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Department of Accounting and Information Systems

Christchurch, New Zealand
Information Systems

Summary

Established in 1873, the University of Canterbury is the second oldest in New Zealand. Located in the 'Garden City' of Chrsitchurch, the university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in over 70 subjects, ranging from accountancy to zoology. UC has a long tradition of promoting and encouraging research excellence and has established an international reputation for its high quality degrees and the calibre of its teaching staff. At the University of Canterbury students can enjoy the very best a university has to offer — a world class learning environment, a vibrant campus and a great student lifestyle that's packed with opportunities. As a research-led institution, students at all levels are taught by staff who are actively engaged in generating new knowledge and who are scholars in their chosen fields. Teaching is informed by cutting-edge research, creating a learning environment that is inspirational, innovative and dynamic.

 

 

Bachelor Programs

Students completing a BCom in Information Systems will take courses across a range of business disciplines, including Accounting, Economics and Management. These courses help IS graduates gain a broad understanding of the world of business. Thus they end up both 'business savvy' and 'tech savvy'. This mix of skills means IS graduates are more likely to become business analysts rather than software developers or system designers. The IS program includes a broad range of practical work that is immediately useful to employers, developed through IS internships and project-based courses offered at 300-level. These provide valuable work experience, encouraging students to develop a broad range of skills that help build their CV.

The BCom in Information Systems is part of a suite of Information Systems programmes offered by UC's Department of Accounting and Information Systems. UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). Furthermore, UC's Information Systems/ICT students benefit from its location on the 'Silicon Plains' of New Zealand, where there are dozens of large, hi-tech companies employing UC graduates.

Master Programs

The Master of Business Information Systems (MBIS) at UC aims to address high-level skills shortages in the rapidly growing ICT industry, and to meet the growing demand for work-ready graduates in New Zealand and abroad. The MBIS equips graduates, including those from a non-Information Systems background, with specialist knowledge and skills applicable to managing the use of technology and technology-driven innovations in business. IS expertise is marketable worldwide and such skills can be applied across a wide range of organisations and industries, opening the doors to many exciting careers including business analyst, IT project manager and IS manager.

This MBIS is part of a suite of Information Systems programmes offered by UC's Department of Accounting and Information Systems. UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). Furthermore, UC's Information Systems/ICT students benefit from its location on the 'Silicon Plains' of New Zealand, where there are dozens of large, hi-tech companies employing UC graduates. 

The MCom is offered as a 180 point Master’s degree that can be completed part-time over three years or full-time within one calendar year. The MCom degree is an internationally recognised advanced qualification and provides the opportunity to both obtain and advance specialised knowledge to benefit your career and develop you personally.

This new qualification is part of a suite of Information Systems programmes offered by UC's Department of Accounting and Information Systems. While undergraduate courses are set according to the basic body of knowledge for the discipline, IS postgraduate study allows the courses to be adapted according to the latest issues, events and cases. Courses generally include a mixture of reviewing the latest research, completing inquiries and writing and presenting results all at the level expected in global businesses and governmental organisations. During your Master’s study, you will work closely with an academic supervisor on a topic of your choice and gain expert knowledge in your field. Many of the graduates from our postgraduate courses say that it was their master degree that prepared them for further challenges in their career.

PhD Programs

The University of Canterbury (UC) has a long tradition of promoting and encouraging research excellence and has established an international reputation for its high quality degrees and the calibre of its teaching staff. UC is ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide with a global reputation for innovation and cutting-edge research.

At UC the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Information Systems) involves extensive, sustained and original research and study in a subject of your choice, with the results being presented in a thesis which will contribute to intellectual knowledge of the field. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (Information Systems) is part of a suite of Information Systems programmes offered by UC's Department of Accounting and Information Systems. UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). Furthermore, UC's Information Systems/ICT students benefit from its location on the 'Silicon Plains' of New Zealand, where there are dozens of large, hi-tech companies employing UC graduates.

