Information Systems

  • Commerce internship
    Natalie Eustace (Master of Human Interface Technology) completed an internship at Jade Software Corporation as part of her studies. Natalie is seen here with Hadley Trounson (Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems), who worked as a Project Manager at Jade.



We live in an ‘Information Age’ where access to information, information systems, and digital technology play a major role in organisations. With information systems, we can change how we work, how we communicate, and how we do business.

Information Systems (IS) is about how businesses use information technology to become smarter, better, faster, and achieve their strategic goals. IS enables businesses to create value, provide solutions to business problems, and use technology to innovate and create new opportunities. The subject of Information Systems addresses the design, development, and delivery of solutions to business problems; and the management of IS projects, IS personnel, and IS resources.

Information Systems takes a business perspective compared with Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Computer Engineering. For example, it examines how organisations may use and benefit from IT, and considers the role of new technologies in internet business and social media. Some IS courses focus on business issues such as IT management, business process design and improvement, and how big data is analysed to deliver insights and drive change.

Students completing an Information Systems major 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 will be both 'business-savvy' and 'tech-savvy'. This mix of skills means that IS graduates are well prepared to become business analysts and project managers, as well as software developers. IS graduates have a choice of highly paid and exciting careers.

Contact us

Te Tari Kaute me te Pūnaha Pārongo | Department of Accounting and Information Systems

Phone +64 3 369 3888

Reception Level 2, Meremere Building – see campus maps

Postal address
Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture | College of Business and Law
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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