Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management

Location

On campus in Dunedin or Auckland, or online for students outside of New Zealand

Please note: Our Auckland on campus option is for international students only

Duration
Six months full-time; part-time options (Dunedin); Flexible (Auckland)
Delivery
  • On campus in Dunedin with face-to-face and online learning 
  • On campus in Auckland with face-to-face delivery and block courses, or
  • Online by distance for international students outside of New Zealand
Credits
60
Level
8
Start
Dunedin: February and July
Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
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  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    25 January 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    7 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    16 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    18 October 2021
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 April 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    18 October 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
  • Dunedin
    26 July 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    8 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    26 April 2022
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    25 July 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    10 October 2022
    10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
  • Auckland International Campus
    8 February 2022
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    26 April 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 July 2022
    19 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    10 October 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023

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.    

In Auckland, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.

Entry requirements 

Minimum academic entry requirements are:

  • A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) in a related discipline, OR
  • A combination of academic qualifications and relevant skills and knowledge acquired through work or professional experience that is deemed equivalent to the above.
  • International applicants must demonstrate that they have equivalent academic qualifications and experience. Click here for your country's equivalent academic entry requirements.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

Selection criteria 

Where there are more applicants than places available, applicants will be selected on the basis of the best academic records and their admission recommended to the AIC Director (Learning and Teaching) in Auckland or Programme Leader in Dunedin who will approve the final selection.

Pathways into this programme 

You may have completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline and be working in a management role. There are no specific foundation/bridging programmes in Applied Management for this qualification.

If you need to improve your English to apply for this programme, you could apply for the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) which we offer at our Auckland International Campus.  

Studying on campus

You'll learn using an online learning platform called Moodle. This means that, no matter where you are, you have easy access to all your course content. You also have access to Office 365, including Microsoft Teams, which you can use as part of your interaction with lecturers and classmates.

Studying online (from offshore) 

Your offshore online study journey will begin with an online Orientation. This session will cover introductions to staff, tips for academic success, and wellbeing information, among other things.

All courses offered at OPAIC use Moodle, which is an online learning management system (LMS). The use of the Moodle LMS means that students, no matter where they are, have ready access to all their course content.

All students have access to Microsoft Teams, where you will be able to collaborate with your classmates and work on certain tasks that have been designed by the lecturers.

Students get access to Office 365, including Teams, which they can use as part of their online interaction with lecturers and classmates.

Online students have access to the same services as students on campus. This includes online learning support, which will be available via Microsoft Teams. All online students will also have remote access to our library. 

You will study (in Dunedin)
In Dunedin

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. 

You will study (in Auckland or online)
In Auckland and online 

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

Your workload 

It is expected that you will study for 37.5 hours per week, including a minimum of 8 hours per week in structured direct learning, some hours in an applied workplace or learning environment and up to 27 hours per week in self-directed study.

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. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning including cross credit or credit transfer is available for up to 45 credits in this programme. 

AM801002 Capabilities for Managers is not available for credit recognition. 

Advanced standing is not available for this programme. 

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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