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Study Information Science at Otago

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Overview

Information Science refers to the study of computer-based information systems, problem-solving techniques, and the application of these to a wide range of commercial, scientific and industrial settings.

Topics include the study of specific programming languages and environments, database design and implementation, information system development, human-computer interaction, distributed systems and the application of fuzzy systems, neural networks and spatial systems. Management issues relating to the development and operation of information systems are also studied.

Also see the subject entries for Computer Science, and Computer and Information Science.

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Contact details

Department of Information Science

Email infoscience@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/informationscience

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Information Science (INFO) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Information Science

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101  Foundations of Information Systems

COMP 160  General Programming*

* In exceptional circumstances (such as having prior programming experience) and with approval from the Head of Department, the normal prerequisite may be waived or replaced with COMP 150.

18

18

200-level

INFO 201  Developing Information Systems 1

INFO 202  Developing Information Systems 2

INFO 203  Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience

INFO 204  Introduction to Data Science

18

18

18

18

300-level

INFO 301 Applied Project

INFO 302 Information Systems Strategy and Governance

two further 300-level INFO papers

18

18

36

Plus

180 further points (it is recommended that BSNS 112 or STAT 110 be included); must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

180
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Information Science

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Information Science

Papers

Note: May include INFO 490 Dissertation, but not required

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Master of Arts (MA) in Information Science

Thesis
  • Thesis INFO 5

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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Information Science

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101  Foundation of Information Systems

COMP 160  General Programming*

*In exceptional circumstances (such as having prior programming experience) and with approval from the Head of Department, the COMP 160 requirement may be waived or the paper replaced with COMP 150.

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study.

18

18

 

 

 

90

200-level

INFO 201  Developing Information Systems 1

INFO 202  Developing Information Systems 2

INFO 203  Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience

INFO 204  Introduction to Data Science

18

18

18

18

300-level

INFO 301  Applied Project

INFO 302  Information Systems Strategy and Governance

Two further 300-level INFO papers

18

18

36 

Plus

90 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above. May be taken from outside Commerce.

90
 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

 
Total 360

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Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Information Science

Papers

Prerequisites for 2017 or 2018:
INFO 312  Information Systems Development Project
Two of:
INFO 321  Enterprise Data Management
INFO 322  Information Systems Strategy and Governance
INFO 323  Distributed Information Systems
INFO 324  Adaptive Business Intelligence
Two further papers from:
300-level INFO papers
SENG 301 Software Project Management

Prerequisites from 2019:
INFO 301 Applied Project, INFO 302 Information Systems Strategy and Governance, and three further 300-level INFO papers
.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in Information Science

Papers

Note: may include INFO 490 Dissertation, but not required

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Master of Business (MBus) in Information Science

Note: no new enrolments will be accepted for this programme.

Papers and Thesis
  • Papers from 400-level INFO papers (excluding INFO 490), or other approved 400-level papers (120 points)
  • INFO 5A (thesis, 96 points)

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MCom in Information Science degree table

Thesis
  • Thesis: INFO 5

Note: The MCom in Information Science can be pursued by a combination of papers and thesis, or by thesis only. Students who have a good Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) will complete the MCom by papers and thesis (at least two years' full-time study). The first year consists of a selection of papers worth 144 points, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom). Students who have a good Honours degree or a PGDipCom (or equivalent qualification) can complete an MCom by thesis only (minimum one year).

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Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Information Science

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101  Foundations of Information Systems

COMP 160  General Programming*

*In exceptional circumstances (such as having prior programming experience) and with approval from the Head of Department, the COMP 160 requirement may be waived or the paper replaced with COMP 150.

18

18

200-level

INFO 201  Developing Information Systems 1

INFO 202  Developing Information Systems 2

INFO 203  Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience

INFO 204  Introduction to Data Science

18

18

18

18

300-level

INFO 301 Applied Project

INFO 302 Information Systems Strategy and Governance

Two further 300-level INFO papers

18

18

36

Plus

180 further points (it is recommended that BSNS 112 or STAT 110 be included); must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science.

180
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Information Science

Papers

Prerequisites for 2017 or 2018:
INFO 312  Information Systems Development Project
Two of:
INFO 321  Enterprise Data Management
INFO 322  Information Systems Strategy and Governance
INFO 323  Distributed Information Systems
INFO 324  Adaptive Business Intelligence
Two further papers from:
300-level INFO papers
SENG 301 Software Project Management

Prerequisites from 2019:
INFO 301 Applied Project, INFO 302 Information Systems Strategy and Governance, and three further 300-level INFO papers
.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Information Science

Papers

Note: May include INFO 490 Dissertation, but not required

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Master of Science (MSc) in Information Science

Papers and Thesis
  • INFO 490 Dissertation
  • Four further 400-level INFO papers
  • Thesis: INFO 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Information Science as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101 Foundations of Information Systems

One further 100-level COMP paper

18

18

200-level Any two 200-level papers from INFO, COMP, or COSC 212 36
300-level

Any 300-level INFO paper or SENG 301 Software Project Management 

From 2018 the 300-level requirements will be: Any 300-level INFO paper

18
Total   90

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