Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology Level 8

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

Course Overview

Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology enables students who have completed a bachelor degree in information technology/computing to achieve a postgraduate level qualification in information technology. The program has been designed to produce IT graduates who are able to think critically and have a number of high level skills in the IT field that can be applied in a wide range of situations.

The principles underlying the design of the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology are:

• There is a focus on both in-depth theoretical knowledge and understanding of the information technology environment and professional practice in which the knowledge and understanding are applied.

• It is designed to extend and deepen an individual’s knowledge and skills by building on attainment gained from undergraduate study in the computing field and to extend current IT professionals in their career progression.

• The program builds on the student’s existing knowledge and skills through courses that research and apply information technology knowledge and skills in an environment that combines project work, case studies, real-life simulations, and practical work experience.

• It encourages flexibility that acknowledges the diversity of the IT environment and the diversity in learner interest and needs.

• It encourages participants to apply research skills to identify solutions to Information Technology problems or issues.

Study Pathways/Job Opportunities

Possible job and career opportunities can include:

• Systems Analyst                      • IT Consultant

• Business Analyst                     • IT Infrastructure Support Analyst

• E-Commerce Advisor             • Project Manager

Program Information

The program requires students to achieve 120 credits.

To qualify for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology, students must have passed the courses (or the equivalent) listed below. All programmes of study must be approved by the Programme Coordinator.

The three level 8 compulsory courses:

• Advanced IT Project Management

• Strategic IT Management (semester 1)

• Research in Information Technology (semester 2)

The course offered to students include: In addition there are a number of Level 8 supervised courses that will be offered in either semester providing there is sufficient demand.

• IT Work Integrated Learning

• Special Topic

• Impact of Computing on Society

• Virtualisation Management

• Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

• Cloud Based IT Solutions

• Advanced Mobile and Wireless Technologies

• Mobile Software Architectures

• Enterprise Content Management

• Advanced Digital Learning Technologies

Course Description

• Advanced IT Project Management (Compulsory Paper, Credit Value – 15).
To provide students with an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a range of alternative project management methodologies, and apply a methodology to a real world project scenario.

• Strategic IT Management (Compulsory Paper, Credit Value – 15).

To provide students with an understanding of the strategic issues facing IT managers as they manage an IT services department in a medium to large size organisation and apply a range of techniques to create and design an IT strategy.

• Research in Information Technology (Compulsory Paper, Credit Value – 15).

To provide students with a framework for applied research in IT which can be used to conduct research relating to a current strategic computing issue.

• Work Integrated Learning (Credit Value – 30).

This course provides students with experience in an applied information technology work environment and provides an opportunity to develop attributes relating to work place professional behaviours. P: Students must have completed 60 credits of postgraduate study and demonstrate readiness to fit into the NZ working environment. Selection criteria for this course may apply.

• Special Topic (Credit Value – 15).  Identify a current and relevant IT issue or problem and conduct research to identify potential solutions.

• Impact of Computing on Society (Credit Value – 15).

To encourage students to critically evaluate the impact of computing on society and understand how to address the issues that IT professionals face as a consequence of technology advances.

• Virtualisation Management (Credit Value – 15).

To encourage students to critically evaluate the impact of computing on society and understand how to address the issues that IT professionals face as a consequence of technology advances.

• Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (Credit Value – 15).

To provide students with an understanding of the issues concerning the adoption of a crossfunctional integrated computer-based information systems approach to the provision of IT applications within a medium to large business organisation.

• Cloud Based IT Solutions (Credit Value – 15).

To enable students to understand the management issues surrounding the adoption of cloud based computing solutions and be able to assess the merits of a cloud based IT solution for a given IT environment.

• Advanced Mobile and Wireless Technologies (Credit Value – 15).

To provide students with an understanding of the issues concerning the adoption of mobile and wireless technologies and the skills necessary to be able to make informed decisions when identifying the mobile or wireless technology best suited to a given purpose.

• Mobile Software Architectures (Credit Value – 15).

To provide students with an understanding of the key principles associated with mobile application development and software engineering and be able to apply these principles when designing and deploying an application to meet a specific business need.

• Enterprise Content Management (Credit Value – 15).

To provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies involved in enterprise content management and provide them with the skills that will allow them to evaluate enterprise content management strategies for specific business cases.

• Advanced Digital Learning Technologies (Credit Value – 15).

To provide students with an understanding of the issues surrounding the adoption of emerging digital technologies in the educational and training environment and be able to apply these principles when using the technologies to meet a specific training need.

Entry Criteria

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in information technology or related field. Those applicants wishing to apply for the Master of Information Technology must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in Information Technology or related field, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology. Where a candidate’s undergraduate degree does not provide the basis of study at the level required for more advanced study, students will be required to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology.

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 and 9 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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