alternative innovative solutions based on soundly articulated business requirements, and make appropriate choices and recommendations 
  • communicate and articulate clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and innovative ideas appropriate for the problem context, the stakeholders, and the organisational environment 
  • demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the professional and ethical issues, dilemmas, and considerations pertaining to an IS/IT professional in various environments 
  • work in a self-reliant, independent and responsible manner, show leadership and take initiative where appropriate particularly in a collaborative and diverse team environment 
  • develop a project plan, design and execute a small-scale project to provide appropriate solutions to business requirements 
  • demonstrate a substantial understanding of real-world practice pertaining IS/IT, as well as personal and professional development, through immersive organisational experience via industry placements. 

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) will be well equipped to meet the requirements of both industrial and commercial organisations for information technology specialists.

Technical skills such as systems analysis and design and project management are sought after by industry, with good opportunities available for progressing into management and leadership positions.

 Since the commencement of the course, graduates have obtained relevant positions in IT-related fields and positions including: business analyst, team leader, software developer, systems analyst, project manager, security analyst, production manager, client service network consultant, and network coordinator.

Professional recognition

This course is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) students must complete 400 credit points of study comprising :

  • Eight (8) core units of Study (100 credit points) 
  • Eight (8) units of study from the Business Technology major (100 credit points) 
  • Eight (8) units of study (100 credit points) comprising either: 
    • Co-major in Computer Science OR
    • Two (2) Minors or Advanced Minors from Data Analytics Advanced Minor, Computer Science Minor, Web Development Minor OR
    • One (1) of the above minors/ advanced minors and four (4) electives
  • Four [4] units of study from the Professional Placement Co-Major (100 credit points).
     
Students have the option of 2 x 6-month placements or 1 x 12-month placement.

Professional placements

Academic Progress –Special Requirements

In addition to the standard academic progress rules, the BBIT (Prof) course has the following additional academic progress rules which are established in accordance with Academic Courses Regulation 62(2):

  1. A student is classified as 'at risk' of unsatisfactory progress if they:
    (a) Fail any unit of study or
    (b) are unsuccessful in securing a Professional Placement two months before Week 1 of their final year of study
    (c) Behave in a manner which breaches the Swinburne Student Charter whilst on a professional placement
  2. A student is classified as 'unsatisfactory progress' and will be required to ‘show cause’ if they:
    (a) fail any unit of study in the next Progress Review period after being classified as being 'at risk'
    (b) Fail a Professional Placement or Work Experience in Industry unit
    or
    (c) have their professional placement terminated early by an industry partner. In the case of early termination of an industry placement by an industry partner, the student will be deemed as having 'unsatisfactory progress' and a progress review hearing may be convened within 2 weeks of the cessation of the placement.
    (d) are unsuccessful in securing a Professional Placement two months before Week 1 of their final semester of study
     

Students who are identified as having unsatisfactory progress will be subject to the show cause provisions in the Progress Review section of the Academic Progress Policy.

Maximum Academic Credit

The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) is 150 credit points (normally 12 units).

Admission criteria

Information about Swinburne's general admission criteria can be found at Admissions at Swinburne - Higher Education webpage.

Entry requirements

A. Applicants with recent secondary education (within past three years)

ATAR

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR: if you receive an ATAR of 80 or higher and meet all the essential requirements for this course, you will be guaranteed an offer.

Educational history

An applicant's entire academic history, including ATAR results, will be considered for entry into this course.

Selection rank adjustments

Selection ranks for this course will be calculated based on your ATAR with adjustments tooverall study scores based on subjects studied, location of your home address, SEASapplication, and participation In Swinburne's Early Leaders program. For further details about selection rank adjustments, see Admissions at Swinburne.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 25 in Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Information Technology equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 15 points.

Meeting course prerequisites

VCE units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent.

VCE Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics or equivalent.

Bridging courses

Applicants who do not meet the mathematics prerequisites for this course will be required to successfully complete Swinburne's MathsLink: Further bridging program.

ATAR-Based offers only, across all offer rounds ATAR
Excluding adjustment factors
Selection Rank
ATAR + any adjustment factors
Highest rank to receive an offer 96.8 97.15
Median rank to receive an offer 73.15 81.45
Lowest rank to receive an offer 68.15 74.55

B. Applicants with higher education study

Educational history 

This course only accepts applicants who have just completed Year 12 or have not commenced any studies after completing Year 12 (ATAR results from the last seven years can be considered). 

Meeting course prerequisites 

As for Year 12 or equivalent.

C. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Educational history 

This course only accepts applicants who have just completed Year 12 or have not commenced any studies after completing Year 12 (ATAR results from the last seven years can be considered). 

Meeting course prerequisites 

As for Year 12 or equivalent.

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Entire academic record 

This course only accepts applicants who have just completed Year 12 or have not commenced any studies after completing Year 12 (ATAR results from the last seven years can be considered). 

Meeting course prerequisites 

As for Year 12 or equivalent. 

Bridging courses 

Applicants who do not meet the mathematics prerequisites for this course will be required to successfully complete Swinburne's MathsLink: Further bridging program. Mathematics prerequisites older than ten years are not considered to have met course requirements.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

  Semester 1, 2022
Applicant background Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course) N/A N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories) 0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:    
Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 5 100%
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were N/A considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) N/A N/A
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was N/A not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0%
International students 0 0%
All students 5 100%

Notes:
N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

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