Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management (Business Management)

This programme will improve your management ability through an array of course options. The flexibility within this qualification will also enable you to match your coursework to specific employment opportunities.

About the programme

Management occupations are projected to grow rapidly over the next ten years leading to an increasing need for management professionals. 

There is also an increasing demand for those professionals to hold higher-level qualifications. Applicants for these roles are therefore at a considerable advantage with a postgraduate qualification and there is a strong emphasis within this programme on the application of knowledge and development capabilities in business management or business information systems. 

Flexibility within this qualification will also enable aspirations to be matched/targeted to specific employment opportunities.  

Learners will extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of current management capabilities and issues in a range of applied settings through experiential learning strategies and reflective practice. 

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 the Dunedin programme)

This programme comprises four compulsory 15-credit courses, plus electives totalling 60 credits (at Level 8 or 9) from the elective list below. 

Compulsory
Course name Description Credits

Capabilities for Managers

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

15

 

Research and Enquiry

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

15

 

Analytics for Managers

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

 

Project Management

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

 
Electives
Elective name  Description   Credits 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

15

Managing Change and Adversity 

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

15

Financial Decision Making

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

15

Applied Human Resource Management

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

15

Courses (for the Auckland or online programme)

This programme comprises four compulsory 15-credit courses, plus electives totalling 60 credits (at Level 8 or 9) from the elective list below. 

Compulsory
Course name Course description Credits

Capabilities for Managers

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

15

Research and Enquiry 

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

15

Analytics for Managers 

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

15

Project Management

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

15

Electives
Elective name Description Credits

Developing Effective Organisations

Gain a critical understanding of organisational development theory and practice in organisational contexts including Iwi/Maori organisations

15

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

15

Managing for Sustainability 

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

15

Marketing in a Digital Age 

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

15

Financial Decision Making

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

15

Applied Human Resource Management

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

15

Management of Information Systems

To enable students to understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of organisations

15

Professional Project

Apply the skills and knowledge you have gained during the programme to complete an applied professional project that contributes to professional practice in management within your chosen major

45

Cross-cultural Management

Develop capabilities to evaluate the issues that arise in the leadership of organisations when managers address culturally determined differences in employee values, attitudes and behaviours

15

Corporate Governance and Leadership

Evaluate complex corporate governance and leadership challenges in the context of different ownership structures. This will include governance and leadership models in the context of indigenous organisations and the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi

15

Managing Change and Adversity 

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

15

Further study options

This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study in the Master of Applied Management (Business Management). Alternatively, you could seek employment in a business management or business information systems-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.