Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management Level 8

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management Level 8. Duration of study  – 12 months. Cost per course – 20 000 NZD  (14 000 USD).

Course Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management enable students who have completed a bachelor degree in Business, or similar, to achieve a postgraduate level qualification in the applied management area.

Strategic Purpose Statement

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management is designed to apply an advanced and discursive body of knowledge to a graduate’s applied management knowledge and skills within the aims of the postgraduate program.

The philosophy underpinning the programmes incorporates:

• Eight areas of professional competence; and

• Two areas of focus

The eight areas of professional competence are:

• Money                                 • Markets

• People and culture          • Planning

• Technology                        • Innovation

• Globalisation                    • Sustainability

These programmes have been developed to ensure students study a broad range of business area and the professional competencies represent the technical skill areas that the courses will cover. Alongside the eight areas of competence lie the two focus areas of the programmes. These are:

• Sustainable business; and

• Small to medium-sized enterprises

Study Pathways/Job Opportunities

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management enables graduates to be self-employed practitioners, or pursue domestic and/or international professional careers within different types of industries and agencies. These can include the following areas:

• Domestic and international markets                                              • Financial and cost management

• Managing people and businesses                                                   • Understand different cultures and how to do business in a multi-cultural environment

• Strategic planning and strategic management                           • Corporate planning

• Managing and controlling different types of technology         • Innovation and entrepreneurial

• Consultancy                                                                                         • Product and services marketing

• Operations and business in the global world                              • Sustainable business

• Research in industry and business


Program structure

The program requires students to achieve 120 credits from following papers:

• International Markets (Credit Value – 15).
This course is an advanced study of marketing theories and contemporary practices on how organisations (including SMEs) create and serve international markets in sustainable ways. The aim of the course is to explore and also fuse latest theories and creative practices into a unique investigation of creative market internationalisation. The students will explore, evaluate, criticise, and to some extent contribute to the body of knowledge of peers on international markets. The application of Māori business perspectives to international marketing is encouraged.

• Finance for Executives (Credit Value – 15).

This course examines and critically evaluates important issues in finance from perspectives of executives who are responsible for making significant decisions. At the end of the course the student will be able to apply the concepts, theory, and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions in a sustainable manner for small and medium sized enterprises in domestic and international contexts. The emphasis is on the development of problem solving skills based on carefully selected case studies.

• Technology in Business (Credit Value – 15).

This course is the advanced study of the use of technology in business. This can be seen as describing the business practice of converging technology and business strategies (including technology requirements and strategies used in SMEs). This includes the impact of information technology on business strategy and the way businesses operate in today’s society. The student will explore, evaluate, criticise and to some extent interact and use the different technology options. The application of Māori business perspectives to the use of technology is encouraged.

• Leadership (Credit Value – 15).

At the end of this course students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of and apply various theories, perspectives and approaches of leadership; critically evaluate contemporary leadership issues; analyse leadership in a team context; and critically reflect on their own leadership. Leadership will be examined in relation to sustainable and Māori business practices in the context of the environment in which organisations (including SMEs) operate.

• Innovation (Credit Value – 15).

At the end of the course the student will be able to discuss and analyse the effective use of innovation as an organisational strategy and to synthesise its application in various sectors and contexts.

• Global Strategies in Business (Credit Value – 15).

This course aims to develop a management perspective of strategic management principles and processes in an entrepreneurial context. Students will undertake self-directed research to demonstrate their capability to effectively apply these principles with the purpose of achieving sustainable strategic competitiveness and above-average financial returns within New Zealand’s small to medium-sized enterprises and global milieu. The application of Māori business perspectives in the global context is encouraged.

• Decision Making (Credit Value – 15).

To enhance knowledge and application of decision making and implementation techniques in complex organisational environments with a focus on a range of cultural contexts. To develop the ability to critique rational decision making approaches in applied contexts.

• Governance (Credit Value – 15).

To explore the role of the Board of Directors and other governance bodies in terms of their statutory, regulatory and legal duties, responsibilities and obligations to stakeholders, including shareholders. This aim will be underpinned by a philosophy that it is desirable to work toward sustainable objectives and will focus on a range of enterprises from small not for profit organisations to multi-national corporates.

• Lean Management (Credit Value – 15).

This course focuses on gaining a management perspective of Lean principles, practices, and techniques from both a technical standpoint and the people perspective needed to effect the change and sustain the improvement. Emphasis is placed on developing the individual skills needed to become a Lean thinker and champion, and on building a roadmap for transitioning an organization from its current state to one of being a lean operation.

• Special Topic (Credit Value – 15).

This course provides an opportunity for participants to develop and apply new skills and techniques to small existing or small emerging problems in the applied business area. Participants will be required to demonstrate independent application of knowledge and skills within the Business field. Students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to research a specific business issue or problem. The student will be expected to demonstrate an ability to research a specific business issue or problem applying different investigative methods including sustainability and may include Māori-centric perspectives.

• Work Experience (Credit Value – 15).

This course provides students with the opportunity to experience a business work environment and to gain a management perspective of the particular environment in which the work is carried out. The students will be required to tackle and write up a number of mini projects that they have completed as part of their work experience, applying different investigative methods including sustainability and may include Māori-centric perspectives.

• Research in Applied Management (Credit Value – 30).

This Course is an advanced study of both qualitative and quantitative research methods applicable to business. The aim of the Course is to provide students with a framework for research in the applied management context which can be used to conduct research relevant to current business issues in organisations (including SMEs). The application of Māori-centric and sustainability-focussed research methods will be encouraged.

Entry Criteria

Bachelor’s degree in a business discipline or related field.

English entry

Students are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, approved scores on TOEFL or IELTS (6.5 Academic) with no band score lower than 6.0 or equivalent.

Further Prospective

The programs of international diplomas level 8 allow students just for one –year study duration to get international diploma of level 8, which is accepted in any country of the world.

The graduation from Diploma program level 8 allows students to apply for 12 months Job Search visa for employment.

Visas for family

A holder of a student visa for study at Diploma program level 8 can bring his family members to New Zealand. Student’s family allowed to get a work visa (partner) for employment for any job position and a domestic student visa (for children) which enables them to attend school free-of-charge.

Founds for living expenses

According to immigration rules, any international student, must have enough money to pay for the course and also 15,000 NZD per one study year. For any additional person evidence of 4200 NZD per year as living expenses is required.

Course intakes:

14 March 2016

15 August 2016

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