Otago Polytechnic

Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice

Location

Throughout New Zealand 

Duration
One year full-time
Delivery

This programme is delivered by a facilitator /academic mentor working with individuals. Learning is self-paced and as communication can be face-to-face or via email, phone or Skype, learners can access the programme from anywhere within New Zealand

Credits
120
Level
7
Start
Flexible
Apply
anytime
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • CapableNZ
    26 February 2018

Delivered via Capable NZ

Are you ready to advance your career through a graduate qualification? Are you an experienced professional facing interesting challenges in your workplace?

Professional practice is all about you, and your work context.

At Capable NZ, we base our philosophy on using the real-life experiences from your professional life as rich learning material. Our Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice allows you to identify a challenge or goal in your work environment over a one-year programme. You can then research and define this issue, develop an approach for resolving it, and implement processes to achieve your desired outcomes.

Or you may have identified a practice challenge. This might involve developing new training or a workplace tool, developing curriculum, producing guidelines for change processes or fostering innovation in some way.

This qualification is perfect for advancing your professional career, while also addressing a significant work challenge. What’s more, you can apply a Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice to virtually any discipline or sector.

During this learning experience, you will explore cross-disciplinary boundaries and enjoy greater scope, flexibility and application than traditional prescribed programmes. Learning is self-paced and occurs within the workplace, or your field of practice. Facilitators and academic/professional mentors will support you throughout the whole process.

This qualification can be gained alongside full-time employment due to the flexible work-based learning (WBL) focus of the programme. Because the programme may be closely aligned with your organisation’s goals, it is often strongly supported by employers as a professional development opportunity.

Fee information

The tuition fees shown in the right-hand column are part of the Government’s Key Information for Students (KIS). This data is pulled from a database that the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) control. It is based on an average fee from the previous year.

This means there is always a difference between the TEC/KIS fee shown and Otago Polytechnic’s current indicative fee (other reasons also affect the KIS data such as fee reductions for students granted Recognition of Prior Learning). Due to this, the indicative fee below is the best guide for prospective students.

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Please note: The KIS data only applies to domestic students. Up-to-date international student fees can be found by clicking the International tab in the top right corner of this page.  

How to apply

1. Complete our enquiry form by filling in your details and choosing the qualification that you are interested in.

2. A pre-assessment survey will then be sent out to you to complete.

3. Complete the online application form and submit it with your CV. One of our team at Capable NZ will send you the link to the application form.

4. You will then start the profiling process with one of our facilitators.

5. If you are successful, we will send you a letter of offer – you just need to accept!

Is this for me?

A Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice requires approximately one year to complete, and is ideal for employees, volunteers, or the self-employed who have an undergraduate qualification and/or relevant professional experience.

A Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice:

  • is ideal for those in paid or unpaid work, or self-employed
  • allows you to build a degree around your world. What skills/expertise do you need? What would help you to achieve your career or business aspirations? Do you need support in a particular area of your professional practice?
  • helps you to explore cross-disciplinary boundaries and enjoy greater scope, flexibility and application than traditional pre-prescribed postgraduate programmes
  • provides self-paced learning, and facilitators/academic/professional mentors will support you throughout the whole process
Programme outcomes

Our Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice supports you to become an efficient self-directed learner. You’ll be capable of managing and critically evaluating your learning, and undertaking work-based projects that meet your needs and those of others. Upon successful completion, you will be able to: 

1.  Design and conduct an inquiry significant to the learner and their workplace, by:

  • identifying sources of knowledge and evidence and using them appropriately
  • identifying and applying information and ideas which result in the creation of knowledge relevant to self and workplace.

2.  Engage in reflection on practice which leads to insights likely to make a lasting impact upon personal and professional understanding.

3.  Undertake exploration proposing or leading to effective and appropriate action likely to impact upon the practice of self and/or others.

4.  Consider information and ideas independently and evaluate and articulate a position that can justify a basis for improvements in practice.

5.  Communicate effectively and persuasively in writing and orally in an appropriate format to appeal to a particular target audience.

6.  Work and learn autonomously and with others in a range of contexts, with a developing awareness in how this may develop the practices and /or beliefs of other. 

Entry requirements
  • You must hold a bachelor's degree OR degree equivalent AND/OR relevant practical, professional or educational experience.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you meet the entry requirements.

International students for whom English is not a first language, who come from countries with a visa decline rate of more than 20%

Domestic students for whom English is not a first language and international students from countries with a visa decline rate of less than 20%

View visa decline rates by country here.

If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.  

Programme structure

The work-based learning approach centres round the relationship between you, your employer/sponsor or your field of practice, and Capable NZ. The programme is divided into three main phases. 

Course

Name of paper

Credits

Course 1

Review of Learning

30

Course 2

Learning Agreement

15

Course 3

Project

75

 

Programme Total

120

How is the programme delivered?

Learning and teaching activities within each course may include:

  • facilitation and mentoring through distance processes
  • one-to-one meetings and review-of-progress workshops (depending on location)
  • online support and course resources through the Polytechnic’s Learning Management System platform (Moodle) and other learning technologies
  • online and video link assessment methodologies. 
Fees

Domestic - $5,693 

International - $18,640 

Student loans/allowances

Domestic students of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on other eligibility criteria. Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone: 0800 88 99 00 or visit the Studylink website.

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.

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