Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management

A perfect start for you if you want to improve your ability, skills and confidence in management. You will gain knowledge to manage complex organisations and conduct research for small-scale professional projects. It also allows you to match your learning with the employment opportunities you want. This programme could also be your start to our advanced postgraduate qualifications.

About the programme

The demand for management roles is expected to grow quickly over the next ten years. 

There is also an increasing demand for people within these roles to hold higher level qualifications. So, a postgraduate qualification will give you a competitive advantage. 

This programme will improve your management ability with course options such as Project Management, Analytics for Managers and Financial Decision Making. You begin with two compulsory courses - Capabilities for Managers, and Research and Enquiry - and then choose another two electives. 

The flexibility of this qualification allows you to match your learning with particular employment opportunities you may have identified.    

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We offer this programme with part-time options - talk to us about what would suit you best!

Courses (for Dunedin programme)

The programme includes four 15-credit courses. You will study two compulsory courses - Capabilities for Managers and Research and Enquiry - and then two elective courses chosen from the list below. 

Compulsory
Course name Credits Description

Capabilities for Managers

15

Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations.

Research and Enquiry 

15

Achieve the skills you need to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations.

Electives 
Elective name Credits Description 

Financial Decision Making 

15

 

Learn how to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm.

Project Management 

15

Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management. 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

15

Learn how to analyse the processes associated with managing entrepreneurship and innovation within both new ventures and existing firms and to assess the significant issues associated with utilising these managerial concepts to optimise organisational performance. 

Managing Change and Adversity

15

Critically analyse the processes associated with achieving organisational growth, effective management of change and the implementation of actions to respond to adversity, including how iwi/Māori organisations have managed post-settlement growth. 

Applied Human Resource Management

15

Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations. 

Courses (for Auckland or online programme)

The programme includes four 15-credit courses. You will study two compulsory courses - Capabilities for Managers and Research and Enquiry - and then two elective courses chosen from the list below.  

Compulsory
Course name Credits Description

Capabilities for Managers

15

Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations.

Research and Enquiry  15

Achieve the skills you need to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations.

Electives
Elective name  Credits Description 

Financial Decision Making 

15

Learn how to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm. 

Project Management 

15

Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management.  

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

15

Learn how to analyse the processes associated with managing entrepreneurship and innovation within both new ventures and existing firms and to assess the significant issues associated with utilising these managerial concepts to optimise organisational performance. 

Managing for Sustainability 

15

Develop your sustainable practice capabilities and apply these capabilities to a variety of applied settings as a sustainable practice manager. 

Marketing in a Digital Age 

15

Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age. 

Business Solutions Architecture 

15

Become equipped with an in-depth understanding of the concepts and procedures used in enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, for the successful development and execution of organisational strategy. 

Information Security

15

Assess the implications of information security and cybercrime trends, and evaluate security technologies and procedures in order to design appropriate information security structures for organisations. 

Interaction Design

15

Define the structure and behaviour of interactive products and services.

Software Engineering Methodologies

15

Apply structured and agile software development principles, and learn how to negotiate between them in different contexts. 

Software Quality Assurance

15

Learn how to investigate, critically evaluate, recommend and apply software quality assurance programmes in organisations. 

Analytics for Managers

15

Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management.

Applied Human Resource Management

15

Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations

Further study options

This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study at Otago Polytechnic where you can specialise in either Business Management or Business Information Systems.

Alternatively, you could seek employment in a management-related role. 

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, 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. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

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.