Master of Applied Management (Business Information Systems)

This is an advanced qualification where you will learn to engage with research and apply specialised management and leadership knowledge in business information systems. This Master's degree offers you three pathway options: Coursework, Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis.


The Master of Applied Management has three pathway options

1. Coursework

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus eight other courses (including at least three Level 9 courses) from the electives list.

2. Professional Project and coursework

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Professional Project (45 credits, Level 9) and five courses at Level 8 and Level 9 (at least two courses must be at Level 9) from the electives list. 

3. Research Thesis

Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Research Thesis (120 credits, Level 9). 

Compulsory courses 
Course name Course description Level Credits
Capabilities for Managers Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations  8 15 
Research and Enquiry Achieve the skills needed to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations  8 15 
Analytics for Managers  Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management.  8 15 
Project Management Develop critical analysis and application skills in project management   8 15
Elective courses
Course name Elective name  Level  Credits 
Information Security Learn to critically analyse information security and design appropriate information security structures for organisations   8 15
Business Intelligence Critically evaluate the processes and principles behind data analytics and extract information from large data sets that may be used to benefit a particular business or organisation   9 15
Management of Information Systems Understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of the organisation  9 15

The following courses are subject to availability and number of enrolments.

Business Solutions Architecture Learn how to critically analyse, evaluate and apply the concepts and procedures used for the successful planning, design and implementation of an enterprise architecture based on an organisational strategy   8 15
Business Analysis Ensure you can meet specified business needs through critical business analysis  9 15
User Experience Design Critically analyse the design and behaviour of interactive products in organisations   8 15
Software Engineering Methodologies Critically analyse and apply structured and adoptive software development principles in different organisational contexts  8 15
Software Quality Assurance Investigate, evaluate, recommend and apply software quality assurance methodologies and techniques in organisations  8 15
Applied Human Resource Management Ensure you can provide the skills needed for the management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand organisations 8 15
Professional Project This course is compulsory in the course work and Professional Project option only. It will enable you to critically apply skills and knowledge gained during the programme to complete an ethical applied professional project that contributes to professional practice in management  9 45
Research Thesis This course is compulsory in the Research Thesis option only. It will provide you with the opportunity to undertake individual study on a significant research project. It will enable you to produce methodologically and ethically sound study that will contribute advanced knowledge in the context of applied management.  9 120

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.