Other Programs

There is an increasing demand for work-ready graduates who possess specialist skills from a postgraduate degree in Information Systems/ ICT that complement their prior undergraduate degree/s. Information Systems courses at a postgraduate level can help graduates from different backgrounds gain a broad understanding of the world of business and technological solutions. This mix of 'business savvy' and 'tech savvy' skills mean IS graduates often become business analysts. These graduates are seen as being a key component in developing and growing the business and ICT sectors and the knowledge base in Canterbury and New Zealand.

This new qualification is part of a suite of Information Systems programmes offered by UC's Department of Accounting and Information Systems. UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). Furthermore, UC's Information Systems/ICT students benefit from its location on the 'Silicon Plains' of New Zealand, where there are dozens of large, hi-tech companies employing UC graduates. 

Courses

Bachelor of Commerce, Information Systems

Lecture
Core business subsystems and processes that allow organisations to operate effectively and efficiently. Includes enterprise databases; process and pervasive controls in the context of the development life cycle of accounting information systems; frameworks for evaluation of accounting information systems and their processes. Students develop practical skills in using at least one accounting information system package for small businesses, and advanced skills using Excel to manipulate business data.
 590
Lecture
This course aims to develop an understanding of business processes and how they can be analysed and improved using IT. Process mapping skills for 'as-is' and 'to-be' business processes are developed and practiced, as well as techniques for change analysis, problem finding and resolution, technology impact analysis, benchmarking, error proofing and change management. Students use software tools to model and analyse business processes.
 398
Lecture
Explores key principles in the analysis, design and development of business information system solutions. Coverage includes project planning, analysis of business systems, processes, and requirements; principles of user interface design; prototyping; communication skills. Includes use of software to model organisational data and business processes. Students develop practical skills by applying knowledge to real-world business problems.
 377
Lecture
Changes in the role IT require business technology leaders to engage in new business, process and operating models. This course explores contemporary and emerging issues, technologies and business models as these relate to the management and use of information systems to enable and deliver significant, enduring and transforming business impacts and customer value.
 463
Lecture
Information technology plays an important role in business and society. This course examines how businesses use information systems and technologies to deliver business value and support business strategy, to improve connections with stakeholders, create better business processes, and enhance decision-making. Students develop problem-solving skills applicable to any area in business, and practical skills in Excel and Access to store, organise and use data to address business problems and support decision-making.        
 405
Lecture
An introduction to Electronic Commerce (e-Commerce) principles and practices based on the relationship between business development and strategy, internet technology and the social and legal environment. The course examines a range of internet technologies including social media and mobile technologies focusing on how organisations can use these to improve their performance and relationships with customers and suppliers. Concepts are applied to real life case scenarios. Students develop practical skills by designing a prototype B2C application and applying user experience design principles.
 417
Lecture
The course focuses on organisational leadership, structures and IT management processes to support and sustain business strategies. It examines important concepts and models related to managing IT such as IT strategy, IT planning, IT alignment and IT evaluation. The course provides students with knowledge and skills to be able to make useful contributions to a range of IT related decisions in organisations.
 390
Lecture
An introduction to the principles of electronic commerce and the development of commercial applications based on internet and World Wide Web technologies. INFO263 introduces the student to web design principles and practices covering Business-to-Consumer and Business-to-Business systems as well as the technological infrastructure necessary to support these systems. Practical application of concepts will be carried out in weekly labs involving the design and construction of business web sites.
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Master of Business Information Systems

Master of Commerce, Information Systems

Seminar

INFO614 seeks to provide students with a thorough introduction to the principal assumptions that underpin the development of research ideas in accounting, information systems and related disciplines. More particularly, it seeks to expose students to the theoretical and philosophical foundations of knowledge and reality. You will also be introduced to both quantitative and qualitative research methods

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Postgraduate Diploma of Business Information Systems

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