Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management (Business Information Systems)



This programme is for international students only. 

One year full-time

On campus face-to-face delivery with block courses

January, March, June, August and October
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 January 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 21 January 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 21 January 2022
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    21 March 2022 - 1 April 2022

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. 

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

You will extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of current management capabilities and issues in a range of applied settings through experiential learning strategies and reflective practice. There is the opportunity to work with industry during a professional project and the programme also includes employability workshops, industry events and guest speakers. 

This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study in the Master of Applied Management (Business Information Systems). Alternatively, you could seek employment in a range of roles including:

  • Business Analyst 
  • Business Intelligence Analyst 
  • Information Systems Analyst 
  • Information Systems Security Analyst 
  • Project Manager 
  • Technical/Solution Architect 
  • User Experience / Front End Designer 
  • Information Systems Researcher

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:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

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 OPAIC Director, Learning and Teaching who will approve the final selection.

Pathways into this programme 

Students 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. Where English proficiency does not meet the required IELTS level, students may pathway to this qualification by completing the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) which is available at Otago Polytechnic.

Your workload 

You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per study block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study. Some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

Auckland study block dates >

You will study 

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

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 you need 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 Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management  8 15
ELECTIVES Elective name Level Credits
Information Security Learn how to critically analyse information security and design appropriate information security structures for organisations 15 
Business Intelligence Critically evaluate the process 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 organisations   9 15 
Business Solutions Architecture Become equipped with the capabilities 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 Gain the ability to meet specified business needs through critical business analysis 9 15 
User Experience Design 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 Become equipped to investigate, critically evaluate, recommend and apply software quality assurance methodologies and techniques in organisations  8 15 
Applied Human Resource Management Learn how to provide the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand organisations  8 15 
Professional Project  This course is compulsory for the course work and Professional Practice 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
Recognition of Prior Learning 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our Recognition of Prior Learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. www.capablenz.ac.nz


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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