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Study Information Science at Otago

We live in an increasingly complex world with vast amounts of information created every day.

Information scientists are vital to the capture, processing and communication of this information to help people and organisations operate effectively.

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What is Information Science?

Information Science sits at the intersection of technology, people and organisations. It is a broad discipline that combines solid technical foundations with an understanding of the ways in which organisations use information.

Information scientists analyse, develop, integrate, test and evaluate information systems. They also gather, prepare, model and interpret data to support informed decisionmaking in organisations. Information systems are omnipresent – every organisation depends on usable and reliable information systems. Information Science is an exciting and rapidly changing discipline – it requires strong foundations and a life-long approach to learning.

Career opportunities

People with Information Science skills are in high demand because of the vital role that information and information systems play in modern organisations. There are many and varied career opportunities in fields such as business management and analytics, science and data science, education, research, finance, health, manufacturing and automation, media production and user experience technology, music and entertainment, and engineering.

Background required

There are no formal prerequisites for studying Information Science. You do not need to have studied Digital Technologies at school. However, it is advantageous if you are interested in and have taken background subjects in Digital Technology, Science, Mathematics, Accounting or English.

Teaching style

Your classes will consist of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories. In the third year you will work on a team project with an industry partner. We have award-winning teaching staff who are recognised experts in their fields and who are considering technological, ethical, professional, societal, and behavioural factors of our discipline. Information systems are complex in terms of scale and changing dynamics, so our teaching focuses on practical skills and complex problem solving usually found in real-world tasks. Through practical lab work, our teaching will prepare you for the ever-changing world of Information and Communication Technology.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Information Science

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101  Foundations of Information Systems

COMP 161  Computer Programming

COMP 162  Foundations of Computer Science

Note: Students are exempt from COMP 161 if they have gained entry to COMP 162 by passing COMP 151 with a grade of at least B or via an Advanced Placement Test.

18

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

162 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

162
Total   360


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

Papers

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Information Science

Papers

Note: May include INFO 490 Dissertation, but not required

Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Information Science

Thesis
  • Thesis INFO 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Information Science or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Information Science must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Information Science prior to undertaking the thesis.

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Information Science

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101  Foundation of Information Systems

COMP 161  Computer Programming

COMP 162  Foundations of Computer Science

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.

Note: Students are exempt from COMP 161 if they have gained entry to COMP 162 by passing COMP 151 with a grade of at least B or via an Advanced Placement Test.

18

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

72 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


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
.

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in Information Science

Papers

Note: may include INFO 490 Dissertation, but not required

Master of Commerce (MCom) in Information Science

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).

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Information Science

Level Papers Points
100-level

COMP 101  Foundations of Information Systems

COMP 161  Computer Programming

COMP 162  Foundations of Computer Science

Note: Students are exempt from COMP 161 if they have gained entry to COMP 162 by passing COMP 151 with a grade of at least B or via an Advanced Placement Test.

18

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

162 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.

162
Total   360

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
.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Information Science

Papers

Note: May include INFO 490 Dissertation, but not required

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.

Minor subject requirements

Information Science as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc 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), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) 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 or COMP 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

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
INFO130 2021 Fundamentals and practice of spreadsheets 18 points Second Semester
INFO201 2021 Developing Information Systems 1 18 points First Semester
INFO202 2021 Developing Information Systems 2 18 points Second Semester
INFO203 2021 Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience 18 points First Semester
INFO204 2021 Introduction to Data Science 18 points Second Semester
INFO250 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO301 2021 Applied Project 18 points Second Semester
INFO302 2021 Information Systems Strategy and Governance 18 points Second Semester
INFO303 2021 Enterprise Information Systems Infrastructure 18 points First Semester
INFO304 2021 Advanced Data Science 18 points Second Semester
INFO305 2021 Pervasive Computing and Interactive Technologies 18 points First Semester
INFO310 2021 Software Project Management 18 points First Semester
INFO350 2021 Topics in Information Science 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
INFO351 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO352 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO353 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO390 2021 Research Topics 18 points Not offered in 2021
INFO407 2021 Agent-based Software Technologies 20 points Second Semester
INFO408 2021 Management of Large-Scale Data 20 points Second Semester
INFO410 2021 Multimedia User Experience - Theory and Practice 20 points First Semester
INFO411 2021 Machine Learning and Data Mining 20 points Second Semester
INFO420 2021 Statistical Techniques for Data Science 20 points First Semester
INFO424 2021 Adaptive Business Intelligence 20 points First Semester
INFO451 2021 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2021
INFO452 2021 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2021
INFO470 2021 Advanced Topics in Information Science 20 points First Semester, Second Semester
INFO490 2021 Dissertation 40 points Full Year
INFO501 2021 Applied Project 40 points 1st Non standard period
INFO580 2021 Research Project 40 points 1st Non standard period

Key information for future students

Contact us

Department of Information Science
Otago Business School

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